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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Fruit Beer
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Baird Natsumikan Summer Ale is an extraordinarily unique beer that was an immense challenge to brew. Wheat and barley combine in equal proportions as the base malt; Japanese candy sugar contributes five percent of the fermentables; and freshly peeled and crushed natsumikans (Japanese summer mikans) from both Shizuoka and Fukuoka are added to the kettle at the end of wort boiling (approximately 33 kg of natsumikans per 225 liters wort). The natsumikans from Shizuoka (the Heda garden of our carpenter friend, Nagakura-san) are quite large, grapefruit-like mikans with a distinct grapefruit-like tart and sour character. The Fukuoka mikans (from the Kita-Kyushu orchard of beer enthusiast and friend, Tago-san), on the other hand, are smaller, sweeter and more orange-like in character. Aprroximately 75% of the natsumikans we used come from Shizuoka and 25% from Fukuoka

Also known as Shizuoka Summer Mikan.


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2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrnkMcDermott (2898) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
22 oz. bottle. $6 @ Binny’s, April 2011. Poured into a smallish pilsener glass, just to get a good look at the stuff. Pours hazy gold with red highlights, and a lot of particles floating around. If the base style was a Belgian wheat beer, this could be seen as OK. Big fizzy head. Smell starts off with golden ale malt, a bit of sour note. Nice, just not a BIG smell, I guess. Have to say, though, the taste is not that much of a much. Maybe I let it sit around to long. All I can really get is a Fat Tire with hard Mandarin oranges in it. Guess I should have had this fresher.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2674) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 28, 2015
Tap at CBM Koenji. Lots of orange in the aroma and initial taste, quite spritzy, almost like a soluble vitamin c tablet. Bit wheaty too. Pretty nice! Light sourness from the citrus. Liked this more than I expected.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willisread (723) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a hazy gold with a minimal white head. Aromas of natsumikan, white grapfruit zest and pith on the nose with a little bit of skunk. Taste is all citrus. Soft carbonation with a juice-like mouthfeel. Not sweet at all. Light body with some honey on the palate. Refreshing but the skunk takes it down a few notches in my book.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenkiGonzo (586) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 11, 2015
Draught at the Shuzenji brewery. Light gold pour. Really zesty aroma. Flavour is quite light with a touch of honey.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Sweet, herbal aroma. A little skunky. Similar sweet malt and herbal hop flavor. Caramel malt, and pepper.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (6013) - Utah, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle shared by Mike
Clear golden with a medium sized white head, good lacing. Aroma of grains, skunky and honey. Taste is grainy, cereal and honey
Ok

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MikeJslc (767) - USA - JUL 25, 2014
Medium gold, clear, off-white head. Aroma of grainy malt and fruit, Flavor: grainy-sweet, honey-like malt, light fruits.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (1175) - - JUL 22, 2014
Rich mikan , decent fruity/sour balance, clean finish. Classic Baird seasonal, very well done mikan ale without any useless sweetness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (8473) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2014
36 cl bottle at a tasting on October 30, 2013 (backlog). Thanks to Ingo!
Bottle states "2013" and 5.5%.
Label read "Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale".
Hazy apricot color, off-white to yellow head. Fruity, sugary, apricot sent. Malty, fruity, some citrus, zest taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Some zest aftertaste, also lemon.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle at SlutFest 2011 on 04/23/2011 as Baird Shizuoka Natsumikan. Clear golden body with a large rocky off white head. Sweet earthy, spicy and light fruit aroma. Dry earthy and spicy flavor with some fruit. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2978) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 2, 2013
I had this as Baird’s Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale. 235ml for 700 yen at Tadg’s. Citrus hoppy aroma with a subtle touch of Mikan. Light smooth mouthfeel. Wow, you really get the mikan flavor, then a crisp bitter hop bite. A nice summer brew!


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