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Baird The Carpenters Mikan Ale

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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Fruit Beer
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The mikans used in this brew are fresh, succulent, and local -- harvested on the Heda land and by the hand of our carpenter friend, Nagakura-san. The Baird brewers hand-process the harvested mikans, shaving off the outer skin of the peel and pressing the juice. Both peel shavings and juice are added to the brew at different stages of production. The mikans serve to add depth and complexity to an already sumptious ale; their role is to complement, not dominate. In addition to mikans, the 2009 Carpenter’s Mikan Ale incorporates a grain bill including Maris Otter pale ale malt, wheat malt, unmalted wheat and two types of Japanese sugar (sudakito and akato). The hopping schedule features cirtrusy Centennial and Cascade varieties including dry-hop additions to the conditioning tank. The combination of mikans and citrus hops provide an exquisitely complex yet balanced fruit character. The wonderful aromatics of this character waft gorgeously from the billowy white head that forms in the glass. Final transport to beer Nirvana comes courtesy of the tight and spritzy natural carbonation that works to keep you tastebuds fresh and alert.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martjoobolut (2518) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle, BB 23.10.2016 (from SIP, Tallinn). Pours dark orange with whiteish head. The head stays. Aroma is sweet, grainy, lagery, malty, fruity. Flavor is sweet and bitter, sweet citrus, grains, some peach. Finish has some dry bitterness. Overall: ok.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
borre_m (955) - NORWAY - APR 23, 2016
Pours cloudy golden. Aroma is citric, oranges, mandarin. Taste is malty, spicy, some mandarin in finish. I like this more than i expected.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (10174) - Albertslund, DENMARK - APR 14, 2016
33 cl. bottle. Hazy amber colour with a white head. Aroma and flavor of malt, hops, fruit, citrus, grass and caramel.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kauge (1267) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 11, 2016
Bottle from Väike Roosa Õllepood in Tallinn (€ 5.60). Packaged 23.10.2015; BB 23.10.2016. Pours hazy orange with an off-white head. Huge chunks in second pour. Sourish fruity aroma, malty. Chemical. Miles away from the juice bomb I was hoping for. Tastes sourish sweet with citrus seed bitter finish... Kinda juicy, at least better than the nose. Anyway it feels old... Stale... Aggressive thin carbonation, dry on the palate. Rough, old lemon bitterness in the finish. And on top of that, the alcohol shows - vaguely but it’s there.

This should be consumed no later than 2 months after bottling. And asking € 5.60 for this is criminal.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Florya (1396) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 3, 2016
How: Bottle Appearance: almost cler light golden, small white head. Aroma: orange peel, caramel, floral and stone fruits. Palate: medium to light bodt, average carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (22629) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2016
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Hazy golden, rich head. Citrusy nose with notes of cedar. Dryish with medium body and clea nmouthfeel. Slightly unusual flavour profile with citrus, nutmeg, cedar, pine and brown sugar. Mid bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (9251) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours hazy orange, nose is yeasty toffee, citrus, taste is sweet, fruity, thin.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Turtles (1481) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2016
330ml bottle from Systembolaget. Hazy dark golden, medium size white head, weak lacing. Citrus fruity and zesty nose. Sharp bitter taste, really zesty and floral. A lot of citrus fruit in this one, but the bitterness gets sharp and rough.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vignale (2992) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2016
Flaska från SB. Fin etikett. Bärnstensfärgad, en del fint sediment lågt men krämigt skum. Inte så stor doft, mandarinjuice (mikan antar jag), aprikos, lite blommig citrus. IPA-liknande smakbild, bra kropp med lite havrekakor, knäck, lätt syrlig och ganska söt, mjuk mjuk lite krämig munkänsla. Ganska komplex om än inte särskilt stor citrus smak, citrusblom, lite syrlig juice och mandarinskal, i smakbilden finns också en växande smak av mintpastill med en aning viol och tvål. Måttlig beska. Intressant smakbild som dock nog varit piggare färsk. Ok

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joakgust (1308) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2016
Bottle. Hazy golden amber beer with a large white head. Aroma is fruity with notes citrus zest, herbs, oranges, caramel and grass. Flavor is fruity with notes of citrus, grapefruit, caramel, apricots and herbs. Astringent.


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