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


on tap

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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 7, 2016
@Erzbierschof - hazy dark blond beer with a moderate foam left; light soapy lemony and yuzu nose; a good malt backbone, fair but subtle carbonation, lively palate, some sourness; dry and long citric perfumy finish with light notes of cedar and spices

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2016
Even though I don’t rate to style (and ironically I find myself saying that somewhat often in my recent reviews), I enjoyed approaching this one now having any clue what style it might be. With the label saying Japanese Ale (which means nothing to me) and Mikan fruit (which also means little to me), I had no idea what to expect. Poured very cloudy with a heavy yeast sediment and visible particles. Orangish amber. Nose was fruity but more estery than actual fruit, no idea what mikan smells or tastes like. There was a hint of a bubblegum phenol. On the whole this was vaguely in "Belgian strong ale" territory, though I felt maybe there was some element of a lemon rind hop presence, both in nose and flavor. A little more sweet citrus appeared in the flavor, along with the same estery character. Smooth rounded palate, full not heavy. Interesting and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (6812) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2016
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Hazy golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Citrus, fruit, caramel.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Citrus, fruit, sweet, caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martjoobolut (3188) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
borre_m (1339) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (12088) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kauge (1619) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Florya (1802) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (23728) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (10879) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours hazy orange, nose is yeasty toffee, citrus, taste is sweet, fruity, thin.

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