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


on tap

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westkyoto77 (572) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 26, 2014
Bottle from Yamaoka. Subtle nose of mikan and toffee. Mild carbonation with a creamy palate. The flavours went from fresh and zesty mikan to rounded sweet caramel as it warmed. Not bad, but not a real knockout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
john_henry (123) - - MAR 27, 2014
Great beer, but I don’t get the Mikan at all, maybe it’s ads complexity that otherwise wouldn’t be evident, but don’t expect to be tasting any Mikan here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (1494) - - MAR 9, 2014
Mild mikan aroma. Caramel malt, mikan zest, citrus hops, dry bitter finish Solid fruity ale, quite bitter but the mikan character still comes out nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3558) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 22, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 On tap at Bungalow, 600 yen for 10 oz. It pours a great honey gold with a thick fluffy off-white head & a yeasty full mikan fruity aroma with some citrusy hop notes as well. Great smooth creamy mouthfeel. The taste is well balanced, earthy, mikan, citrus fruits, mild pine bitterness with biscuity malt notes in the finish. The earthiness almost has a chocolate or cacao quality to it. This one gets an A, great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CacheManyHose (443) - HONG KONG - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle. Strong mikan as well citrus peel in the aroma, but not overpowering or artificial. Some nutty honey malt in the smell as well. Taste has a pleasantly surprising amount of hop to it. Citrus is present but not as forward as in the aroma. Dry finish. Body is light but crisp. These kinds of beers are often gimmicky (I sort of imagined this to be artificial-citrus tasting and watery) but this was much better than I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HKdIPA (511) - HONG KONG - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle. Hoppy aroma with lots of citrus peel. Mikan taste at the beginning but not as much as expected, followed by hoppy bitterness (no pine or floral, or even fruity really). Slightly sweet citrus finish. Much better than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle at SlutFest 2011 on 04/23/2011. Chunky orange body with a small frothy white head. Sweet fruit, caramel, and light nutty aroma. Sweet fruity flavor with some caramel and slight spice. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
magsinva (1014) - Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Bottle from App Vintner - I tried this one this past weekend, and I got the oranginess of the mikan, but that’s about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Pours hazy copper-orange with a bunch of floaties. Spicy aroma, with hints of citrus fruit. On the palate the beer is somewhat unassuming, with a light citric sweetness balanced by a hint of tartness. Caramel malt wades in the background. This pleasant and well-balanced, if not super-complex, brew is a perfect alternative to those even more insipid summer seasonals.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rangi (661) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 7, 2012
Nice beer just didn’t get anything special from this beer or may be was expecting a little to much in the way of fruit flavours. Nice but tasted like a well done pale ale did not get any of the fruity complexity that was described by the bartender and the bottle.

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