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


on tap

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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
junon (429) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Appearance alone makes me want to taste it. Aroma is hard to explain...I have all these images of rustic vegetable gardens and fields. Trying to pull a word from my brain and all I get is "Round". Taste is equally perplexing and enjoyable. This ale is smooth and relaxing while at the same time citrus and lively. Baird out did their selves with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (17845) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2011
18th April 2009
Cloudy brown beer. Softish palate. This has the same flavour as many IPAs - orange and grapefruit but in this case the flavours are obviously coming from fruit rather than hops - if that makes sense! Refreshing and somewhat tart!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3534) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2010
Cloudy orange,small white head.Salty orangey nose.Acetic tangerine profile,tangy finish.Light but noticeable hops. Average lacing

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 7, 2010
From the Louisville Beer Store - Pours bright golden with yeast floaties and a fully receding off-white head. Notes of sweet citrus, tart, toasted malt, yeasty wheat softness, bitter hop. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 8, 2010
Pours hazy golden, white head. Aroma is much like an APA, very citric hops maybe that’s the mikan?
Flavour is initially very orangey, fading to a light lemony bitterness. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3562) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2010
Neat frothy head clear amber pour aroma floral citrus malt grain flavour fizz on the tongue decent bitter malt grain good fruity hops mixed with sweet malt and a backing of Japanese extra sweetness that do agood job to this ale finish sweet malt good hop taste and bitter aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (7430) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 28, 2010
Draught at Popeye. Aroma of mikan and citrus hops. they blend very well together. Nice balance in the mouth as well, with the mikan working well with the hops. Fruity, but not overpoweringly so. Malt lies in the background. Good fruit beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Sampled on 12/12/2009. This fruit beer pours a medium orange gold color form a 633ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head, with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is fruity and sweet, lightly citrusy and tart. A medium to light bodied fruit beer. The malts are caramel and sweet, fruity. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity. Lively carbonation. Nice balance. Subtle interplay between the malts, citrusy hops and mikans. Nice subtle and delicate tasting beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Bottle:   Citrusy, bubbley, like an American Wheat without the sulpher.   Moderate white head, spotty lacing, a little cloudy.   Citrus peel nose, dry on the tongue.   Good, but could use some sweetness to balance out the dryness.   Clean, lingering citrus aspects.   Decent body, good mouthfeel.   Enjoyable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abemorsten (3144) - Mosterřy, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2009
"8th annual release". Pours hazy light golden with no head. just smelling it reveals very little, but upon tasting floral notes are revealed along with citrus and pine. Fruit notes comes after some sips. Pleasant bitterness and acidity that lasts throughout the drink. (Sampled @ Nakameguro taproom February 2009)

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