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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Fruit Beer
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3216) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6324) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5278) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6241) - 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.


3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abemorsten (2682) - Mosterøy, 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)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Hazy dark orange color. Aroma of citrus, semi sour, nice and malty with mellow hops. Flavor is citrus and some tartness. Bubbly and complex. Pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2009
[2222-20090605] Sample. Ginger spicy grains aroma. Hazy, orange brown body with a quick foamy off-white head and suspended floaties. More grainy ginger in the flavour, not too spicy, with a long ginger aftertaste. Medium body. Average.
(3T @ Mondial 2009; Montreal, QC)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2009
(2nd Shenandoah Throwdown, 633ml bottle) Small off-white head, cloudy amber body with dead yeast aplenty. Aroma is medium sweet, orange. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, light earthy. Smooth light-medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6397) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 10, 2009
Bottle @ Mondial de la Biere 2009
Appearance: finely hazed on amber look, light white top presented.3-
Nose: Citric, fresh hop character, light fruit touches.
Flavor/Palate : Soft medium bodied, amber malts with straight, clean citric hops. Softer at finish. Clean ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2009
2009-06-05. Hazy golden orange body with a small white head. Aroma is spicy, ginger? sort of wasabi like? Mild hops. (6+) Flavour has a similar spice character to it that reminiscent of ginger/wasabi (is it really there or is it just in my head because the beer is from Japan?), light hoppy bitterness as well. Odd melange of flavours lingers in the aftertaste. (6+) Average palate feels lighter than it is due to a lack of carbonation. Decent, unusual and pleasant. Bottle at Mondial 2009, Montreal 7/3/6+/3/14


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