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


on tap

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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (3370) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle from SB. Cloudy golden with a thick white head. Fruity and flowery tones. Fruit, malt, flowers and hops.Medium body with a long, bitter / fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (6689) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2016
Bottled from Systembolaget Hazy deep golden with a medium head. Fruity, citric aroma; slightly tart. Soft and smooth palate. Fruity flavour. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jinroh (1177) - ESTONIA - FEB 19, 2016
Pours somewhat hazy, pale and lots of foam. Reminds me foamy and freshly pressed apple juice. Aroma is fiercely full of citrus compounds, refreshing and wakes me up. Taste is full of citrus, peels, seeds, juice, you name it, everything is in here. Hop character is not possible to distinguish, blends in with the mikan citric flavours. Dry, tart and long-lasting finish. I was expecting Mikan Ale to be a bit more sweet but it is ore or less dry. Me like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dutchbeerpages (2263) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2016
A lot of grapefruit in this one. Little sweet but mostly good bitterness. Enyoyable, one of my favorites of the ipa’s at the tasting at De Koffer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3502) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle. Hazy amber with a modest white head. Aroma is all about mandarins in layers: boiled, caramelised peel, flowers, flesh, marmalade. A malty bread underneath it. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Just sweet and malty enough to let the array of citrus flavours play. Really invites you in. Dry and seemingly a little woody (pine, cedar, cassia?) at the end. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkel07 (5152) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle from Cellarbrations Sandy Bay 251115. Looks murky and hazy in the glass. Aroma is a bit light on however the flavour is okay. Not the best Baird beer that I have had. It’s okay though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmctaster (33) - Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2015
Gold with white head. Slightly bitter and dry. Like an American pale ale, but less hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (7613) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Orange type fruit is subtle here. Pours dark amber with great head. Light tangy finish. Some hay. Tap at Churchkey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (5978) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey during the Baird/Shiga Kogen Tap Takeover. Murky brownish yellow with off-white head. Aromas of light berry, citrus, light herbs. Tastes of lemon citrus, light berry. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Davros (2773) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2015
Pours hazy amber with a large white head. Nose shows soft sweet malt and banana. Very subtle. Flavours include a soft tangy note, some grainy malt and cardboard characters.

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