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


on tap

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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 13/20
5000 (6500) - 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 (3289) - 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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (7455) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12433) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6709) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8794) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Speckled peach. Frothy and clingy white head shows solid retention. Soapy, honey-drizzled orange pith aromas with background notes of sweet toasted malt, mikan zest, and honeydew melon. Soft, expansive carbonation. Bottle conditioned. Firmly mineralic, initially, though notably soft and flavorsome with hops which lend restrained orange pith and floral accents. Artfully extracted malt exudes lightly and cleanly, displaying flashes of crackers, honeyed bread, and some tongue-clutching toasted-hay grittiness. Cardboard oxidation provides astringency which bludgeons the array of soft delicacies. Virtually devoid of bitterness with the exception of a zestlike pinch which flees as quickly as it emerges. Finishes somewhat tackily with yeast and trace honeyed-malt sweetness, though curiously bare and hollow, with scant mikan remnants lingering. Bit of a letdown as it’s already oxidized (bottling date unknown) and lacks the sparkling estery pizzazz which characterizes many of Baird’s beers. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2009
633ml Bottle: Aroma of hops, citrus, caramel, pale malts, slight oranges, mikan, and some toasting. Poured orange/amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, rocky, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small, medium, and large-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of fruit, hops, citrus, mikan, grains, tangerine, sugar, toasting, caramel, and malts. Medium body. Chalky texture. Average carbonation. Fruity, hoppy, citrus and malt finish is chalky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1557) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 30, 2009
I didnt know this was a fruit beer.... Shared at SL by robert. Orange in color. Nice little head. Light orange notes aroma. Taste is orange-ish. Sweet malty taste. Light in texture. Easy to drink. Overall not a bad fruitbeer at all.

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