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


on tap

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RATINGS: 96   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 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 (670) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Carpenter’s Mikan Ale
Date: June 06, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: hazy orange, big white head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, light fruity tartness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, plenty of balancing earthy bitterness tones down the sweetness, touch of tartness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4690) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2011
633ml bottle - $9.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded (from some suspended yeast mini-morsels), orange-copper body with a goodly sized, frothed, near white head.

Smell: Fresh, juicy, inviting nose of citrus fruits from the mikans as well as the c-hops floated by biscuit toned malts, a trace of yeastiness, and a hint of dry honey.

Taste: A biscuity malt base with a faint toastiness at the edges and some honeyed sweetness upfront. Citrusy, floral hops with ample bitterness throughout. There’s a very, very mild tartness to that mikan fruitiness. Has some hint of lemon, grapefruit, and mandarin orange. Superbly fruity finish, still faintly tart and a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Pleasant tasting, crisp, and very refreshing, though a lessened ABV% would certainly help in that department.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Pours very orange, nice head and lacing; fruity nose, some light sugars like carmel, a slightly bit floral, and malty; semi-sweet, also has acidic and bitter tones; medium body, short finish, nice carbonation and a tad bit creamy;

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (5273) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Pours deep chunky orange gold into a snifter. White head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Grapefruit and orange aromas. Medium bodied with yeast, grapefruit and tangerine upfront turning to a lasting dry, pith finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (8589) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Bottle from Star Grocery, Berkeley. Pours clear amber with a modest beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a mild citrus flavor with a toffee background and some carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13508) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Bomber shared by Marcus. Pours clear copper with a foamy beige head. Aroma of fruity hop and lgiht caramel. Near med body. Flavor is something related to citrus with flroal aspects and some roast malt. Kind of an ESB thing. Sort of.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7114) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, fully lasting. Body is hazy light amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Ya know, I can’t really tell there’s any satsuma in this, and I loooooooove satsumas (easily my favorite type of orange). It just smells like citrusy-grapefruity hops. Pretty one-dimensional and dull in the nose, but this may not be the freshest sample...no oxidation notes though. Flavor balance is decent albeit a bit tart, which is to be expected with fruit additions. Forgettable, but looks fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle shared by Butters at Butters Slutfest 2.0, Richmond, VA, 4.23.11. Pours a hazy dark strong color with chunky floating particles. Large creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of syrupy citrus fruits, honey, floral notes and sawdust. The taste is tart syrupy fruits with a nutty finish. Medium bodied. Nice one.

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