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


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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. slightly cloudy pour with a thin white head. interesting nose of vanilla, hops, dried fruits and grass. very sweet flavor of honey, dried fruits and caramel. nice finish with a caramel aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2008
From a 23 ounce bottle purchased at Belmont Station in Portland, OR--Poured a pale amber body with golden sparkles and a small white head. Calm yet powerfully distinct nose of fruits and citrus. Very drinkable. I am not sure what a mikan is but I like it. Comforting wheat and hops balance out this wonderful beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6263) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2008
12-oz. Thanks, Skoi! Light golden amber, thin white head. Mild, slightly funky fruit peel nose. Light and watery; refreshing. Very restrained. Sparkly and a bit funky. Balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Orangey fruitiness, mild honey and wheaty tartness coincide in this well-balanced, delicately hopped citrusy ale. Now, who else brews more than one mikan ale?!?

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the clear light orange.
-This has the same lean body as most Baird fruit beers.
-Although this 2007 batch is 6.4%, it drinks as easily as if it were 4.5%.
-Shy resinous hoppiness and hay accompany the quenching citrusy hop finale.

On tap at the brewery tap room.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TimE (3365) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 22, 2006
It is a bit confusing that two separate Mikan beers are made. The beer disappointingly has little mikan flavor and is a cloudy unbalanced hop bomb. I have yet to try to the summer one, but I hope it is better than this.

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