bu11zeye (12147) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(633ml bottle) Pours a cloudy orange body with a small white head. Aroma of orange, tangerine, toasted malt, and biscuit. Flavor of hops (orange, floral), tangerine, caramel malt, and some herbs.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a hazy deep gold with white fizzy head. Aroma of caramel, some honey, fruit, malt. Flavor has a faint sweetness, fruit, hops, light bitter. Mouthfeel is light body, high carbonation. It’s ok.
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a small, white head that fades over the murky golden body. Aroma of sticky oranges, caramel and toffee. Taste has a bit of diacetyl in the mid palate with fruit and light caramel surrounding it. Watery mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.
ilovedarkbeer (2434) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a yellow orange color with almost no head that is a white oil slick Some lacing. Nose is lemon, lime, and soda. Taste is the same and the mouthfeel is carbonated and fizzy. Medium finish length.
mar (5011) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
after4ever (6628) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TimE (4059) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 22, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.