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


on tap

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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (17825) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2011
18th April 2009
Cloudy brown beer. Softish palate. This has the same flavour as many IPAs - orange and grapefruit but in this case the flavours are obviously coming from fruit rather than hops - if that makes sense! Refreshing and somewhat tart!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (15610) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Bottle at Paradiso Dupont, recommendation of RJ, thanks! Interesting combination of sweet fruit and bitterness, good balance. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12294) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12147) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2009
(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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12033) - 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10687) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle shared by Butters at Slutfest 2.0. Pours clear copper with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is average malt (biscuit, straw, bread), average hops (citrus, pine), and average esters (fruity) with notes of minty orange. Flavor is average malt (biscuit, straw, bread), average hops (citrus, pine), and average esters (fruity) with notes of minty orange. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (10406) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 20, 2011
651mL thanks to Travlr. The pour is a cloudy, glowing, bright orange laden with loads of yeast particulate micro globules. A small, yellow head forms with poor retention. The nose is pink lemonade- fresh and citric. Taste is tart and has some Hitachino like notes (similar yeast or water profile?) like cedar and muted white vinegar. Citrus peel bitterness comes through with resinous wood. Dry mouthfeel with orange juice tartness. Pink lemonade still comes to mind more than satsuma, the fruit this is made with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8492) - 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.

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