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


on tap

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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 Carpenterís 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.

john_henry's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
john_henry (123) - - MAR 27, 2014
Great beer, but I donít get the Mikan at all, maybe itís ads complexity that otherwise wouldnít be evident, but donít expect to be tasting any Mikan here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkel07 (4516) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle from Cellarbrations Sandy Bay 251115. Looks murky and hazy in the glass. Aroma is a bit light on however the flavour is okay. Not the best Baird beer that I have had. Itís okay though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmctaster (14) - Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2015
Gold with white head. Slightly bitter and dry. Like an American pale ale, but less hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (5953) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Orange type fruit is subtle here. Pours dark amber with great head. Light tangy finish. Some hay. Tap at Churchkey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (4114) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey during the Baird/Shiga Kogen Tap Takeover. Murky brownish yellow with off-white head. Aromas of light berry, citrus, light herbs. Tastes of lemon citrus, light berry. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Davros (2460) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2015
Pours hazy amber with a large white head. Nose shows soft sweet malt and banana. Very subtle. Flavours include a soft tangy note, some grainy malt and cardboard characters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
colui72 (420) - HONG KONG - JUN 22, 2015
An IPA hidden behind fruit. Golden/amber hazy appearance with creamy white head. Fruity aroma and taste dominated by the mikan orange. Hoppy in the end. Goooood!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4925) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 3, 2015
Aroma is citrus/slightly funky orange and slightly perfumed. The flavor is citrus, lemons, malts, mild hops and a tart finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (1284) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2015
On tap at Naka-Meguro taproom in January. Served in a half pint glass. Golden yellow color with a huge soapy head. Nice lacing. Big mikan aroma with yeast on the nose as well. Yeast and mikan taste are balanced well with tastes of lemon zest, grapefruit pith and a slight cinnamon presence as well. Medium carbonation with a medium to light body. Nice dry, crisp finish. Nice balance between the mikan and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2015
Keg at Naka Meguro. Smells great, nice orange, bit of lemon too, malty, floral. Taste is good too, less citrus, bit of sweetness, light caramel. Nice refreshing bitterness at finish then orange comes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (7864) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
"interesting brew. i can se why it scores high as a fruit ale...itís more like a hoppy ipa that happens to have fruit. big hoppy aroma...tropical fruit and citrus peel. flavor has a house aspect and a decent malt backbone, but is still about the large amount of hops and the fruit. they go well together and i ended up liking this one. comprable, kinda sorta, to Aprihop."

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