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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Fruit Beer
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Sampled on 12/12/2009. This fruit beer pours a medium orange gold color form a 633ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head, with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is fruity and sweet, lightly citrusy and tart. A medium to light bodied fruit beer. The malts are caramel and sweet, fruity. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity. Lively carbonation. Nice balance. Subtle interplay between the malts, citrusy hops and mikans. Nice subtle and delicate tasting beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4376) - Marietta, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (3764) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2011
Sampled at Slutfest 2.0. Good hazy orange pour iwth small whitish head. Sweeter and richer than the summer version. Nose is like spicy woodsy nuttiness. Sage? Unique. I prefer this one. Orange citrus, but not as bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11900) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4403) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2068) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 22, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 On tap at Bungalow, 600 yen for 10 oz. It pours a great honey gold with a thick fluffy off-white head & a yeasty full mikan fruity aroma with some citrusy hop notes as well. Great smooth creamy mouthfeel. The taste is well balanced, earthy, mikan, citrus fruits, mild pine bitterness with biscuity malt notes in the finish. The earthiness almost has a chocolate or cacao quality to it. This one gets an A, great stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
junon (414) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Appearance alone makes me want to taste it. Aroma is hard to explain...I have all these images of rustic vegetable gardens and fields. Trying to pull a word from my brain and all I get is "Round". Taste is equally perplexing and enjoyable. This ale is smooth and relaxing while at the same time citrus and lively. Baird out did their selves with this one.

3.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4848) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2335) - JAPAN - MAR 6, 2009
This was a lot better than expected. The full juicy orange taste throught is one that would do well in summer, even though it has been released in WInter. Very smooth and fresh, but with a bit of body to it, which goes a long well.


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