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Baird Yamanashi Apple Ale

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Baird Yamanashi Apple Ale
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Formerly brewed at Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Fruit Beer
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Yamanashi Apple Ale is a brilliant hazy golden color and sports a billowy white head of foam. A subtle waft of tart apples immediately greets the olfactory senses. This aroma stems entirely from the use of freshly, and coarsely, grated red apples added to the wort kettle at the end of wort boiling. No aroma hops have been added nor is any real fruit character derived from the yeast (our standard house strain) or the fermentation regime (conducted cool and slow). In the mouth, a pleasantly tart cider-like flavor is accentuated beautifully by the effervescence of a vigorous natural carbonation. The beer is dry and highly attenuated as a result of low mashing temperatures, the exclusive use of pale malts (Maris Otter, German Pils, Wheat and Carahell) and a touch of Japanese candy sugar. At 25 IBUs the hop bitterness is low but this is compensated for by the tartness of the apples.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Bottle. Hazy golden yellow in color with a little head. Honey malty aroma. Apple notes. Malty apple tart flavor. Finish is fruity. Drinkable. Well balanced. Decent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Different looking label then the others but I get green apple in this. Color is cloudy light yellow with a small head. Some honey and mellow sweet malts. Both Baird beers so far are pleasantly subtle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Fresh apple tartness and lightly honeyed pale maltiness slowly merge into a very drinkable, fruity Golden Ale which satisfies from beginning to end of the sensory experience.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the clear blond.
-The apple fruitiness is minutiously integrated in the crisp maltiness, and never exaggerates.
-Balance is achieved even though the hops are deftly escape the tastebuds.
-This almost drinks like its under 4% alcohol!

On tap at the brewery restaurant.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3120) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 16, 2007
Cloudy golden color, thick white head. Light appley nose. Med-body, lightly spiced (I guess by the japanese candy sugar) and the apples and tartness really shine through, but it almost makes me think this is a cider. However, the pale malts also show up to give the beer some backbone and ensure it is not a cider. Not sweet at all. If you like cider you will love this. better than I anticipated.


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