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


on tap


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Country Girl is brewed with one major kabocha addition during mashing -when it is added to the malt porridge and liquefied by the heat and the enzymatic activity of the mash, and one smaller priming addition added directly to the keg during packaging in order to augment the secondary fermentation. In the pint glass, Country Girl Kabocha Ale will present itself with a dense creamy-white head and a slightly hazy orange-amber color. In the nose, you will detect a hint of kabocha sweetness that will give way in the mouth to the subtly sweet flavor of kabocha and honeyed fruit. The finish will be dry and fleeting with a residue of alcoholic warmth.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (4116) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 30, 2011
Keg at Harajuku taproom. Amber orange colour with small white head. Aroma is sweet, and vegetabley, and with lots of caramelly malt. Taste is very nice, malt up front and fading into the vegetable taste which I guess is the pumpkin. Very smooth but with medium carbonation. Very nice sweet rounded finish with just a hint of bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9850) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2010 Bottle, Dec 2007. Very cloudy, particles in suspension, deep amber color with a medium, fine head. Sweet, fruity aroma with lots of chocolate, caramel, kabocha, slightly spicy as well. Rich and fragrant. Extremely rich flavor! Malty, chewy, cookies. Lots of chocolate, some caramel, it must be the pumpkin, which is not tasted all that strongly itself. Spicy and dessert-like, but not overly sweet. Good balance with dark fruits and just enough hops. Finish of dry amber malt with sweet traces of pumpkin, and then a long hop bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2011
On tap at Nakameguro Taproom. Beautiful red copper colour with a proper tan head. Fruity aroma. Caramel and fruit flavours- the pumpkin notes are subtle. A well-crafted fruity amber ale that leaves the mouth dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (3452) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 16, 2012
633ml brown bottle. Brewery label states 6% abv, but import sticker says 5.8%. 2010 bottle. Deep golden pour with haze. Head is big and creamy, off white in colour. Nice lace rings in the glass. Sweet nose, caramel malts, honey, light orangey hops. Taste has caramel and grainy malts, fruity notes and some leafy hops at the end. Grains/malt aftertaste, nice dryness. Medium body and average carbonation. A nice malty amber ale, but not really getting the kabocha.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2374) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - APR 15, 2011
Kabocha: a Japanese variety of winter squash. OK. Poured out a deep deep amber brew with a pretty big light tan head that stays on as a thick cover and leaves some big islands of lacing. Toasty roasty sweetness, honey, squash stuff, caramel, salt, soft and pleasant. Good taste, mildly assertive hops, squashy things - mild and very low key which is how I like this type of beer, light spice, honey and excellent taste when quite warm. Very malty adn very tasty.. ack. Im sooooo tired

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9653) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2007
My Bottom Line:
This quaffable Pumpkin Ale lays out its cereal and fruity sweetness into a lean body where pumpkin does not override every other flavor.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the hazy pale orange.
-Earthiness appears in the back, maybe a result of the supporting hops.
-Carbonation is rather low, making this absurdly drinkable.
-This one didnt stand out much at Bairds fruit beer festival, but it stil provided a fine quencher.

On tap at the brewery tap room.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (6081) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2011
650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy amber color with a finger of thick white head that settles to some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is toasted malts and pumpkin. Taste is malty sweet with mild pumpkin and a lingering dry hoppy bitter finish. Light to medium body and generous carbonation. A very interesting brew, which is quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9999) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Deep red-orange with a medium off white head. Nice fruity amber ale profile, not as earthy as true pumpkin, and not as sweet as honey, but somewhere in between. Simple but the malts here are pleasantly tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (5535) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 25, 2005
Hazy amber color. Slight hop character in the nose, but undistinguished. Mouth starts a bit hoppy, but then malts play the bigger role with hints of pumpkin and pumpkin seeds, spice, but after drinking a very complex Octoberfest, this is a bit of a let down. This beer was lost on me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willisread (3097) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Tap at Katamariniku & Bakushu Blocks in Nakano. Deep amber with a one-finger fluffy off-white head. Light pumpkin nose with some yam and lots of toasted caramel notes. Taste is very gourd forward without much of the spices found in American version. Malts really stand out on the finish, but really a pretty boring beer to me.

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