Baird Natsumikan Summer Ale

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Baird Natsumikan Summer Ale is an extraordinarily unique beer that was an immense challenge to brew. Wheat and barley combine in equal proportions as the base malt; Japanese candy sugar contributes five percent of the fermentables; and freshly peeled and crushed natsumikans (Japanese summer mikans) from both Shizuoka and Fukuoka are added to the kettle at the end of wort boiling (approximately 33 kg of natsumikans per 225 liters wort). The natsumikans from Shizuoka (the Heda garden of our carpenter friend, Nagakura-san) are quite large, grapefruit-like mikans with a distinct grapefruit-like tart and sour character. The Fukuoka mikans (from the Kita-Kyushu orchard of beer enthusiast and friend, Tago-san), on the other hand, are smaller, sweeter and more orange-like in character. Aprroximately 75% of the natsumikans we used come from Shizuoka and 25% from Fukuoka

Also known as Shizuoka Summer Mikan.

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HenrikSoegaard (14760) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2018
Draught. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. <yellow colour. Light malty and hoppy aroma. Light bitter flavor. Short light bitter finish. Watery palate. Cabbage notes.

visionthing (5656) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 10, 2017
On tap (as "Baird Natsumikan Ale") at Pudel, Tallinn. Slightly hazy golden with a white head. Rather mild, fruit aroma with unfamiliar fruits, some pale malt and hints of yeast and spices. Moderate sweet with mild, but pleasant flavours and a light bitterness. Enjoyable.

MartyW (436) - DENMARK - NOV 14, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2017 Draft. Citrus fruits, malt, wooden touch, sweet malt, slightly zesty, yuzu, light tartness. Sweet and juicy fruity. Good

Desverger (14022) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2017
[email protected], Copenhagen - Golden orange pour with white head. Sweet fruity with prominent yuzu, lots of exotic fruity notes in the support, hoppy medium bitter finish.

SinH4 (6895) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 29, 2017
Bottle. Hazy pale golden color with white head. Aroma is oranges, yuzu. Taste is yuzu, slight tartness, pale malts, refreshing. Silky mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Refreshing and very nice.

PhillyBeer2112 (2939) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2017
Well I’ve never had natsumikan but this beer is full of it! Pronounced fruity nose and flavors, vaguely citrus (grapefruit) and tropical (mango). Mostly it reminds me of pomelo. Otherwise nice beer, bready zesty doughy/yeasty, refreshing. Quite a bit of yeast sediment came out at final pour, so it went from a mild hazy golden yellow to a cloudier dark orange. I found it rather enjoyable and refreshing on the whole.

Marduk (8820) - Reval, ESTONIA - AUG 16, 2017
Tap. Hazy orange color. Small size, white head, stays. Yeasty, grainy, hoppy, passionfruit, sourish in aroma. Citrus, yeasty, bubblegum and tobacco in taste. Quite flat. Bubblegum and tobacco hops in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Soft bitterness. Drinkable brew.

FatPhil (17491) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 16, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2017 Tap (Biiru Bday #4 @ Brewdog, Tallinn) as "Shizuoka Summer Mikan" (5:3:5:2:12=2.7)
Watery and citrus fruity aroma, some coriander seed sharpness. Watery palate, decent carbonation, maybe a bit high. Tastes a bit watered down too, some wheatiness. Citrussy hops, tingly finish (Anna gets a bit of dry yeast in the finish also). A bit dull. However, decently balanced, and an OK refreshing ale, so more compelling than any of its component parts.

Juks (1267) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 16, 2017
Tap at BrewDog Tallinn. Slightly hazy pale orange, small white head. Aroma is fruity, some kind of lemon candy, malty. Taste is malty, creamy, citrussy, wheaty. Fruity and tart in aftertaste. Light to medium bodied, average carbo. Drinkable.

martjoobolut (5468) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 16, 2017
Tap at brewdog (thanks anna & phil). Pours amber. Aroma is hops, citrus. Flavor is sour, fruity, citrus. Finish is citric. Overall: okish.

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