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


on tap

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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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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dnstone (3700) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2017
Pours light golden with a sight haze and white head. Light wheaty malty aroma. Light malt/wheaty flavor with citrus like fruit notes. Quite refreshing, a great summer beer. Notes: Bottle at Lotus of Siam

Sarlacc83 (2435) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2016
Bottle thanks to Mick. A: Cloudy straw, thin white head. N: Orange peel, straw, pine, earth, grass, hay fields, peppercorn, and rosemary. T: Bitter, spicy, and a bit sweet. M: Light body, creamy carbonation, no alcohol. O: Pretty good pale ale. The mikans add a pleasant dimension.

douglas88 (9795) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2016
Bottle thanks to Mick. Pours a clear yellow color with a medium white head. A big sweet citrus orange nose. Smooth, citrus, earthy grains. Solid.

shoulderbroken (4256) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 28, 2015
Tap at CBM Koenji. Lots of orange in the aroma and initial taste, quite spritzy, almost like a soluble vitamin c tablet. Bit wheaty too. Pretty nice! Light sourness from the citrus. Liked this more than I expected.

willisread (3803) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2016 Tap re-rate for 2016 version. No skunkiness this time. Lots of zesty citrus. No sweetness. Tart and dry. Very nice fruit beer. Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a hazy gold with a minimal white head. Aromas of natsumikan, white grapfruit zest and pith on the nose with a little bit of skunk. Taste is all citrus. Soft carbonation with a juice-like mouthfeel. Not sweet at all. Light body with some honey on the palate. Refreshing but the skunk takes it down a few notches in my book.

GenkiGonzo (1096) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 11, 2015
Draught at the Shuzenji brewery. Light gold pour. Really zesty aroma. Flavour is quite light with a touch of honey.

EdInSaltLake (748) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Sweet, herbal aroma. A little skunky. Similar sweet malt and herbal hop flavor. Caramel malt, and pepper.

Sledutah (7977) - Utah, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle shared by Mike
Clear golden with a medium sized white head, good lacing. Aroma of grains, skunky and honey. Taste is grainy, cereal and honey

MikeJslc (778) - Alabama, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Medium gold, clear, off-white head. Aroma of grainy malt and fruit, Flavor: grainy-sweet, honey-like malt, light fruits.

biirusaikou (2705) - - JUL 22, 2014
Rich mikan , decent fruity/sour balance, clean finish. Classic Baird seasonal, very well done mikan ale without any useless sweetness.

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