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


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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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koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Bottle purchased at Liquid Solutions. Appearance: Murky peach with honey folds. A 2 finger white crown has little retention and some lacing. Smell: Like an under-ripe grapefruit with a mixture of american hops. Simcoe seems to be the dominant one in the nose. Taste: Natsumikan fruit with some hop bitterness from the simcoes, Horizons and Mount Hoods. Tart finish. Mouthfeel: Very effervescent and light bodied. Drinkability: btw the low abv and mouthfeel this one is easy to drink. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-28-2009

badgerben (5373) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2010
As Shizuoka Natsumikan. Hazy orange color with a medium head. A very plantish and leafy aroma, like walking into a greenhouse. Very light flavors of fruit and flowers. A touch of bitterness on the finish. Fairly non-descript. I am not familiar with the fruit used in this beer, but it may be too delicate to stand up to a beer, as it really does not seem to have added much.

beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Sampled on 12/18/2009. This fruit beer pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, citrusy and sweet. A medium bodied fruit beer. The malts are fruity and citrusy, sweet and tart. The hops are citrusy. Lively carbonation. Nice balance. Slightly citrusy and tart. Delicate flavors. A very nice touch of blending a fairly non-traditional brewing fruit into a beer. Subtle. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart and bitter.

fonefan (52351) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2009
Bottle 663ml.
Light unclear medium orange color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, fruity, moderate to light heavy hoppy, flowers, grapefruit, sweet orange - lime, light yeasty. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration, fresh and dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090913]

rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle, thanks Swoopjones! Gold, white head. Nose is ginger, lemon, some hay like malt, spice. Flavor is lemon, ginger, green tea. A bit of fruit comes out towards the finish.

frylock (1144) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Pale Golden color beneath a thin white head. Doughy malt and honey aroma. Lightly sweet honey and biscuit like malts accompanied by some unidentified fruitiness. Light bitterness shines through in the finish. Well balanced and very drinkable.

swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bottled as Shizuoka Natsumikan Ale. Blonde saxo like color. Sweet malts with floral tropical fruit aroma. Flavor folllows aroma to the T. Medium mouthfeel. Nice beer

IndianaRed (5121) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 7, 2009
22OZ bottel pours a very cloudy pale orange/light amber. Small off-white head. Aroma is orange mango or tangerine and sweet citrusy hops. Malt flavors are light and fruity and while there is some hop flavor, there is not much bitterness from them. Strange fruity flavors but not bad. Soft carbonation.

BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle: Pours a cloudy orange color with a nice thick pure white head. The nose is bright and fruity with tons of orange and crispy hop notes. The fruitiness in the nose moves its way seamlessly into the flavor. A bit more sweeter than it is bitter, a hopped up version (ala, the IPA) would be a lot better. Almost like a pummelo, the fruit adds a lot to this that the hops normally would. Nice combination.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 25, 2009
633ml bottle. Shizuoka Natsumikan Ale consumed with a friend named Shizuka. Cloudy amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some wheat, light cream. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some wheat, lemon. Some bitterness. Light-medium body, some creaminess.

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