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


on tap


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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   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 (3418) - Las Vegas, Nevada, 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

willisread (3342) - 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.

DrnkMcDermott (3099) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
22 oz. bottle. $6 @ Binny’s, April 2011. Poured into a smallish pilsener glass, just to get a good look at the stuff. Pours hazy gold with red highlights, and a lot of particles floating around. If the base style was a Belgian wheat beer, this could be seen as OK. Big fizzy head. Smell starts off with golden ale malt, a bit of sour note. Nice, just not a BIG smell, I guess. Have to say, though, the taste is not that much of a much. Maybe I let it sit around to long. All I can really get is a Fat Tire with hard Mandarin oranges in it. Guess I should have had this fresher.

SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a deep, murky gold/orange with white fizzy head. Aroma of passion fruit and floral hops. Flavor of fruit, some wild yeast, light hoppy bitter with a not so good after taste. Mouthfeel is light body, high carbonation with a little fizz. Not bad.

jonno (2761) - JAPAN - JUL 26, 2009
Pretty boring all round. A decent ale flavoured with orange. Easy to drink, but didn’t want another.

ilovedarkbeer (2741) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a dull orange color with a very small bright white soapy head. Some lacing. Getting notes of passion fruit, and lemon grass. Mouthfeel is bubbly and carbonated but the front flavors drop off very quickly. Kind of over carbonated.

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.

willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2011
20110328 50cl bottle from State Line. Hazy dark golden with small but lasting white head of tight foam. Aroma is bright and citrusy, lots of lemony and grapefruit, fresh parsley, shortbread, pizza dough, hints of white cedar. Soft on the palate up front, smooth and creamy wheat like a witte, but sturdy malts and easy, even carbonation of an APA. The finish comes quickly with a burst of grapefruit pith bitterness, and not in a hoppy way, but truly reminiscent of the skin of the fruit. Long lingering citrus and quite floral. Lovely, entertaining, a real treat.

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.

Sarlacc83 (2287) - 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.

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