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


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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
The mikans used in this brew are fresh, succulent, and local -- harvested on the Heda land and by the hand of our carpenter friend, Nagakura-san. The Baird brewers hand-process the harvested mikans, shaving off the outer skin of the peel and pressing the juice. Both peel shavings and juice are added to the brew at different stages of production. The mikans serve to add depth and complexity to an already sumptious ale; their role is to complement, not dominate. In addition to mikans, the 2009 Carpenters Mikan Ale incorporates a grain bill including Maris Otter pale ale malt, wheat malt, unmalted wheat and two types of Japanese sugar (sudakito and akato). The hopping schedule features cirtrusy Centennial and Cascade varieties including dry-hop additions to the conditioning tank. The combination of mikans and citrus hops provide an exquisitely complex yet balanced fruit character. The wonderful aromatics of this character waft gorgeously from the billowy white head that forms in the glass. Final transport to beer Nirvana comes courtesy of the tight and spritzy natural carbonation that works to keep you tastebuds fresh and alert.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
john_henry (124) - - MAR 27, 2014
Great beer, but I dont get the Mikan at all, maybe its ads complexity that otherwise wouldnt be evident, but dont expect to be tasting any Mikan here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (989) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Pours a cloudy golden with a thin white head. The aroma is a bit lighter, consisting of mikan, wheat, grapefruit, and lemon. The mikan in the nose stand out most. The taste has quite a bit more bitterness than I was expecting. Equal grapefruit and mikan dominate. Underneath I find floral hops, wheat, and some mild cereal, and hints of spice. Long mikan aftertaste. This one is medium in body, with a slick texture, and is average in carbonation. I found this rather refreshing to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fules (1108) - Gyngys, HUNGARY - OCT 3, 2016
Kicsi, gyorsan eltűnő hab, borostyn szn. Enyhe, citrusos, fűszeres illat. Dligymlcss, citrusos, fűszeres zek. Kzepesen testes, enyhn keserű s sznsavas. Nem jtt be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (2009) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle to tulip Consummation: Grapefruit, mikan (I guess), rind, hint of pine Adjunct: Aroma of grapefruit, pepper, lemon peel; hazy amber with tons of particulates...I mean tons with a thing white head

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (6149) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 22, 2016
330ml bottle pours a hazy golden color with sediments on the bottom of glass and a finger of white head on top leaving only a few spots of lacing. Aroma is oranges and orange zest with some herbal notes. Taste is an orange zest and citrus hop bitterness with a fruity and malty sweetness. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a nicely hopped and tasty fruit beer that is quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SeniorZozo (1680) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 4, 2016
Beermarket.hu Tasting session @ Budapest. Aroma and taste is fruity and wheaty, lots of herbal and spicy notes going on, interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (9947) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2016
33 cl bottle @ Timo A. Bottled on 23.10.2015.
Pours clear pale golden color with a small head. Aroma is herbal, some grain notes, mild citric tones, grass and pale malts. Flavor is orange and mandarin, some grassy notes, maybe corn tones and some juicy notes. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PanMarek (404) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2016
Citrus nose with a dank, hoppy finish and touches of malt. Taste is complex with a moderate hoppiness dominating. There is a touch of sour as well as citrus. Medium body and fizziness. Based on the description, I was expecting something much more challenging. The fruit notes are unusual but subtle. I had this from a bottle that may have been old. Would like to try on tap to compare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RW80 (2423) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 2, 2016
330 ml bottle. Appearance: Lightl hazy yellow orangish boy, with a full sized off-white head. Head lasts lasts for a long time. Aroma : fruity, canned mandarins without the sweetness, malts Taste: fruity, canned mandarins without the sweetness straw, wheat, a light malt bitterness, orangepeel.. Decent body and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (7182) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUN 29, 2016
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Clear amber color. Small size, white head, disappears. Old cloth, yeasty, some malts, bit of burnt rubber in aroma. Acidic citrus, tart, spicy hops, grapefruit skins in taste. Grapefruit skins and peel in aftertaste. Medium fruity bitterness. Medium carbonation. Alcohol is hidden which is nice. Bit harsh to drink, but still drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (15575) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 28, 2016
330ml bottle (Sip, Tallinn) at 7%
Yikes, settled for several weeks, theres a scary crud in the bottle, gonna need pouring carefully. Pale amber, brief head. Slightly fruity aroma, gentle citrussy aspect. Tingly palate, but quite thin, carbonation doesnt help. Citrussy and metallic hops everywhere, not much beer here. Does cover the alcohol well, no sign of 7%, its almost weak and watery. Leaves me underwhelmed.

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