Baird Yamanashi Apple Ale

Formerly brewed at Baird Brewing Co.
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
5.9% Fruit Beer | 4 Ratings | Spring Seasonal |
Yamanashi Apple Ale is a brilliant hazy golden color and sports a billowy white head of foam. A subtle waft of tart apples immediately greets the olfactory senses. This aroma stems entirely from the use of freshly, and coarsely, grated red apples added to the wort kettle at the end of wort boiling. No aroma hops have been added nor is any real fruit character derived from the yeast (our standard house strain) or the fermentation regime (conducted cool and slow). In the mouth, a pleasantly tart cider-like flavor is accentuated beautifully by the effervescence of a vigorous natural carbonation. The beer is dry and highly attenuated as a result of low mashing temperatures, the exclusive use of pale malts (Maris Otter, German Pils, Wheat and Carahell) and a touch of Japanese candy sugar. At 25 IBUs the hop bitterness is low but this is compensated for by the tartness of the apples.

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
alcohol banana bubblegum butterscotch clove cooked vegetables cough drop ginger licorice raisin rotten eggs soy sauce skunky smoke vanilla woody
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

Color
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Liquid
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Head
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Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

Sweet
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Bitter
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Sour
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Other
salty umami
The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

Body
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Texture
thin oily creamy sticky slick thick

Carbonation
fizzy lively average soft flat

Finish
astringent bitter abrupt long

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