Natsumikan Ale | Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Natsumikan AleNatsumikan Ale
Very Good
35 Ratings
Natsumikan AleNatsumikan Ale

Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewer's Notes: Baird Natsumikan Ale is brewed with whirlpool additions of ample quantities of freshly peeled and stomped natsumikans that were grown in the Heda orchard of our good friend Nagakura-san. Natsumikans are grapefruit-like both in appearance (large, round, yellowish orange) and in flavor (tart and sweetly sour). The tart natsumikan flavor is supported by a big, sweetly malty wort base that is accentuated by a high mashing temperature. Additional citrus and floral notes are provided by an All-American lineup of hops: Simcoe, Horizon and Mount Hood. ABV is approximately 5.4-6.0%.

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-01-2005

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by Klym:
Photo of Klym
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: So much carbonation coming out of this one. Brownish orange with a fleeting, light head composed of large bubbles.

S: Tangerine and lychee smells dominate with some maltiness in the background. This actually smells amazing, smells like a perfect summer beer to me.

T: Maltier than expected. The fruit tastes take center stage in the after taste but are much more tame than they were in the nose.

M: Too heavy bodied for the taste. I think this wants to be a great session beer and in order to do so and fit the desired taste they need to lighten this one up a little bit.

O: I had to pick this beer up because I'm so excited for the prospect of breweries experimenting with ingredients we don't have here in America. I've lived in Japan twice and while I've never had a natsumikan (yes, it's its own fruit) I really like yuzu and was hoping a natsumikan might be in the same realm. Not sure if the beer did justice to the fruit but I think the flavor was original and interesting to see in a beer. If they toned down the maltiness and reworked the body I could see this beer being very popular. I hope breweries outside of the US continue to work with local ingredients because there is obviously outstanding potential.

 1,226 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

633ml bomber - neat to see package individualism in a foreign country's version of a local staple.

This beer pours a hazy pale orange amber colour, with two fingers of creamy eggshell-white head, which leaves a broken low wall of painted lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of sweet bready malt, exotic citrus fruit, beyond the normal grapefruit and orange, like the star fruit and its ilk at the supermarket, perhaps. The taste is musty toasted barley grain, a somewhat prominent tea-leaf earthiness, and a mild citrus variant edge. No booze overly evident. The carbonation is moderate, the body on the light side of medium, a bit airy, and too zingy to be considered outright smooth. It finishes fairly clean, the soft malt and residual Yankee-san hops mellowing nicely.

A decent citrusy ale, with the now welcomely expected side-shift in local ingredient variation from this brewer.

 896 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Captain Couger and rated at 6%. Medium orange with a soapy white fead. Fruity aroma. Appropriate understated carbonation. Taste is tangerine and orange, with other citruys.Fruity aroma. Easy drinking, sweet but not too sweet nor too malty.

 251 characters

Photo of augustgarage
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks!). Poured from a 633mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Cloudy orange peel and amber body with two dense fingers of ivory. Impressive sticky lacing.

Potent unique aromatics - somewhat similar to pomelo with a bitter/sour element (thus, fresh natsumikan). Lightly biscuity and hoppy smells as well.

Faintly toasted malt, lots of citrus, very juicy with mild bitterness on the palate. Supremely balanced. The finish is slightly earthy and suggestive of apple skins.

Light bodied, pillowy, well carbonated, juicy yet dry.

This may be the perfect session ale - elegant, singular, and very well crafted. Some of Baird's other concepts are more appealing to me, but the execution of this beer is unimpeachable.

 751 characters

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure of the age on this bottle, but it's been available for a few months. Shared with Botham & co. at Local Option.

Murky glowing orange, white foam that leaves flecks around the edges of the glass. Smells faintly of citrus and floral hops, with some malt sweetness, though somewhat subdued overall.

Fairly average body and flavor, again some citrus hints, but not especially vibrant. Aftertaste has some bitter orange peel, which was nice. Fairly light feeling, it's easygoing and summery. Good one to share, hope the next time I drink it, it's fresher.

 562 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Ding for sending this one to me. I never would have given it a shot without him. Very interesting to say the least, I busted this one out as a light offering to get the afternoon started. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed of 05/25/2009.
The pour was decent enough. Very fizzy with a light head of white on top of a golden yellow colored body. Very summer looking. This all settled down quickly and left the golden look to stare at you. The Light aroma of oranges and lemons highlighted here, with an almost ginger like touch to it added a nice element of zing. Light in body and highly carbonated, this actually worked well here, keeping it from coming across too heavy. As it melds across the tongue, light, prickly notes of citrus are all over this one as the even light notes of grain and ginger accent it very well. Very light and highly session able.
Overall while note my favorite thing in the world, I have to say it was still more then decent. I would have no issue at all if this came in a 12oz but the big bottle was a little too much for my palate.

 1,117 characters

Photo of rallison
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light orange color with a nice white head. This interesting beer has a rather pleasant floral citrusy nose. Some nice flower notes are also present.

The taste is surprisingly decent. Tangerine like taste against a juicy, soft malt body. Grapefruit. Just a touch of sour character, as expected given the description of the natsumikan fruits used.

Very pleasant as a summer fruit beer. I generally hate fruit beers (aside from lambics of course) - I wish they all tasted this decent.

 489 characters

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that died down, but left a short head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of natsumikans are present in the nose, which seem to smell like lemons with hints of grapefruits.
T: The taste follows the smell, but is a bit stronger with flavors of lemons and limes with hints of grapefruit. No malts are detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The light-body and citrusy flavors in this beer make it somewhat refreshing, so it could make for a nice choice during the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

 771 characters

Photo of IronDjinn
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for this.

From a 633 ml brown bottle, abv listed at 6%. Cloudy amber in appearance, but not murky. Tall off-white spongy merrengue head with impressive retention.

Clean aroma at first, becomes a bit musty. Light bready malt, sweet fruit, and a grapefruit-like quality.

Clean flavour, dry neutral grains, something of an tea-like character in the middle, with a sharp spicy citrus-rind presence in the finish. Something like white grapefruit pith lingers on in the aftertaste, quite astringent. A more assertive citrus character takes over as it warms.

Medium-light mouthfeel, low carbonation but it still offers some spritz, dry.

It has its moments, the addition of fruit adds some extra puckering citrus notes to accentuate the hops, however beyond that it kind of falls short.

 812 characters

Photo of Nick3
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never had this style of beer and I wasn't sure what a Natsumikan was but I thought I'd give it a shot. Beer is a golden orangish color with little head. Good carbonation. Nose is mild and with subtle citrus notes. Taste is very refreshing and easy to drink. A but of grapefuit in there. Overall, a pleasant beer to drink in the spring and you could easily drink several.

 370 characters

Photo of porknwhiskey
1/5  rDev -74.1%

Photo of hopdog
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared courtesy of Josh.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of herbalness, citrus, and fruity. I wrote down 'different' by the aromas. Tastes of the same herbalness, oranges/citrus, and some wheatiness.

 256 characters

Photo of Dawkfan
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A hazy bright orange color with 2 fingers of white head. Retention is average, there's a thin ring of lace remaining above the body.

S- Tangerine & nectarine, really fruity. Mild citrus aroma, mainly grapefruit. I also get some caramelized sugars and bready malt. An American IPA with some Japanese flair from the Natsumikans??

T- Taste is clean and very smooth. Citrus dominates the flavor throughout with the finish having a nice lemony/grapefruit twang.

M- Medium body with low carbonation. The more you drink, the more this coates the mouth.

D- This really hit the spot for me, very "juicy". I look forward to trying more from Baird.

 645 characters

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold to amber color, slightly hazy. Impressive and extensive head which fades steadily and leaves some chunky lace

Clean, light malt base with a refreshing hop presence for balance.

Strong hop bitterness with the first sip. Malt takes a back seat, but the spicy hop does not overwhelm. Not sure what Natsumikan fruit is, but I don't taste any unusual or fruity flavors. There is a slight sweetness which departs from what I'd expect from a pale ale. Overall, this is a very enjoyable beer.

 491 characters

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. Lots of floaties. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A very sweet, fruity aroma. Also some traces of malt.

T: Tasted primarily of the advertised fruit, which is tart and sweet, but overwhelmingly so. Some malt also present. An interesting flavor. More robust than most fruit beers.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a surprisingly smooth and dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A slightly odd, yet drinkable beer.

 541 characters

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, bitter aroma that centers around this natsumikan fruit, which I'm no too familiar with. It's citrusy almost like an orange/lemon hybrid. The peel seems to add quite a bit of bitter zest. The taste is decent as well. It tastes like a witbier to me. It's light and refreshing with some bitter fruit rind in the finish. It's easy going down, but the peel flavor is a bit off putting. It's thin and dry with a moderate citrus zest. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an interesting beer, primarily because of the fruit of choice. I'm happy to have tried it, but I'll probably pass next time due to the $11.99 a bottle price tag.

 804 characters

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was on sale at my local stop, picked it up because it piqued my interest.

Poured a slightly cloudy golden orange with a finger of strange offwhite head. The head was rather sticky, looked like swiss cheese, and had poor retention.

Smells of citrus (Natsumkian is a Japanese Tangerine) and very light malt, a bit of spice in the background.

Taste is very smooth, light sweet citrus up front which flows into a tart finish. Alcohol is completely undetectable and flavor balances great with the rest of the beer.

Mouthfeel is very light bodied. The beer has a strong dry acidity that, although not unpleasant, detracts overall from the "goodness".

Drinkability is average. I think this would be a great beer to pair with salad or for a really hot summer night, but the acidity was stronger than I'd like for something I'd drink regularly.

 845 characters

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this at a tasting a few weeks back, and then had to grab a bottle at Gordon's

A: THis beer pours a hazy burnt orange with a two inch of white sudsy head that retains nicely. Head leaves wispy chunks of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of major citrus hops - grapefruit (though more appropriately I believe would be Natsumikan) and tangerine notes come bursting through.

T: Taste is - wow this is tart, but not overbearingly tart. Piney hops really hit in the forefront and lends in to crazy tangerine and nectarine flavoring. The hops bite and tartness slowly fade out and in to a touch of malt in the finish that pulls the overall taste to this beer together nicely.

M: Light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp feel with a slightly oily finish.

D: I was completely surprised by this beer. Nicely balance, great flavoring that plays off the hop and malt. This goes down very easily and would enjoy picking up another bottle or two.

 945 characters

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was a recent addition to the lineup at Green's Package in Atlanta. Very nice to see another craft brewery from Japan available here. My bottle has the moniker "Shizuoka Natsumikan Ale", but it appears this is the same beer based on the description. Abv on this bottle is 6%. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a head that fades to a thin ring. The smell is very light, but there are very nice aromas of citrus peels, the esssential oils almost leap out of the glass when taking a whiff. Nice pithy bitterness as well. The taste has lots more of the pithy bitterness, some of the floral citrus oils, and some late citrus juice. This citrus is a bit unusual. Intensely citrusy, somewhat between a grapefruit, mandarin, and yuzu with some nice bitterness. Very clean and refreshing in the mouth, this is extremely interesting and would be superb with Sushi, Tempura, or soem nice Izakaya snacks.

 903 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy brown touched orange/gold with a decent creme head. Flavor is interesting as you'd imagine it to be. Slight sweet citrus-like tone with a bare bitter side to it. Since I have no idea what a natsumikan tastes like so I have no point of reference as I'm sure most of us Yankees won't. Feel is good on liquid and carbonation. This is an easy to drink fruit beer.

 373 characters

Photo of amano_h
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of canucklehead
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer that has a mix of a hoppy ale with some citrus notes from the fruit. The beer is turgid in colour with a kinda unappealing brown colour but the nose is hoppy and kinda fruity. I liked the beer and found it very drinkable with quite a bit of complexity on the finish.

 283 characters

Photo of hackmann
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: misty golden orange body with a one finger white head

Aroma: wow, very aromatic, the fruity note is very nice and unique; berry like; white grape

Flavors: I don’t know what the Shizuoka Natsurmikans fruit smells like or taste like, let along how to say it, but it is flavorful. Let me do my best to describe this ale: it reminds me of a sweet-tart mango-apricot that is on the tart side; there is an herbal-spice note

Mouthfeel: fine fizzy feel from the carbonation, tart, dry finish, has a refreshing feel

To the Point: I am not a fan of fruit style ales but, this is very interesting and tasty. On fruity beers I am either giving the rest of the glass to my wife or pouring them on the grass. I drank this 633ml bottle and I would drink another one if I had one. I want to learn about this Shizuoka Natsurmikan fruit now. I would buy this again.

 865 characters

Photo of snogglethorpe
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly odd beer. Looks like a light whisky, a slightly pale but coppery color.

A slightly effervescent citrusy smell.

The name is no lie: the immediate impression is mikans! So much so that it really tastes more like mikan juice was added (as I guess it was, upon reading the description here...) than some sort of hop byproduct. The underlying taste is a slightly bland compared to that; it's not offensive, but doesn't have a lot of character compared to the mikan juice. Maybe a tad too sweet (but only a tad -- it isn't syrupy or anything, the level of mikan flavor is pretty well judged).

The end result is something that's quite refreshing and easy to drink, but not exactly a beer; might be a nice interlude between stronger-flavored brews. I think it could be a real killer if they'd add more hops: the mikan flavor would really go well with a fresh resiny hop flavor, and a bit more bitterness.

 910 characters

Photo of scruffwhor
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright brassy hue with some copper highlights. Quick two finger leaves the party too soon. There's some sediment suspended, but mostly on the bottom of my glass, looks like bits of this beers namesake fruit. Only a few tiny bubbles rising to the top of this beer.

The aroma is a medium citric hop and ruity aroma. You can sort of smell some orange-like citric meat and only a little zest from the hops. There's also a soft tart aroma as well.

Interetsing flavors. You get the fruity citrus flavors from the natzumikans. But also the bitter citrus flavors from the hops. The malt adds some toasted tea biscuit subtlety to balance things a little bit. The palate has a little tart pop upfront, then resins out thanks to the hopping.

 734 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Natsumikan Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 35 ratings