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Natsumikan Ale | Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Natsumikan AleNatsumikan Ale

Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Style: Fruit / Vegetable 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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tangerine orange with grapefruit peel highlights. It makes sense that a citrus fruit beer should resemble citrus fruit. The parchment colored crown reached three fingers on the pour and looks like it wants to hang around for a spell. Although pint glass coverage is merely adequate, beer and foam look mighty nice.

The aroma is appropriately fruity, with some pleasant fruit peel muskiness thrown in for good measure. Orange and lemon notes are undoubtedly coming from the natsumikans (summer tangerines) and the American hops are probably contributing too. Bottom line: fresh, clean and slightly different.

Each one of those words accurately describes the flavor profile as well, especially the last one. This beer has a unique flavor profile that is imparted by a fruit that American brewers don't have access to. That's what I like about Baird; they craft American-style beer with a distinctly Japanese twist.

Equal parts untoasted barley and wheat, along with some candi sugar, give the beer a sugar wafer quality that might have been missed if more hops were in the house. More hops would have pleased this hophead's palate, but their flavor and bitterness probably would have overwhelmed the flavor and tartness of the natsumikan juice.

White grapefruit is dominant, followed by lemon, then orange. Bitter and tart are pretty evenly matched, with sweetness taking a back seat throughout the mouthful. This is a tremendously refreshing and drinkable ale that is perfect for the warm summer months.

The mouthfeel is unquestionably light, but it works like a dream in concert with everything else. The flavor doesn't get washed away at the end and the carbonation is crisp without being buzzy. I wouldn't change a thing.

Shizuoka Natsumikan Ale tastes like an American pale ale with an exotic, citrus fruity twist. Even though less than easy access and a relatively high price argue against a repeat purchase, I'm enjoying this bottle immensely. Great summer beer!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Opaque orange body, with little to no pure white head.
S - Nice tangerine and grapefruit nose
T - Extremely well balanced, with minimal fruit or sweetness. Very similar to some of those over the top double IPAs without any of the excessive alcohol or bitterness. Very well balanced wheat bread like malt flavor and mild bitterness.
M - Very light and refreshing. Minimal carbonation.
D - Fantastic well balanced beer.

Had on tap at Beer and Bear here in Osaka.

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