The Carpenter’s Mikan Ale | Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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The CarpenterÂ’s Mikan AleThe CarpenterÂ’s Mikan Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Japan
bairdbeer.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
This year (2006) marks the sixth annual release of The Carpenter’s Mikan Ale. As the name suggests, it is an ale made with fresh mikans (a tangerine-like Japanese fruit). We receive the mikans as a gift from the Heda orchard of our carpenter friend, partner and mentor – Mitsuo Nagakura. It would not be an exaggeration to say that he is the complete embodiment of the dedicated, uncompromising and passionate Japanese craftsmen whom we so respect and whom we strive to emulate. The Carpenter’s Mikan Ale is our modest attempt to pay tribute to Nagakura-san as well as to all great Japanese craftsmen.

The 2006 Carpenter’s Mikan Ale is both piquantly tart and satiatingly sweet. Loads of freshly peeled and crushed mikans (70 Kg in this 500 liter batch) are added to the wort at the completion of boiling. The beer is dry-hopped in the conditioning tank with additions of the citrusy American hop Cascade. The beer has a fairly high original gravity (15.7 Plato) and thus sports a sneakingly potent alcohol punch (approximately 6.1% by volume).

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
38
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
12.15%
 
 
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6
Gots:
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Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy dark yellowish amber in color and has large clumps of yeast visible near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that only slightly died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has added notes of pale and caramel malts and hints of tangerines (which I presume must be the mikans).
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I'm not sure this beer changes as it ages in transit, but it reminds me a lot like an English Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of biboergosum
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle - another fruited-up ale, this time with an exotic (but just local to the actual brewer) form of citrus.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, musty yeast, faint tangerine and generic stone fruit notes, a bit of earthy honey, some tame estery florals, and a suggestion of acetone-leaning booziness. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and bready caramel malt, laid-back muddled citrus flesh, a further overripe apple and pair fruitiness, well-steeped herbal and black tea, and a still lurking, but yet to show itself alcohol warming.

The carbonation is quite thorough in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a small creaminess arising as things warm up a tad. It finishes well off-dry, the complex-seeming malt not seeing much lingering activity from any of the fruity characters.

Overall, the mikan additions more or less get lost in the fruity mire, and then in the general weakness of said mire. Perhaps that this one was packaged almost 10 months ago, and we only got it this week, might explain some of it, but as it stands, this is just a plain pale ale (notwithstanding the ably integrated 7 points of wowee sauce).

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach nectar color with a very impressive head that sticks nicely and leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Bread and caramel, a blend of stone fruit and citrus tones, with an herbal tea character underneath

Taste: Wheat bread and a touch of caramel to build the base; through the middle, the interplay between the stone fruit and citrus flavors build; the finish is primarily fruity, but the herbal tea element lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: To my knowledge, I have never encountered a mikan but I am glad so many of the previous reviewers appear to have some familiarity with the fruit; I just realized that this bottle contains beer that was brewed in late 2014 so I would be very interested to taste a fresher version down the road; despite the age, I rather enjoyed it

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of whatsajessica
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.84/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy amber with a large white head.
Nose shows soft sweet malt and banana. Very subtle.
Flavours include a soft tangy note, some grainy malt and cardboard characters.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gspeer711
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ivyman
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of GarthT
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Hardcore
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of virinow
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of atigerlife
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a yellow-orange with small carbonation rising. 2-finger creamy white fluffy head on top that has good lasting power.

Aroma of hops, tangerine & grapefruit.

Taste of tangerine, honey, orange and some nice malt backbone. Tons of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, a very drinkable, sessionable beer. Really enjoyed this one. Highly recommended.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of esdeebrew
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It happens every so often when a beer transcends the mere effect of alcohol and their taste, but becomes an education as well. An introduction to culture, history, and lifestyle come to life with a single pop of a bottle.

The Carpenter's Mikan Ale opens with a caramel-stained hue that's decorated with shades of peach, orange, and a mild pectin haze. The tumbler allows permits just enough light to cast a magnificent glow that simply tells a fruit-filled story to the eyes. Capped stubbornly by a creamy white froth, the beer laces with intricate lace and accompanies the palate to the end of the glass.

Zesty aromas fill the olfactories with juicy and vibrant fruits of sweet oranges, peaches, and the light acidity of green apples and lemons. Backed by the supple sweetness of floral honey, caramel malt, biscuit and wheat. The scent is both ripe with fruit juice and modestly pungent with earthen or dried fruits.

Rich flavors seem a direct reflection from scent. Fruit flavor and acidic sprite bounce off of the tongue with combinations of tangerines and orange peel, slightly bruised peaches and peach skins, and then awakening the palate with the acidic taste of freshly zested lemons, sassafras herbs, and granny smith apples. Where the balance of the beer tilts heavily toward the mikan fruit flavor, it's not without the firm support of wheat malt, biscuit, and caramel- this slight sweetness gives the mikan fruit a sense of candied coat or dashed with powdered sugar. Low in bitterness, the beer achieves much of it's balance from peppery yeast and fruit acidity.

The beer continues to tease the mouth with rich malt and fruit residual sweetness, starch, and carbonated creaminess. But then there's the peppery acidic textures that prickle to tongue with pin-point champagne dryness and bite. Lightly astringent with fruit pectin and tannin, but these off-bitter sensations weave seamlessly into the fruit acidity and alcohol warmth. A finish of semi-dry fruits and an aftertaste of marmalade keeps the mouth reminded of the flavors in hand.

With simply an introduction to the mikan fruit, I get a lot of musty-rich tangerine and kumquat rich citrus character that stands beyond the base wheat-ish base beer. Barids Brewery effortlessly captures the essence of fruit in much the same manner as Dubbison's Scaldis Peche.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Three finger white head with a minute long retention. Fluffy on top with some frothy lacing. Pale orange-gold color with some cloudiness. Some particles floating around. Not a bad looking beer.

S- Wheat and tangerine/satsuma nectarine smell. Orange-citrusy, with some tartness in the back end of the scent. Definite yeast to the smell, unfiltered beer.

T- Funky wheat and distinct yeast character. Somewhat tart and orange citrus flavors are buried down behind the biscuity malts and yeast. Not very complex or layered.

M- Thicker in body with a dry finish, some particle linger. Strange.

O- A big meh on this one. The taste leaves much to be desired, but the smell had me wanting more.

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Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of augustgarage
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Drie de Fonteinen tumbler.

Cloudy, active, lees (or maybe zest?) filled tangerine liquid with a papaya whip head of slick lasting cream. Thick yet sandy lacing, superior retention.

Citrus aromatics are unique, with the mikan's signature unmistakable and not to be confused (though it could be compared) with forms of citrus more readily consumed in the U.S. A slight caramel malt note seems to emerge as well.

Mild but persistent bitterness seems to come from the fruit itself rather than from hops, though I'm not sure. The mikan is much like a milder version of a tangelo or grapefruit to my tastes. A light malt base supports the fruit perfectly and the synergy elevates the beer as a whole. Juicy, dry, tart, but not-quite-puckering flavor profile overall.

Light-bodied, slightly creamy, well carbonated...

Baird prides itself on the brewery's attention to craft and detail - these qualities are readily apparent in the balance and purity achieved with this unique offering. Absolutely perfect for a Summer (or since it is almost 80ºF here in Los Angeles, Winter) pick-me-up.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty orange colour with gritty suspension of yeast particles. Head is off-white, not beige, generous but sunk quite quickly with a hint of lace. Looks interesting, to say the least.

Smells fruity with a nice tang of citric notes, hint of pomegranate seed and waxy sherbet. Leafy as well, nice and fresh but quite unique.

Taste bursts with flavour, loads of fruit upfront with citrus and stone fruit, including guava and peach, developing. Little yeasty on the back, with a slight cloying sweetness, though a hint of tang remains to keep it clean enough. Quite intriguing; goodly amount of fruit, and pretty well balanced.

Full-ish body with slight pull at the back, slight acidity. Not bad.

Yeah, I like that. Interesting fruity characters overall but nice grounding to it.

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The Carpenter’s Mikan Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
3.95 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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