Angry Boy Brown Ale – Baird Brewing (Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan)

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Angry Boy Brown Ale – Baird Brewing, 6% ABV, 360ml., (Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan)


printed on the front-right label:

“クールな戦士の顔の下に、激しさと決意と怒りの赤い炙が燃えている。それがこの予測できないブラウンエールの姿だ。つかの間のモルトの甘さとアルコールの熱さが、フレーバーの複雑さ、際立った苦味、そして僅かなアングリーなエッジを隠している。少しアングリーな気分の日にぴったりのビールだ。”

translation:

Beneath the cool facade of the warrior, a red-hot flame of intensity, determination and, yes, anger burns. So it is with this unpredictable Brown Ale: fleeting malty sweetness and warmth hide complexity, a barely controlled bitterness, and, naturally, a bit of an angry edge. It’s the perfect beer for a heated mood.”

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  • Style: Brown Ale
  • Taste: Smooth light tangy-sour toasted cola’d brown sugar barley malt subtle hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 360ml., March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes b/c Phillips says so

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours muddy nutty brown with smallish dissipating head, thin layer of micro retention mixed with some big bubbles, clustered steady effervescence.

Nose: brown sugar carameled barley malts. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thicker

Mid-palate: background soft tangy-sour, (lvl-5-sweetness), smooth crisp-cream-slick mouthfeel, rum & dry coke, brown sugar barley malt

Finish: woody toasted-burnt barley malt exhale, stealth subtle very soft lingering hopped bitter.

Summary: Oh so smooth and balanced brown ale with good complexity. Delicious.

Red Rose Amber Ale – Baird Brewing (Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan)

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  • My Rating: A-

Red Rose Amber Ale – Baird Brewing, 5.5% ABV – 360ml., (Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan)

on the front right-side of the label, translated from ratebeer.com:

“This original amber ale is inspired by the “Steam” style of beer. Whereas a “Steam” is a lager beer fermented at an elevated ale-type temperature, Red Rose is an ale fermented at a lower lager-type temperature. Like a “Steam,” Red Rose combines a crisp lager refreshingness with a robust ale fruitiness. A lovely citrus-pine hop character is present from start to finish.”

  • Style: California Common/Amber Ale
  • Taste: Creamy almost-milky cocoa caramel malts w/ piney hops
  • Where I got it : West Coast Liquor
  • How much: $5 – 360ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: 100% Japanese label other than the name,a true import. But I had to go to the specialty liquor shops in Japan to find Baird beers. Pours cloudy iced tea brown with a nice sized foamy head, a thin layer of retention, some lacing, several steady singular streams.

Nose: clean, medium-sweet caramel malts. Very nice. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: creamy-smooth mouthfeel

Mid-palate: fizzy-tingly, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, light cocoa, almost milky

Finish: soft medium bitter pine hops + cocoa finish.

Summary: Crazy smooth and easy-sipping. Once again I’m surprised at the fact I finished this beer in under 5 minutes just tasting it.

Kurofune Porter – Baird Brewing (Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan)

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  • My Rating: A-

Kurofune Porter – Baird Beer, 6% ABV – 360ml., (Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan)

on the front right-side of the label, translated from ratebeer.com:

“Kurofune (means “Black Ships”) was the word the Japanese used to describe the American gunboats that came to open Japan to western trade. Kurofone Porter is sleek and forceful, but leaves a winning bittersweet taste of chocolate and coffee on the tongue. “Do not resist the superior might; cunningly acquiesce, and embrace.” Kampai!”

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  • Style: Porter
  • Taste: Chocolate roasted coffee malts, silky-creamy smooth and crisp, surprising spiced finish.
  • Where I got it : West Coast Liquor
  • How much: $5 – 360ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Extremely cool Japanese-style artwork on the label. Pours ultra-dark brown with a nice-sized cream-foamy head, good retention, sticky lacing, several micro bubbly streams near the base of the glass.

Nose: sweet roast coffee-chocolate malts, very enticing (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: silky smooth-crisp, mild fizzy

Mid-palate: creamy-smooth mouthfeel, (MAIN) chocolate malts, roasted coffee, mild soy sauce

Finish: just a touch of coffee sourness, soft bitter malted hops + roasted bitterness, hint of black pepper spiced malty finish.

Summary: Ultra smooth, crisp and well-balanced, this one is now one of my favourite porters. This makes me reconsider my love for imperial stouts.

Country Girl Kabocha Ale – Baird Brewing (Japan)

Country Girl Kabocha Ale (Pumpkin Ale) – Baird Brewing, 5.8% ABV – 633ml,(Numazu, Japan)

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: easy-drinking malted-spiced beer
  • Where I got it: Sherbrooke
  • How much: $8.50 (after 10%), June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark brownish/orange with a small head, micro CO2, lots of active CO2 streams. A pretty muted nose. Fizzy burpy CO2 up front, sweetness hits first (8/10), followed by medium malts, deep pumpkin, cinnamon, light caramel, ginger, and a lingering bitter finish (7/10). Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, decent carry, decent drinkability. No particular flavour stands out, but balance is what this beer showcases.