Japan probably wouldn’t be one of the first places you’d think of, were someone to ask you to make a list of countries with breweries that make craft beer, but one brewery there has been around for nearly 15 years. Founded in 2000, Baird Brewery is located in the city of Izu, with taproom operations in a number of neighboring locales.

Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale bottleAmong the company’s stable of year-round brews is Angry Boy Brown Ale, a beer that brewer Bryan Baird calls autobiographical, in that his mother used to call him “angry boy” as a child. It’s brewed with Japanese Kokuto1 and Korizato sugar,2 along with four types of grain and various hop varieties, then fermented with a Scottish ale yeast strain.

In the glass, Angry Boy is a cloudy beer, with a reddish-brown color base and a well-formed beige head. It exudes aromas of caramel, nuts and dried fruit, with a hint of hop character lingering in the background. The taste is similar, with a fair amount of sweetness leading the way from beginning to end.

Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale

On the tongue, Angry Boy is medium-bodied with a little bit of a chewy palate. It’s relatively smooth otherwise, with a faint bitterness that comes through in the finish and a slight bite coming from the carbonation. As for alcohol. that doesn’t play much of a role in either the flavor or the aroma, which isn’t surprising given that the ABV is a moderate 6.2 percent.

Baird Angry Boy Brown Ale
BREWERY: Baird Brewery
LOCATION: Izu, Japan
STYLE: American Brown Ale
ABV: 6.2 percent
IBU: 45
PRICE: $3.89
RELEASE DATE: 2003
AVAILABLE IN: 360ml bottles
BEERS POURED: Two
While the hops are evident, I don't know that I get as much presence as is suggested by the commercial description. To me, the beer is malty and sweet, which is something that can be said of a lot of brown ales. In this case, though, I'd probably like a little more hop bitterness for balance.
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