Baird Hop Havoc
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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: American Pale Ale
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Hop Havoc Anniversary Ale enjoys a malt base similar to what one might find in a strong pale ale (e.g. 13.9 P made up of Maris Otter and Carahell), but the hopping is what one would see in a double IPA (e.g. 90 IBUs and double dry-hopping with Columbus, Citraand Cascade varieties). The hallmarks of Baird Beer, though, abound everywhere, from the unfiltered hop haze to the soft and natural carbonation to the powerful yet balanced and un-heavy flavor profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2249) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle 330ml from CBB take out. 6.5% Served in a pint glass at home. A semi-cloudy gold pour with a big filmy head that leaves decent lacing plus a long-lasting film coating the beer. A really good, rich aroma of floral/tropical fruit notes. Medium bodied but with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. The taste is sweet, piney, fruity and has a solid malt profile giving it some sweet biscuit and caramel notes. A very solid IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenkiGonzo (337) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 22, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2014 Bottle from Yamaoka. Dark gold colour, almost no head. Wonderful tropical fruit hoppy aroma and flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorgeLee (1250) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2014
On tap in Baird Harajuku. Again, lighter end of IPA colour spectrum. Decent balance. Hoppy and bitter. More bitterness and less flower fruitiness than some of the other Baird hop fests. It was nice, but I drank it side-by-side with the Fruitful Life Citrus and found the delicate tastes of the latter more interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - MAY 26, 2012
Good stuff. Very hop salad like on the nose - Citrus, tropical fruits, some wild berries. Soft but solid bitterness. A little rough and ready initially (kiwi hops?), but a well rounded finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2151) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 25, 2012
Keg at Harajuku taproom. Orange colour with small golden head. Aroma is bitter, fruity, particularly grapefruit, other citrus too, and that cat pee/b.o. smell you sometimes get with high hop beers. Taste nice and bitter, but not as much as the aroma. Very nice in that hop monster way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3290) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 1, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2013 pineapples, apples, pine, fairly yeasty. Rounded and smooth. Decent without being outstanding. Update; May 2013 - Certainly hoppier and better this year and last year. Rating reflects this change.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chuwy (35) - JAPAN - JUL 24, 2011
Doesnt quite work for me. The hops are a bit strong in the bitterness and back end. Leaves a tad bitter but heavy feeling finish. Possibly the Scottish ale yeast again? Still, its a nice well made beer. Unfiltered but clear. Id prefer a little more aroma and perhaps light fruity flavour in there, seeing as its designed as an IPA with their american styled DIPA hopping schedule. Dont think this one quite works. An interesting choice for their 11th Anniversary beer but they make better beers, IMO. A lot of poeple had hoped for a gloriously hopped IPA. Tastes more like a normal higher end strength IPA with a bit too muich hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6635) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 24, 2011
Bomber. Huge citrus hop aroma, fruit salad, grapefruit, pineapple, melon. Cloudy amber color. Clean, light, malt flavor with big bitterness. Grapfefruit zest. Dry, light, and very nice.

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