Baird Suruga Bay Imperial Belgian IPA
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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial IPA
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Yes, this is another in our series of year-round beers fermented with a non-typical yeast strain. In this case, we have brewed a batch of Suruga Bay but have fermented it not with our house Scottish ale yeast but with our Belgian witbier strain. The Belgian yeast strain working at higher temperatures has yielded a slightly more attenuated and stronger alcohol version of Suruga Bay Imperial IPA. Taste the two versions side-by-side and experience for yourself the clear but nuanced difference.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4340) - Tokyo, - OCT 24, 2012
light amber color. Funky hay, earthy nose with a touch of citrus. Mouth is med body, dry with lots of oranges, blanket,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 16, 2012
Keg at Harajuku taproom. Pale orange colour with slightly cloudy beige frothy head. Aroma is grapefruit and b.o., lots of bitterness. Taste is less bitter, just a hint of the aroma’s bitterness at the end. Biscuity maltiness and some lemon there too, but overall, not a massive taste. Nice but not mind-blowing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - MAY 26, 2012
Suraga Bay with Belgian Yeast. A bit dulled initially, but a nice coating hop blast resides on the tongue after swallowing. Very, very lightly phenolic. I don’t think this yeast is quite up to the style, but certainly an enjoyable aside.

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