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Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
The first key to a great Double IPA is dryness of character despite the high original gravity. This is accomplished, foremost, through high attenuation by the yeast during fermentation. We aim for an apparent attenuation around 85% which yields relative dryness and alcohol strength. The second key is a fantastic and powerful hop aroma. This we achieve by dry hopping Suruga Bay Imperial IPA with several varieties of pungently strong American hops. We conduct this dry hopping not once but twice, in two separate tanks. Then, at packaging, to ensue a vigorous secondary fermentation and natural carbonation, we krauesen Suruga Bay with a percentage of peak fermentation beer from a different batch. Suruga Bay Imperial IPA is a wickedly compelling flavor experience. Its hop character is as rich as Japan’s Suruga Bay is deep (it is Japan’s deepest bay and Baird Brewing is located on its inner shore). The greatness of Suruga Bay Imperial IPA resides in a supreme drinkability that pervades in spite of the potency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (14830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2016
Hazy lively amber, nice grapey, melon hop nose, floral? Earthy, very bitter hop, has a hit of amber malts and a pronounced shot of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ttheilen (361) - USA - MAY 6, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
varanid99 (907) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2016
Gold pour with a thick off white head. Peach and passionfruit aroma with a bit of caramel. Taste is similar - dominant peach, nice malt underneath, slight booziness, little bit of bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8489) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 28, 2016
Draught at Taphouse Copenhagen. Medium high fluffy white lasting head. Cloudy amber body. Sweet peach dominated aroma. Alcohol fruity flavor, mainly peaches, rather sweet with a low carbonation and a long alcohol dominated finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
msbernac (1616) - Krakow, POLAND - APR 25, 2016
Draught at BGM4 Aroma-citrus Appearance-golden, clear, white foam, Taste-medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (5983) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2016
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; hazy copper pour with a bubbly off white head, aroma has grapefruit and tangerine, taste has floral action, some lychee, citrus, quite lemony, floral action, OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Linkiewitz (85) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 13, 2016
Aromat: Owoce tropikalne, grejpfrut, słodycz (a jakże - owocowa) Wygląd: Opalizujące, złote z dobrze trzymającą się pianą Smak: Niezwykle pijalne IIPA, prawdę powiedziawszy nie do kończa takie Imperial. Mnóstwo nut owocowych, dobra podbudowa słodowa oraz przyjemna goryczka (od średniej do wysokiej). Ot IPA jak IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KoNrRiI (1036) - Ĺrhus, DENMARK - APR 13, 2016
0.1 draft. A hazy, gold color with virtually no head. Aroma is very hoppy, citric, piney, has a "Japanese" touch to it - by that I mean its hoppy aromas are a tad unorthodox even if American hops were used. Taste is hoppy, bitter, quite simple but nonetheless good. A medium body, a smooth texture, and a soft carbonation. The finish is obviously hoppy, quite long, and generally good. Overall a decent brew, offers a taste of something else than the usual European and American scene.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Batavi (317) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2016
2 flessen gekocht bij Vinotake Waalwijk, gedronken bij bierproeverij, uitgeschonken in 33 cl. Struise glazen. Donker amber, tot oranjekleurig licht troebel bier, met onderin het glas veel gistdeeltjes en een kleine witte, één vinger hoge schuimkraag. Aroma’s van citrusfruit, met name grapefruit, en sinaasappel, lichte pijnboom notities, heel hoppig en fruitig. Het smaakpallet is typisch IPA, deze is bitter, droog en gebalanceerd met tonen van zoetere karamel mout. Verder uiteraard tonen van grapefruit, mandarijn, sinaasappel, ananas en pijnboom. De moutigheid is in balans met de drogere hoptonen en de fruitige citrustonen in de afdronk, en een medium tot levendige carbonatie, een mooi gebrouwen, smaakvolle Imperial IPA uit Japan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adasko (1595) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 8, 2016
Tap na BGM. Najlepsze piwo Bairda so far jak dla mnie. Robi robotę w aromacie. Masa owoców, cytrusów. W smaku jest na wysokim poziomie, takie jak powinno być. Fajne odczucie, fajna prezencja. Ogólnie naprawdę świetne piwo.

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