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


on tap

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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (6602) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2012
Golden coloured and hazy. Has a white head, medium duration. Heavy hoppy aroma, us-hops, citrus, herbal. Flavor is mainly bitter, starts light sweet and finish heavy bitter, reveals some nice fruity notes too. Dry, creamy texture and lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (4622) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2012
light sweet malty aroma,golden, clear,off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice soft hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (5719) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours golden with a off-white head. Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit,malt and raisins. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some malt and citrus. Medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5290) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2012
Shared bottle thanks to Kim. Pours hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of spruce and piney hops. Taste is strong bitter hops, pineforest crashes against my tastebuds, delicious in a strange way. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 10, 2012
30/06/2011 Birra+ (tap). Ambrata scura, intensa, con buona schiuma biancastra abbastanza persistente. Aroma di malto e luppolo, bilanciata abbastanza bene nel complesso. Leggere note fruttate di mela e pesca. In bocca č inizialmente dolciastra, con luppolo che piano piano si fa sentire, ma risultando forse un po’ sottomesso. Corpo medio, carbonazione abbondante. Non era in gran forma, purtroppo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MotherBrother (693) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2011
Pour clear, light cobber, with very little white head. Aroma is quite hoppy, withs pine, light citrus, light peach. Taste is pretty sweet, and a little bitter towards the end. Watery body, with medium and fizzy carbonation. Not much imperial, in this iipa

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4206) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2011
Bottle from Ölkonsortiet cons 2011-12-28 Stockholm Ar: apricot marmelade, alcoholic, pine cone, caramel Ap: amber, 1 cm thick frothy thick white head F: apricot marmelade, alcoholic, pine cone, caramel, wee carbonation, medium bitterness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - DEC 28, 2011
Che dire, una IPA americana spinta ben caratterizzata, con il (dis)equilibrio che richiede; molto corretta, di bello stile. E buona freschezza considerando che farŕ piů giri che la merda nei tubi

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (1923) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2011
On tap. Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium creamy white head. Long lasting foam. Aroma is huge hops, floral with big pineapple and peach notes. Taste il fruity and fresh. Bitter from middle to the end. Good body and carb. This was maybe a bit too light as an "imperial" IPA, but it was balanced and tasty as few. Simply delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4007) - Burgos, SPAIN - NOV 12, 2011
Bottle @ Brewdog Glasgow. Hazy orange colour, thin off-white head. Nose is light pine and fruits, some grapefruits. Sweet and flowery. Flaovur is light pine, fruits, bit flowery. Well balanced.

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