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


on tap

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RATINGS: 340   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11069) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2013
Draught @ CBC 2013: Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. ARoma: Citrus, herbs, flowers, caramel, some pine. Flavour: PIney, caramelly, herbal, light grapy and citric. Medium to full bodied. Ends citric and piney bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benfi (692) - DENMARK - MAY 6, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2013 A golden/amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, fruity, sweet aroma. Tastes fruity, hoppy, bitter and slightly sweet, some caramel too. Nice complexity in this DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (8085) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2013
Tap at CBC 2013. Pours hazy golden with an off white head. Aroma is floral, citrus and grassy. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsniclas (6247) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
Bottled from Systembolaget Hazy golden with a bubbly head. Some toffee and grassy hops along with some skunky notes. Too alcoholic flavour. Loads of resin and some grassy hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9190) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
360 ml bottle ordered to Systembolaget in Mölndal early April, sampled on May 2, 2013.
Hazy amber color, creamy off-white head. Alcohol, herbal scent. Malty, herbal, bitter taste, also caramel. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
The 90 IBU’s are well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Citrusy, grassy hops also show white pepper angles in this creamy, frugal Double IPA .

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the cloudy pale blond.
-Mouthfeel is sweeter than I would have imagined, but these sugars balance out the hop surge.
-Malts definitely are there, but are more in a supportive role (body, not necessarily flavor).
-This is a nice sipper I wouldn’t mind pairing with some curries!

On tap at Craft Beer Base.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (2961) - SWEDEN - APR 21, 2013
Pours murky amber with low off-white head. Lightly floral aroma of citrus, hints of apricot and mango, some caramel malt. Taste is initially very dry, with light bitterness. The bitterness gradually builds up, but is kept balanced with a light sweetness. Finish is pure bitter, though, and quite long. Body is light-ish with soft to average carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2013
@ Wihlans place. Grumlig orange. Liten hint av alkoholen. Humle, relativt söt i smaken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (4737) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2013
Bottle. Vaguely hazy orange with small white head. Aroma of tropical fruit, especially pineapple, and caramel and malt. Taste is caramelly, sweet, liquorice, some fruit. Well balanced

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linnet (1391) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2013
Ar: Burst of tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, fruit candy, vanilla, resin, pine, citric, bubblegum, mango, berries, light notes of alcohol. Ap: slightly hazy amber colour, medium off-white head, lacing. F: big bite, grapefruit, resin pine, caramel, alcohol, citrus, long lingering slightly metallic bitterness. P: medium body, small lively crisp bubbles. T: solid, but not extraordinary, the flavour while good is a bit one-dimensional.

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