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

bottled
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RATINGS: 302   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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RexTalionis (2932) - FINLAND - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle 36 cl. Pours hazy orange in color with off-white head. Pine and some fruits in aroma. Booze, bitter and some tropical fruits in taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VertBaconStrips (2147) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 15, 2012
Phone says +9 but that ain’t how it is in the river valley. Had to wait out some stoners to drink the beer I opened 45 mins ago. Body is mostly frozen and a vigorous run up and down the stairs did nothing. Almost midnight - nice night to be out. Phone up to glass tells me this is hazy and yellow gold which is strange. Sediment. The stars are bright when the wispy clouds spread out. Refreshing aroma - heavily citrused, floral strength, sweet orange and lemon, honeydew melon, candy lime. Pretty cool smell! Taste is similar with some peach, creamy fruit, a sharpness that hangs around and might trick me into thinking a light spice of unknown origins, wonderfully balanced bitterness, mostly unsweetened grapefruit. Mithfeel is vert intetdyjnh. I am freezing big time. Time to ride home. Ecxellent brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jur (439) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2012
It looks like a Weißen, bit isn’t! Don’t let the pale hazy yellow looks fool you.  Nose is not very prevalent, but taste makes more than up for it. Hints of apricot, orange, with some rice puffs (sorachi?) and loads of hop, which linger and linger... Some saison. Original take on the genre, not as toffee-like as many IIPAs are.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14762) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle, 36cl. It pours an almost clear golden-orange body with a small, lasting, off-white head. Citrus peel, some peaches and some malty sweetness in the aroma. The flavor has some sweetness in the back, with caramel hints, fruityness and bitterness. Full body, mostly bitter finish, with a pleasant fruityness. Certainly a nice one. Bet it would be even better when completely fresh. 120302

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfearnley (1155) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
360mL bottle to flute Sweet caramel, grapefruit and lemon, pine and pepper aromas. Slightly cloudy amber colour with a large frothy and lasting off white head. Nice long lasting bitterness with a touch of sweetness. Medium body with a creamy texture and average carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (2888) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle from BrewDog website. Cloudy orange-amber coloured with strong bitter orange marmalade flavours, toffee notes and a bitter-sweet fruity finish. A fantasic American style Imperial IPA!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fletchfighters (1200) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2012
A-- Poured a dark honey color. Head started off at two fingers and finally settled down to a little under one finger. Off white colored head. Lots of sticky web like lacing. Good head retention and a well put together head for the beer. Just a little bit of carbonation bubbles at the base of the beer. S-- Honey, grapefruit, citrus, carmel, and some pine. Honey, grapefruit and the carmel stand out the most. T-- Once again honey, grapefruit and carmel are the dominant tastes. Pretty decently balanced between the grapefruit and carmel. Both are fairly reserved though. Not an in your face Imperial IPA. M-- Finishes very dry. The flavor does not last too long in the mouth. That would be the honey. Does not stay in your mouth and leave a real impression like others in this style. Missing that pine feel in the mouth when finishing. Medium to lower end of carbonation D-- not too bad

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (11875) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is peaches, malt, hop, pine, grapefruit. Flavour is peaches, malt, hop, pine, grapefruit. medium body. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13203) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2012
Tap at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Pours cloudy gold with a fine, white foam head. Very spicy and herbal. Medium sweet, lightly dry. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Reasonably sweet with a bit of hop kick in the end. Nice DIPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2012
CBC. Tap, 110512. Amber with white head. Aroma of grapefruit and malt. Flavour with caramel, fruit and spices.


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