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


on tap

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RATINGS: 276   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CraftBeerNick (992) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Keg at Hoppy Loft, 6th October 14. Straw coloured, murky IPA. The aroma is nicely hopped and it drinks well. Pretty good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
erickok (3794) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - OCT 6, 2014
Misty golden amber body and medium off white head. Hoppy, minty, green, grass. Well developed, but not terribly good. It’s perhaps the hops that don’t do it for me, too medicinal. Green tea like. Good body though. (On tap at Délirium Hoppy Loft)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (3812) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2014
Poured a hazy orange amber with a frothy off white head. Aroma of moderately heavy citrus and caramel malt. Medium to full body, flavour is heavy, treadle sweet, medium bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alusmamuts (499) - LATVIA - OCT 5, 2014
Amber hazy with small white head. IPA style taste, some sweetness on the first half of tongue, nice bitter aftertaste on its root.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
g_georgiou (289) - CYPRUS - SEP 20, 2014
Hazy orange body with a white head. Aroma is floral, fruits, orange, citrus. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and bitterness. Medium body, medium to heavy bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (2166) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Aroma fruity, exotic, lychee. Clear orange to amber colour. Generous malty sweetness balanced with loads of fruity exotic hoppiness. Long fruity hoppy finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (6322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 15, 2014
12 ounce bottle from ABV. Pours a nice crystal clear copper color with a medium white head. A light fruity nose, big pale malts. Medium fruity hops, some bread dough, a bit of bitterness, caramel, sweet almost intense green hops. Missing a lot, though quite nice. The bitterness grows on you, and is pretty intense at times. But the balance is off in terms of hop flavors. That said, this is pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4932) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Keg @ Pizza Paradiso. Amber with a small head. Nose of honeydew melon, cantaloupe. Marzipan, lychee and tea. Taste is of lemon tea. Spruce, pepper. Apple and dirt. Light body, slightly oily. Cool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12992) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 22, 2014
Tap at Craft Beer Works Kamikaze, Osaka. Hazy orange color, small steady white head. Aroma has pine needles, resin and mango-like fruityness. Medium-bodied. Piney (spruce?), dry, resiny hoppy flavor. Finish has grapefruit too. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2684) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle at Winking Lizard Tavern (Independence) A golden/amber colored pour with a medium white head and lace. Hoppy, fruity, sweet aroma. Tastes fruity, hoppy, bitter and slightly sweet, some caramel too Medium to full body. Nice complexity in this DIPA.

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