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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: 256   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
beardfear (87) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2011
On tap at the Baird Harajuku taproon. Cloudy orange, fine head with excellent lacing. Flowery hops, pine resin, eucalyptus and a hint of caramel in the nose. Mango, passionfruit and toffee on the tongue. Incredibly creamy and smooth body. Sweeter and less bitter than your average 2IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (2854) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2011
Bottle. Light amber, cloudy, very small and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and caramel sweetish aroma, lots of fruitiness, some piney and grapefruit hoppyness. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish fruity flavor, piney and grapefruit hoppyness, caramel. Finish is average, malty and sweetish, fruitiness with piney hoppyness, some caramel and faint alcohol. Caramel sweetish and fruity IIPA – too sweet and fruity for me/could use more hoppyness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JUN 10, 2011
Pours light copper with a white head. Nose has pineapple, oranges, caramel, nice hoppy, nice maltiness. Taste is nice bitter, hoppy, fruity, slightly spicy, quite some malts, slightly cooked vegetables.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3306) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2011
Hazy light amber,small white head.Big citrus cat pissy nose. More of same in flavor, with lemony overtones.Somewhat 1 dimensional

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours a nice copper, orange color with a frothy white head. Aroma is of your traditional west coast IPA, lots of grapefruit, sweeter citrus fruits like tangerine and orange, some sweet malts in there too. Flavor is also fairly hoppy, with alot of grapefruit, some orange, herbal notes, a spicy hop and the sweet malts. The body is medium with a slightly dry mouthfeel. Overall a pretty nice, well balanced DIPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6726) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Summer fruit aroma. Summer fruit and light pine flavor. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Summer fruit and light pine lingers with light malt.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10061) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2011
Bottle. Golden, offwhite head. Fruity citrus aroma, floral, some grapefruit. Hoppy citrus flavor, grapes, grapefruit, grass. Fruity finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jesperhammer (2815) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2011
01-JUN-2011, bottle @home, from "Fish & Beer". Pours orange with lasting high almost white head. Very fruity nose with grape fruit. Quite some sweet malts to back up the dry hoppiness. Very very smooth and creamy with low carbonation. Really balanced and smooth. Sometimes I prefer something NOT balanced and smooth in an IIPA, but hey the qualities in this cannot be denied. Lovely:)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (10578) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2011
Hazy orange with a white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel and rather hoppy - peach and grapefruit. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and bitter finish. 260511

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (2249) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2011
Thanks to jrocket for this. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head and good lacing. Aroma is piney hop but a little subdued and soft. Taste is a nice dry pine hop with slight resinous qualities. Good IPA but lacks the umph to make it an Impy.


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