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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: 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10514) - 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 (2888) - 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 (11199) - 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 (2355) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11126) - DENMARK - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle. Hazy amber with medium off-white head. Flavour is malt, hops, bitter, fruit, pine and a little peach.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle 36 cl tasted @ Karhisma Birroteca (Piedimonte Matese, Caserta - Italy). Cloudy orange with golden reflexes, topped with a not so persistent white head. Caramel and fruit aroma, grapefruit, orange and apricot (so intense) especially. Medium body, moderately carbonated, flavor mainly of malt, caramel, nuts, some of the peach part around the stone. Loads of citrus and grapefruit that leads to an harsh and dry finish. Really balanced in the end, but maybe less solid than a classic DIPA.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2011
(360ml bottle) Pours a cloudy orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, nuts, caramel, bread, florals, orange, and light butterscotch. Flavor of grass, bread, nuts, and caramel malt with a lingering bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Parksy (123) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 10, 2011
From a bottle. Very good IPA style beer. Nothing special, but very good... not sure I’d rate it up there with the better Double IPAs... more like a very good IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6438) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2011
360mL bottle, pours an opaque amber orange with a tiny white head. Aroma of citrus hops, mandarin orange and caramel malt. Flavour of spicy, citrusy hops, with some floral notes, caramel malt backing and some slight tropical fruits. Definitely an improvement over Teikoku, though nothing outstanding.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeZasada (288) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - APR 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazy medium amber (bit of orange tinge) with a thin white (tinge of green) head (bottle fermented). Aroma - hops, floral, citrus. Taste: Very hoppy - lots of citrus - lots of bitterness - not much for malt underneath - but very flavorful in the hop realm. Finishes with a grassy hop bitterness. Warming mouthfeel... very good. Probably the best beer out of Japan that I’ve ever had...


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