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


on tap

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RATINGS: 373   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 Japanís Suruga Bay is deep (it is Japanís 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 16/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2012
CBC. Tap, 110512. Amber with white head. Aroma of grapefruit and malt. Flavour with caramel, fruit and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palme (4086) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2012
0.36l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. This is a blurry glowing orange-honey colored beer with a small bubbly, lacing off-white head. The aroma is fruity and caramel sweet with passion fruits, strawberries, sticky caramel and some citrus. Itís average carbonated with a slick texture. Flavors are hoppy and caramel sweet. Almost a bit pungent, but not in a matter that itís to disturbing. Some ripe citrus fruits going on here as well before it ends in a light dry tongue. An OK DIPA. 16.06.2012

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (5407) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2012
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a clear orange body with a big creamy head. Nice. Aroma is caramel, malts, syrupy hops, hints of honey melon and citrus. Taste is bitter grassy hops, grapefruit, melon, hints of peaches and resin. The mouthfeel is good; soft and creamy. Despite this, the overall impression Iím left with is that this is not too balanced, somehow. Or exciting, for that matter. Decent enough, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2012
0.36 l bottle, thanks Johannes! Hazy yellow brown color. Sweet citrusy aroma with lemon, passionfruit, nuts and hint of sweat. Bittersweet and tart citrusy flavor with some nuttiness, mango, apricot and some yeastiness. Full bodied. A bit heavy on a palate, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJestersBeer (2382) - SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2012
360ml bottle. Pours a deep straw, with a white head. Hoppy, floral aroma, spruce, apricot, caramel, grapefruit, mango, yeast. Off-dry, medium to full body, high bitterness, balanced CO2. Hoppy, spicy taste, caramel, apricot, spruce, mango, malt, yeast. Decent. (2012-06-13)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ej (1233) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2012
Golden and hazy Grassy, citrusy on a solid caramel canvas. Floral , citrus , malty caramel, grapefruit and resin. Soft and creamy mouthfeel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ration (2126) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 16, 2012
Pours hazy amber orange with a medium frothy head. Aroma dry American hops, citrus. Dry bitter taste. Medium bodied. A bit more of it and it would be very nice. Not Bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (4139) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Cloudy light orange beer. Thick, foamy head. Not a ton of aroma for how powerful the hops are, but what there is is citrusy and floral. Bitter and astringent. Sharp bitterness at the beginning that fades as the drink continues.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2012
Bottle from brewdog.com. Tasty IPA. My fist Japanese IPA and it is rather good. Very alike the american IPAís such as stone and three floyds, just a bit less of everything, but not too much less that it isnít a tasty IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brodies_Best (266) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2012 330 ml bottle. Pours cloudy golden with foamy white head and lacing. Strong fresh hoppy and citrus aroma. Summer in a bottle. Wow, great well balanced citrus, bitter but not too bitter, sweetness follows but the dryness kicks in. Want another swig. This is good. Slight caramel flavour comes through. Beautiful!

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