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

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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (33430) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2012
Draft. A hazy golden beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of hops, grain, and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, hay, hops, and lemons, leading to a bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2012
Sample at CBC. Golden hazy with a small foamy white head. Fruity sweet aroma, light malty, with citrusy notes of lime, peach, grapefruit, the lot. Very fresh hop flavor, sweet fruity, some grassy notes. Heavy bitter finish. Not exactly an imperial IPA, but extremely wellmade, crisp and refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2012
On tap. Pours a cloudy opaque golden with a frothy and dense off-white head with good retention. Very fresh citrusy hop aroma. Medium body, a sweet peachy fruitiness with lots of hoppy bite and heavy IBUs. Imperial perhaps not so much, but all the way from Japan and still appears very fresh. 170512

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2012
CBC 2012, Copenhagen. Golden hazy beer with a offwhite head. Malty, hoppy, fruity, spicy aroma and flavour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (11117) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 17, 2012
[5/11/12] Draught sample at Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Hazy deep golden-orange with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of fruity and floral hops. Rather dry flavor, moderately bitter, with fruity hops, light graininess and faint sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkrjukoff (4287) - SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2012
CBC 2012. Pours hazy amber with a small creMy beigish head leaving lacing. Aroma is piny citric fruity a bit soapy malty and a bit spicy. Flavor is spicy malty piny grapefruit tea bitter and slightly sweet. Finishes bitter dry with a touch of tea.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bernatbeer (420) - barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 16, 2012
probada @CBC.Pálida un poco turbia con buena espuma blanca,Aromas a pińa,especies......Refrescante.Mucho mejor que las botellas que ya habia probado.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (4341) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2012
Sample @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Pours hazy pale golden with a small creamy white head that is rather quick to dissipate while leaving lots of thick lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet and fruity with cereal, pineapple, mango, hay and plums. Taste is sweet, fruity and spicy with plums, pineapple, cloves, white pepper, crackers, cereal and subtle hints of barnyard. Mouthfeel is smooth, tiny watery and light to medium bodfied. Finish is sweet and bitter with orange zest, plums, cloves and hints of dry soil.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (3262) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 15, 2012
On tap at the Craft Beer Festa Kyoto 2012. Astounding citrusy, grapefruit aromas. A dusky orange beauty w/ a great head. Malty, thick, with a long piney aftertaste. Fresh, medium-full body, such a pleasure to drink. Can you say "West Coast"? Well, here’s a great one from the east coast of Japan.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
SirLimpsalot (3479) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2012
Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012: Ingen större doft, men en stor mycket merklig smak av C-vitamintabletter. Frisk men nĺgot udda smak


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