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


on tap

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RATINGS: 322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kristall-König (2475) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - SEP 23, 2011
Stark zitrusartiger Geruch nach Orange und auch Maracuja. Antrunk sofort bitter leicht zitrusbehaftet. Mitte bitter einsetzend, stark würzig. Malzwürzig und sehr bitter abgehend. Gut. Sehr gut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1832) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Clear amber pour with big white head. Lightly toasted sweet malts, with nice citrus. Lots of fruit - apricot, grapefruit and lemon - and piney hops. Slick and smooth body, nice carbonation. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (12638) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 2, 2011
Wässriger Hopfenantrunk, der nahelegt, dass das IPA schon eine lange Reise hinter sich hat. Eine geringe Herbe ist ab nun vorhanden, gefolgt von einer zunehmenden Grasigkeit. Hefig, stärker grasig, weich, vollmundig. Am Ende dann doch wieder hopfiger, was zu Beginn ja eher fragwürdig erscheint. Gelungen. 10/11/10/10/11//10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2011
Orange colored brew. Fruity aroma of hops. Flavor has lot’s of hops, bit sweetness, good amount of bitterness. Smooth and creamy. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dazz3 (1669) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2011
8/10 i mörkhet. Luktar friskt humligt. Krämigt besk och lite torr i smaken. Bitter lite träig eftersmak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Defreni (2838) - Husum, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2011
Flaske: Orange øl med et lille skumhoved.Klar er den primært. Dejlig balanceret humle duft, hvor citrus ikke er dominerende. Let eksotisk. Smagen er igen balanceret med en fin humle og en fin maltsødme.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (5297) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle: Small white head that changes into a lacing pretty quick, on top of a beautiful hazy orange colored beer. Smell fruits, pine, abricot, melon, peach, citrus, hops and some sweets and gass. Taste is a nice smooth mix of hops, bitter, peach, citrus, pine, light malty, herbs, hint of honey and a slight hint of yeast. Light sweet (as in fruit) bitter in the beginning, turns into a more and more bitter taste. A good firm bitter, piney and light herby aftertaste. Low carbo, soft silky mouthfeel, full body and a light creamy very light sticky texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (16426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Cloudy orange-amber color. Very nice aroma of fruity hops, sweet orange and mango, with a touch of bitter orange zest. The body is not thick, therefore it has a high drinkability; the toffee flavor and fruity hops balance perfectly; lots of grapefruit; there is some piney resin from the hops too. Quite strong bitterness and long final.
Extremely pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2011
330 ml bottle. Cloudy amber colour. Yeast sediments. Classic American hops aroma. Decent, but not outstanding. Floral and citrusy hops mixed with notes of yeast. Medium-bodied with malts and a pretty average mouthfeel. Feels a little unbalanced with some hops. An IPA in with a double IPA label.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (22531) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2011
Bottled@Craft Beer Co, London. Hazy orange colour, mediumsized slightly off-white creamy head. Aroma is fruity, bready, wooden and some slight toffeeish notes as well. Flavour is raisins, alcohol, wood, bready notes as well as some fruity and floral notes.

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