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


on tap

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RATINGS: 298   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (12436) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (2612) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11906) - DENMARK - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle. Hazy amber with medium off-white head. Flavour is malt, hops, bitter, fruit, pine and a little peach.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12072) - 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.

   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 Iíd rate it up there with the better Double IPAs... more like a very good IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (8040) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeZasada (296) - 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 Iíve ever had...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (37269) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 14, 2011

Bottle 360ml.

[ Trade by Alex420 ]. Clear medium to dark orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, orange - citrus, peach. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily - smooth, carbonation is soft. [20110408]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
manuchampions (1238) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2011
360ml bottle from 16th St. Liquor in West Vancouver. Pours a murky amber with off white head that reduces quickly to a faint ring. Aroma is powerfully floral with some hint of spice. Flavour is potent citric hop bitterness. Very floral and complex. Malt is there but underplayed. Good lingering bitter finish. While a solid IPA Iíd nt classify it as a double. 7.5% just seems to be the tipping point between single and double and this beer doesnít quite make the jump.

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