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


on tap

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RATINGS: 336   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (5608) - 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 (16924) - 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 (23682) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (6927) - ITALY - AUG 8, 2011
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
planky84 (2572) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle from GBBF, 2011. Drank at home. Cloudy orange pour with a white head. Tangerine, pineapple and mango aroma. Fruit filled flavours, particularly peach and apricot. Quite a citrus tang. Nice hoppy taste. Fruity-bitter finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (37031) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2011
36 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is fruity, dense hoppy and dense grapefruity. Bitter, citrusy and solid grapefruity to pinewood hoppy. Dry, bold, bitter, solid hoppy and lingering dry fruity finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (2232) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2011
GBBF 2011. Bottle. An IPA zinging with grapefruit and citrous fruit. Nose is zest grapefruit. Taste is caramel malt and grapefruit. Itís big, itís bold but the grapefruit is fresh and light and not too resiny or heavy bodied. As good as any Californian IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheRealMGD (552) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Tap @ Galbraithís. Hazy, brownish-gold pour with a persistent, short white head leaving scattered lace. Pine and peachy hop nose. Medium body and carbonation, with an initially slick mouth feel and a lightening of the body late.. Grapefruit, resin, biscuit, chocolate, tea, alcohol and roasted soy beans. Dry, bitter, short finish with some cheese.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - JUL 31, 2011
Bottle. A clear pale to medium amber beer, with a large, frothy, mostly lasting white head. The aroma is lightly malty (toasted garin), moderately to heavily hoppy (apricot, grapefruit. lemon. pine), with a note of oranges. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, slick texture, average carbonation, dry and long finish with moderate to heavy bitterness, lightly to modeartely alcoholic. One of the most clean IPA example iíve ever tasted. Bright hop aroma, not sticky/sugary, actually not so Imperial, but who cares? Clean bitterness for the style, and it tastes rather fresh, considering where it comes from. Iím glad this is now available in Italy.

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