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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4826) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2011
Bottled. Aroma has citrus. Hazy, orange, Offwhite head. Taste is bitter, very citric, hint of caramel. Medium bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 19, 2011
Botella heima. Cloudy nice orange colour with a huge white head, fairly well lasting, ok lacing. Very hoppy aroma indeed, ripe fruit and pine along with citrus and some resin. Good filling mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of hoppiness, very fruity with pine and citrus, flowery, sweet like, dry and pleasantly bitter. Dry well lasting fruity pine flowery hoppy finish. Sugeee oyshii!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (11477) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2011
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Moderate malty and heavy hoppy aroma. Flowers and coconut notes. Heavy bitter not very balanced flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. Messy beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (7614) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle @ Home. Pours orange with a white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, lots of exotic fruit, mango, kiwi, melon, grapefruit, pine. Taste is malt, lots of sweet and bitter exotic fruit, grapefruit and pine. Medium body, soft carbonation. 120711

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GianlucaKA (14) - ITALY - JUL 10, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2011 Una delle migliori birre che ho bevuto ultimamente!!!Non è il solito maltone! Bilanciatissima e con un bel luppolo! La trovo una birra di grande beva nonostane una gradazione alcolica piuttosto alta. Spero che sarà presto disponibile in keykeg in quantità maggiori.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (7264) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2011
36 cl bottle, BBE 10.2012
Hoppy aroma has exotic fruits, peach and mango. Palate is watery and flavour disappears rather quickly. Hoppy flavour has hints of metal. Needs more malt! I wonder if the japanese way to tax the malt amount in beer is reason for this?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7104) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2011
360 ml bottle. BBE 10/2012.
Pours a hazy orange colour with a small, white, foamy head. Aroma of floral hops, caramel and some pine needles. Flavour of floral hops, caramel, pine needles, mild bready malts and some citrus. Quite light bodied with a slightly watery but alcohol-driven finish. Needs a heavier body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2066) - DENMARK - JUL 7, 2011
Bottle 360 ml, pours dark golden with small white head..... the aroma is pineapple, citrus, lots of flowers.... and the flavor is very hoppy with flower notes.... dry citrus finish.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6990) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours unclear orange with a medium white head. The aroma is highly fruity with notes of flowers, citrus and caramel. The flavour is pine, light peach, mango, citrus and caramel. Long hoppy fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 3, 2011
Lovely inviting nose which is reminiscent of white wine, resiny hops and a huge amount of mandarin orange. Good bitterness. Great balance. Mandarin orange being very present again in the taste. Dry finish which makes you eager to take another sip. A delicious, subtle double IPA with plenty of character.

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