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

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RATINGS: 301   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 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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cantabrian (912) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle, courtesy of the great Jimthechap. This is an amazing beer that I would have missed had it not been for my friend’s generosity after an interesting post-mortem on a bluff Orpington. But to the beer, which pours murky amber, truly amber, and very cloudy, with a thin white head that dissipates into a feeble film of cream. Lovely appearance. The first whiff is lychees and grapes, but soon the aroma turns maltier, with the sweetness of dried stone fruits. Taste is powerful, with pine needles, eucalyptus essence, a tremendous amount of sweet malts, nectarines, apricots, some grassy bitterness, but not too overwhelming, and a long finish where the gum tree sap is the most lasting memory. The beer is resinous on the palate. Thanks Jono, this is a very interesting concoction, a great take on the old world IPAs, I suppose. No less than a delight. Suruga Bay. On a different life, I have contemplated the blue waters of Suruga Bay dozens of times from my trains to and from Shizuoka. It is only now that I realise the name does come across as a “frightful” anagram of Suruba Gay.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2445) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
Orange/yellow body with white head some lacing. Hoppy citrus aroma. Taste is also semi bitter but this also has kind of a tart farmhouse saison thing going on, too. Some sweet juicy malts, as well. Nice beer from Japan.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Choos (658) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2014
Aroma: spicy hop and citrus App: amber orange with a just off white head head and sudsy lacing Flavour: strong hop character backed with loads of balancing malt ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lunkie (1532) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
Herbal hop malt floral malt aroma. Murky Amber colour great head and lacing. Malt floral herbal spice flavour. Smooth long lingering palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1386) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
Grain and Grape bottle(13-Oct-2014) Sweet fruit spicy aroma.Cloudy amber, low head&sheet lace.Sweet berry spice.Botter herbal berry finish&spice pepper aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CraftBeerNick (1120) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Keg at Hoppy Loft, 6th October 14. Straw coloured, murky IPA. The aroma is nicely hopped and it drinks well. Pretty good

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
erickok (4061) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - OCT 6, 2014
Misty golden amber body and medium off white head. Hoppy, minty, green, grass. Well developed, but not terribly good. It’s perhaps the hops that don’t do it for me, too medicinal. Green tea like. Good body though. (On tap at Délirium Hoppy Loft)

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (4407) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2014
Poured a hazy orange amber with a frothy off white head. Aroma of moderately heavy citrus and caramel malt. Medium to full body, flavour is heavy, treadle sweet, medium bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alusmamuts (731) - LATVIA - OCT 5, 2014
Amber hazy with small white head. IPA style taste, some sweetness on the first half of tongue, nice bitter aftertaste on its root.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
g_georgiou (330) - CYPRUS - SEP 20, 2014
Hazy orange body with a white head. Aroma is floral, fruits, orange, citrus. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and bitterness. Medium body, medium to heavy bitterness.


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