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


on tap

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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dEnk (4193) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle @ home. Aroma is zesty citrus and other fruity hops, light malt note. Flavour is big hoppy zesty fruits, bready malt, some caramel. Awesome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zenkis (660) - Ogre, LATVIA - FEB 1, 2015
Thanks to Anita,
Pours pale golden, unclear with small white top. Aroma balanced, medium intense light caramel malty and dominant unique citrus kind of hops. Later becomes more boozy on nose. Taste is sweet, light bitter, without "should be" dry finish. Sweetish aftertate, malty and less hoppy. Weird to be IIPA, but mild and pleasant IPA like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5716) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle at Craft, Bangkok. Poured a hazy medium amber with a thin broken white head. The aroma is big nettle grassy hop. The flavour is strong bitter with a rich woody resin hop bitter, light metallic, light toothpaste palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (6511) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2015
Sample shared with Jmgreeenuk @ craft. Thin white head. Cloudy amber pour. Nice bitterness. A lovely beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martjoobolut (1470) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 25, 2015
0,33L bottle (from Uba ja Humal, Tallinn), BB 28.05.2015, ABV 8.5%. Pours hazy amber with off-white head. The head stays for a moment. Aroma is sweet, tropical fruits, sugar, alcohol. Flavor is sweet and bitter, citrus, tropical fruits, grass, malt. Finish is dry bitter. Overall: alcohol is showing a little bit too much, but otherwise ok. I guess a fresher bottle would be better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3638) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2015
Golden colour, firm white head. Aroma of hops. Citrus, tropical fruits. Fresh hoppy flavour. Feels quite light. Light finish, hops. Nice, doesn’t feel like the 8% ABV that was denoted.
(From draught @ CBC blue session, Copenhagen 2014)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (1361) - oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 6, 2015
Botella de 33 cl en el momento en cimmeria el 07-12-2014.Color ámbar algo anaranjado turbio con espuma beige de poca retención. Aromas ligeros maltosos algo dulces y afrutados. Sabores de maltas y cereales fuertes y algo de frutas tropicales acabando con suave amargo. Cuerpo medio con 8.5 vol y fácil de beber. Buena en general, algo tosca y de cuerpo poco espeso para ser una imperial ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2653) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
Sample at S&G tasting. S&G goes to Japan PART 1. Special THX to Christian. APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small unstable white head. NOSE: hoppy, fruity, sweet. TASTE: hoppy, fruity, sweet, nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (10721) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 27, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2014 330ml bottle (Koht, Tallinn)
Very nice hoppy aroma, crisp and fresh. Howver it’s a bit sticky. Pleasantly hoppy. Sweet body, but decent carbonation. Sweetish hops and malts, best on the nose, but an OK hoppy ale. Nicely hoppy, balance good for a DIPA. Could rate this higher one a little higher, maybe, perhaps I have a little palate fatigue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (1746) - ESTONIA - DEC 26, 2014
Hazy orange beer, white head. Juicy grapefruity nose with hops, resin, malt, sweet hints, caramel. Flavor is hoppy, grassy, toasty notes, malt, hint of caramel. Hoppy-bitter finish. Nice one, juicy and very drinkable.

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