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.

IslandHaole's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, - JAN 29, 2013
A lightly hazed orange colored beer with a small, short lived off white head. Lovely hop scent, reminiscent of Stone IPA, yea....it smells that damned good! Tastes just as good with a thick, chewy, orange blossom honey & cookie dough malt initial hit, quickly followed by massive industrial hops. Under this is a complex, tangy, lambic like flavor. Make no mistake about it, this is one well constructed beer and just might have moved into my "Favorite Japanese Beer" position! To top it off, I met two gorgeous young ladies at the brewpub!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SinH4 (1065) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 23, 2015
Hazy brownish color with white head. Bready malts, caramel, some grapefruit, moderate bitterness and booziness. I guess this bottle was a little bit too old. Ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dredd (722) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2015
Intriguing aroma, some pineapple, citrus and light caramel. Appearence is light amber, cloudy with lingering white head. Flavour is a mix of some breadiness and grapefruit with a slightly sweet and hoppy finish. Hides the 7.5 percent well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tonkun (1157) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Tap at Bashamichi tap room. Clear Amber pour. Floral, pine, caramel. Hides alcohol well. Pretty nice. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (3266) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Bottle at April Tasting in Belgrade. Very cloud light brown, soapy head. Hazy, juicy, quite tart red fruit. Cool and sweet, raisins, soft grain. Works well somehow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear deep golden orange with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has crisp sweet citrus with some light fruit and a light sweet grain backbone. Flavor has crisp citrus and well with a touch of grapefruit and a sweet grain backbone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbaaron (1675) - Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Unclear dark orange. Big frothy white head. Probably past its prime and given benefit of the doubt.. Moderate bitterness. Alcohol a bit too upfront. Bigger light body. Semi dry. Interesting hop character. Citrus with a little spice. Caramel and bready maltiness to balance. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarinEvelyn (680) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Disclaimer: This beer is almost a year old, has a ton of sediment, so that will obviously affect my rating. Good. Strong malt caramel, dry bitter taste. Sweet and earthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4112) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 27, 2015
Light amber golden color. Punchy nose with tangerine, grapefruit and spicy hoppy character. Big full body that I found a bit boozy - I thought this beer was only 7%. Nicely balanced and is surprisingly light for 8.5%. Modest bitterness, nice stuff and very approachable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (1092) - GREECE - JUN 24, 2015
From old notes. From tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Light hazy golden orange color with off white head. Hoppy citrusy and caramel malty aroma. Sweet and biter taste. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4202) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2015
12 oz bottle. Hazy amber with an average off-white head. Aroma is of heavy florals, caramel, light herbal, fresh carrots, and pine. Taste is of pine, heavy herbal notes, woody hops, and light resin with some boozy notes.

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