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


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RATINGS: 259   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 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.

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   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4560) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Keg @ Pizza Paradiso. Amber with a small head. Nose of honeydew melon, cantaloupe. Marzipan, lychee and tea. Taste is of lemon tea. Spruce, pepper. Apple and dirt. Light body, slightly oily. Cool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12538) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 22, 2014
Tap at Craft Beer Works Kamikaze, Osaka. Hazy orange color, small steady white head. Aroma has pine needles, resin and mango-like fruityness. Medium-bodied. Piney (spruce?), dry, resiny hoppy flavor. Finish has grapefruit too. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2492) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle at Winking Lizard Tavern (Independence) A golden/amber colored pour with a medium white head and lace. Hoppy, fruity, sweet aroma. Tastes fruity, hoppy, bitter and slightly sweet, some caramel too Medium to full body. Nice complexity in this DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6420) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle from City Beer. Pours cloudy amber with a thick off-white head and an earthy citrus aroma. There is a hearty pale malt flavor that starts a bit sweet, then becomes more bitter and dry. Refreshing and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (1723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 24, 2014
360 ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark copper color with moderate head. Aromas of rubber, brown sugar, tropical fruit, and raisins. Flavors of brown sugar, pine, and sweet toasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2543) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2014
Tap. Pours Hazy deep golden with an average, white head. Aroma of caramel, peach and grapefruit. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and nice bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carb. A very nice DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JayDogg (1) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JUN 4, 2014 does not count
Aromatic skunkweed on the nostrils. Not getting the citrus that others have reported, but definitely some herbal dark cheesy fruity notes in there. Leaves the pallet clean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
melush (557) - SPAIN - JUN 2, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2014 Tirador, en Bakushu Club Popeye en Tokyo, Japon. Color ambar. Sabor a lupulo, malta, caramelo, muy ligeramente amargo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (1707) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 27, 2014
Pours a vibrant orange with pretty white bubbly head. Aromas of candy corn, sweet malts, maybe some vanilla. Sweet, bready, and malty flavors with a nice hop finish. This one is more about the malts. A fairly standard double IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
popery (1392) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Pours a light to medium orange gold color with a thick white head. The liquid is fairly cloudy, though I didnít really try to keep the sediment in the bottle and thereís quite a bit of it. The head is medium sized and looks like a blanket of white cotton candy. Itís a sturdy layer of fine bubbles that sticks around for quite awhile. The aroma is somewhat underwhelming. I fear that itís a result of shipping and age, but I bought the bottle soon after it hit my local storeís shelf. At any rate, Iím getting too much pale malt. The hop aroma is certainly present but mild. Thereís orange, grass, pineapple, berry, lemon, mint. All good stuff, but I wish it was dialed up in intensity. On the other hand, the taste shows off more of the hop flavor than the aroma. Itís full of juicy, tropical fruit flavor. Big on tangerine and pineapple. Bitterness is handled well, a crisp bite that doesnít overpower the hop flavors but still cleans up what little malt sweetness is present. The beerís pale malt backbone is well in the background, maintaining its supporting role. Light on the palate. Normal, unremarkable carbonation. This is a solid beer, and I think the aroma was once there. Iíd love to try it fresher in the future. That said, I think reviewers should rate the beer as they find it, given reasonable circumstances. As a consumer, it doesnít really matter to me how the beer tastes under ideal conditions. It matters how it tastes when I drink it. And thatís probably enough ranting for me.

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