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


on tap

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RATINGS: 332   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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 (1133) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - 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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (3739) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey during the Baird/Shiga Kogen Tap Takeover. Shared by solidfunk, thanks! Hazy orange with off-white head. Aromas of sweet malt, citrus, light tropical fruit. Tastes of citrus, sweet malt, tropical fruit. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5667) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Some citrus and a little booze. Some pine. Pours hazy light orange with good head. Bitter finish. Tap at Churchkey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgis (317) - - SEP 21, 2015
Maybe bit oldish aroma but still intense! Mild bitterness with yeasty hint! Thin foam but still looks amazing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyobon (1146) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2015
(Bottle) Cloudy amber with thin white head. Pleasant fruity aroma with hints of biscuit. Medium body with excellent soft carbonation. Very tasty and nicely balanced. There’s plenty of fruit notes, both sweet and tangy, at the start which give way to some light toffee malt and a steadily gathering spiciness and hoppy bitterness for a crisp but not aggressive long finish. Great taste - I kept having to sample it again - there’s quite some complexity in that well balanced profile. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alex_leit (782) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle. Hazy orange color. Good hop aroma. Taste: tropical fruit and citrus, sweet malty nectar, not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MSBrindbergs (627) - Solna, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2015
Flaska från De Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Grumlig brungrå vätska med svagare skum. Citrus/disktrasedoft. Citrus och aprikos i smaken. Känns trött, men då är den över 1 år gammal också. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHult (457) - SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2015
Flaska delad med @msbrindbergs, tack! Grumlig ljusbrun vätska med vitt skum. Är lite för gammal för att få ett korrekt betyg...Men... Känns tunn för en dipa men smakerna finns där.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (2077) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2015
CBC 2015. Pours a hazy yellow with a low frothy white head. Aromas of mango, peach, apricot and resin. Taste is peach, mango, apricot and resin. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tejas (937) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2015
Really surprised at the 95 rating. Looks fine, almost no hoppy aroma and tasted a little sour at first. I had high hopes for this based on the really nice porter and its description.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ericwill99 (82) - Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2015
It looks great in the little chalice, but I seem to be missing the aroma. More bitter than most DIPA, but I get almost no hops flavor. Well worth a try for me, but sadly a miss.

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