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

bottled
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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.


IslandHaole's rating

4.5
   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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbaaron (1645) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarinEvelyn (667) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4060) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (952) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4185) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4375) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle. The look is clear, whitish colored head, and copper in color. The smell is salty, hops, rich, fruit, blood orange, and ok. The taste is rich, fruity, alcohol, nice, hops.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12569) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2015
Keg at the 4th Copenhagen Beer Celebration, Session I, 01/05/2015. Lightly hazed orange amber with a decent light beige cap. Nose is citric pith, bitter orange, spice, mandarin, light grapefruit. Taste comprises juicy hops, tangy citricana, light bread, spruce, grapefruit. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok easy drinking DIPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2011) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2015
Draught at Bashamichi Tap Room, Yokohama. Cloudy orange with slim white head. Aroma of citrus orange, orange peel. Nice bitter sweet mix in the taste, some spice. Hoppy with sweet malts. Medium body, low carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (1267) - SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2015
On tap @ a local bar. Hazy yellow with a minor white head. Tropical fruit and citrus, along with some off flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (3554) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2015
Tap@CBC2015, Yellow Session - fuzzy amber pour with white head. Sweet malty and tropical fruity aroma and taste, pine and herbal hoppy qualities throughout, very nice brew.


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