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

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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 (1228) - 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!


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rafax (74) - POLAND - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle. Dark yellow to amber, nice white. long lasting head and pretty good lacing, hazy. Medium hoppy aromas od citrus and melon. Medium body, sweet with right bitter long finish, alcohol very well hidden (would never say its 8,5%). Good stuff!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (2417) - USA - JUL 1, 2016
Had this on draft at Great Leap Brewing in Beijing, where it was labeled as a Great Leap release - but I’m guessing that was an error, and that what I had was this beer. It is a nice IPA with a little iron and acidity in the finish. It has a touch of chili like warmth, and the ABV is well masked. Good.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (4570) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Opaque amber/gold. White head lasts on the film level. Light ring lace. The aroma is very malty forward but hints strongly at the hoppy character.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Madsen1635 (590) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle. Murky dark amber pour with tan head. Aroma has peach and melon. Taste has balanced bitterness and ends with a slight sweet warming feeling. Medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (15256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2016
Hazy lively amber, nice grapey, melon hop nose, floral? Earthy, very bitter hop, has a hit of amber malts and a pronounced shot of alcohol in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ttheilen (528) - USA - MAY 6, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
varanid99 (958) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2016
Gold pour with a thick off white head. Peach and passionfruit aroma with a bit of caramel. Taste is similar - dominant peach, nice malt underneath, slight booziness, little bit of bitterness at the end.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8630) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 28, 2016
Draught at Taphouse Copenhagen. Medium high fluffy white lasting head. Cloudy amber body. Sweet peach dominated aroma. Alcohol fruity flavor, mainly peaches, rather sweet with a low carbonation and a long alcohol dominated finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
msbernac (1781) - Krakow, POLAND - APR 25, 2016
Draught at BGM4 Aroma-citrus Appearance-golden, clear, white foam, Taste-medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very good

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6259) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2016
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; hazy copper pour with a bubbly off white head, aroma has grapefruit and tangerine, taste has floral action, some lychee, citrus, quite lemony, floral action, OK.


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