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

bottled
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RATINGS: 260   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 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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
aenima (258) - Askim, - JUN 18, 2013
Very hazy apperance. Real citrusy aroma. The taste is not so citrusy. Very dry finish. Good carbonation.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (6021) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 15, 2014
12 ounce bottle from ABV. Pours a nice crystal clear copper color with a medium white head. A light fruity nose, big pale malts. Medium fruity hops, some bread dough, a bit of bitterness, caramel, sweet almost intense green hops. Missing a lot, though quite nice. The bitterness grows on you, and is pretty intense at times. But the balance is off in terms of hop flavors. That said, this is pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4600) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12547) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (2529) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6498) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (1784) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2619) - 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.

4
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
melush (696) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (1758) - 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.


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