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Baird Suruga Bay Steam Lager

Baird Suruga Bay Steam Lager
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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: California Common
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan


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RATINGS: 2   MEAN: 2.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
The "Steam" style is an unusual one born on the American west coast (notably California) sometime in the mid 19th century. It is unique in that it is fermented with cool-temperature lager yeast but done so at slightly warmer, ale-type temperatures. The sobriquet "Steam" is thought to have stemmed from the fact that this style was served mainly in pubs from casks in which a secondary fermentation had taken place and when tapped released CO2 in a sound reminiscent of steam escaping a high-pressure pipe. This style remains identified with the city of San Francisco even today thanks to Fritz Maytag and his Anchor Brewery's flagship beer "Anchor Steam." Baird Suruga Bay Steam Lager is our Japan interpretation of this wonderful, historical style. Amber-Red in color, like the early fall foliage, this warm-fermented lager is made soft and round by just a touch of yeast-derived sulphur. The flavor is a fruity one reminiscent of figs, raisins and plums. A slight hint of nuttiness serves to enhance the overall impression of complexity. Relatively little hop aroma and the fruity-sweet initial flavor belie the 35 BUs of bitter hop punch that is delivered at the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KyotoLefty (9306) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2008
Bottle, Dec. 2007. Dark amber color, cloudy, tall head. Aroma of hops and amber malt. Slightly earthy, with a touch of caramel. Dry amber malt flavor, a touch of dark fruits, but very dry, with strong hops as well as dry malt. Bitter, hoppy finish. Interesting and DRY. Nice, but a little too lacking in malt and sweetness for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TimE (5047) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 30, 2007
Light amber color. Less carbonated than expected. Hops are also not as strong as expected. Has the antiseptic taste I get in mouthwash that a lot of steams have. Straight forward, not bad.

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