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Baird Teikoku IPL

Baird Teikoku IPL
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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Strong Pale Lager/Imperial Pils
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan

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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Teikoku IPA, of course, is our year-round India Pale Ale whose signature character derives from the deft combination of three varieties of earthy and spicy aroma hops — Kent Goldings from England, Styrian Goldings from Slovenia, and Glacier from the United States. A robust malt backbone courtesy of floor-malted Maris Otter barley from England makes Teikoku an extraordinarily balanced and thoughtful IPA. Teikoku IPL is the lager version of Teikoku IPA — we ferment it with our Numazu Lager yeast rather than our house ale yeast. Drinking the two (IPA and IPL) side by side provides a wonderful edification in the flavor differences derived from a single source — yeast.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2130) - JAPAN - MAY 12, 2012
Solid. That is what could always be said for the Tek IPA and it remains the same here. The English/US hybrid is given a more rounded body thanks to the yeast change, but doesn’t allow as much flavour to be imparted as the original. Full bodied.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 9, 2012
Deep amber brown color. The nose is hoppy but lacks the depth of am ale. The mouth is very well balanced, estery and well made, but honestly does do a lot for me, but I really apprecriate the effort and creativity.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (1698) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2012
Keg at Harajuku taproom. Slightly cloudy amber colour with small beige head. Aroma is wheaty, bit of citrus hops, lemon, bit of cream. Taste is wheaty, fruity and bitter and a touch floral. Small prickle in the mouth, bit of spice. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (5904) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 5, 2012
Draught at Tadg’s. Deep orange-brown with a fine head. Salty hop nose, grass, pine, a bit of orange, mellow malts. Soft fruity malt flavor, light caramel, mellow and smooth. Nicely bitter, no so evidently a lager, but certainly different from the IPA. Strawberry, some cherry, yeasty and smooth. The fruit came out nicely as it warmed, though with a somewhat strange, interesting character. Good, though 1 was enough.


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