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Baird Wabi-Sabi IPA

Baird Wabi-Sabi IPA
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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Can there ever be enough permutations of the great India Pale Ale style? Of course not. In this beautifully nuanced, Japanese esthetic-influenced ale, we marry in the conditioning tank ample dosages of earthy-herbal dry hops (Hersbrucker, Styrian Golding, Santiam) with deft additions of whole leaf Shizuoka green tea. The result of this international botanical marriage is, in a word, sublime.
Baird Beer, as you know, is unfiltered and the addition of whole leaf green tea to Wabi-Sabi IPA has contributed a very strong particle sediment. Do not fear or fret, this is all-natural good stuff and it tastes great! You will not find this in a can or mug of your favorite industrial brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Carlisle (518) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2016
Draft. Pours opaque orange with white head and lacing. Citrus hop and crisp, refreshing tea aroma. Bitter citrus with green tea in the long, mouthcoating finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidmartinek (4670) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Pours the color of fresh queezed pear juice. Huge white head. Smells like sweet green tea and tastes the same. Great! Hint of kick very late in the finish. Deliciously refreahing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shrubber85 (10675) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle. Lemon, toffee malt, and orange peel aroma. Murky yellow-brown with small head. Bitter sweet lemon peel and light malt flavor. Light body. Okay but not much to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (5507) - FINLAND - AUG 5, 2015
Bottle@pudel. Orange amber, dirty hazy. Malty, slight amber bready straws on nose. Some citrus. Med bodied, malty. Strokes me as an old/offy bottle. Doesnt taste like much. Sort of okish, no apparent faults. Just boring. Some pine in finish.

-- bb

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bastarda (430) - Freiburg, GERMANY - JUL 7, 2015
quite unique aromas of plum compote, plum wine, a hint of wild strawberries and minty herbs with a woody undercurrent; all this with a stable retronasal revival, reviving what otherwise would be quite a fizzy, foamy, sourish, thin beer lacking smoothness, mouthfeel, (at least a hint of a) malt base. Or maybe this needs to be drunk quite cold, like: ice cold. Hm. Nevertheless a unique, light summer ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (16879) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2015
Keg at the 4th Copenhagen Beer Celebration, Session 2, 01/05/2015. Lightly hazed orange with a moderate off white covering. Nose is citric pith, melon, straw, lemon rind. Taste comprises tangerine, earthy hop strokes, orange pith, pale malt, light bread dough. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close peppered with earthy hop bitterness. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5778) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Aroma is spices, white bread, malts and light hops. The flavor is citrus, fruit/tea, mild hops, malts and a tart/increasingly bitter finish. One of the few times tea flavor in a beer isn’t a negative.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (11348) - Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2015
33cl bottle. As "Pale ale". Within its suggested best by date. Hazed golden pour. Aroma is herbs and sweetness. Flavor is sweet but herbal and a bit vegetal, not spicy though, feels stale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (23498) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2015
Keg at Bishops Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm. Cloudy golden, creamy head. Butter tea and grapefruit in a rather gentle aroma. Mid sweet with medium body and rounded mouthfeel. Fruity with notes of caramel and citrus. Mid bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 4, 2015
330ml bottle (Hopner, Tallinn, meet the brewer tap takeover)
Ewww, right from the start, I get the coconut I associate with Sorachi Ace, and dislike. Light palate, and aggressively carbonated. Light level of malts, some husks, some biting bitterness, and a little bit of spicy heat too. Tongue left with a tingle and a burn. The quirk doesn’t really press my buttons, and S.A. is a curse if I ever think I’m finding it. And CO2 too high.

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