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

bottled
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RATINGS: 385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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 Japans Suruga Bay is deep (it is Japans 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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brentv (664) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Poured from a bottle in Tokyo. Hazy dark honey colored with a slight white head. Almost no lacing. Big aroma of floral hops. Floral hops flavor, not too bitter. Also not as big as expected for an imperial IPA. Pleasant bitter finish, but again, not overwhelming in intensity. Nice beer and worth drinking again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (1426) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2014
From a unknown bottle size (stubbie) on 23/2/2014 (shared with Butz). Pours a murky dark golden orange with almost no head. The aroma features caramel malt and some fruity notes. Flavour wise, you get orange, lemon, peel, marmalade, honey grapefruit, and an almost salty spiciness. Has a fullish body and quite lively carbonation. The bitterness is intense, and wins out over the sweetness in the end. Not exactly US IIPA in style, but certainly related, and very nice stuff.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sturmthis (1129) - Bavaria, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2014
12oz bottle. Golden color. Bready and yeasty aroma. Taste off. Definitely not like a typical IPA. Dont like this at all.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer-yum (1478) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2016 Restrained bready aroma in a hazy golden pour. A delicious brew that is both full bodied and perfectly balanced. Only issue is its too strong to enjoy a couple more than a few (an drive at least). Still, it is a great beer though...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmeup (651) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2014
Wemp. Hoppy, dry for sure, more AL% than the RS IPA and very hard to split the two. Anywhere else cut and dry but these two are very similar.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3666) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2014
Bottle, 11C. Almost clear amber with a tight white head that lasts well. Aroma of mandarins, grapefruit, hay, hints of herbs. Medium bodied, lowish carbonation, quite creamy. Sweet and bitter citrus with herbal touches, gracile and quite dry throughout. Moderate to high bitterness with lingering grapefruit and a little pine. Not all that exciting but classy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (2342) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
Rating #887 - January 6, 2014 - #mondaynightbeers @RevolutionYeg - 8oz on draught, 7.5%.. Clear golden-yellow pour with a bubbly white foam, spotty lacing. Citrusy sweet, mild floral, grassy hops on the nose.. Mouthfeel crisp, mild alcohol warmth, low-medium carbonation. Taste is sweet orangey lemony notes with the spicy tang and huge dry hop bite lingers into the finish. Tubular.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
minihame2 (536) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2013
Murky brown colour with a small white head. Aroma is not that strong, mostly hops and some grass. Mouthfeel is light, tingly, little carbonation, very easy to drink. Taste is bitter, not too much, a little bit dry. Very nice hoppy character. Its a pretty good, not too over the top strong, IIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drtbrewster (40) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Good IPA, not sure if I would classify as an Imperial, but good none the less. Japan has a good one.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bygers (1170) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle 0,33l. Pours a deep amber colour. Nice head. Aroma of nuts, citrus and some undefinable. Taste is pine, grapefruit, honey and cinnamon.


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