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

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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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 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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3.8
falco242 (398) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2017
On tap at Harajuku Taproom. Had a flight of pale ales and this was the favorite. A nice gold, a solid hop flavor that isn’t too citrusy and isn’t too piney (and actually, closer to west coast style.) Good all around.

3.5
Scipio (1214) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2017
Pours an extremely cloudy golden with a thinner white head. The aroma is of moderate strength. It contains a good amount of both tangerine and pineapple, along with peach, grapefruit, and mango. The taste is a bit dry with some bitterness. A fairly heavy amount of pine is found that is complimented by peach and grapefruit. Undertones consist of caramel and pineapple. The aftertaste is a bitter pineapple. It lingers for awhile, though its not to potent. Medium bodied, slick in texture, and about average in carbonation. This feels more like a standard IPA as opposed to an Imperial.

3.9
ardeo (540) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2017
Bottle 33. Aspect : orange limpide, fines bulles, mousse honorable. Odorat : pêche, orange, abricot, raisin, autres fruits, résine. Goût : un peu sucré en entrée de bouche, un peu de poivre mais ensuite, une vraie macédoine de fruits avec dominance de l’abricot et de raisin et une amertume finale très sympa. Carbonatation moyenne pour cette bonne IPA japonaise mais Akihito pense-t-il qu’elle soit vraiment "impériale" ?

3.7
Juks (1054) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 26, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours hazy orange-gold, medium sized white fluffy head doesn’t last very long, lacing. Aroma is sweet, piney, hoppy, caramelly, something spicey, orange peel. Taste is sweet, resinous, piney, caramelly, orange, malty, candy. Medium bodied, average carbo, extremely well covered-alcohol. Nice easily drinkable strong IPA, tastefull!

3.7
MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2017
On tap at Goodbeer Faucets in Shibuya. Well done DIPA. Lots of hop aroma. Really clean and crisp. Not a huge malt backbone. The expected pine and citrus flavors of a DIPA. Good stuff just wouldn’t want to down a lot of them!

3.9
john44 (3392) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2017
Bottle. Orangey Gold in colour. Very Fruity; citrus (tangerines, oranges, grapefruit) and tropical fruits (pineapple). Very Hoppy; piney oily resinous hops. Malty backbone. Good fruit/hop/malt balance. Bitter very citrus fruity hoppy throughout; but not at all extreme. Dry in the finish. Very drinkable. Liked this a lot. Lovely IIPA! (2011-09-18)

3.7
GarageBrewer80 (601) - SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2017
Flaska från St. James Tokyo. Disigt, bärnstensfärgad med smutsvit skumkrona. Knäckig doft av tallbarr och annanas. Smak av detsamma. Välbalanserad kropp.

3.8
graham_murphy (701) - - DEC 31, 2016
Food and drink is rarely done poorly in Japan and this DIPA is no exception to that rule. Lovely sweet malt, quite thick, matching sweet then bitter hops with aromas of pineapple, peach and passionfruit. Would happily come back to this one.

3.6
Pinball (12310) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2016
Very nice ipa thick malty Base to. A nice flowery aroma vwymwktu4u4itrejeeg dfdjfjejdjeje

4
MayumiH (1224) - - NOV 30, 2016
Bottle at my parents. Light brown in colour. Hop aromas of pineapple and citrus are well balanced by the sweet caramel malts. Very tasty.


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