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


on tap

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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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Svesse (8796) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2016
(Bottle) Pale amber colour, slightly hazy, with frothy off-white head. Fruity, hoppy nose with citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, dried apricots, lychee and some caramel. Fruity, hoppy taste with notes of pink grape fruit, blood orange, caramel, tropical fruit and a generous citric bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, well rounded mouthfeel. A light sweetness. Fresh and tasty with a generous hop character. Nice one.

Ritzn (1808) - GERMANY - AUG 23, 2016
Amber/copper hazy with medium white head. Aroma is medium pine cone, some lychee, elder, apricot, also cake, tart. Taste is little honey sweetness with more resin bitterness and a tiny bit of fresh sourness. FInish is very heavy of much resin. Heavy mouthfeel as well. Could have less of the bitter resin and it lacks a special character. Still nice! This will most likely and sadly be the only top 50 Japanese beer during my time in Japan.

mrjez (674) - Osaka, JAPAN - AUG 18, 2016
Tap at Doutonbori. Hazy orange-gold with a nice head. Good piney citrus aroma and flavour. Really well balanced malt and hop mix, nothing out of place, carries a full feel pine hop flavour, notes of orange rind, peach. Medium body, not too aggressive, easy to down. Solid all round.

MPA (999) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - AUG 13, 2016
Bottle. Hazy golden with off white head. Citrussy aroma - mostly citrus actually. A slight touch of grain and straw. Flavour is slightly sweet with bready notes and a very one-dimensional bitter finish. Watery palate. A rather poor attempt at an Imperial IPA. Sampled nine months after package date - label recommends within a year.

Iznogud (4357) - CROATIA - AUG 10, 2016
On tap at Good Beer Faucets, Tokyo. Pours unclear orange with white head. Caramel, malty, fruity, citrus, peach. Sweet with lasting bitterness in finish. Medium bodied. Not bad, maybe bit too much on the sweet side for my taste.

SeniorZozo (1875) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 4, 2016
Beermarket.hu Tasting session @ Budapest. Aromas of sweet malt, citrus, light tropical fruit. Tastes of citrus, sweet malt, tropical fruit. Medium body with a dry finish.

rafax (411) - POLAND - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle. Dark yellow to amber, nice white. long lasting head and pretty good lacing, hazy. Medium hoppy aromas od citrus and melon. Medium body, sweet with right bitter long finish, alcohol very well hidden (would never say its 8,5%). Good stuff!

Slipstream (2702) - USA - JUL 1, 2016
Had this on draft at Great Leap Brewing in Beijing, where it was labeled as a Great Leap release - but I’m guessing that was an error, and that what I had was this beer. It is a nice IPA with a little iron and acidity in the finish. It has a touch of chili like warmth, and the ABV is well masked. Good.

kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Opaque amber/gold. White head lasts on the film level. Light ring lace. The aroma is very malty forward but hints strongly at the hoppy character.

Madsen1635 (925) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2016
Bottle. Murky dark amber pour with tan head. Aroma has peach and melon. Taste has balanced bitterness and ends with a slight sweet warming feeling. Medium carbonation.

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