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

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RATINGS: 393   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Draft. Medium off-white head with nice lacing, atop murky amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pineapple, some orange, light bread. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pineapple, light orange. Medium-full body, some resin.


3.4
Tide (4197) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2017 Draught at beer bar in Tokyo. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, hops, mango, a bit of pine, resin and grass. Bitter finish with citrus, hops, mango, a bit of resin and grass. Good IPA.

3.7
RyanCheng (3) - - OCT 12, 2017 does not count
Full bodied, smooth, lightly carbonated Bitter but rounds up well, passion fruit, tropical fruit, herbal. Golden with minimum head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
Ngejo (993) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - OCT 5, 2017
Bottle. Hazy, orange, frothy, tan foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & bitter finish.

4
pmackenz (6) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2017 On draft at Goodbeer Faucets, Shibuya. Copper coloured double IPA. Lots of bitterness, but a good balance of flavour and a nice long finish. Quite strong, so one to drink slowly and savour. All in all a very pleasant drink. ft

4
nearbeer (5555) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2017
33 cl. bottled 02/05/2016. Lightly hazy orange-copper with a lasting thin cream. Aroma is caramel, tea leaf, citrus zest and a touch of mint. Flavor is orange tea, toffee, wooden hops and mint. Smooth low carbonation in this well balanced medium bodied brew.

4.2
sephyrott (198) - - APR 28, 2017
440ml from tap at Popeye (Tokyo). Intensively hoppy (90IBU), a little short in smell. Expecting something slightly for an Imperial IPA

3.9
60minuteman (1765) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2017
Tap at Tadg’s. Aroma is earthy and pine, caramel, hops. Medium bitterness for a double but the heat hits like one. Oaky and tree bark sappy sweet in the finish. Nice stuff.

3.7
wlajwl (7005) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 24, 2017
Aroma is citrus/fruit, malts and a hint of fusels/hard water. The flavor is citrus/fruit, mild tropical fruit, malts, a hint of hard water and a mix of hops and slight tartness in the finish.

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 (1175) - 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.


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