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


on tap

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RATINGS: 397   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IslandHaole (1301) - Misawa, - JAN 29, 2013
A lightly hazed orange colored beer with a small, short lived off white head. Lovely hop scent, reminiscent of Stone IPA, yea....it smells that damned good! Tastes just as good with a thick, chewy, orange blossom honey & cookie dough malt initial hit, quickly followed by massive industrial hops. Under this is a complex, tangy, lambic like flavor. Make no mistake about it, this is one well constructed beer and just might have moved into my "Favorite Japanese Beer" position! To top it off, I met two gorgeous young ladies at the brewpub!

thirstyrabbit (1862) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 6, 2018
Bottle. Pale orange body, medium tall head. Sweet fruity aroma with mango and pineapple. Medium bitter grapefruity taste (for a DIPA), good carbonation, dryness and drinkability. Thin mouthfeel in a good way - not notably sticky which is good for a big beer. Clean flavours and no excessive alcohol heat. A solid DIPA. Only the label looks somewhat weird, like some kind of camouflage that makes it harder to notice this beer on the shelf.

tanel025 (263) - ESTONIA - NOV 30, 2017
Clear amber beer with sticky white head. Aroma is pine, hops. Taste is malt, caramel, hope, pine. Nice thick and sweet, hops follow and pine needles come last. Very good sweet and hoppy IPA. Good job.

MartyW (412) - DENMARK - NOV 14, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2017 Draft. Very fruity, malty, light to moderate bitter. Lingering sweetness in the fruit with a bit of caramelized sugar. Really damn smooth and juicy! Good!

rotaman14 (785) - Wiesbaden, GERMANY - NOV 10, 2017
Bottle. Murky orange with a white head. Pepper, booze, pineapple aroma. Medium bitter, fruity taste. Full bodied and smooth. Well executed DIPA.

Tide (4566) - 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.

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

Ngejo (1000) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - OCT 5, 2017
Bottle. Hazy, orange, frothy, tan foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & bitter finish.

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

nearbeer (5662) - 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.

sephyrott (271) - - APR 28, 2017
440ml from tap at Popeye (Tokyo). Intensively hoppy (90IBU), a little short in smell. Expecting something slightly for an Imperial IPA

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