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Suruga Bay Imperial IPA - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Suruga Bay Imperial IPASuruga Bay Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

80 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2010)
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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

DRTBrewster, Jan 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

pixieskid, May 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

apbaj, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of mulder1010
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

360 ML bottle poured into a tulip glass
Thanks to Triple5 for providing the beer in trade. Very nice bonus

A-- Poured a dark honey color. Head started off at two fingers and finally settled down to a little under one finger. Off white colored head. Lots of sticky web like lacing. Good head retention and a well put together head for the beer. Just a little bit of carbonation bubbles at the base of the beer.

S-- Honey, grapefruit, citrus, carmel, and some pine. Honey, grapefruit and the carmel stand out the most.

T-- Once again honey, grapefruit and carmel are the dominant tastes. Pretty decently balanced between the grapefruit and carmel. Both are fairly reserved though. Not an in your face Imperial IPA.

M-- Finishes very dry. The flavor does not last too long in the mouth. That would be the honey. Does not stay in your mouth and leave a real impression like others in this style. Missing that pine feel in the mouth when finishing. Medium to lower end of carbonation

D-- For the money in Australia this is a good version of a DIPA. A little too much honey as it is missing a lot of the pine and aggressive feel that DIPA's have and finishes too dry. Still a good beer and the ABV at 7.5% does creep up at the end but could have 2 easily

mulder1010, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of BDTyre
3.4/5  rDev -13%

Interesting take on an Imperial IPA. Cloudy orange with a thin white head.

Lemon-y, sour grassy smell from the hops. Weak bready malts. Weird, sweet-sour malt and hops taste. Not very IPA like - too bitter, and the malts are off. Good hoppiness enough, but the balance is wrong.

Decent carbonation, but a weird taste.

BDTyre, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of MarkLeberer
3.4/5  rDev -13%

Balanced iPA. The serving glass was branded and appropriate for an IPA of this caliber and very attractive ....as was the blonde at the bar...but that is another story for another IPA. Suruga bay imperial is about 7.8% alcohol by volume. very much worth going to Japan to drink...

The beer was just slightly cloudy but appropriately so

MarkLeberer, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of hoser
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%

Appearance is of a beer with a chill haze and a rather thin head. This has a hop forward nose of pink grapefruits pine nuts. The mouthfeel a little thin. This is more hops than malt could and I could drink more of this hell ya!

I like Bryan Baird's beers and thanks John for bringing them to Alberta and TimE for introducing me to the brewery.

hoser, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%

A: Dull copper body with a mountain of a white head that you could rest a coin on.

S: Nothing Japanese about it, it's every bit American – a bit of a tropical fruit bomb.

T: Woah, completely dry. Like puritanically dry. Not even a hint of sweetness. Otherwise it's what the nose promised – a regular American IPA, although the bitterness has been toned down somewhat. It's loaded with orange peel and tea leaves. It's earthy and slightly herbal.

M: I like that it's halfway flat. If it were fizzy it would taste like Alca-Seltzer.

O: Even a smidgen of sugar would breathe some life into this peculiar tonic. Way too dry for this style of beer.

Hoppsbabo, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

earlholman, Jul 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

aztraz, Apr 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

bonbini26, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

ygtbsm94, Jul 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

nmann08, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Mattias, Apr 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

mrjez, Jul 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

KimenTshom, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

From a 360 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed marmalade hue, 2 fingers of frothy loose-bubbled white head that casually remains.

Bright citrus hops on the nose, musty toasted malt.

Clean light malt up front in the flavour, then it's time for a building avalanche of American hops, tangerine and grapefruit with some spicy pine, and a dry astringent aftertaste.

Medium-full bodied mouthfeel, slick yet grainy texture, good zippy carbonation, a bit soapy on the finish.

A decent contender, if a bit one-dimensional at the same time. A very drinkable IPA, although I question the Imperial listing, it's somewhat tame for that category.

IronDjinn, Aug 08, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

Big malt aroma with caramel notes. Good earthy hop profile with just a touch of citrus. Moderate pine.

Hazy, amber colour with a big, fluffy off-white head.

Good, balanced hop and malt flavour. For me, the malt is actually a bit too high as I like it to tilt to the hops. I get the honey, grapefruit and pine character expected.

Medium-full body with moderately-low carbonation.

A decent DIPA but it lacks the full-on crazy hop character I expect (and like) in a DIPA.

dgilks, May 29, 2010
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3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Jdevoss, Aug 30, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

Tettananaka, Aug 24, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

A - Hazy amber coloured beer with a few centimetres of fluffy white head that slowly falls away leaving a bit of lace.
S - Citrus peel & piney hops with some sweet malt character.
T - Like the smell citrus peel and pine hops are up front followed by a sweet maltiness.
M - Medium bodied, slightly cloying and low carbonation.
D - A nice beer but a touch on the sweet side.

brendan13, Aug 01, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Thanks Presario. 360 ml., yellow with one quarter inch white foamy head, lace rings. Pungent hop aromas. A bit of a tongue number, shredder, big IBU. Decently drinkable, a bit of sourness in finish, a tanginess that was fun too.Worth trying. I liked it.

Sammy, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of juju7
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

They're making some decent beers over at Baird. Poured beautifully with great head retention and perfectly even lacing. While the nose doesn't scream hops it does let you know that there is some there. A tight well balanced mouthfeel with a good backbone of bitterness and malt kick. Maybe lacking that little something to make it truly special but it's not a competition is it? Good beer, will be happy to drink again.

juju7, May 10, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

SirBentham, Apr 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
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Suruga Bay Imperial IPA from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
87 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.