Suruga Bay Imperial IPA - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev +1%
A 360ml bottle with a BB of March 2013 (in Italian). Purchased from the Brewdog webshop a while back and stored in my garage. The image on the label looks vaguely like chrysanthemums. Weird.
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy orange-amber hue with good carbonation; the fine yeast percolates through the liquid like smoke. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that hangs around for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma of intense hop notes: pine, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus. This is underpinned by a sweet, malty backbone with hints of caramel, subtle yeast notes and a hint of booze in the background.
Tastes of aromatic hops, accompanied by sweet malt and a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, caramel, mild earthy yeast and a hint of stewed hops. A twinge of alcohol lurks in the background, and a spicy, astringent bitterness rounds things off. Mouthfeel is smooth, spicy, tingly and dry, with good body. A tad flat - could be more carbonated. Pretty astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops with a hint of malt.
Tasty - an impressive Japanese craft beer. Plenty of aromatic hop character and a solid malt presence as well. Not sure if it's quite intense enough to qualify as a DIPA, but it certainly makes a good IPA. The only minor let-down is the lack of carbonation, which leaves it seeming a bit flaccid. Flavourwise, this is quality stuff - grab one if you have the chance.
09-03-2012 00:03:33 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.45/5 rDev +13.8%
This is my first review, and i'm going to do reviews my way.
I have a Master's degree, and I know how to use my words!
However, I'm going to leave all of the bucolic transmogrification of hoppy liquids back into paintings of sceneries for the real sommeliers out there. I am typing this as I drink it so you get a play-by-play of my reactions.
I'm drinking this cloudy brew from the tap at Vivo's in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan, sitting at the counter with a building support column in front of me, hiding myself away from the rest of the patrons in the place, with BT's "Memories in a Sea of Forgetfulness" pulsating through my Audio Technica earbuds.
It's a bit thinner than I expect from an Imperial IPA, but Baird never lets down on taste. There is enough spiciness in this beer to make the fronts of my teeth tingle after a swallow... a sensation I quite enjoy. The 7.5% alcohol content instantly hits me in the back of my head in about a 5 o'clock direction. I have the aftertaste of bacon in my mouth, but I haven't had any for months.
I am more than halfway done now, and I can definitely feel the brew warming the upper half of my belly, a quality I appreciate in a beer during the cold Tokyo winter. I think the spiciness and thin texture of this beer combined with the relatively high alcohol content will nicely lead into a pint of Guinness, helping to add onto the roasted yet drinkable quality of that Irish masterpiece.
Two big thumbs up for this beer.
02-01-2012 08:56:37 | More by shigg85
4.38/5 rDev +12%
Appearance is golden brown in color. Good head and nice lacing on the glass throughout consumption. Mouth feel is solid with healthy carbonation. Aroma is floral hops and sweet. The taste is consistent with the smell with a citrus tang on the back end. For an imperial IPA it is not the strongest or over the top hop flavor but it is nicely balanced.
09-16-2012 03:58:06 | More by Oakenator
4.01/5 rDev +2.6%
Thanks to my wonderful gf for bringing this back from her trip to Japan.
Pours murky orange with a small white head that settles into a small pillow with pretty good lacing down the glass.
Aroma features citrus fruits (especially grapefruit) along with some bready caramel malt. Could use a bit more here as the smells are a bit weak.
Lots of juicy citrus up front in the flavor. A considerable bready malt balances the hops. Finishes with a little pine and earthy bitterness. Moderately balanced. Hoppy yet not very bitter.
Medium bodied and smooth carbonation.
Pretty impressive beer. Definitely well balanced, but still has enough of a hop kick to satisfy hopheads.
01-10-2013 20:58:08 | More by jmarsh123
British Columbia (Canada)
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.
04-22-2011 07:16:08 | More by BDTyre
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
On-tap at Churchkey in DC, poured into a pint glass.
A- Pours a nice hazy golden orange color, topped with a finger of white head, leaves nice lacing.
S- Big fruity citrus aroma, lots of grapefruit and orange, some caramel malt also noticeable in the back.
T- Follows the aroma, the best part of the beer is the incredible juiciness of the citrus flavors, it's packed with juicy, fresh grapefruit and orange flavors. Bitterness is moderate, with pine and grass and a nicely balanced amount of sweet caramel malt.
M- Medium-bodied, creamy feel with a dry, bitter finish.
O- A really nice IPA, easily the finest non-American/English IPA I've tried, and even within the realm of American West Coast IPAs this beer can hold it's own, very tasty stuff.
12-01-2012 22:43:50 | More by WillCarrera
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
Hazy golden amber to orange with a foamy. Off-white head that is about a thumbs width tall and reduces to about one centimetre tall.
Lots of hops although not as strong as I have come to expect from DIPA's. Some pine is interlaced through the hops and this is followed by some fruity orange and lemon aromas followed by some light grapefruit notes and a bitter citrus finish.
Pine hops and citrus mixed with some orange and grapefruit. I could also detect some mango in there and the finish is very bitter and full of pine hops again.
Medium, smooth and moderately carbonated with a huge amount of bitterness, although it is a DIPA so that is to be expected. It is a sort of sweet citrus feel to it with some sugar to boot.
A good beer and a nice one for my first Japanese IPA of any sort, it was pleasant to drink although still has to improve considerably to match some of the American IPA's that are out there.
05-06-2012 18:16:46 | More by flyingpig
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
Japanese Double IPA. Notable advice on label: "Please drink contemplatively, Beer Drinker-san."
A - Pour is a darkish shade of orange with some haze to it. An off-white head retains very nicely as a full+bubbly cap for the entirety. Bits of lace left behind.
S - Citrus, herbal and grassy hops in the nose. Some light caramel and bready malts coming through as well. Though slightly unremarkable in the grand scheme of IPAs, solid and pleasant with decent strength.
T - Nice mix of citrus+herbal hop with some resiny tones too. Medium-high bitterness, but well-balanced overall with a good dose caramel+toasted malt backing. Could probably pass for a single IPA intensity-wise.
M - Just a touch on the hefty/malty side with ample bitterness, and low-medium carbonation. Smooth with no noticeable booze, drinks easy.
O - Somewhat standard but nice, this is probably a great choice for those looking for a good American-style IPA in Japan. Went really well with lunch.
04-26-2014 18:34:16 | More by Chico1985
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.
08-01-2010 14:04:06 | More by brendan13
4.55/5 rDev +16.4%
Purchased bottle at Osakaya in Shinjuku station for 500 yen.
Ingredient label reads: Malt, wheat, sugar, hops, sugar
I am very glad that Baird has added this to their year round line up.
A - brownish honey body, white head.
S - bold honey flavor, really spicy hop aroma show off the 90 BUs of hops in the boil and double dry-hopping.
T- grapefruit and caramel in dominate the flavor of this beer. I love the spice hop notes.
M - the bottle conditioning really shows in this smooth nicely bodied brew.
D - This a great beer. I'd love to have this on a daily basis, but at 500 at pop, I guess, I'll only get one on special occasions.
07-03-2010 13:13:39 | More by Naerhu
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
06-01-2010 15:48:21 | More by mulder1010
3.95/5 rDev +1%
Been hanging on to this beer for a while, hope I'm not doing it an injustice. With thanks to Chris@Slowbeer.
Murky golden orange, with a finger and a half of sudsy white head. Falls very slowly depositing lace in a lattice network.
Lemon, grapefruit, melons and loads of candied citrus rind. Occasionally detect crazy sweet sherbet notes. Bready and biscuity malts poke through at times, but are largely a bit player. Very nice.
Taste has a good deal more bitterness, yet it doesn't eclipse the candied citrus notes at all, merely provides stark and interesting contrast. Big bitter grapefruit and pine resin face-off against lemon sherbet and candied orange peel. Works really well.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin and metallic. Moderate bitterness on the mid-palate, but otherwise not much presence to speak of.
This is a tasty and intriguing IPA. West-Coast inspired, but with plenty of difference. Big fan of the bitter versus seriously sweet hop profile. Given a more ballsy mouthfeel, I'd easily rate this a lot higher.
07-09-2011 07:52:08 | More by spicelab
4.3/5 rDev +10%
Last of the Baird beers I purchased is Suruga Bay Imperial IPA... we've come a long way Baird Brewing Co *insert pictures of me and some Japanese guy drinking Baird beers together and hugging puppies whilst slowly escalating into random life-endangering pranks*... Ahhh, memories.
Poured from a 360ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Pleasing hazy safety orange body with a firm 1cm white head. Statistics I just made up show that people feel safer when a beer has a safety orange colour.
S: Orange blossom aromas mix with sour apple candy and sweet caramelised pears. An intriguing mix we have here. Once again Baird gets extra points [not that the points mean anything] for experimentation, the good type of experimentation that doesn't involve puppies or bunnies.
T: Damn this is one easy drinking Imperial IPA! Flavours of apple, pear and orange mingle, each imparting their own slant on this brew; sweet caramelised pear, sour green apple peel and bitter blood orange combine so succinctly that I for one am quite impressed, and the 7.5% ABV content is wafer thin - I could drink this like it's 1999, or full-strength for novices.
M: Medium to heavy body, bit of hop resin slickness and a light carbonation.
D: This is so unbelievably well balanced that I'm starting to think the prince of darkness (aka Satan) is running things over at Baird Brewing. Such a delightfully, tasty, want-to-sacrifice-people easy beer. I'm so delirious, is she that serious? I'm a love fool, she shimmers like a California sunrise - now I'm listening to Jamiroquai, but this beer is awesome. Best out of the Baird Beers I've Tried (BBIT - the next acronym to sweep the net). Cram it in your gullet already.
Food match: People.
02-25-2014 15:37:47 | More by doktorhops
Suruga Bay Imperial IPA from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
87 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.