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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
88
very good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of wl0307
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a 360ml slim brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; BB 31/03/14, served mildly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

Appearance: pours a fairly clear, bright amber hue, coming with a slowly dissipating creamy off-white head and semi-lively but fine carbonation.
Smell: the aroma seems to be dominated by American citric&flowery hops (like Cascade) and mildly acidic esters, underlined by semi-gristy pale malts with a mild touch of caramel; given a very good swirl, the citric bitter-sourness melts in the dense cluster of malt sweetness, while the soothing lychee-ish aroma and resins emerge elegantly to add more to the overall complexity. Like a standard IPA, balanced and nicely hoppy, definitely not as bold as many Double IPAs I’ve tried, but very nicely executed indeed.
Taste: the mildly resinous and lightly acidic foretaste yields a moderate layer of semi-sweet maltiness underneath the slowly-developing aromatic flavour of Cascade-like hoppiness, full of resinous lychees, citrus fragrance, tea stems, etc., followed closely by tremendous and wonderfully lingering bitterness with moderate tannins, bitter yeastiness, and a wee touch of phenol. Chewy, only faintly alcoholic, in the finish.
Mouthfeel & Overall: medium-plus bodied, softly-carbonated, soothing and mildly chewy on the palate at the same time; this “Imperial IPA” is more like one’s IPA good friend, easy to approach, well balanced, and even quaffable, with a decent depth and complexity to keep one’s palate interested for a long while. Definitely recommended.

wl0307, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of zrosensohn
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

zrosensohn, Tuesday at 09:42 PM
Photo of torriman
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

torriman, Tuesday at 07:29 AM
Photo of RockAZ
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Poured into DFH IPA glass from bottle.
Could not find a date code on bottle, maybe it was marked on the six pack carrier?
Great tasting IPA, dry, orange and grapefruit flavors that has a bit of bread/yeast overtone. The label says it is unfiltered and re-fermented in the bottle, I generally like most beers done this way but this one is exceptional. The alcohol is subtle, the dry finish covers the higher ABV well. Could not guess the hops used, but definitely American style with something drier - wood barrel? I wonder if they poured the batch through cedar vats for a day or two in the process?
Like it, really like it a lot and wish I knew whether it was fresh or not because I cannot bear the idea that it is even better at the source.

RockAZ, Monday at 03:50 PM
Photo of mr-jj
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from 12 oz bottle.

Color was a hazy light amber with a thin creamy head. Decent lacing.
Smells like caramel-glazed oranges with some floral notes.
Flavor is different than the nose, more pineapple and tropical fruit that gives way to some toasted malt . Finishes with a crisp bitterness that lingers for a bit.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with a dry finish.

Overall, my new favorite beer from Japan. I hope I'll be able to find it the next time I am there.

mr-jj, Sunday at 09:20 PM
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.8%

zestar, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of snaotheus
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. No dates or codes that I can see, which makes me nervous for a Japanese import.

Pours fairly cloudy orange amber with a medium-small pale head, medium amount of fine slow carbonation. Smell is a little orangey, a little floral, a little bready or yeasty.

Taste is a splash of orangey citrus and a bitter finish that maintains orange characteristic throughout somehow. Actually pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, a little sticky. Overall, pretty good beer. I wish it was as readily available as Aooni in Japan -- maybe if they're exporting now, it will be more readily available.

snaotheus, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of Jdevoss
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

Jdevoss, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Tettananaka
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

Tettananaka, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Norseman
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Norseman, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Boone757, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of earlholman
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

earlholman, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of mrjez
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

mrjez, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

ygtbsm94, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of SoPeL
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

SoPeL, Jul 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

metsfan1, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of KimenTshom
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

KimenTshom, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

yesno1011, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +1.8%

wrightst, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Booner818, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Snellgg5
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Snellgg5, May 08, 2014
Photo of jjcote
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

jjcote, May 03, 2014
Photo of popery
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light to medium orange gold color with a thick white head. The liquid is fairly cloudy, though I didn't really try to keep the sediment in the bottle and there's quite a bit of it. The head is medium sized and looks like a blanket of white cotton candy. It's a sturdy layer of fine bubbles that sticks around for quite awhile. The aroma is somewhat underwhelming. I fear that it's a result of shipping and age, but I bought the bottle soon after it hit my local store's shelf. At any rate, I'm getting too much pale malt. The hop aroma is certainly present but mild. There's orange, grass, pineapple, berry, lemon, mint. All good stuff, but I wish it was dialed up in intensity. On the other hand, the taste shows off more of the hop flavor than the aroma. It's full of juicy, tropical fruit flavor. Big on tangerine and pineapple. Bitterness is handled well, a crisp bite that doesn't overpower the hop flavors but still cleans up what little malt sweetness is present. The beer's pale malt backbone is well in the background, maintaining its supporting role. Light on the palate. Normal, unremarkable carbonation. This is a solid beer, and I think the aroma was once there. I'd love to try it fresher in the future. That said, I think reviewers should rate the beer as they find it, given reasonable circumstances. As a consumer, it doesn't really matter to me how the beer tastes under ideal conditions. It matters how it tastes when I drink it. And that's probably enough ranting for me.

popery, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Chico1985
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Chico1985, Apr 26, 2014
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Suruga Bay Imperial IPA from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
88 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.