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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

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Package date: 9/4/14. 8.5% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of brown sugar, candied citrus zest, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar and candied citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that seems more sweet and sugary than hoppy in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Monday at 03:55 AM
Photo of austina3214
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

austina3214, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of f_raud
4/5  rDev +1.8%

f_raud, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of zrosensohn
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

zrosensohn, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of torriman
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

torriman, Oct 28, 2014
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, Oct 27, 2014
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, Oct 26, 2014
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
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3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Booner818, Jun 01, 2014
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Suruga Bay Imperial IPA from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.