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

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | 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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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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.

Photo of mr-jj
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of snaotheus
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Suruga Bay Imperial IPA from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
87 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.