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Wabi-Sabi IPA - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Wabi-Sabi IPA
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 4.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-08-2011

"In this beautifully nuanced, Japanese esthetic-influenced ale, we marry in the conditioning tank ample dosages of earthy-herbal dry hops (Hersbrucker, Styrian Golding, Santiam) with deft additions of whole leaf Shizuoka green tea."
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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 2
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3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Simple inspection of the bottle brings about a little wince with sweat-induction, sphincter-tightening and salivating evocation. Wasabi, bitterness, booze and spice are all expected diving into this highly risky ale.

With its rusty, reddish-brown and hazy tone, the beer provides a creamy, lather cap to capture all those spicy aromas just waiting to be explored. Expecting a slap on the face, rather a gently rolling caramel, bread and hops aroma paves the way for taste. Its malt sweetness is fruity, biscuity and quite somber as the spices begin to build.

With the fruit and malty sweetness held in tact, the rise of hops and horseradish spice a somber, providing only a mildly prickling spice that has a unique rye-like zing to it but no more intense than normal beer spiciness could provide. With hops and tea attributes trailing closely behind, a light citrus, pine and steamy bitterness sets the dryness while the beer turns to close.

Sweetness fades, but the biscuity, starchy malt structure remains and gives the finish a malty-dry closure. Balancing bitterness, accompanying ginger spice and herbal teas could all easily be hop-derived while the overall demeanor of the session is of a slightly spicier English pale ale.

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3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows apples, gooseberries, pale malt and spicy hops.
Flavours focus on the malt rather than the fruit with soft bready notes.
Nice moderate carbonation.
Agree more with Japan Pale Ale as on the bottle rather than IPA.

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Wabi-Sabi IPA from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
82 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.