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Teikoku IPA - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Teikoku IPATeikoku IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 01-10-2003

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Photo of biboergosum
2.55/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

360ml bottle. I missed this the last time around, so glad to finally take a crack at it.

This beer pours a hazy, medium bronzed amber colour, with a tumultuous tower of thin, cake-ish, foamy white head, which leaves some broad sudsy blobs of lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells quite surprisingly of split-pea soup, very vegetal in that specific memory of my earlier days, and really very little else, save some middling earthy, leafy hops. The taste is toasted grain, more dry green vegetal matter, a very subtle citrus hoppiness, and a further generic herbal character that just seems to pile on.

The bubbles are fairly low-key, the body a tame medium weight, and generally rather smooth. It finishes with that legume character still looming large, amongst a semi-sweet grainy malt, just as surprised as the rest of us at its bedmates.

Huh - I was expecting so much more, given the Yankee-leaning ways of this brewer. What I got, though, was something altogether off-beat, and really nothing near an IPA of any known stripe. Drinkable, but only because I'm hungry, and soup sounds pretty good right now.

Photo of wordemupg
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

360ml bottle poured into tulip 2/6/12

A hazy brownish amber that looks thick with just enough clarity too see slow moving bubbles feeding a very well sustained two fingers of beige head that leaves a few patches of random lace

S faint citrus with lots of caramel and a little nutty milk chocolate? this smell makes me wonder if they put the wrong label on the bottle

T a little IPA shines through in the mouth with a little rind and very faint pine but still pretty average, from a fresh shipment but tastes like a very old low booze IPA at best

M fairly full bodied with decent carbonation and a little caramel covered citric rind on the finish with no booze detected

O somethings not right with this picture, has some bitter rind but other then that I'd never guess this was an IPA

Not sure what's going on here, whatever it is IPA's not really crossing my mind. I'm wondering if this one sat on a hot boat for too long or if they mixed up the labels. This one's not my cup of tea and my first underwhelming experience with Bairds

Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Mattias
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of schnarr84
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 360 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed rustic copper colour, tall spongy beige head with lasting retention.

Dry caramel malt on the nose with equally dry spicy hops, mild citrus character.

Bready, mild caramel malt up front in the flavour, dry spicy hops that have a more prominant citrus character towards the finish, and becomes more herbal in the aftertaste already.

Light-bodied mouthfeel, quite thin for the style, slick texture, low carbonation.

Runs more along the lines of an American Pale Ale than an IPA, pretty nondescript all around, this would be a pass the next time around.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - very hazy swampy orange brown, tower of off white head retained extremely well
S - grainy and peppery, some herbal and musty aromas, but all very subdued
T - peppery and resiny hops up front, malt backbone of grain and light caramel
M - decent carbonation, a bit on the prickly side, mild bitter finish
O - its an okay effort, but I would not place this as an IPA if it was a blind test, has more of an ESB character, so it loses points for missing the style, plus its only slightly better than average in general

Photo of Monochrome
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of GarthT
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of nouseforotacon
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Back home in the states I sampled, though not reviewed, a variety of different American IPAs. I've come to enjoy and appreciate this style, so I only thought it right to start in Japan with an American IPA from the praised Baird brewery.

My Teikoku poured out a flat looking amber color, toned with a pale yellow tint. There was close to no head and the top left a very thin white film with a small group of bubbles resting in the center. Pretty average, but nothing too impressive.

The smells were faint and I felt like I had to work a bit hard for this one. A grassy field/floral scent lingers about, paired with a weak citrus aroma. Smell is a bit cloudy, not as crisp or as clean as I would've hoped for and expected.

Biterness? Wow, a biting bitterness that numbs my tongue slightly and strong hops that tingle down the back of my throat. Very, very pleasant initially, but the bitterness in the aftertaste is a bit too overpowering. Light herbal notes in the taste, as well as citrus rinds. The mouthfeel is warm and the beer wets my palette nicely.

I'm holding slightly mixed feelings about this one. While there's definitely positive remarks to be made for this brew, I personally feel like the style is a bit forced and too drastically overdone. There's a lovely biterness initially and this is pretty drinkable stuff, despite its flaws.

I rate this about average, but not close to some of the other AIPAs I've tried. Worth a try though, for sure.

Photo of snogglethorpe
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent IPA, as the blurb says, kind of a halfway point between American and English styles. Maybe a little bit too much on the bitter side for me, and not enough of the tangy fruity character I like about American IPAs, but it's interesting enough and a good solid IPA.

Photo of Norseman
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of flyingpig
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange/amber colour with a wavy, foamy head that is off-white in colour with tingers of brown in it.

Fruity pine aroma that has a strong hop character and is laced with a solid helping of both spice and bitter notes and is somewhat sour right at the end.

Strong hops to begin with along with mild pine notes and a nice, spicy flavour. There is some definite fruity flavours in the middle, mainly darkert summer fruits and possibly berries along with a further helping of spice.

Medium with a smooth mouthfeel and plenty of spice throughout. There is some bitterness towards the end and the alcohol content doesn't seem to be hidden well at all, this one seems a lot stronger than the 6% abv. suggests.

Not your typical IPA style beer here and not really one I would class as an America style IPA despite what various sites online say. It wasn't a bad beer but I felt the alcohol content could have been better hidden.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a large head.
Nose shows fruity hops with notes of passion-fruit, peach and pine. Also lots of sweet caramel underneath.
Similar flavours, the big surprise though is the toasty and bready malt characters. The hops aren't quite as complex as the nose suggests, mainly showing pine characters.
Carbonation is pretty full on, could be lower.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at club popeye, this was amber in color. citrus, pine, and caramel in the nose. taste follows suit with a big malt sweetness and prominent hop bitterness rounding it out. big in body for the style with a nice creamy mouthfeel and carbonation. a revelation after drinking macro lagers for a week in japan.

Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of apbaj
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of distantmantra
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a straight Baird pint glass.

A: The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a gigantic head of white foam. Holy foam Batman! I know how to pour a beer, but I still ended up with 4 inches of foam. Looking through other reviews, this doesn't seem to be an isolated issue. Lacing is thick and soapy in nature and sticks around long after the beer is gone.

S: The aroma is that of fresh hops with hints of pineapple and grapefruit. Toasted malt, bread, honey and caramel are also present.

T: Hops are noticeable but they mellow out. Notes of pineapple and passion fruit are detected along a nice mild hop backbone to finish this one off.

M: This IPA has a very crisp mouth feel with light body and an oily hint.

O: This is a really delicious IPA on the lower end of the ABV spectrum, but the carbonation on this sucker is out of control. It's worth seeking out, but don't pay too much.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clean refreshing IPA at Moniale 2009. Grapefruit colour with a little white head. A good bitterness, though high IBU and aggressively carbonated. Moderate hop aroma. Overall, a good taste, melange of hops.Like a 1.5X IPA. Malting gives it it uniqueness, its there and makes it drinkable though not exceptional.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 360ml bottle with a BB of March 2013 (in Italian). I think the ABV is stated as 6% (most of the writing is Japanese). Acquired from the Brewdog online shop. The image on the label makes me think of a robot samurai.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A rich, hazy orange-amber hue with plentiful carbonation. Produces a gigantic head of creamy off-white foam with excellent stability; this eventually settles to a surface layer. Tons of lacing down the glass. Aroma of sweet malt with a generous dose of aromatic hops. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, pine, biscuits, caramel and earthy yeast.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a nice aromatic hop character and a bitter finish. Notes of bitter pine and faint citrus, underpinned by caramel, biscuits and yeast. A mild herbal quality and slight sourness linger in the background, along with a dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and full-bodied. Rather astringent. Aftertaste of bitter pine and malt.

A decent American-style IPA - nicely constructed and balanced. The only let-down is that the aromatic hops don't seem so pronounced in the taste compared with the aroma, which takes depth away from the flavour. Still, tasty and drinkable - if availability and price weren't factors then I'd probably have this again. Worth sampling.

Photo of BigBry
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another draft selection at Beer Revolution in Calgary.

Golden copper color, short head of fine bubbles. Good foam retention that tleft a spiderweb of lace. Fresh hop aroma, more on the herbal or leafy side than grapefruit or pine.
Nicely balanced flavors. Lots of hoppiness that stood up against a firm malt base. Rich and flavorful, with out the hoppy bitterness taking over too much. Medium towards full body, and
easy to drink.
Excellent pairing with our meal.

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Teikoku IPA from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.