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Teikoku IPA - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Teikoku IPATeikoku IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

41 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%


Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 01-10-2003)
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nouseforotacon

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 15:41:19 | More by nouseforotacon
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tjd25

France

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A soft creamy head, although irregular, fades into a nice white collar, on a beautiful opaque copper color body. The smell is sweet and fruity, with more of a citric aroma than other Baird beers. A bit wheaty. The hoppiness is quite immediate in the taste. It leaves the sweet notes far away. Citrus, grapefruit. Still hints of smoke and chocolate. The mouthfeel is good, smooth and round. The hoppiness is round; a bit chewy and long lasting, but not overly thick. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2004 15:38:41 | More by tjd25
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donnebaby

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful big bubbles pop out of the tight, off-white cream head, which sits around for quite a while. Color is frosty, semi-opaque copper orange. Smell is a muted Baird Beer red fruits, not as prominent as the others: light cherry and light whisps of alcohol.

Taste is a basic fruity caramel malt character which is quickly taken over by the bitterness of the hops and flushed around by the carbonation. Light strawberry fruitness returns to mix in with the aftertaste. Not as hoppy as I expected.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium carbonation and a creamy texture. Very drinkable and far from being an overwhelming IPA. It's refreshing to have a good IPA in Japan--and this one is especially refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2004 15:28:18 | More by donnebaby
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Naerhu

Japan

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Two centimeter width of off white head on a dark opaque orange body.

Aroma: Citrus and marmalade

Taste: Several minutes of long lasting fine bitterness. Orange rinds, and dark long lasting caramel. There is something very juicy about the hoppiness of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Mild refined bubbles and creamy mouthfeel

Drinkability: This is quite a yummy brew. This IPA is supposed to be between the US and English styles, but it is way, way too hoppy to be an English IPA.

This beer is about four bucks a bottle, which means that even though this is a great beer, there is no reason to buy it regularly when, Rogue's Bruttal Bitter, Rogue's American Amber and Anchor Liberty Ale are available for a full buck less a bottle (in Japan).

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 01:10:21 | More by Naerhu
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Teikoku IPA from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.