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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

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

Australia

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of an order from Slowbeer.

Incredibly carbonated, it's all I can do to prevent a good 8 centimetres of head forming on the pour. Body is a nicely hazed reddish amber colour, almost hue enough to be a Red Ale. Head is huge, but crackles and sinks until it's a manageable two fingers, leaving anarchic lacing in its wake. Quite light bodied, but that's not unexpected. Looks very tasty.

Nose is fresh with American hops, giving it a very classic US style aroma of tropical fruits and citrus. Slight dustiness to it as well, which may signify a slight lack of freshness, which is maybe to be expected having purchased it here in Australia. But there's certainly some big, cold and aromatic hop characters despite this. A very good nose.

Taste is light, but pleasant, with a noticeable hop flavour through the mid, that has dried out by the back. It doesn't really have a pronounced bitterness, but given that this is low-gravity IPA in the scheme of things, it probably couldn't have supported a whole heap more. Otherwise, we have pleasant sweet citrus characters, and a mild malt body to cushion everything. Feel is very smooth and slick.

A very nicely balanced IPA, and one which gives a good indication of the style as a whole. Carbonation is a little too high, which hurts the drinkability, but only slightly. Flavour-wise, it's delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 08:01:33 | More by lacqueredmouse
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ADZA

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all my bottle states that this brew is 6%ABV anyways this brew pours a murky copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a very frothy two finger head and heaps of lacing,the smell is mandarins,toffee,lemon zest and piney hops,it has a fullish mouthfeel which is nicely carbonated and has tastes of tangarine,pineapple,mango,caramel,toffee and finishes with a soft hit of piney hop bitterness,overall a nice AIPA that could drink more than the one of cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 14:06:16 | More by ADZA
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snogglethorpe

Japan

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2010 02:51:36 | More by snogglethorpe
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jbowers56

Australia

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper red colour with a nice 2 finger head which then fades to a creamy looking layer. Very nice looking beer.

Citrussy, peppery hops jump out at the nose. Also a fairly nice toasty/caramel malt presence. The hops really do dominate the nose of this though in a very cool way.

Not as aggressive on the palate as I might have hoped. Definite citrus notes are there from the hops as I would expect and some piney-ness that maybe came across as spicyness in the nose. Malt backbone is there and keeps the hops in balance. A little toastiness maybe from the malt but I've just got over a nasty cold so im really having trouble with the subtleties of this to an extent. Maybe a mistake cracking this particular beer open right now even so im enjoying it very much.

Carbonation is a little more prickly than I'd like for the style but that's a minor fault.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 07:33:35 | More by jbowers56
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cwc

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice IPA that reminds me of IPAs from American microbreweries. Enjoyed cracking the top and smelling a fresh, appealing hoppy smell. Refreshing to drink, especially when the weather warms up a bit. Also, my non-hop crazy friend enjoyed it as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 03:20:53 | More by cwc
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juju7

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfiltered, slightly hazy witha rocky head that fades quickly. Malty caramel nose with some obligatory pine hoppiness and a hint of fresh grass. Not an overly exuberant nose but nice. An approachable IPA, very much malt driven put enough hop bitterness to keep most happy. Good booze.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 06:18:48 | More by juju7
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Shakujin

Japan

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

Baird Teikoku IPA round 2

Appearance: Glass into pint, medium amber color, 25 srm?. Poured with a small head, the lace is keeping decently. Looks to be light to med carbonation. Maybe on the dark side for an American style IPA? Clear, but not completely translucent

Smell: Got that Baird smell. I'm getting citrus hops for sure, and a hint of sweet malts. Does have that IPA smell to it. A little bit of floral in the whiff too, its not just citrus.

Taste: First sip opens with the hops, and a good deal of them right in the back of the palate. Then as the taste finishes I get a fairly strong malt coming into the scene. Taste stays around for a while, as hops are apt to do. Second sip feels like the reverse, as it hits my mouth I get the sweet malts, then the rest of the taste, to the finish is a bit of a rough citrus hop. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Not watery but with the malts I sort of expected a heavier flavor. Light medium body.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Because of the balance I would certainly drink a number of these in a row, and indeed have done so in the past. That being said with 6% ABV and the amount of hops it might not appeal to all

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 14:51:46 | More by Shakujin
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 21:25:41 | More by Sammy
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davidchollar

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty, clear copper body with a little bit of carbonation. The head is really notable; Big fat, thick fluffy and off-white, huge wallpaper. After a while, a big swirl of the bottom 5th, this beer takes on a significantly different appearance. Thick amber with a dense head. Baird Beer's Teikoku IPA made for 3 pours of gorgeous beer!

Massively malty and almost equally hoppy big nose on this one. Strawberry caramel. A little toasty and really juicy, the nose is totally appetizing. At 6% it's not strong, but it's very tasty! An IPA unlike anything else I've tasted that was produced in Japan. Unique enough for me to immediately want to get it again. Good stuff. Definitely recommended at least for comparison between the very few IPAs available here in the J-heezy.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 13:22:42 | More by davidchollar
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Popeye's in Tokyo.

Amber colour with a sparse off white head, which left some lacing regardless. Big west coast aroma goes long on the hops, but has the malt to balance it. Citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon lead off, with pine complimenting them and caramel reeling things back in and providing a touch of sweetness. The flavour follows through faithfully, but with a bit more malt forward sweetness than I expected. Again citrus and resin assert themselves early and bring a great level of bitterness, which is ably balanced by caramel and toffee, which lingers in the finish. Where this beer really excels is in the mouthfeel, which is everything you can hope for from a cask. Its smooth and full, with a wonderfully deep texture that shows Baird know how to make a great cask.

This is a very solid IPA, and I was lucky to enjoy it on cask and relatively close to the source.

Serving type: cask

10-13-2008 20:53:06 | More by bobsy
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hoegaardenhero

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hand pump at club popeye

a: deep red/amber w/ a smidge off off-white head

s: flowery and piney hops first followed by sweet fruity medium roasted malts

t: not an IPA punch of hops by any american standard; warm caramel malts are predominant; although there is still some of the piney hops in the finish; very buttery

m: smooth and creamy (thank you cask)

d: an interesting caramel malty take on the IPA but not an IPA for hop lovers

Serving type: cask

05-11-2008 04:07:22 | More by hoegaardenhero
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2008 03:02:51 | More by MrMcGibblets
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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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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this IPA at Popeye in Tokyo (on tap).
Re-reviewed 6-24-03 after another sampling at Popeye.

This IPA poured a cloudy, amber color with off-white foam that clung to the glass and left lace. The smell was modest: sweet malt, faint hops with hints of citrus and oak. The taste was dominated by floral and bitter hops with a nice balance of malt. There was a hint of fruitiness from the hops. The mouthfeel was smooth, yet crisp and clean, and hoppy. The body was medium with a dry finish. This was a very drinkable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2003 07:21:14 | More by UncleJimbo
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