Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale Ale
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale AleWabi-Sabi Japan Pale Ale
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Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #146
ABV:
6%
Score:
81
Ranked #38,918
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 12.4%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
37
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Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
 
Japan
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Year-round
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Gots
  10
SCORE
81
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

250ml Keg in Baird Harajuku Taproom, Tokyo (¥600):
Nice stuff again from Baird & one that I enjoyed despite the fact that it was quite a bit lighter than I'd hoped for going in, it was however a fresh offering with good carbonation & some nice green tea, match & wasabi flavours that you don't find in a beer very often; it's just a shame that none of them seemed overly pronounced. It was a pleasant enough offering with some hop bitterness at times too & the balance was a nice one but I doubt it's a beer that I'd be in a rush to try a second time.

Nov 16, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

**
06/18/17

Bottle to snifter. Bottling date 2/3/17.

LOOK: Hazy dark yellow/orange. Big white head. Some sediment.
AROMA: Tea, hint of citrus, vegetable.
TASTE: green tea and root vegetable. Slightest hint of Wasabi comes late, but it is only in the form of a mild bitterness and not any heat.
FEEL: light bodied ale, minimal carbonation.

Interesting and pleasant tasting, but nothing special or really that different.

**

Jun 18, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/3/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice dense cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Incredible appearance. Aromas of big lemon, orange, pineapple, peach, green tea, pepper, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/earthy hops, green tea/wasabi, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, pineapple, peach, green tea, pepper, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pineapple, peach, green tea, pepper, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/earthy hops, green tea/wasabi, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness and carbonation as well. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and lightly grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced pale ale style. All around great bright citrus/earthy hops, green tea/wasabi, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Feb 08, 2016
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Dinglehacker from Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pilsner glass. Off-white head that shrinks, but remains thinly present. Dull orange color, opaque.

Smell: citrus, hint of teriyaki,

Taste is decidedly citrus, orange reminding of Belgian whites, but with a smooth almost honey undertone. Green tea present, but faint. Very clean in the mouth, leaves little coating.

A beer brewed with wasabi & green tea sounded too interesting to pass up. AS such, those flavors don't come in to play that much, but the taste was surprisingly refreshing and even a little familiar, not unlike some citrus-based shandies or a Belgian whitbier. Would have to try in the summer, but I could see it being a good outdoor patio drink. As it stands, a good spiced brew.

Jan 20, 2016
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy golden color with a very thick foamy head. Too thick. Head retention is excellent as it is lacing. Pale malt and green tea aroma. Not sure if I can detect the wasabi. Light, pale, malty taste that is somewhat watered down. The green tea comes out at the end. Again, not sure if I can detect wasabi. To be fair, this beer was bottled a year ago, so not sure if it has lost some of that flavor. There is a slight bitter hop at the end. The wasabi may come in there. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, better than what I expected but still not great.

Jan 19, 2016
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clager from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had at Pacific Rim restaurant in Ann Arbor, MI poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

L: Opaque yellow/tan with creamy head, three fingers width

S: Green tea mostly, some grass and biscuit

Taste: Green tea is the strongest flavor, and in a very good way. Similar to smell. A little bit too bready.

F: Smooth, could be better carbonated.

O: Excellent unique beer. Wish it was easier to come by.

Jan 12, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Thick yellow, loads of yeast making it opaque. Black and brown dusting of presumably yeast also on the bottom of the glass.

Caramel, pineapple, phenols, perhaps some umami. It makes me think of wasabi in a hugely muted sense, not really getting green tea though.

Ok. It starts in the mouth like a pale ale with tropical fruits though its dry, phenols, then the finish is totally tannic like green tea and yes its there, as well as the ghost of wasabi.

The feel is what gives away the wasabi and the green tea on the finish. This is what makes the mouth feel outstanding. I get the tannic, drying and puckering feel that both those ingredients give. The rest is a rather medium bodied, pulpy feel.

I love ingenuity and creativity and this one has it. Certainly wasabi and green tea on the feel, but questionably anywhere else. Regardless, its a must try for sushami lovers. Got on Wish beer, drank in Chiang Mai Dec 6, 2015.

Dec 06, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. This seems different, or at least confusing enough to create a properly named entry here. Merge at will.

This beer pours a rather cloudy, medium apricot amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky bone-white head, which leaves some stellar sudsy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of biscuity, grainy pale malt, green matcha tea, white and black pepper, a weak earthy spicy heat, indistinct weedy fruitiness, and some burgeoning, and weird pine/citrus hop notes. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, a hint of caramel sweetness, edgy mirror-world yeast, generic sweetened green tea (really, the only way to drink that stuff), an even subtler sushi joint sinus-tickling spiciness, and less obtrusive and tame leafy, citrusy new world hops.

The carbonation is fairly understated or underwhelming, depending on your point of view, of course, the body an adequate middleweight, and actually quite smooth, despite the purported triple threat of spice, hop, and (heh) tea, I guess. It finishes on the sweet side, the bready pale and caramel malt seeing the guest ingredients, and raising like some Macau casino whale.

A pleasantly flavoured Japanese-stamped pale ale, the indigenous essences tied to American pale ale sensibilities in a very agreeable manner. I gotta say, this is probably one of the best offerings from this hit and (mostly) miss brewery that I've yet to try. Were that I could give this a go right now with some of my favourite downtown Japanese takeout - oh well, all things are possible, eh?

Dec 17, 2014
Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 37 ratings