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

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Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale AleWabi-Sabi Japan Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Japan
bairdbeer.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by biboergosum on 12-17-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,242
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
34
pDev:
12.71%
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of flyingpig
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

**

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Photo of Momon
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BallsDeep
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of k3ve
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dewsby
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jeschaefer
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of nmwhitehead
4.79/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While the presence of green tea and wasabi didn't sound all that inviting, this is a really really good beer. Would suggest giving it a try.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tubeyes
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Dicers
2.72/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of clager
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of FalconCount
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigmanlavos
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patre_tim
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of DrJones
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WanderingFool
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Wabi-Sabi Japan Pale Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 34 ratings