Suruga Bay Imperial IPA | Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Suruga Bay Imperial IPASuruga Bay Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
154
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
9%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Photo of RMW66
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sephyrott
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzlyo
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is citrus/fruit, malts and a hint of fusels/hard water. The flavor is citrus/fruit, mild tropical fruit, malts, a hint of hard water and a mix of hops and slight tartness in the finish.

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harimura
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled July 2016.

Pours slightly hazy with a nice dark orange colour. Smelt of orange and spice. A little boozy to taste but smooth. Might have been better fresher but still not as fruity and juicy as some more recent DIPAs from the US.

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Photo of user785335
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DamienI
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spreetaper
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nunya
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Poplar
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured at good beer faucets in Shibuya on 5/31/16 into a pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy but bright orange with a beautiful bright white head. I can only get a light citrus smell from this beer, has very little scent at all. Mouthfeel isn't incredibly smooth, but isn't awful either. Pretty bitter with very little citrus or pine, but overall enjoyable. Doesn't quite match up to a good American IPA, but is very good for Japan.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this in Shibuya, Tokyo, at Good Beer Faucets right in the heart of Tokyo. Really cool place, great to talk to people who are literally on the front lines of bringing craft beer and our culture to Japan. This beer is delicious. I know at least I've been spoiled with access to delicious beer all the time, but the fact that this is being brewed for a market that is still very used to "all beer tastes the same" AAL type beers. The carbonation was pretty low, but other than that the feel was good. Nice hop finish and malt sweetness toward the beginning. Good beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of pine, some lemons. Taste is pine, citrus, honey, a bit of malts, light bitterness, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine beer.

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Photo of alexsergio
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cscarly69
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Extremely light and mellow for an IIPA. Gentle aromas of honey, floral essence, grass, hay. Hops are far removed from the aroma. Taste reminiscent of a golden ale ( pretty light, eh?). Mild bitterness and hop bite at the finish. Complex and compelling.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Quijanoisaac
4.66/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrJones
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this one on tap at Tadg's in Kyoto, Japan. It was served a medium copper body, half finger white head, fair retention. Smelled fairly malty, not too much hop character but on the palate it was balanced nicely with a toffee malt base, a bit of non-descript bitterness, maybe a bit of earthiness. A bit bland to be honest; maybe a bit of citrus and honey. I suspect that this might have been an older keg or a bad line. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit lower in carbonation. Overall, seems to be missing a fair amount of flavour and hop aromas here despite being reasonably balanced and not too malty. I suspect a bad line. I'll have to revisit this one next time I visit Japan, for now I'll leave this as is.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/13/2015. Pours moderate hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apple, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fair amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Aerol
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stanolszyk24
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it in Tokyo at gonpachi from the bottle. Very impressed with it

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Suruga Bay Imperial IPA from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
3.89 out of 5 based on 154 ratings.
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