Suruga Bay Imperial IPA | Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Suruga Bay Imperial IPASuruga Bay Imperial IPA
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3.89/5
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159 Ratings
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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,086
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
159
pDev:
9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of torriman
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of RockAZ
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Poured into DFH IPA glass from bottle.
Could not find a date code on bottle, maybe it was marked on the six pack carrier?
Great tasting IPA, dry, orange and grapefruit flavors that has a bit of bread/yeast overtone. The label says it is unfiltered and re-fermented in the bottle, I generally like most beers done this way but this one is exceptional. The alcohol is subtle, the dry finish covers the higher ABV well. Could not guess the hops used, but definitely American style with something drier - wood barrel? I wonder if they poured the batch through cedar vats for a day or two in the process?
Like it, really like it a lot and wish I knew whether it was fresh or not because I cannot bear the idea that it is even better at the source.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from 12 oz bottle.

Color was a hazy light amber with a thin creamy head. Decent lacing.
Smells like caramel-glazed oranges with some floral notes.
Flavor is different than the nose, more pineapple and tropical fruit that gives way to some toasted malt . Finishes with a crisp bitterness that lingers for a bit.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with a dry finish.

Overall, my new favorite beer from Japan. I hope I'll be able to find it the next time I am there.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of snaotheus
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. No dates or codes that I can see, which makes me nervous for a Japanese import.

Pours fairly cloudy orange amber with a medium-small pale head, medium amount of fine slow carbonation. Smell is a little orangey, a little floral, a little bready or yeasty.

Taste is a splash of orangey citrus and a bitter finish that maintains orange characteristic throughout somehow. Actually pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, a little sticky. Overall, pretty good beer. I wish it was as readily available as Aooni in Japan -- maybe if they're exporting now, it will be more readily available.

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Photo of Jdevoss
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

Photo of Tettananaka
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

Photo of Norseman
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of earlholman
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SoPeL
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of metsfan1
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of KimenTshom
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of yesno1011
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Snellgg5
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jjcote
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of popery
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light to medium orange gold color with a thick white head. The liquid is fairly cloudy, though I didn't really try to keep the sediment in the bottle and there's quite a bit of it. The head is medium sized and looks like a blanket of white cotton candy. It's a sturdy layer of fine bubbles that sticks around for quite awhile. The aroma is somewhat underwhelming. I fear that it's a result of shipping and age, but I bought the bottle soon after it hit my local store's shelf. At any rate, I'm getting too much pale malt. The hop aroma is certainly present but mild. There's orange, grass, pineapple, berry, lemon, mint. All good stuff, but I wish it was dialed up in intensity. On the other hand, the taste shows off more of the hop flavor than the aroma. It's full of juicy, tropical fruit flavor. Big on tangerine and pineapple. Bitterness is handled well, a crisp bite that doesn't overpower the hop flavors but still cleans up what little malt sweetness is present. The beer's pale malt backbone is well in the background, maintaining its supporting role. Light on the palate. Normal, unremarkable carbonation. This is a solid beer, and I think the aroma was once there. I'd love to try it fresher in the future. That said, I think reviewers should rate the beer as they find it, given reasonable circumstances. As a consumer, it doesn't really matter to me how the beer tastes under ideal conditions. It matters how it tastes when I drink it. And that's probably enough ranting for me.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Japanese Double IPA. Notable advice on label: "Please drink contemplatively, Beer Drinker-san."

A - Pour is a darkish shade of orange with some haze to it. An off-white head retains very nicely as a full+bubbly cap for the entirety. Bits of lace left behind.

S - Citrus, herbal and grassy hops in the nose. Some light caramel and bready malts coming through as well. Though slightly unremarkable in the grand scheme of IPAs, solid and pleasant with decent strength.

T - Nice mix of citrus+herbal hop with some resiny tones too. Medium-high bitterness, but well-balanced overall with a good dose caramel+toasted malt backing. Could probably pass for a single IPA intensity-wise.

M - Just a touch on the hefty/malty side with ample bitterness, and low-medium carbonation. Smooth with no noticeable booze, drinks easy.

O - Somewhat standard but nice, this is probably a great choice for those looking for a good American-style IPA in Japan. Went really well with lunch.

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Photo of SirBentham
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of ironchefkook
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Suruga Bay Imperial IPA from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 159 ratings