Teikoku IPA | Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Teikoku IPATeikoku IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 01-10-2003

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Ratings:
60
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.94%
 
 
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Photo of GuidedByVoices
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this from a random liquor shop in Nerima, Japan. Poured into a Baird pint glass. Amazingly complex and mystical appearance, moving as a gradient from dark at the top to light brown at the bottom of the glass. Lots of layers to the scent coming off this -- very hoppy with bits of caramel, nuts, and possibly blood orange. Wonderful taste without any notes of sourness or bitterness in the throat, and no excess gas. Overall, this is one of my favorite Bairds i've tried, especially bottled. Get this if you can find it!

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

Pours a burnt orange colour with massive tan head, fluffy and marshmallowy on top. Lace clings to the glass beautifully. Retains well. Does everything well.

Smells lovely: nice citric tang with tangerine, grapefruit and kaffir lime leaf. Mint and a hint of leather in there as well. Broody, spicy twist on an otherwise highly appealing fruity aroma. Yum.

Taste dips into great IPA territory, with nice salted caramel base overlain with spicy tangy fruit notes. Grapefruit, lime, pink lady apple with nutmeg, cedar wood and a nice resiny hop finish with distinct citric oils. Tasty, well constructed IPA. Hops star, but don't hog the spotlight from the other talented players.

Smooth enough, with a bit of body behind it. Bit too much pull on the back, but otherwise pretty great.

Wonderful beer and the best I've had from Baird. Tasty, complex and exciting with a big, impressive hop presence.

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Photo of davidchollar
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.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
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).

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Photo of virinow
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of bobsy
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
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.

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Photo of cwc
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

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Photo of ironchefkook
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of amano_h
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of donnebaby
3.96/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of tjd25
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Shakujin
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of joecast
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Happy to try a new brew from Japan. Had some good stuff from there previously.

Has an orange tinge to it and add the bottle conditioning for some light sediment floating around. Retention is amazing. The off white head sits at 1cm high and has not moved.

Classic citrus on the nose. Not too strong but recognizable. In addition it has some grainy malt and a touch of yeast and alcohol. Pretty nice.

Well, what have we got here? Great balance between malt and hops. And the weighting of hop flavor to bitterness also is spot on. Now when I say balance, I mean for an IPA. Definitely hop forward but not so much that it would put off non-IPA fans. Well, ok. It probably would.

Very happy with that. Would love to see it on tap somewhere. Well done.

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Photo of juju7
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of BigBry
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another draft selection at Beer Revolution in Calgary.

Golden copper color, short head of fine bubbles. Good foam retention that tleft a spiderweb of lace. Fresh hop aroma, more on the herbal or leafy side than grapefruit or pine.
Nicely balanced flavors. Lots of hoppiness that stood up against a firm malt base. Rich and flavorful, with out the hoppy bitterness taking over too much. Medium towards full body, and
easy to drink.
Excellent pairing with our meal.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 360ml bottle with a BB of March 2013 (in Italian). I think the ABV is stated as 6% (most of the writing is Japanese). Acquired from the Brewdog online shop. The image on the label makes me think of a robot samurai.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A rich, hazy orange-amber hue with plentiful carbonation. Produces a gigantic head of creamy off-white foam with excellent stability; this eventually settles to a surface layer. Tons of lacing down the glass. Aroma of sweet malt with a generous dose of aromatic hops. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, pine, biscuits, caramel and earthy yeast.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a nice aromatic hop character and a bitter finish. Notes of bitter pine and faint citrus, underpinned by caramel, biscuits and yeast. A mild herbal quality and slight sourness linger in the background, along with a dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and full-bodied. Rather astringent. Aftertaste of bitter pine and malt.

A decent American-style IPA - nicely constructed and balanced. The only let-down is that the aromatic hops don't seem so pronounced in the taste compared with the aroma, which takes depth away from the flavour. Still, tasty and drinkable - if availability and price weren't factors then I'd probably have this again. Worth sampling.

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Teikoku IPA from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
3.77 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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