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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 01-10-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
60
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.94%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
13
For Trade:
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clean refreshing IPA at Moniale 2009. Grapefruit colour with a little white head. A good bitterness, though high IBU and aggressively carbonated. Moderate hop aroma. Overall, a good taste, melange of hops.Like a 1.5X IPA. Malting gives it it uniqueness, its there and makes it drinkable though not exceptional.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

360ml bottle. I missed this the last time around, so glad to finally take a crack at it.

This beer pours a hazy, medium bronzed amber colour, with a tumultuous tower of thin, cake-ish, and foamy white head, which leaves some broad sudsy blobs of lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells quite surprisingly of split-pea soup, very vegetal in that specific memory of my earlier days, and really very little else, save some middling earthy, leafy hops. The taste is toasted grain, more dry green vegetal matter, some very subtle citrus hoppiness, and a further generic herbal character that just seems to pile it on.

The bubbles are fairly low-key, the body a tame middleweight, and generally rather smooth. It finishes with that legume character still looming large, amongst a semi-sweet grainy malt, just as surprised as the rest of us at its lingering bed-mates.

Huh - I was expecting so much more, given the Yankee-leaning ways of this brewer. What I got, though, was something altogether off-beat, and really nothing near an IPA of any known stripe. Barely drinkable, but only because I'm hungry, and soup sounds pretty good right about now.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Hazy orange color with beige head. Faint hoppy aroma with orange and tangerine notes. Taste starts with an intense nutty, biscuit malt note and some hops follow and continue into the aftertaste and linger with medium bitterness. Body is quite heavy, smooth and has a good carbonation for the style. Really interesting take on an IPA, I just wish it was fresher.

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

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 Stevedore
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 wordemupg
2.69/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

360ml bottle poured into tulip 2/6/12

A hazy brownish amber that looks thick with just enough clarity too see slow moving bubbles feeding a very well sustained two fingers of beige head that leaves a few patches of random lace

S faint citrus with lots of caramel and a little nutty milk chocolate? this smell makes me wonder if they put the wrong label on the bottle

T a little IPA shines through in the mouth with a little rind and very faint pine but still pretty average, from a fresh shipment but tastes like a very old low booze IPA at best

M fairly full bodied with decent carbonation and a little caramel covered citric rind on the finish with no booze detected

O somethings not right with this picture, has some bitter rind but other then that I'd never guess this was an IPA

Not sure what's going on here, whatever it is IPA's not really crossing my mind. I'm wondering if this one sat on a hot boat for too long or if they mixed up the labels. This one's not my cup of tea and my first underwhelming experience with Bairds

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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 aztraz
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a large head.
Nose shows fruity hops with notes of passion-fruit, peach and pine. Also lots of sweet caramel underneath.
Similar flavours, the big surprise though is the toasty and bready malt characters. The hops aren't quite as complex as the nose suggests, mainly showing pine characters.
Carbonation is pretty full on, could be lower.

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Photo of Mattias
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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 DaPan
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patre_tim
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark, thick and cloudy, copper brown with sediment on the bottom of the glass. Topped with 5 fingers of beige head, leaving a chunky lacing.

Smells of toasted bread, creamy, creme brulee, a hint of pine, and light sweetness.

Caramel, hints of orange and pine. Reminds me of a traditional English IPA, much like Fuller's.

Medium body, almost no carbonation.

Solid brew, just maybe in the English IPA category? Really worth a try, and nice coming from Japan. Drank in Chiang Mai, Feb 11th, 2017.

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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 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 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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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - very hazy swampy orange brown, tower of off white head retained extremely well
S - grainy and peppery, some herbal and musty aromas, but all very subdued
T - peppery and resiny hops up front, malt backbone of grain and light caramel
M - decent carbonation, a bit on the prickly side, mild bitter finish
O - its an okay effort, but I would not place this as an IPA if it was a blind test, has more of an ESB character, so it loses points for missing the style, plus its only slightly better than average in general

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Photo of flyingpig
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange/amber colour with a wavy, foamy head that is off-white in colour with tingers of brown in it.

Fruity pine aroma that has a strong hop character and is laced with a solid helping of both spice and bitter notes and is somewhat sour right at the end.

Strong hops to begin with along with mild pine notes and a nice, spicy flavour. There is some definite fruity flavours in the middle, mainly darkert summer fruits and possibly berries along with a further helping of spice.

Medium with a smooth mouthfeel and plenty of spice throughout. There is some bitterness towards the end and the alcohol content doesn't seem to be hidden well at all, this one seems a lot stronger than the 6% abv. suggests.

Not your typical IPA style beer here and not really one I would class as an America style IPA despite what various sites online say. It wasn't a bad beer but I felt the alcohol content could have been better hidden.

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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 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 IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 360 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed rustic copper colour, tall spongy beige head with lasting retention.

Dry caramel malt on the nose with equally dry spicy hops, mild citrus character.

Bready, mild caramel malt up front in the flavour, dry spicy hops that have a more prominant citrus character towards the finish, and becomes more herbal in the aftertaste already.

Light-bodied mouthfeel, quite thin for the style, slick texture, low carbonation.

Runs more along the lines of an American Pale Ale than an IPA, pretty nondescript all around, this would be a pass the next time around.

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Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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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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