Suruga Bay Imperial IPA – Baird Brewing Company

From Baird Brewing out of Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan comes their “Suruga Bay Imperial IPA”.  This was an exciting find in Victoria BC recently as it is the very first Japanese craft beer that I have tasted.  The beer poured a cloudy orange colour with an off white head with some lasting lacing.  The aroma consisted of floral hops, orange, citrus, malts, sugar and a sweetness.  The flavour is of oranges, caramel, candied sugar, earthy, herbal and a mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5%.  I will have to agree with Beer Advocate (88/100) and rate beer (96/100) in saying this is a great double IPA and I hope to try many more from this Japanese brewery!

Commercial Description:  This extraordinarily complex yet balanced Double IPA is dry-hopped twice with whole flower cones and then krausened at packaging. The hop character (bitterness, flavor, aroma) is profound – vast and impactful like our local Suruga Bay is deep and magnificent.

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2 comments on “Suruga Bay Imperial IPA – Baird Brewing Company

  1. marvelmvs says:

    The bottle I had must have gone bad or something because your description does not sound anything like the one I bought while I was in The Philippines. All I remember is a horrible intense bitterness that reminded me of biting into a grapefruit. I didn’t even finish the bottle because it was one of the worst IPA experiences I ever had. Looking back I attribute the bad taste to the use of Australian Hops because I have tasted similar flavors with other beers that claim to use hops from Australia.

    • There are probably a few things at play here. Coming from Japan and going through all the government hoops before it hits shelves here it might be a bit old. Next I have liked all the Australian hops that I have tried so far so there is a major palate difference.

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