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.