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Beer – #365 – Baird – Teikoku IPA

Baird, I had one ages ago, so I thought I’d go again… First of two – Baird Teikoku IPA. 

Brewed by Baird Brewing Co. in the style of an  India Pale Ale (IPA) and they do that in  Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan

6.5% ABV, 1.8 standard drinks in this bottle which is 360 ml  (an odd size), 180 calories of things.  55 IBU things – which is low from an IPA that usually kick in around 60.



This brew bursts with hop character while still achieving a sublime balance due to a firm, robust malt backbone. It is a cross between an English-style and American-style India Pale Ale that is full-bodied and refreshing all at once.

Baird Beer is unfiltered and thus yeast sediment gathers at the bottom of the bottle. We recommend pouring Baird Beer gently, leaving most of the yeast sediment in the bottle. 

Glad I found that last about of info, nothing worse than floaters in your beer.

Baird - Teikoku IPABready yeasty aroma on opening, but a bunch of really sweet  too.

Remember that bit about not pouring it all. Forgot that. Of course. All in. 

Crisp chestnut brown pour with a decent head. Aroma changed but for the better.

Very carbonated on the tongue, is carbonation my new thing?

The flavour is a bit confusing, I’m not sure I recognise this as an IPA. Stand by.

Odd is what.

This isn’t unpleasant, it’s just a run of the mill, average her, but it’s not disappointing.  Of course no way of knowing what the expiry date is, given my limited Japanese.

I have a suspicion that this may be past it’s best though as the flavour profile seems to have left. I could be wrong, I often am.

But it’s nicely sweet and mellow, with a bitterness that is in line with the low IBU indicated. So then I think that this is just a nice mellow beer that stands on it’s own.  And that’s a good thing.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing. I thought this was very drinkable and not at all unpleasant. I’d readily have these in the fridge as a go to beer for me to enjoy, price being of course the reason not to.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Sort of, it’s a challenge because it’s not bitter and
  2. Would I have another? I don’t think so, but possibly yes.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? No. It’d be a source of arguments and frowning.

Challenged I’m listening to @Peace and the Plutonian Noise Symphony – This is the track – No Stars In The City. Google them, you can pay what you like for the Album. It’s trippy.


India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.

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