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Baird Teikoku IPA 
Posted: 27 March 2015  Beer Republic 6.5 
Baird Teikoku IPA from Japan Bryan Baird himself says that his Teikoku IPA "does not smack the drink around with hop bravado. The hops [manifest] with a quiet, unperturbed sort of certitude, much like the presence of a quietly self-confident man who is fullly at ease with himself." Nice words, nice idea, but keep in mind, guys, that IPA became a defined style because the hops does smack you around.    
Avg price/liter: USD 16.80   ABV %: 6.5  Type: IPA   
       


Bryan Baird should be admired for the beers he's trying to make at Baird Beer.  But so far, with the four beers I've tried, including this one, his brewery comes off more like the studious plugger you knew in your high school class who wound up as one of the valedictorians.  She wasn't a genius and wasn't going to go on to do anything innovative; it was her sheer hard word that got here there.       

And hey, I'm not saying you shouldn't admire that.  Plenty of lazy geniuses fell to the wayside as determined pluggers, with far less innate talent, marched right past them.         

Bryan Baird himself says that his Teikoku IPA "does not smack the drink around with hop bravado.  The hops [manifest] with a quiet, unperturbed sort of certitude, much like the presence of a quietly self-confident man who is fullly at ease with himself."  Nice words, nice idea, but keep in mind, guys, that IPA became a defined style because the hops does smack you around.  Otherwise, it's just a pale ale.         

And that's what this tastes like.  Actually, it tastes like a stronger version of the Numazu Lager I just tried. Baird claims its Teikoku IPA is brewed in the English tradition.   With American craft breweries making bold and inventive IPA's, with the hops front and center, and with Baird's fellow Japanese brewery Hitachino expanding IPA's flavors by using a rare Japanese orange, Baird does the opposite -- and to detrimental effect.         

I'll put it this way to make it clear. You're stuck on a desert island and you have only three IPA's to choose from. Without even knowing what the other two IPA's are, I'd choose the Teikoku IPA last.          

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