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Baird Teikoku IPA by Baird Beer

Baird Teikoku IPA ベアード帝國IPA

Baird Teikoku IPA is a 6.5% IPA from Baird Beer that could be best described as a hybrid between an English IPA and an American IPA. It has the prestigious reputation of being one of the four original beers brewed back in 2001 at the Baird Numazu Taproom and can be found on tap at all Baird Taprooms and Baird Teikoku IPA can also be bought in bottled form. It is brewed using Floor-malted Maris Otter, Amber, and Caramel malts though the hop list is unknown at the time of writing.

Baird Teikoku IPA

Dark brown, hazy body. Rich in malts but with hops.

Baird Teikoku IPA Aroma and Taste

I’ve had Baird Teikoku IPA numerous times at the Baird Taprooms, usually before I move on to the Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA, and I have always been perplexed by it. It’s great to see that the bottled version of Baird Teikoku IPA also looks like the draught version as well: a dark, hazy brown colour with a slightly off-white head. It smells like an IPA, not an overly-hopped one mind, but more traditional with a light dusting of hops that produce a citrus aroma.

It’s in the drinking that it becomes apparent that Baird Teikoku IPA is more English IPA based as the malts produced a strong caramel flavour that is punctuated by some pine hop flavour. The hops do produce a medium amount of bitterness but nothing on the scale of the Baird Suruga Bay Imperial IPA so those new to IPAs would be welcome. While there is a bitter kick to it, it doesn’t really linger for long as the sweetness of the malts comes rushing back in.

Baird Teikoku IPA One Line Review

If you’re looking for a strong English IPA or a milder American IPA then Baird Teikoku IPA would be perfect for you.

Where to Buy Baird Teikoku IPA

Baird Teikoku IPA can be bought at all Baird Taprooms as it’s part of their all-year round range. It can also be bought in bottles at the following online stores:

About the Author

Rob

Been drinking beer since longer than I can remember. You can find me in a bar, on the slopes, or doing DIY. I enjoy porters, imperial porters, golden ales, and amber / viennas.

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  1. As I am more used to German-style beers, some of the very strong IPAs are too bitter for my taste. The Teikoku IPA is very nice, not too bitter, but with a strong aroma. Thanks for the review.

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      Yeah, the hops used in a German beer and those in an IPA are completely different. It’s a shame there is such a big focus on hops and high IBUs but hopefully with the hop drought that has been predicted in the Yakima Valley, it should force some new beers on the market.

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