Baird Wabi-Sabi IPA

Posted: June 20, 2015 in American IPA, Baird Brewing Company/Fishmarket Taproom, Reviews

This is another beer that I picked up from Half Time. It also uses green tea and wasabi. I haven’t had a beer this year with wasabi, so I was quite excited to try it. Let’s see how it panned out.


ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Wabi-Sabi is a uniquely Japanese and hybrid version of the craft beer world’s two most popular styles: Pale Ale and IPA. Local Japanese wasabi and green tea are combined deftly with several varieties of herbal-character hops. The flavor is bold, yet underpinned by a ‘quiet simplicity and subdued refinement.’”

Random: I am ready for Fall. The humidity today is awful.

This beer poured with a three finger, off white head that was very slow to dissipate and left a lot of lacing. The body was a very dusky brown color with lots of floaties in the body. It was so cloudy that I couldn’t see any lacing. The nose was musty with yeast and green tea. Earthy hops were present too. The taste was even more yeasty and took away from the hops. It had some green tea, but I couldn’t pick up any wasabi. It also had some earthy, old hops. It could have used some citrus to brighten it up. The body was thick with very light carbonation. The finish was long and very yeasty. This bottle was $5.89 ($.49 per ounce), which is expensive for what it was. This beer was a bit of a letdown and one that I wouldn’t have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0


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