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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA 9.2% (2011)

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
A wonderful spirit of camaraderie, cooperation and mutual support exists in the world of craft brewing. We have harnessed this spirit fully in the crafting of this special collaborative brew dedicated to the resilient people of Japan who are bravely endeavoring to overcome the tragedy of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. We tip our brewing hats to the quiet elegance and humble sophistication of Japanese culture through the judicious addition of Japanese whole leaf green tea to this big, bold, spicy and herbal IPA. Cheers, Japan!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

2011 Vintage

8/04/2011: Baird/Ishi/Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA... Aroma: Green tea, kind of funky with some leafy, almost cheesy hops. Appearance: Coppery-orange, cloudy; thin off-white crown. Flavor: Leafy white tea, mandarin orange, somewhat dry; alcohol definitely shines through in the finish. Palate: Medium body; soft mouthfeel. Overall: Very drinkable and quite interesting.

12 Fl. Oz. bottle (9.2% Alc/Vol) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #279 for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2359) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle from Henry’s in Eastlake: Created a thin yet firm layer of foamed head while the liquid was a sparkling gold that was full of floaties and other sediment. In the aroma, my nose detects mostly hops perhaps Cascadian, but upon smelling the empty bottle, I was able to pick up some scents of the green tea and maybe even jasmine. The flavor is bitter with green hops and keeps a strong malty base of sweet honey or light syrup while there is definitely an herbal tea like flavor. However, there is only a minimal taste of green tea and I seem to taste more of a ginseng flavor with a faint aftertaste of spearmint. Such a creative and innovative idea and has allowed me to discover Baird Brewing Company. I hope to find some Baird here in the states one day since I’m not sure if I will ever make it out to Japan.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
12oz bottle $3.99. I was hoping this would be good like so many Stone Collaborations but I could not stand this and it ended up going down the drain. Bright orange-yellow color, good head, looks good. Smell is odd, a bit oh hops and something totally foreign in an IPA. I like green tea but this was so completely dominated by it that I could not take it. It was just too herbal and "green". Yuck. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-29-2011 17:00:39

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nik925 (786) - USA - OCT 13, 2012
My friendly neighborhood bottle shop setup a dedicated refrigerated shelf for Stone’s collabs, so this must be a really successful line. Spotted this for the first time...though it is dated 2011... Moving on. 99% awesome aroma, 1% crap. The off-tone is very odd/off and very noticeable in an otherwise awesome waft. Very impressed with the amount of things going on, almost all of them good. Was surprised to see this checking in at 9.2% and you wouldn’t know it by the name or taste. Reading through Stone’s epic, bottle long description points out that there are some hops in here that are rare, and that might explain why I can’t narrow down the flavors. A great brew that likely benefited from me not finding it for > year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Picked up at the local Binny’s right when the case was opened up. A: Pours a very hazy orange with light yellow hues. There is a TON of sediment floating around in the bottle. The pour propagates a nice off white head that leaves some sticky lace behind. S: The hops are there in the form of some nice citrus and light pine. I’m getting some faint green tea that brings in a nice bitterness to round it out. T: There is light citrus hop at the beginning, but then the tea pushes its way to the front leaving a dried tea leaf bitterness. There is a very present alcohol taste at the backend, but there is no heat behind it. M: Crisp and smooth. Light bodied with a light bitter tea left on the tongue. Decent carbonation. O: I really don’t think the tea blended well with this. This seemed like a bunch of ingredients side by side as opposed to blended together. Decent, but wouldn’t revisit. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-22-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2012
A hazy orange beer with a small white head and lots of floaters. The aroma is resin, pine, and herbal. The flavor is heavy on the green tea, pine, floral, and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (8081) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 5, 2012
35,5 cl bottle vintage 2011. Rated on 04.09.2012
Aroma is stale and fruity with hops and some green tea. Flavour has fruity hops, mango, apricot and some green tea in the finish. Interesting, I thought this would be more green tea and less IPA. A bit old bottle but hops were still in good condition. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7700) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 4, 2012
355 ml bottle. Thanks laiti.
Pours a hazy golden colour with a white head. Aroma of floral hops, grass, caramel and surprisingly strong green tea notes. Flavour of strong floral hops, grass, citric tartness, peach, green tea and biscuity malts. Floral hops and green tea seem to take turns in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and good bitter, floral, herbal finish. Alcohol feels a bit in the end as well. A unique double IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9368) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 4, 2012
355 ml bottle @ TimoA.
Pours clear golden color with small head. Aroma of hops, herbs, grass, mild mild salty liquorice, green tea, even some salmiac notes. Flavor of hoppy fruits, herbs, liquorice notes, grass and toffee notes. Sweetish fruity palate with a bitter finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2012
bottle 9/4/11. hazy burnt orange with a soft head and drippy lacing. a= some dank hops, earthy, some umami, citrus-ish, caramel, a little dusty, grassy, tea-like floral notes way in the back, oj and maybe some mild pine. some alcohol is noted...quite a bit actually... additional flavors of peachiness, melon business, caramel, pine, oj, earthy tea notes and spicy notes on the finish. bitterness keeps it drinkable since the medium palate gets a little syrupy. dece. 7/4/7/3/16

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