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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluejacket74 (1848) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2011
12 ounce bottle for $3.99. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head that went away quickly. Thereís a decent amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is mostly herbal and citrusy hops, along with some light green tea and bready malt. Itís a nice but light aroma. The brew tastes like herbal and citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) hops, and green tea. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. Itís not hard to drink at all! I think itís a pretty decent brew, I always like trying the Stone collaboration beers. Iím not sure if Iíd buy another bottle of this, but itís worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep golden orange color with foamy white head. Lots of leafy, herbal hops in the aroma with a little bit of sweet citrus. The taste starts with grassy hops notes and astringent bitterness upfront which coat the mouth followed by toasted malt and candied tropical fruit flavors toward the end. The body has normal IPA level carbonation and an extremely dry, bitter finish. The green tea blends well with the hops and adds a slight vegetal quality to the overall flavor thatís similar to a wet hop ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2011
bottle, medium golden pour. big herbal, medicinal hoppy aroma. Piney. Floral, herbal, grassy bitterness. Medicinal notes almost numb your mouth & lingers for a while. Never had green tea but I assume its there. Mint notes. A cool unique IPA< samples at Buffalo Brew fest, thanks Dennis for the bottles

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is cloudy dark yellow to light amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, apricot), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. What exactly was the point of this? Green tea is subtle enough a beverage by itself, so with the boatload of hops in this, itís effectively nonexistent. Ultimately just another one-dimensional hop bomb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12193) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy amber with an average, fizzy white head, medium retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy floral, citrus, pine, and perfume hops with light notes of biscuit and straw malt. Light, tropical fruity esters appear late. Flavor is moderately bitter fruity, floral, and herbal hops with light supporting malts and tropical fruit esters. Full body, moderate warmth and carbonation with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2011
The pour is a clear orange color with sediment and an average, lively, white head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is interesting with strong herbal notes, almost mint-like notes, the tea is very soothing with lavender and jasmine notes, green hops, blood oranges, and a green pepper spice note. The flavor is similar with the blood oranges, still spicy with green pepper, very herbal with jasmine making most of the contribution, tea is less noticeable, green hops still, and a light sweet bread note. The palate is very lively, light to medium, very clean and crisp, and slightly creamy. The beer finishes long with tea and jasmine notes, still some blood oranges, and an underlying pepper note until the end. The acidity was low to moderate, the sweetness was low to moderate, and the bitterness was moderate to high. About what I expect from Stone, good bitterness, completely unique notes not usually seen together, and a new ingredient to boot. Some of the hop notes were a bit tto green for me but I do feel like the tea notes melded well with the base beer. I really would not have believed that this was a 9.2% IPA with a fairly reserved bitterness (for Stoneís standards), and very clean and lighter palate. Good and interesting but nothing too memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Bottled. Heavy sediment very light pale, white head. Taste is subtle, sweet, herbal-then-boozed out hopness. Grass & mild citrus. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Bottle. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Strong green tea aroma with caramel and citrus notes. Amazing tastes of green tea caramel honey and tropical fruit with a smooth sweet citrus finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5419) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Bottle. Clear orangish yellow pour, with an off white head. Resinous piney hops, grassy green tea notes, grapefruit, sweet caramel, light tropical fruit, and somewhat dank. Also, fairly strong alcohol, the high abv is not hidden. Just an IIPA with a bit of a twist, but not a great IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
popery (2011) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 2, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2011 Pours a nice amber that starts sorta cloudy but very fine sediment quickly settles out. Small off-white head. Aroma is pineapple, mango, kiwi, pine resin, honeysuckle, caramel and a very floral green tea note. I wish the green tea was stronger because Iím mostly getting a standard pine resin tinged with tropical fruits and backed up by caramel IPA smell. Taste has more tea presence, but itís mostly felt as a tannic note in the finish. Otherwise, the flavor is mildly dry with a big pine resin bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty standard for an IPA, except for those tannic edges. Itís a decent DIPA, but I wish that they had tried to push the boundaries a bit more. The green tea flavor is mild compared to the big hop presence.

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