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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, 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 (5537) - 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 (4550) - 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 (1455) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11522) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Bottle from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Pours hazy amber gold with a creamy/foamy near white head. Aroma is spicy herb over light caramel. Med+ body. Flavor is actually suggestive of tea, and not that black fermented stuff, but it is more spicy and floral/citrus. With a slight pause a herbal tea sort of flavor kicks in. Thereís a lot going on - itís like a revolving flavor palate. In the end I think itís identifiably tea as the major flavor component. How strange this is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10204) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Bottle poured a cloudy golden amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of green tea, lemon, bread and light straw. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of green tea, biscuit, lemon and light straw with a crisp dry modereatly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3363) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 1, 2011
Initial hit of green tea, but then beer fades into a regular IIPA, though not all that great of an IIPA. Decent herbal and citrusy notes, but overall a bit cloying and not so well balanced. A bit too sweet for my liking too. Not bad, but hardly outstanding, but at least it is for a good cause.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alphadelic (1764) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2011
A lovely hazy amber with more than a rosy glow to it. A crested and webby, white head. The nose has the beautiful hallmarks of a Stone IPA; piney, concentrated hop character, relentless and appetising. In the mouth there is that extra element. A fragrant, fruity and floral tea flavour penetrates deeply into, and highlights, the sweetness of the malt. Meanwhile the dryness of the hop and tannic tea bitterness bounce off of one another creating quite a unique experience. The is definitely a pungent tropical fruit character which could, be the hops, could be the tea or could be the combination of the two and their wonderful characters. I would buy this again even though itís 9.2%, which makes it a little dangerous.

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