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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Pours a very hazy golden-orange with a thick white head. Other than a hint of green tea, the hoppy citrus aroma is similar to a Stone IPA. Very bitter and boozy upfront before the pine, herbal and tea flavors really kick in. Iím also detecting a little bit of peach. Enjoyable and worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Bottle with Carla. Pours a hazy orange with white foam. Smells citrusy and lightly bitter with a hint of green tea. Tastes quite bitter with citrus notes and ends mildly with lemon and green tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RSRIZZO (1870) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a Shaker at 45į. Color is a hazy gold with very good carbonation and a rocky head. Aroma of fresh hops and a touch of tea. Medium body that gives a smooth fizzy mouth feel. Flavor is a rich sweet taste, hops, citrus and green tea with a bold bitterness on the end. In the after taste the tea stands out with a vodka like taste. Overall its not a bad IPA, the teaís a little different and the only down fall is the vodka taste on the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2011
12oz bottle courtesy of tim for sending this to me as a bonus...... pours a somewhat medium hazy apricot orange brown and topped with a skimpy quickly dissipating soapy white head.... aroma of tangerine and citrus upfront as well as some strong phenolic earthy tones to go right along beside it. a bit on the sweet side as far as the scent goes... flavors are earthy, quite bitter, with some added orange citrusy hop notes. alcohol and extreme bitterness through the middle and finish which as a whole, makes it seem quite abrasive. medium to full bodied. becomes quite medicinal as i work my way through the glass. tough to drink, pretty astringent all around. donít think i would opt for this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Actually really liked this one. Murky, honey pour with a 1/2 inch soapy white head that left some cobwebs. Aroma of freshly cut grass, leafy, citrus, and a bit of herbs. Didnít really have a tea-infused flavor but perhaps the addition softened the sharp bite of the hops. Got the hop flavors but not the eye-crossing bitterness. Medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Bottle @ home. Somewhat hazy, yellow-orange appearance with a foamy, white head. Herbal, faint tea, moderately piney, dank hoppy nose. Kind of a weird organic, herbal, piney, dank, lightly citrus hoppy flavor with most of the tea on the finish. Green tea, piney, dank aftertaste. Weird brew thatís ok but not all that impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2709) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a lasting ivory head, with some lacing, over a dark gold (SRM 6) particle laden body.....nose is light pine, light citrus, .....taste is toffee/caramel to start, then pine, resin, citrus, with herbal tones, finishing with moderate sweet bitterness and light astringency .....mouth feel medium and slightly sticky, alcohol hidden, carbonation low. This is a reasonable example of an IIPA/DIPA. The tea is hidden in the spice, bitterness and herbal qualities of the hops. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Pour from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at a local store. Color of this beer is gold orange with a nice white head. Hops, grass, and an earthiness to the nose. some solid citrus flavors of lemon, tangerine, and orange. good blast of bitter hops in the mid palate. The finish is quite dry and astringent and bitter. The green tea adds to this dry finish in my book. OK beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2011
(12oz bottle from El Cerrito Market). Pours a cloudy golden color with lots of floaties (tea?) and thin white head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma has citrus (orange and mango), pine, and some earthy characteristics. Taste is sweet with some citrus (orange) and herbal notes coming through with a soft bitterness. Medium bodied with a chewy mouthfeel. Bitter finish. This beer had lots of fresh orange (and peel) to go with the herbaciousness of the tea. I just noticed the abv. It hides the alcohol well imo. A unique brew, for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2183) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 25, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a murky amber cornelian color with a small white head. The aroma is funky with a good dose of spiced green tea and some caramel. The flavor is bitter citrusy IPA blended with roasted tea leaves. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes medium in duration, dry and clean. Overall: The first time that I had this i drank a warm one, and it was awful. Since then I have drank two more that are properly chilled and this is really quite appealing, but its not for everyone, only tea fans will get this beer.

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