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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4591) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Pours a slightly hazy deep amber into a tulip. White head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Deep pine resin, sweet tea and grapefruit aromas. Thick with sweet resin upfront, thinning to green tea before the lasting grapefruit finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Poured out of bottle into snifter. Amberish color with a thick bubbly head. Aroma was hoppy and a perhaps a tad spicy. The flavor was more geared towards the sweet side but nothing overpowering. I would have enjoyed it a little bit more if there was an actual green tea presence, but still a good drinking beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
J_man (736) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 12, 2011
This beer is very aromatic with a bright, earthy floral smell. Almost reminiscent of a winery tasting room. Clear, light amber color with a white head and a good amount of suspended particles that I’m guessing are from the green tea leaves. There’s a sharpness to the flavor here with rich caramel sweetness being cut by grassy, pithy, dry hop bitterness. This yin/yang relationship between sweetness and bitterness seems symbolic of what this beer was brewed for. Leaves behind a very dry bitterness on the tongue (I wonder how much of this is the tea leaf bitterness) and a nice caramel/licorice flavor. I was warned that the supply at my local BevMo wouldn’t last long and I can see why after tasting this. Glad I got 2 of them.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danbierman (20) - California, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Pours a golden color with 1 finger of white head, also lots of sediment floating around. Smells of hops and citrus. Tastes of citrus with a small hoppy flavor, sweet but not overly. Overall a nice offering that hides its 9.2% very well.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3970) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Big, hazy orange with small white head with lots of carbonation flowing. Nose is quite nice--some citrus, herbal, spicy hops, a bit of pine, but more juicy than regular Stone IPA. Tea is a bit more noticeable in the flavor--very green, leafy, herbal tasting hops, a bit of sweetness from the malt and the tea. Sweet and slightly bitter/spicy mouth feel and you can taste some of the alcohol. Solid brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Bottle from Sam’s in Durham. Pours a bright orange with tea leaves floating near the bottom, not quite making it to the glass as I poured. Generous soft white head that felt lovely on my upper lip. Oh, if only I had a mustache and could trap said head and wear it a bit longer... Nose shows spicy hops, citrus, and earthy notes that--no surprise--feature a good bit of sencha and matcha. The taste starts off hoppy and ends with the bitter earthiness of green tea. A bit of a let down at first if you’re expecting a hop bite at the end, but the more I drank, the more I really enjoyed this unique beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazed golden orange with a medium to large creamy yellowed beige head. Lemon and earthy cha hints, spicy citrus, and just a bit of the aroma you get after you pour off green tea from the pot, let the leaves sit for a while and start to dry out again. Medium bodied, citrus and earth, very faint tea notes, mostly overpowered at the beginning by the big sticky malt notes. The tea shows up a bit more as it warms. Finishes with some subdued grapefruit and lingering tea tannins and citrus pith. Rather nice actually.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3114) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Pours very hazy burnt orange color with off white head. Strong citrus aroma with some bread and a hint of tea leaves. Bitter grapefruit rind and herbal flavor with a touch of tea and slight mintiness. Some spiciness. Medium body with average carbonation. It’s a bit different than your usual IPA but a decent brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6828) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2011 Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting, held at Dean Swift. Thanks to Chuwy for this one. Aroma is tea, green hops, creamy, malty. Deep orange gold color. Sweet, malty, citric flavor, with green tea,, good hops. Dry and astringent with nice hop bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4183) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Bottle... Poured copper orange with a thick, white head. Stone, earthy, pepper spiced notes on the nose with some mango-like fruits. Hop flavors were very similar to the nose. Hints of tea underneath which reminded me of green tea ice cream notes. Dirt earthiness, bready malts, white pine, oak, citrus, resinous.


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