papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Baronís Market RB: Golden color with a small off-white head and some floating yeast. Floral, herbal aroma. Light sweet tropical fruit start followed by some light citrus and a smooth and lingering light citrus bitter finish with a hint of tea. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. More sweetness than bitterness for an IPA, but a very nice brew.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Lightly clouded golden hue, good head formation. Hoppy, citrussy, piney aroma, very similar to the original IPA but with a touch more herbal, perfumy complexity. Malt profile is minimal, hops are big offering plenty of peppery spice and grapefruit citrus. The tea is really noticeable about 1/3 of the way in before the big hoppy finish. I was hugely intrigued by this beer especially since I always thought Stone IPA had a flavored tea character to it. Itís definitely interesting but the tea takes away more than it adds to. But still another good beer and a few cents sent off to Japan too.
BMan1113VR (7820) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a muddy golden hued body and a large, foamy, slightly green tinged off-white head. Aromas are a bit dank, tropical fruit hoppy, a bit herbal as well. Slight green tea ice cream nose, a hint of pine. Minimal esters, minimal malt profile, a bit of fusel. Flavors of are bitter, a bit tannic. An odd grassy flavor towards the finish. Lemon, grassy, herbal, lightly fruity (berries maybe?). Odd hopping, lingering bitterness. Medium to lively bubbles. Some alcohol. Perhaps a bit messy.
Terminus (3216) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 18, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle-pours hazy chunky orange with a small fizzy head around the rim of the glass. nose of sweet alcohol, herbal tea notes (but seems more from the hops than the malts), and lots of sweet sugary notes. hmm, doesnt really come across that much of an ipa on the nose, more like a spiced belgian with some hops. flavors are fussel alcohol, sweet, medicinal, lite pine, herbal tea notes, but very unpleasant. the green tea really hits the tounge on the finish, like a herbal/green hop would but still becomes really astringent. very dry long into the finish. novel idea that went wrong. I think i will give away my other bottle.
48FanInCali (706) - California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Orange tint to the pour with a nice white head and nice lacing. Nose is very much hops and herbs. Taste has both front and back end hop bitterness and some spicy back end heat. Nothing that tastes remotely like green tea.
brokensail (10606) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
A: The pour is a light orange color with a big white head.
S: The nose on this is just flat out unpleasant. There is a strong aroma of onions, vegetables, body odor, and feet. There is some tea, but itís not very strong. A bit of grapefruit peel and some fake lemon.
T: There is a lot of bready malt flavor to the beer with a decent amount of hops. The hop flavors arenít all that enjoyable, though. I pick up some lemons, onions, a mild pine, and just a bit of bitterness.
M: The body is medium with a medium to high carbonation.
O: I wanted to like this as it is for a good cause, but it just missed the mark.
Getbetter (794) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle,golden in color,white head,hoppy,clear, medium bitterness, light body, slick feel, bitter, I would buy this again.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This needs to be moved to the Double IPA category. Pours a mostly clear deep golden orange with a frothy off white head. The tea character is very minimal. Herbal and resiny hops. A bit boozy in the finish.
skmikeg (825) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cooper orange with a small head which fades quickly. aroma is of citrus hops, wet hay, herbs, and some earthyness. flavor is of citrus and tropical fruit hops up front, with herbal and earthty notes, and some tea in the background. 9.2 abv is well hidden, has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry bitter finnish. overall, a good, unique IPA, and most likly stoneís best collaberation yet.
soyorganic (280) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like this beer! The taste like the aroma has fruit notes. The green tea comes through and compliments the slight hop taste. It seems that the green tea was fruit or something. Very nice thank you stone and best wishes to Japan