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RATINGS: 282   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!


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (862) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
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 stone’s best collaberation yet.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
soyorganic (283) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2011
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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Sampled on 7/17/2011. This India Pale Ale pours a cloudy orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with decent lacing and good retention. The aroma is green tea, fruity and citrusy. A medium bodied IPA. The malts are fruity, caramel and sweet. The tea flavor is very evident. The hops are citrusy and piney. Very lively carbonation. Nice balance between the tea, malts and hops. The tae flavor shows up more at the finish. Rally hides the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange-copper, darker than I expected, with lots of visible carbonation. Aroma is pine with green tea. Taste is a little all over the place but predominately hops (citrus, resin). Green tea is most prevalent in lingering aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Aroma is light hops with some tea notes breaking through. Very tannic. alcohol is pretty prevalent to me. pours a lovely orange color. some citrus notes. the tea and hops do seem to be fighting each other rather than complimenting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1229) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Clear orange amber color, solid one-finger head and moderate lace. Earthy and pine aromas with hints of toast and citrus. Mild bitterness with citrus and pine notes, accompanied by toasted malt sweetness and hints of the tea in the background. Medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy and somewhat sticky mouthfeel, and a crisp finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Golden clear pour with thin head. Aroma is herbal and mild hops. Taste is hoppy and mild hints of green tea. Good body and tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2011
12oz. Pour is golden-orange, middling white foam head. Aroma is very faint, almost nothing except a faint hint of herbal sugar sweetness. Taste is oddly muted up front, bitter, but not strongly so... Almost soothing? A milky character pervades throughout the palate, and almost seems to contribute to the understatedness of this beer. ABV exceptionally well hidden, and only starts to come out with the bitter grain finish also typical of unsweetened teas. Interesting, but I’m not sure it’s special.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Served from a 12 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a lighter bodied gold with an ever so slight green tea hue. Incredibly clear body. The aromas are floral and herbal. Nothing I can really identify. The flavors are sweet green tea, a jasmine like flavor but that’s not quite it. Good hop tones that are very herbal and dry, and some lemon notes too. The mouth is dry and refreshing and also creamy at times. A very drying aftertaste. This brew has a lot of Japanese character to it and reminds me of some of the different and unique flavor profiles I got to enjoy when I went to Japan. Cheers to a good cause too.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AHTOH (101) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Drank 7/12/11.

AROMA: Herbaceous, grass, lemon, pepper. Interesting note of truffle salt (somewhat reminiscent of Bruery’s Salt of the Earth beer that is brewed with truffle salt). Faint sencha. Extremely faint tart tropical fruit note.

TASTE: Herbal and grassy hops with faint citrus notes. Earthy bitter sencha. Hop bitterness has lengthy duration. Truffle-like note from nose is much less detectable behind bitterness on palate.

MOUTH FEEL: Alcohol well hidden. Semi-dry finish.

OVERALL: Liking that truffle salt note on nose. Great food pairing ale (eg, garlic mussels).


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