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RATINGS: 279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2296) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1139) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1127) - Claremont, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gorditoabd (615) - 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 Iím not sure itís special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1517) - 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 thatís 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.

   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 Brueryís 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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle via lagunitasfan...cloudy apricot pour with just a ring of white suds atop. Smells like my socks after...uh...oh...I do nothing physical...well, it smells like a fat ratebeerianís socks after walking to the corner liquor store...with some grains, overripe light tropical fruit, and some sweet tea at the end. Flavors remind me of the emperial ipa served in a sock. Dry bitter hopping, alcohol, and an herbal tea character riding along. Not offensive in any way (I liked the emperial), but I wanted more from something all japanese and shit...once again, stone takes the forefront and slaps some random international names to their beers with the extra ingrediant and makes it a fundraiser beer and woopity woo, letís all get our panties wet. Average...though I still like that hop character here, as in the emperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Woohoo! I added this and Iím the first rater. Just for Todd! Strange orange/amber hazy pour. No green tint, but the odd color has got to be from the green tea. Big white head quickly drops to a thick lace and strong ring. Nose is stinky sweet hops up front to green tea. Kinda pungent. There are two big bursts of flavor in the mouth. First thereís big sharp hops, immediately followed by the big sweet and earthy green tea. Thereís a bitter leftover and lots of gooeyness in the back. Lots of strong flavors moving around, including alcohol. Bigness increases with warmth.

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