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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA 9.2% (2011)

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RATINGS: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 28, 2012
A - Pours a very cloudy golden-orange color with a thin finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace. S - Aroma is a mix of lemon, grapefruit, and floral hops with some sweet lightly bready malt, green tea, and a bit of candi sugar. T - Starts off with a mix of lemon and grapefruit hops with some bitterness with some sweet, lightly bready malts, and a bit of green tea. Through the middle, some floral and pine hops come through with some more bitterness and some more green tea flavor and a bit of sweet candi sugar. The finish is a mix of sweet candi sugar, citrus and tropical hops, bitterness, and green tea. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish. D - Very drinkable. Really nice hop profile from start to end with a good amount of bitterness throughout. I also really like the green tea flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (965) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle courtesy of marcotte in Mammoth at maheus bachelor party. Chunky death! Lots of tea particles floating around; nice peppery aroma and flavor. Ends dry with subtle notes of green tea. Pretty good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheJestersBeer (2193) - SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2012
Draught, from last existing keg apparently. (Rating #800) Pours a deep, hazy straw, with a white head. Very hoppy, spicy, herbal aroma, Sorachi (?), grapefruit, nettles, yeast, mint, malt. Dry, medium body, high bitterness, balanced CO2. Hoppy, spicy taste, grapefruit, Sorachi, lime peel, yeast, kiwi, mint, tea leaves, bergamot. (2012-05-01)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2012
Durhambeer scored me a bottle of this a while back - thanks, Bob! Fairly buoyant pour, golden-orange with a medium head. Strong citrus and pine in the nose, as one would expect, with a settled (not pungent) tea quality coming on late. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, no real heat despite the ABV. Tasted faded already and would have enjoyed this one uber-fresh. But the age did tend to accentuate the leafy flavors a bit, even if the ripe, bitter hops had subsided somewhat. Okay.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
llcooldave (1157) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2012
Interesting color... If I hold it up to the light, it looks lemon yellow. If I place it on the table it looks slight peach amber. Fruity citrus aroma. Equally interesting flavor notes of spicy pepper. The pepper really shows up in the aftertaste as it sits in the tongue. Overall, it’s an interesting brew. Very complex but drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillWyce (800) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2012
From notes: Poured hazy orange-amber with a small, white head. Mild citrus hops aroma, with notes of tea and yeast. Perhaps a floral note too. Medium bosy, with maybe a very slight thickness. Taste is lemony, with a mild hops bitterness and maybe a touch of honey in the back. Mild pine notes in a slightly dry finish. Good, but was a touch disappointed. Was expecting more from the tea.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewBoxer (2353) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle, Tan sandy color. Smells of slight hops and grass...taste is similar... dont taste much green tea, but its a very nice easy drinking 2XIPA

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (14584) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle @ RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift. Good hop aroma. Hoppy as hell but with a really good perfumed flavour. Good flavours. Good hops on end. One of the beers of the day.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansjelaah (1617) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2012
Gedronken in Brussel bij moeder Lambic, Gele kleur, echt een hele erge groene thee smaak. Wel lekker.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle from 16 Tons. Light orange in color with a moderate white head that faded quickly. Aroma of citrus fruits and herbal tea notes. Nice mix of grapefruit and herbal tea flavors with well hidden alcohol and a bitter finish. Nice beer for a great cause.


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