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RATINGS: 318   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (4252) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle: Pours clear....amber-orange with a small, off-white head. Tangerine, green tea aroma. Taste is tingly, carbonated orange-soda and mild green tea, The tea notes increase as it warms... sweet, herbal..... Very nice.....

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mrhopsbeertalk (165) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Sink pour.............................................. :(

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DedicatedToFun (3303) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Bomber, thanks (I think?) GT2, Gold pour, white had, nose is the same smell as opening a fresh canister of tennis balls, taste is too funky tea for my tasting. I have low standards when it comes to beer, yet this still made me cringe. What is the ultimate objective of this beer? I think it is having an identity crisis and needs to look into the mirror for hours until it figures out its ultimate objective. Until then, I’ll simply thank GT2 for the free beer and move on to the Gypsy Ale I brought to this tasting.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (885) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Aroma of buttery hops, tropical fruit, herbs, pines and caramel malts. Appears a golden copper with a thin white foam. Taste is very smooth with a big nice leafy green tea overtone as well as big buttery hops, west coast style bitterness, pines, tangerine, hop oils, tropical fruit, caramel malt and malt syrup. Finish is very boozey with more leafy, dry green tea as well as a buttery hop residue. Overall, very nice beer. I love Stone, I love Baird and I love Japan so this is awesome. The green tea hits the palate hard and becomes mixed with a tropical fruit and hop mixture. A rating.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (841) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2015
22oz bottle - pours a transparent orangish gold . Assertive herbal aroma . Taste is pleasantly bitter up front and finishes with a dominate green tea flavor ... No hint of the higher ABV ... Interesting and tasty . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1773) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2015
4 oz pour at the Stone Company Store in Pasadena. Clear deep amber color. Big hoppy nose. Really nice hop forward citrus taste. Nice green tea astringent finish, complementing the bitterness without going all kamikaze on your face.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
sweetness (candi sugar) but the malt definitely makes it’s presence known and balances the beer well. the green tea comes in as an herbal smell, a little more obvious in the flavor as it warms...and the mix of hops used (especially the sorachi ace) is unique and blend well together. nice brew. you can definitely taste the baird and stone influences clearly."

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (3912) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2014
(Backlog) Bottle at blind tiger for eyedrinkale’s birthday 9/14/2011. Hazy golden pour with white head. Green tea, light ginseng, some citrus tones. Very easy drinking, tea flavor ipa.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2464) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle gift from SJ. Nice notes of citrus, grass, grapefruit, earth, lime and caramel malt. Somewhat refreshing. A bit bold, I liked it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 19, 2014
12oz bottle - A pretty unasuming bottle but I guess when you are Stone and you are releasing an IPA, it better deliver...and this one does. The green tea really doesn’t come out until it hits the palate and it’s really nice. The beer pours out a light amber color, tons of floaties/particles in my beer with an initial 2" off-white head. Aroma has a kind of light alcoholic aroma, perfumy, beet sugar thing going on with a really light hop aroma. The flavor comes out though with both barrels blasting. A really nice combo of green tea and piney/sappy hops. The green tea really suprised me on how assertive it was against the hops. Carbonation is medium, mouthfeel is medium. When the carbonation lightens up a bit, the green tea really comes out a little more. Really a nice beer.


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