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

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2489) - JAPAN - JAN 6, 2012
Very sweet candied sugar nose. Marshmellows and Macha are also present. Big and sweet though not sticky. Pineapple tang with a slightly coarse flavour that must be the macha. Slightly herbal finish. Solid but not inspiring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2633) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Tasted on 8/21/11 from a 12oz bottle at Lush West Town. Pours hazy orange with a thick, pillowy, off-white head that slowly recedes to rocky lace. The nose is hoppy with citrus, resin, and a ton more herbal notes than I have ever gotten from an IPA, I assume from the addition of green tea, with some underlying earthy tones and light malt. The flavor is much earthier and more herbal, featuring the green tea very nicely, along with some grapefruit peel and resinous bitter hops, and a nice dose of light caramel malt backing everything up. The body is medium and somewhat oily with average, but very smooth, carbonation, and a long herbal green tea, resin bitter, and grapefruit peel hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle at RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting ... golden amber ... soft sweet malts ... green tea ... little wishy washy nose ... soft zezty fruits ... long green tea linger ... soft bitternesss ... very interesting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12511) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle thanks to Leighton at his pre-xmas extravaganza. It pours cloudy orange, with a thick off-white head. The nose is tangy orange fruit, pine and a faint hint of green tea. The taste is pine, resin, powdered matcha tea, tangy orange fruit (particularly mango), spice, resin and alcohol warmth, with a bitter-citric finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. An interesting and tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5248) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2011
amber pour with a cream ehad. nose is fresh citrusy hops, light fruit, tea, and not much else. easy on teh palate, big fruity citrus notes, backed with no sign of alcohol, and green tea in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2012 Bottle tasted and notes taken on Darkness Day. Thankfully, it was the first beer of the day! Bottle to glass. Hazy gold with a white head. The aroma contains some really interesting notes of citrus (grapefruit), pine and green tea. I like this beer. I was glad I picked up this bottle. The tea had a nice offset to the citrus and pine. Good pickup

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5788) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Lightly hazed gold/orange pour with white head. Sweet full maltiness followed by a nice citrus bitter then a nice abv warmth. Medium/full body with good smooth carbonation. Nice beer not one I could drink many of just for the kick. Flavor is nice if there is tea in there I can’t find it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5188) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for sending this one along. Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. Nose is caramel, herbs, a suggestion of green tea, orange, sweet citrus, caramel, and slight booze. Flavor is a thick blend of sweet malt, caramel, and peaches with a background dose of green tea. Medium to full in body for the style. Nice, complex IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle at home in London. Lightly haY gold pour, white foam. Big piney citrus hop aroma. Strong sweet flavor, some caramel, toast, dark sugars, light grass and wood. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Lightly warming finish, slightly sticky, some resinous hops, caramel, faint tea, pine. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Cloudy tan. There was a lot of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is fruity, hoppy with light green tea and some vanilla - this comes together nicely on the nose. Expressive fruity character. Lots of tea, blends ok with the hops. The tannins add to the total bitterness. The malts are still chewy Stone, but they are understated. Definitely one of the better Stone brews.

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