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RATINGS: 283   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!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obielisa (1) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2011 does not count
Nice dark orange color. Unique flavor with a green tea aftertaste. This beer is very hoppy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6014) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Clear amber color/ lasting ivory head. Very nice floral, herbal, fruity, green tea leaf, sweet caramel and marshmallow aromas. medium bodied with soft co2. Hoppy bitter, mildy astringent flavors of pine, florals, herbs, mint, green tea leaf with a honey biscuit malty base-mildly boozy finish--very good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Pours a very hazy golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Earthy, herbal aroma with lots of piny, grassy hops and green tea along with a pale malt character. Slightly spicy hop presence but mostly soily/earthy with pine needle and grass. The green tea adds an herbal/vegetal presence but never overpowers the hops. Chewy medium body with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that linger over the green tea character and pale malt backbone into a slightly sweet, dry finish. Strong alcohol heat in the back end hurts drinkability. Slightly spicy with lots of sticky, dry hops that give of a strong soil/pine character. This is countered by subtle sweetness and a herbal/medicinal/vegetal presence from the tea. Again, I was expecting the green tea to overpower bu it provides balance without taking away from the hops. Pale malt backbone with hints of toffee and biscuit. But this beer is all about the hops. I was excited to try this one but was a little skeptical going in. Thankfully it was well balanced and the hops remained the star. A bit too hot in the finish fir my liking but still enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Pours hazy golden with a thin white head and a nice halo around the top of the beer. Nice bright sweet grapefruity aroma with a hint of pine. Strong thick sweet caramel backbone in there as well. Nicely mild bitterness on the palate with a good caramel backbone to give the hops a good platform to work from. I donít really seem to pick up on any tea in there. If there is any, itís too mild to really get much from it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2011
This bottle pours an awesome opaque orange with a medium sized white head. Mostly citrusy grapefruit aromas with some piney resinous hops and herbal green tea notes in there as well. Plenty of big juicy hops for plenty of bold flavors. Citrusy sweetness and piney bitterness create an awesome blend of flavors. Herbal green tea flavors linger in the background and become more pronounced as the beer warms and also prevalent in the finish. Medium bodied. Somewhat sticky texture. Goes down way too easy for a 9.2% ABV beer. Love the long bitter hoppy finish accentuated by the green tea. Only complaint would be that I would have liked to gotten a stronger green tea flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2011
All over the place. 12oz bottle. Iím not sure how a light delicate flavor works its way into a big 9.2 abv IIPA. Virtually no aroma, maybe some lighter herbal notes. Looks good and the taste is amazing, super light and the tea actually comes through. Not boozy or unlike any other imperial Iíve ever had. Goes down like air, a very dangerous yet tasty offering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (615) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Relatively standard west coast IPA aroma with a twinkle of green tea in the background. Orange marmalade color with suspended sediment. Tastes lightly sweet with an aggressively bitter and boozy finish. Flavors of lemon, mandarin orange, green tea, and flowery hops. Very nice presentation of a double IPA with Eastern influences.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bookman10 (663) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Outstanding. One of the best IPAs Iíve encountered. Pours a nice, hazy, golden-orange, almost peach color with a nice mid-sized head. Strong grassy, hop aroma. Flavor has a nice bitterness, with citrus and strong pine-hop flavors showing through.Very fruity. Nice smooth finish to it. One of the best collaborations from Stone and among their best IPAs in general.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
properhops (88) - - OCT 25, 2011
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOtz54l9HsQ

Appearance: Hazy orange glow, Ĺ-finger head dissipates to layering, average lacing

Smell: Pine, orange citrus, green tea, grassiness, earthiness, leafiness, white tea astringency

Taste: Medium body, earthy, dirt, dead pine wood, over-steeped white tea, citrus + pine throughout, over-steeped green tea bitterness, green tea residual, mild carbonation

Pairings: Fish! Tilapia, rockfish (maybe?)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a thin white head. Has all sorts of little specks floating around in it, though I could not notice them in taste or texture. Aroma is herbal and citrusy. Flavor is remarkably mild and drinkable; light citrus, bitter orange peel, breadiness and a touch of green tea. High carbonation but very light and clean in the mouth. Interesting and worth trying.


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