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RATINGS: 280   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (585) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bookman10 (621) - 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.

   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?)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chuckaduck (624) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
7th August 2011
Dean Swift - RBESG Tasting. Clear gold beer, residual white head. Light hoppy nose. Light semi crisp palate. Mild but rich hops, grassy with some marmalade. A little creamy malt with a touch of green tea. Finishes semi dry with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Interesting - I want a whole bottle to myself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2011
12oz bottle from Binnyís Buffalo Grove. Pours pale golden orange with a white head. Aromas of citrus, hops, grass, and some spices. Flavors of citrus, grassy hops, green tea, and some spices. Not a huge green tea fan, but this works on some level for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Pour is a pale yellow with a small head. Nose is of mostly hops. Taste is quite possibly the most hard thing to describe unless you have had pure, green tea. I donít mean arizona green tea, I mean steeped out of a tea bag, because it tastes like that with a good portion of hops added. Very nice overall, very surprised how well it was done.

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