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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 4, 2011
What a fantastic collaboration idea. After pouring, this one appears as a rich golden liquid with many particles suspended inside. Atop it sits a compact white head, from which rises a most amazing aroma. The smell nicely combines tea and hops, with hints of exotic fruits such as guava. The taste delivers a good dose of hoppy bitterness. Tannins and other earthy flavors become more apparent as the brew breathes and warms up. Its alcohol is well hidden, its character is snappy, its finish is long and dry. Overall a great drink. Maybe IPA and green tea were meant to be together.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raoul_duke (167) - - FEB 21, 2015
2nd edition from a bomber. They call this one 10.1% abv. Yellow orange straw color with a moderate head. Not too much carbonation. Rice on the nose and some of the green tea as well. For a double, this is very smooth. Definitely taste the ipa. I am pleasantly surprised.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AHTOH (101) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Drank 7/12/11.

AROMA: Herbaceous, grass, lemon, pepper. Interesting note of truffle salt (somewhat reminiscent of Bruery’s Salt of the Earth beer that is brewed with truffle salt). Faint sencha. Extremely faint tart tropical fruit note.

TASTE: Herbal and grassy hops with faint citrus notes. Earthy bitter sencha. Hop bitterness has lengthy duration. Truffle-like note from nose is much less detectable behind bitterness on palate.

MOUTH FEEL: Alcohol well hidden. Semi-dry finish.

OVERALL: Liking that truffle salt note on nose. Great food pairing ale (eg, garlic mussels).

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, ˝-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?)

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeMoriendi (72) - Boynton Beach, USA - AUG 22, 2011
I poured the beer into my Stone pint glass and it arrives a very cloudy golden color. There is a very thin white head on top but it is gone in seconds. No real signs of lacing on the glass. As you would expect from Stone the nose is full of big hops. They smell amazingly fresh and full of citrus. I get a very slight hint of the tea in there but the hops seem to gobble it all up. Now there is the green tea. The taste is a nice balanced mixed of the same citrus hops but with some nice bitterness of green tea. The bitterness lingers for a little bit afterward but I find it very pleasant. A slight malt backing to it really brings things together in this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhightow01 (44) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange-copper, darker than I expected, with lots of visible carbonation. Aroma is pine with green tea. Taste is a little all over the place but predominately hops (citrus, resin). Green tea is most prevalent in lingering aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bensbrews (22) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2011
The aroma get’s ya right from the get go. I found this beer to have smells of pineapple, light grapefruit, and hints of honey. The appearance I thought would be crystal clear but its bits and pieces floating through out. Being a homebrewer I would assume this is yeast but it could be the interact that the green tea brings. It is a nice golden hue. The head retention is nil with a thin lacing around. Taste is very simular to aroma. I am getting the sweet and the bitter aspects of an ipa. Not really feeling any green tea till the after taste hits. Which gives me an odd flavor. Hard to describe but not off putting just odd. Would I recommend this brew to others obviously, it has all the greatness of a great ipa, but if you looking for some unique beer look else where. It is a great ipa but not really something I havent had before.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danbierman (20) - California, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Pours a golden color with 1 finger of white head, also lots of sediment floating around. Smells of hops and citrus. Tastes of citrus with a small hoppy flavor, sweet but not overly. Overall a nice offering that hides its 9.2% very well.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tkerin (20) - USA - SEP 22, 2011
the colder it is the less taste it has... serve at room temp? Meh...... glad the proceeds went to a good cause

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LostHops287 (18) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Orange/Yellow and hazy. Big creamy head that thins out but stays present throughout the majority of the beer. Nose is mainly hops but there is a subtle base of cereal grains. Hops are grassy and herbal. Flavor has the grain base like the nose but the hop character is different. Fruity grapefruits at first but it finishes with a grassy and green tea dryness. The green tea flavor isn’t as present as the astringency that comes with a good cup of green tea. Dry and earthy finish with a crisp cereal body makes me want to keep quenching my thirst


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