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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9355) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy amber with an average, fizzy white head, medium retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy floral, citrus, pine, and perfume hops with light notes of biscuit and straw malt. Light, tropical fruity esters appear late. Flavor is moderately bitter fruity, floral, and herbal hops with light supporting malts and tropical fruit esters. Full body, moderate warmth and carbonation with a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (8995) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 4, 2011
Bottle (RBESGG2011, Grand Tasting)
In simple terms, a pale lagery aroma. Retronasals remind me of alcohol. Body is bitter. There’s a nice tingle of hops. but the whole things says nothing to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Bottle @ home. Somewhat hazy, yellow-orange appearance with a foamy, white head. Herbal, faint tea, moderately piney, dank hoppy nose. Kind of a weird organic, herbal, piney, dank, lightly citrus hoppy flavor with most of the tea on the finish. Green tea, piney, dank aftertaste. Weird brew that’s ok but not all that impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Cloudy deep gold pour. Sweet malt, resinous hops and certain green tea notes. Great mix of caramel malt, tea and hops. Love it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Bottle… Clear golden ale with thousands of white yeasties and a small, creamy, white head. Pungent, musky, peppery aroma. Medium-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Not picking up much tea in the flavor; just rindy hop bitterness. Finishes bitter and abrasive. Too bitter (without meaningful flavor) for my wimpy palate. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8760) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured a cloudy golden / orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral, herbal tea, and caramel. Tastes of citrus, green tea, fruity, pine, and caramel. Alcohol overall hidden. Grew on me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2011 12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Dublin/Columbus. Pours an almost murky orange with lots of floating particles. Medium sized off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of citrus, herbal and floral hops, lemongrass, mild tea notes, caramel malts. The taste is big strong tea notes, citrus hops and caramel malts. Medium bodied. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7885) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours gold with a white head. Nose/taste of green tea, tropical fruit, caramel malt, resinous hops and pine. Solid tea and malt body. Finishes with tropical fruit and a little warming alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a muddy golden hued body and a large, foamy, slightly green tinged off-white head. Aromas are a bit dank, tropical fruit hoppy, a bit herbal as well. Slight green tea ice cream nose, a hint of pine. Minimal esters, minimal malt profile, a bit of fusel. Flavors of are bitter, a bit tannic. An odd grassy flavor towards the finish. Lemon, grassy, herbal, lightly fruity (berries maybe?). Odd hopping, lingering bitterness. Medium to lively bubbles. Some alcohol. Perhaps a bit messy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7771) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2011
Draught Small yellowish dense head over hazy orange-ochre beer. Orange zeste², much more than tea, very intense, pinch of ginger, flowery. I’m thinking of orange-flavoured, half-fermented tea ("Darjoolong"). Again dry, spicy-bitterish orange zeste, even a bit mouldy, or blue curaçoa orangepeel. Hops are perfectly in balance (what kind??). Spritzy, refreshing, medium bodied. No new flavours in the aftertaste, but long-lasting main flavour. An "interesting" beer - in all senses of the word. Mind, I WOULD drink it again, gladly.

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