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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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 14, 2011
Botella. Hazy deep orange colour, white lively head, good lacing. Fresh herbal like fruity hoppy aroma, pleasant. Good mouthfeel. Flavour is fruity and bitter, herbal, piney like, dry indeed, more bitterness. Oyshiee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (10145) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
sweetness (candi sugar) but the malt definitely makes it’s presence known and balances the beer well. the green tea comes in as an herbal smell, a little more obvious in the flavor as it warms...and the mix of hops used (especially the sorachi ace) is unique and blend well together. nice brew. you can definitely taste the baird and stone influences clearly."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (10021) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle thanks to bleeng. Pours a copper gold with a small off white head that lasts awhile leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is wheat grass and floral hops. Medium mouthfeel with a bitter hop upfront with grass and light hop. A little funky with the alcohol present and a little too bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Bottle from Capone’s. Has a great pour; turbid deep golden orange with 2-finger fluffy white head. Nose is hopcitrus, florals, tannins, black pepper. Tastes rich, very citric, floral, spicy, black peppery, and has a crisp finish. Very complex and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2011
12oz bottle, purchased from Jungle Jim’s for $4. Golden hazy yellow color, minimal white head, good visible particles inside. Little lacing. Interesting aroma. At first I wasn’t getting any green tea, but it’s starting to reveal itself after a few more slow sips. It’s evident in the aftertaste - alcohol is detectable, but is masked very well by the green tea. Mild hops. Little bitterness for a DIPA. Really tasty. However, $4 for a 12oz is pushing it. It doesn’t explicitly say anywhere on the bottle, but I hope some of that is benefiting an earthquake fund. I’ll give Stone the benefit of the doubt and assume there was some sort of philanthropy involved. Undeniably interesting DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2011
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for the Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 16, 2011
Cloudy orange color, big yellow to tan head. Sweet, hoppy, citrus, cheeze scent. Big, sweet, spicy, yeast, dry taste. Spicy and bitter aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours a hazed golden orange with a medium to large creamy yellowed beige head. Lemon and earthy cha hints, spicy citrus, and just a bit of the aroma you get after you pour off green tea from the pot, let the leaves sit for a while and start to dry out again. Medium bodied, citrus and earth, very faint tea notes, mostly overpowered at the beginning by the big sticky malt notes. The tea shows up a bit more as it warms. Finishes with some subdued grapefruit and lingering tea tannins and citrus pith. Rather nice actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9474) - Ursel, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9313) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2011
Draft @ Stone vs. Moeder event, Moder Lambic, Brussels. Que faire quand le meillleur du Japon en tant que brasseries convergent pour brasser avec le meilleur des US? Une IPA aux saveurs envoutantes de thé vert. Bièere orangée, brumeuse ayant un aspect de teinte différentes dans le verre dans une sorte de déclinaison avec un nuage de protéines dans le verre. Col jaunâtre, épais. Arôme fruité et tropical, herbacé où l’on ressent superbement bien les feuilles de thé vert écrasées. En bouche, houblon et levure et avec toujours cette épaisseur de thé vert, allant vers du matcha bouilli et d’épinard et poudre verte. Note fruité aussi à noter, surement du houblon, et donnant un note d’abricot avec un léger fini épicé. Une IPA? je me lance pour dire, une saison japonaise dont on redemande.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9306) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2011 Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting, held at Dean Swift. Thanks to Chuwy for this one. Aroma is tea, green hops, creamy, malty. Deep orange gold color. Sweet, malty, citric flavor, with green tea,, good hops. Dry and astringent with nice hop bitterness.

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