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RATINGS: 281   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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7731) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7687) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2011
This brew pours a slightly hazy amber-gold color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Sticky rings of lacing. Aroma of floral hops, sweet tea and citrus. Medium body with a noticeable green tea character and notes of citrusy hops, caramel and mild spice. The finish is fruity with note of resiny hops and tea left over. Above average overall, another interesting collaboration.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (7323) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2011
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Slightly hazy yellow color, vast creamy white head. Smell fresh, indeed green tea, hops and bitter. Taste green tea as well (very nicely done!), bitter and hops. You don’t taste the 9,2%ABV. Good carbo, full body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Grapefruit and light pine aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavor with light tea. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and pine lingers with light tea and some light frutiiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
12oz 9.2% ABV brew pours out semi hazy orange like copper with thin white head. The rather firm robust aroma forces up notes of booze enhanced orange juice, some herbal green-ness, citrus fruit skin, pineapple and tangelo. Man, lots going on here. The taste is similar with sort of an orange juice, tangelo juice and mango like hop flavor and a sense of booze. I get only a mild bitter hoppiness. Wow, lots of robust citrus and tropical fruit notes with hints of earthy tea like herbal hops well off in the background. All in all I dig this.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6594) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6363) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours orange copper with a modest beige head and a citrus aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with residual green tea taste and a peppery mouthfeel. An interesting and unique brew that is worth trying.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (6321) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle thanks to Leighton at his pre-xmas extravaganza. It pours cloudy orange, with a thick off-white head. The nose is tangy orange fruit, pine and a faint hint of green tea. The taste is pine, resin, powdered matcha tea, tangy orange fruit (particularly mango), spice, resin and alcohol warmth, with a bitter-citric finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. An interesting and tasty brew.


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