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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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!


4.5
   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, ½-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?)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alphadelic (1760) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2011
A lovely hazy amber with more than a rosy glow to it. A crested and webby, white head. The nose has the beautiful hallmarks of a Stone IPA; piney, concentrated hop character, relentless and appetising. In the mouth there is that extra element. A fragrant, fruity and floral tea flavour penetrates deeply into, and highlights, the sweetness of the malt. Meanwhile the dryness of the hop and tannic tea bitterness bounce off of one another creating quite a unique experience. The is definitely a pungent tropical fruit character which could, be the hops, could be the tea or could be the combination of the two and their wonderful characters. I would buy this again even though it’s 9.2%, which makes it a little dangerous.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerelephant (12) - California, USA - OCT 4, 2011
This is the 3rd one I’ve had of these and I’m still amazed I like a green tea IPA. This brew gets better the further you get down the bottle. Starts off smelling and tasting like a Stone IPA with green tea. Duh, right? But then, as it warms and wanders further along, you really start getting to the good. Mandarin oranges, plum, sweet tangy malt, and just the right amount of hop bitterness. Other than the fact that this beer supports Japan’s tsunami relief efforts, the most impressive thing about this IPA is the sake notes. I don’t know how they did it, or whether it was intentional, but it fits the bill perfectly. This review is an after the fact, since you probably can’t get it anymore, but if you come across it, for goodness sake, get some!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheJestersBeer (2130) - SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2012
Draught, from last existing keg apparently. (Rating #800) Pours a deep, hazy straw, with a white head. Very hoppy, spicy, herbal aroma, Sorachi (?), grapefruit, nettles, yeast, mint, malt. Dry, medium body, high bitterness, balanced CO2. Hoppy, spicy taste, grapefruit, Sorachi, lime peel, yeast, kiwi, mint, tea leaves, bergamot. (2012-05-01)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9437) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6895) - 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.

4.3
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andyhwcinc (1512) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Enjoyed on tap at Acre Restaurant in Chicago, IL as part of a Stone Tap Takeover...may have been my only chance to try this in the Midwest! Appearance a cloudy gold with a rich, creamy white head. Aroma of nice earthy hops, hints of sweetness, definite green tea presence, a touch of caramel malt. Taste is outrageous and just downright rude, just knowing this will be my only chance to try this. At first you’re hit with an abundance of earthy and piney hops, mixed with a citrusy sweetness which makes it a bit fruity, and in the finish the green tea turns everything into an ’ohm’ moment of clarity. As it warms some of the more malty qualities appear, also becomes a little more bitter. Also, no way this tastes like a 9% abv beer, way too smooth for that. Wish this was more readily available.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2824) - Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2011
12 ounce bottle into tulip, unknown bottle date. Pours cloudy orange-amber color with a fairly dense 1-2 fingers of off white head with nice retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Some lacing clings to the side of the glass as well. Aromas of big orange, grapefruit, caramel, pine, and herbal green tea in the background. The green tea definitely takes a back seat in the aromas. Very nice stuff and also quite strong. Taste of huge pine, citrus, caramel, and herbal green tea. Big amount of bitterness on the front and finish; with big citrus and pine hops in the flavor with a small amount of green tea in there as well. It adds a nice new dimension to this, without being overpowering at all. Lingering notes of big citrus, pine, and caramel; with a bit of herbal flavors from the green tea. Some nice balance is present as well, with a nice malt load to counter the fairly strong bitterness. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied. The slightly high carbonation does not detract from its smooth and fairly creamy body and mouthfeel. Alcohol is very nicely hidden, with only a warming on the finish. Very nice drinkability as well for 9.2%. Overall, this is definitely the best stone collab I have had yet. They nailed it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Medium gold with visible yeast suspended in it and a white head. Very "green" aroma, both from the hops and the tea. Smells citrusy with a lot of green tea in the back, slightly sweet, a little floral. Sweet biscuity malt with a lot of green tea coming through in the middle. Gives a very leafy, herby impression. Finishes strongly bitter, resinous, and a bit citrusy. Very nice use of green tea, it melds well with the style. As a big fan of green tea and of IPAS, this beer really hits the spot for me.


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