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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Bottle from kegs and barrels. Pours a cloudy dull amber with a thin white head. The aromas are citrus, grass, green tea and bread. The mouthfeel is dry and bitter with a medium body. This was a great beer combination! Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MSardina1 (2) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 27, 2011 does not count
Lots of sediment in my bottle...but also, not super fresh since i have sat on the bottle...smell is amazing...flowery hops with spicier notes of green tea and jasmine...tastes fantastic with just a touch of alcohol at 9.2% overall a great collab from stone & co

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Appearance: Murky orange with moderate off-white head. It was clear at first as I was careful with the crazy yeast/tea/whatever sediment, but once I decided the sediment tasted good, I mixed it in. Aroma: Odd funky citrus with a strong herbal quality from the green tea. The aroma is a little Belgian-like. Taste: Interesting mix of citrus (grapefruit, orange) and green tea. Not much malt backbone that I can detect. Finish is slightly bitter, but very herbal and tea-like. Palate: Moderate carbonation with a surprisingly light body for a DIPA. Odd, but dry finish. Overall: Simple and unique, but very refreshing and dangerously drinkable. Definitely impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obielisa (1) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2011 does not count
Nice dark orange color. Unique flavor with a green tea aftertaste. This beer is very hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours a nice orange/gold. Strong aroma of fresh hops. Some tea characteristics in the background. Hides the alcohol well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle @ RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift. Good hop aroma. Hoppy as hell but with a really good perfumed flavour. Good flavours. Good hops on end. One of the beers of the day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2012
A - Pours a very cloudy golden-orange color with a thin finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace. S - Aroma is a mix of lemon, grapefruit, and floral hops with some sweet lightly bready malt, green tea, and a bit of candi sugar. T - Starts off with a mix of lemon and grapefruit hops with some bitterness with some sweet, lightly bready malts, and a bit of green tea. Through the middle, some floral and pine hops come through with some more bitterness and some more green tea flavor and a bit of sweet candi sugar. The finish is a mix of sweet candi sugar, citrus and tropical hops, bitterness, and green tea. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish. D - Very drinkable. Really nice hop profile from start to end with a good amount of bitterness throughout. I also really like the green tea flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1963) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Muddy orange with good, creamy, off-white head / Nose of citrus, cut pine, and bubblegum / Medium body, moderately biting hops, with excellent balance and bitter finish / Muted but fat flavors of orange, green tea, pineapple, caramel, and cut pine / Very good, but lacks the bold, bright, flavors I would expect of a Stone ipa.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - AUG 27, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2011 Tracked this down thanks to Dixonian. Finding out who was carrying it in the Dallas/Fort Worth area was a fun chore. It had a pleasant floral and hoppy aroma, but I couldn’t smell the tea as much as I’d hoped to. The appearance had the strong gold color of an IPA with lots of floating particulates that I suppose come from the tea. The taste had some medium-strength forward hops with a subtle aftertaste containing the green tea bitterness, but overall is lighter than a typical IPA. A tasty and interesting IPA in many ways. Definitely worth the hunt!

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