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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2011
12oz. Pour is golden-orange, middling white foam head. Aroma is very faint, almost nothing except a faint hint of herbal sugar sweetness. Taste is oddly muted up front, bitter, but not strongly so... Almost soothing? A milky character pervades throughout the palate, and almost seems to contribute to the understatedness of this beer. ABV exceptionally well hidden, and only starts to come out with the bitter grain finish also typical of unsweetened teas. Interesting, but Iím not sure itís special.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
beermaker69 (14) - Oceanside, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Not what I was expecting. Stone has gone off the path as of late in my opinion.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RSRIZZO (1871) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a Shaker at 45į. Color is a hazy gold with very good carbonation and a rocky head. Aroma of fresh hops and a touch of tea. Medium body that gives a smooth fizzy mouth feel. Flavor is a rich sweet taste, hops, citrus and green tea with a bold bitterness on the end. In the after taste the tea stands out with a vodka like taste. Overall its not a bad IPA, the teaís a little different and the only down fall is the vodka taste on the end.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
I wasnít very impressed with this beer. It does however have a very interesting flavor profile with the green tea. The green tea bring an almost lager-esque middle and finish to the beer as compared to the normal hop forward IPAís

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bleeng (1548) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2011
12 oz bottle shared at the August 2011 RB tasting. Bright gold and clear. Slight hop nose with unidentified spices. Taste is very dry and bitter, with a nasal hop taste. I didnít get the tea. Very bitter with alcohol upfront. A little too harsh for me-glad I shared this one.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3970) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3587) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 26, 2011
12oz bottle from Plumpjack. Cloudy dark golden-copper in color with a one-finger yellow head that lasts. Nice hoppy aroma, mainly herbal with spices and some citrus. A bit of green tea. The flavor has a mildly sweet malt base with a substantial green tea aspect and citrus/grapefruit hops. Only medium hop bitterness. Medium-bodied with some spice tingling and soft carbonation. A fairly unique and pretty good beer overall.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (8005) - MŲlndal, 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2011
(bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2, sampled 8/5/11). Cloudy copper color with small particles suspended. Small off white head. Moderate citrus aroma and flavor, with light tea/earthiness. Avg duration. Moderate dry finish, with light bitterness. Thin/slick texture. Soft carbonation. Spare lacing.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arondee (586) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Pours an hazy orange color with a nice white head. Aroma is oranges, tea, and herbs. The taste is so incredibly dry I canít stand it, unsweetened green tea, some alcohol, hops, and herbs. Iím not a fan at all and I was pretty excited for this one.


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