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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7373) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is cloudy dark yellow to light amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, apricot), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. What exactly was the point of this? Green tea is subtle enough a beverage by itself, so with the boatload of hops in this, it’s effectively nonexistent. Ultimately just another one-dimensional hop bomb.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a chill hazed copper/amber golden with plenty of floaties and a decent head. Nose is pretty bland really, sweet caramel maltiness, some slight dank hop aromas, some earthiness that I am guessing is coming from the green tea I presume. The flavors are muddled...sweet, boarding on syrupy, grainy caramel, a earthiness from the green tea that never came together for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Bottle shared by the one and only mtjoseph. Pour is golden in color with a small white head. Tons of floaties. Tons of orange and grapefruit in the aroma. Not really any tea presence, though. Taste is sweet and malty with a small spot of green tea mid palate. Bitter grapefruit towards the finish. Orange also appears. Medium body, slightly sticky. Stone’s ipas just don’t do it for me, and this one is the same. Plus, there is very little tea present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
12oz bottle. Hazy deep gold-to-orange color with lots of visible, chunky sediment. Medium white head at first, with poor retention, receding into zero foam. Floral and citric hops and green tea in the aroma, with a light, clean alcohol burn and underlying maris otter toasty maltiness. Herbal and spicy flavor with the tea coming out more and lending a light astringency in the finish. Sweetness is just enough to carry everything, and alcohol dries out the finish and becomes noticeable in the tongue. A little medicinal in the aftertaste, which I’m not a big fan of. The body is manageable but I could use some more carbonation, as it’s on the low side. Overall, an interesting concept that could be explored further, perhaps with a lower gravity beer, but I think this attempt missed the mark a little in the finishing of the beer. Lose the chunks and up the carbonation and that would be a good start. Draught was/is probably better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Poured a pretty dark urine color and had a hop heavy nose. In the mouth though, it was much to astringent and the addition og green tea was overpowered by the hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6846) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2011
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 From the 11/2011 3R6P tasting. +++Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very murky apricot color with a trace white head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was tart orange, lemon, bread and kiwi. The flavor was bitter with tangy and sour nut, peach pits, citrus, tea and pepper. The finish was incredibly long and very bitter with sourdough bread and pepper notes. Fairly full bodied. Odd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Bottle @ home. Somewhat hazy, yellow-orange appearance with a foamy, white head. Herbal, faint tea, moderately piney, dank hoppy nose. Kind of a weird organic, herbal, piney, dank, lightly citrus hoppy flavor with most of the tea on the finish. Green tea, piney, dank aftertaste. Weird brew that’s ok but not all that impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a 2 finger thick white head. The nose is caramel and citrus. The taste is earthy hops, bitter citrus rind, grapefruit and booze. Medium bodied. Not digging this one – too boozy and unbalanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Great idea and cause, mediocre beer. Grabbed 2 bottles drink one gave away the other. I got more must than tea notes in the nose and taste. I loved the concept, perhaps my expectations killed the experience for me...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (14149) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 4, 2011
Bottle (RBESGG2011, Grand Tasting)
In simple terms, a pale lagery aroma. Retronasals remind me of alcohol. Body is bitter. There’s a nice tingle of hops. but the whole things says nothing to me.

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