Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA 10.1% (2015)

Formerly brewed at Stone Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Escondido, California USA
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
Our style of brewing has always been about taking chances. It’s an extension of our “what-if” mentality, wherein we ask ourselves what would happen if we did things di­fferently in the brewhouse, such as fermenting with a di­fferent strain of yeast or, in the case of this beer, incorporating whole-leaf green tea imported from Japan. The answer, embodied in this IPA when we first released it in 2011, was something truly magnificent, delicious and well worth brewing again. But what if we changed it up a bit? This time around, we exchanged Pacifica hops from New Zealand for Helga hops from Australia. The result is an IPA that’s as bright, herbaceous and bitingly hoppy as the one that’s had our fans requesting its return ever since its depletion from store shelves, but with a modern, hop-driven twist that makes this second draft unique and tasty in its own right.

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robforbes (2312) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2018
Pours a hazy yellow with a very large off-white head, and very good lacing. Smell is of tea, hops, and some citrus. Taste is of green tea, hops, caramel, and malt. Ends thick and bitter.

Lonick (2537) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 2, 2017
Bottle @home (rating backlog). Pours yellow, golden, slight haze, white head. Nose is citrus, tea, green tea, floral. Taste is green tea, bitter finish, fruity. A touch thin.

HogTownHarry (7466) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUL 25, 2017
March 12, 2015 - with blankboy, gregclow, jercraigs and mabel - bomber. Clear amber-gold with a large foamy/frothy off-white head. Big hit of booze in the aroma - very sweet, and a bit lactic/harsh. Taste is also mostly alcohol, with tea-bitterness, vanilla and yeah, sweet. Thick, syrupy, weakly carbonated - long fairly nasty sugary tea-bitter boozy finish. Nossir - did not like it.

jgb9348 (6780) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2016
Slightly hazy golden and copper coloured body with a nice, two centimetre tall off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, light earthy hops with a touch of tea and a lot of floral elements. Full-bodied; Rich malt flavour with some good alchol flavours, some rice and grain and a big dose of piney and floral hop characteristics. Aftertaste is rich and grainy with some tea and floral flavours and finishes with alcohol, rich malt and a piney and resinous note. Overall, a nice and rich beer with some good flavours and showing a smooth and floral bite that lingers indefinitely. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased a few hours ago at Grape Vine in Sterling Heights, Michigan on 09-December-2016 for US$7,99 sampled at home in Dearborn, Michigan on 09-December-2016.

Prue (33) - Havre de Grace, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2016
citrus, herbs, golden, hazy, minimal head, medium sweetness, very bitter, full body, lively,

Bricks (1179) - Delaware, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Nice looking beer, golden yellow/brown.. but almost no head. Smell is great.. hops, malt, fruit, sweet. Taste is pretty awesome, you get the green tea right away.. with the sweet fruity malt and hops. It’s almost overly sweet though and a bit fizzy on the palate. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great beer.

Viper666 (3290) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment : Dégustée en fût au Farmhouse Tap & Grill (Burlington, VT), le 5/9/2015.
Visuel : Couleur : dorée-orangée. Apparence : légèrement voilée.
Arôme : Houblon floral, herbeux (thé, menthe), fruité (agrumes), aux notes épicées, résineuses et citriques, malt sucré
Goût : En entrée de bouche : Goût plutôt amer de houblon floral, herbeux, moyennement fruité (agrumes), légèrement résineux et épicé, présent toute la gorgée. Un support de malt sucré et de pain sucré est également présent avec un goût de thé vert, de bonbon à la menthe et d’alcool herbacé.
En bouche : Corps : moyen. Effervescence : moyenne. Texture : moyennement huileuse. Finale : longue aux notes sèches, composée d’une moyenne amertume d’alcool, de houblon herbeux, floral, aux notes résineuses et fruitées avec un léger goût de thé asséchant.

radagast83 (8889) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle. Poured a golden yellow color with some light hazy golden yellow color with a white head. Aroma was light herbal hop notes, light resin, green tea comes through. Interesting.

glennmastrange (2979) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle. Light to moderate roasted grain for the malt, moderate herbs and grapefruit for the hops, light soap and dried leaves for the yeast, with a big dose of green tea. Head is small, frothy, white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear medium amber. Flavor starts faintly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is medium, slick with a lively carbonation and a very dry finish. An unusually refreshing and crisp DIPA with a cleansing finish.

tderoeck (11163) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2016
26/XII/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Tim’s 1st Second Christmas Day Tasting - BB: n/a (2015-1794) Thanks to sebletitje for sharing the bottle!

Clear orange beer, creamy solid yellow head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very malty, sweet malts, some honey, funky, bit sugary. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: pretty spicy, sweet, quite some tea noticeable, bit sugary, soft bitterness. Aftertaste: more tea, spicy, sweet, hint of exotic fruits. Very complex and interesting.

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