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


on tap


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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!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14619) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Bottle from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Pours hazy amber gold with a creamy/foamy near white head. Aroma is spicy herb over light caramel. Med+ body. Flavor is actually suggestive of tea, and not that black fermented stuff, but it is more spicy and floral/citrus. With a slight pause a herbal tea sort of flavor kicks in. Theres a lot going on - its like a revolving flavor palate. In the end I think its identifiably tea as the major flavor component. How strange this is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14066) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Bottle poured a cloudy golden amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of green tea, lemon, bread and light straw. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of green tea, biscuit, lemon and light straw with a crisp dry modereatly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (5442) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 1, 2011
Initial hit of green tea, but then beer fades into a regular IIPA, though not all that great of an IIPA. Decent herbal and citrusy notes, but overall a bit cloying and not so well balanced. A bit too sweet for my liking too. Not bad, but hardly outstanding, but at least it is for a good cause.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alphadelic (2202) - 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 its 9.2%, which makes it a little dangerous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crackedmachine (479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Pours a very hazy golden-orange with a thick white head. Other than a hint of green tea, the hoppy citrus aroma is similar to a Stone IPA. Very bitter and boozy upfront before the pine, herbal and tea flavors really kick in. Im also detecting a little bit of peach. Enjoyable and worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Bottle with Carla. Pours a hazy orange with white foam. Smells citrusy and lightly bitter with a hint of green tea. Tastes quite bitter with citrus notes and ends mildly with lemon and green tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RSRIZZO (1973) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a Shaker at 45. 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 teas a little different and the only down fall is the vodka taste on the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2011
12oz bottle courtesy of tim for sending this to me as a bonus...... pours a somewhat medium hazy apricot orange brown and topped with a skimpy quickly dissipating soapy white head.... aroma of tangerine and citrus upfront as well as some strong phenolic earthy tones to go right along beside it. a bit on the sweet side as far as the scent goes... flavors are earthy, quite bitter, with some added orange citrusy hop notes. alcohol and extreme bitterness through the middle and finish which as a whole, makes it seem quite abrasive. medium to full bodied. becomes quite medicinal as i work my way through the glass. tough to drink, pretty astringent all around. dont think i would opt for this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (3018) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Actually really liked this one. Murky, honey pour with a 1/2 inch soapy white head that left some cobwebs. Aroma of freshly cut grass, leafy, citrus, and a bit of herbs. Didnt really have a tea-infused flavor but perhaps the addition softened the sharp bite of the hops. Got the hop flavors but not the eye-crossing bitterness. Medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
adnielsen (10580) - 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 thats ok but not all that impressive.

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