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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3645) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a lasting ivory head, with some lacing, over a dark gold (SRM 6) particle laden body.....nose is light pine, light citrus, .....taste is toffee/caramel to start, then pine, resin, citrus, with herbal tones, finishing with moderate sweet bitterness and light astringency .....mouth feel medium and slightly sticky, alcohol hidden, carbonation low. This is a reasonable example of an IIPA/DIPA. The tea is hidden in the spice, bitterness and herbal qualities of the hops. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Pour from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at a local store. Color of this beer is gold orange with a nice white head. Hops, grass, and an earthiness to the nose. some solid citrus flavors of lemon, tangerine, and orange. good blast of bitter hops in the mid palate. The finish is quite dry and astringent and bitter. The green tea adds to this dry finish in my book. OK beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2011
(12oz bottle from El Cerrito Market). Pours a cloudy golden color with lots of floaties (tea?) and thin white head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma has citrus (orange and mango), pine, and some earthy characteristics. Taste is sweet with some citrus (orange) and herbal notes coming through with a soft bitterness. Medium bodied with a chewy mouthfeel. Bitter finish. This beer had lots of fresh orange (and peel) to go with the herbaciousness of the tea. I just noticed the abv. It hides the alcohol well imo. A unique brew, for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2445) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a murky amber cornelian color with a small white head. The aroma is funky with a good dose of spiced green tea and some caramel. The flavor is bitter citrusy IPA blended with roasted tea leaves. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes medium in duration, dry and clean. Overall: The first time that I had this i drank a warm one, and it was awful. Since then I have drank two more that are properly chilled and this is really quite appealing, but its not for everyone, only tea fans will get this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
12oz bottle from Bottleworks. Pours a light orange tinged amber with thin off white head. A lot of carbonation evident in the glass. Aroma is full of piney, citrus hops...somewhere between Stones IPA and their Ruination in terms of assertiveness. The green tea is hard to pick out in the nose but their is something vaguely herbal in there. Taste is sharp with big chewy hops. The green tea does surface late on the palette and adds an interesting leafiness to the profile. Not a perfect marriage of flavours, more like Katy Perry and Russell of one and fans of the other will probably not agree on the appeal of both together. Its an odd mixture but it doesnt entirely fail either since I think the IPA that underpins this is of high quality. Booze is well worked in. Finish is bitter with more leafy tea notes. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5853) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2011
12 ounce bottle - a green tea double IPA? - sure, why the fuck not? - hazy glowing orange - thick, sudsy lace - nose is mostly the dank, piney, thick hoppiness you expect from Stone - nice aromatics, though - flavor explodes with grapefruit and pine - intense bitterness - the tea come in late, and fairly strong, making the beer taste more like a can of hoppy Arizona Iced Tea - dry, bitter finish, with quit a bit of alcohol presence - messy, but okay.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Bottle from Barons Market RB: Golden color with a small off-white head and some floating yeast. Floral, herbal aroma. Light sweet tropical fruit start followed by some light citrus and a smooth and lingering light citrus bitter finish with a hint of tea. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. More sweetness than bitterness for an IPA, but a very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2011
[Bottle] Lightly clouded golden hue, good head formation. Hoppy, citrussy, piney aroma, very similar to the original IPA but with a touch more herbal, perfumy complexity. Malt profile is minimal, hops are big offering plenty of peppery spice and grapefruit citrus. The tea is really noticeable about 1/3 of the way in before the big hoppy finish. I was hugely intrigued by this beer especially since I always thought Stone IPA had a flavored tea character to it. Its definitely interesting but the tea takes away more than it adds to. But still another good beer and a few cents sent off to Japan too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a muddy golden hued body and a large, foamy, slightly green tinged off-white head. Aromas are a bit dank, tropical fruit hoppy, a bit herbal as well. Slight green tea ice cream nose, a hint of pine. Minimal esters, minimal malt profile, a bit of fusel. Flavors of are bitter, a bit tannic. An odd grassy flavor towards the finish. Lemon, grassy, herbal, lightly fruity (berries maybe?). Odd hopping, lingering bitterness. Medium to lively bubbles. Some alcohol. Perhaps a bit messy.

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