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: 284   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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Terminus (3686) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2011
bottle-pours hazy chunky orange with a small fizzy head around the rim of the glass. nose of sweet alcohol, herbal tea notes (but seems more from the hops than the malts), and lots of sweet sugary notes. hmm, doesnt really come across that much of an ipa on the nose, more like a spiced belgian with some hops. flavors are fussel alcohol, sweet, medicinal, lite pine, herbal tea notes, but very unpleasant. the green tea really hits the tounge on the finish, like a herbal/green hop would but still becomes really astringent. very dry long into the finish. novel idea that went wrong. I think i will give away my other bottle.

48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
12 oz bottle. Orange tint to the pour with a nice white head and nice lacing. Nose is very much hops and herbs. Taste has both front and back end hop bitterness and some spicy back end heat. Nothing that tastes remotely like green tea.

brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
A: The pour is a light orange color with a big white head. S: The nose on this is just flat out unpleasant. There is a strong aroma of onions, vegetables, body odor, and feet. There is some tea, but it’s not very strong. A bit of grapefruit peel and some fake lemon. T: There is a lot of bready malt flavor to the beer with a decent amount of hops. The hop flavors aren’t all that enjoyable, though. I pick up some lemons, onions, a mild pine, and just a bit of bitterness. M: The body is medium with a medium to high carbonation. O: I wanted to like this as it is for a good cause, but it just missed the mark.

Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
From a bottle,golden in color,white head,hoppy,clear, medium bitterness, light body, slick feel, bitter, I would buy this again.

Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
This needs to be moved to the Double IPA category. Pours a mostly clear deep golden orange with a frothy off white head. The tea character is very minimal. Herbal and resiny hops. A bit boozy in the finish.

skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Pours a cooper orange with a small head which fades quickly. aroma is of citrus hops, wet hay, herbs, and some earthyness. flavor is of citrus and tropical fruit hops up front, with herbal and earthty notes, and some tea in the background. 9.2 abv is well hidden, has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry bitter finnish. overall, a good, unique IPA, and most likly stone’s best collaberation yet.

soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2011
I like this beer! The taste like the aroma has fruit notes. The green tea comes through and compliments the slight hop taste. It seems that the green tea was fruit or something. Very nice thank you stone and best wishes to Japan

beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Sampled on 7/17/2011. This India Pale Ale pours a cloudy orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with decent lacing and good retention. The aroma is green tea, fruity and citrusy. A medium bodied IPA. The malts are fruity, caramel and sweet. The tea flavor is very evident. The hops are citrusy and piney. Very lively carbonation. Nice balance between the tea, malts and hops. The tae flavor shows up more at the finish. Rally hides the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange-copper, darker than I expected, with lots of visible carbonation. Aroma is pine with green tea. Taste is a little all over the place but predominately hops (citrus, resin). Green tea is most prevalent in lingering aftertaste.

beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Aroma is light hops with some tea notes breaking through. Very tannic. alcohol is pretty prevalent to me. pours a lovely orange color. some citrus notes. the tea and hops do seem to be fighting each other rather than complimenting.

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