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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taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Cloudy, dark orange, almost tan. First point is wow - the 9+% alcohol is completely hidden unless you’re really trying to look for it. A very tasting beer given its alcohol too. Lots of citrus and grassy flavors and not too bitter.

Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Cloudy orange - may have been clear, except I accidentally dumped the entire load of dregs from the bottom of the bottle. Slight head. Aroma is citric hops and faint tea. Flavor is interesting, gently sweet malts with a strong, but not bitter hop presence - mostly citric, slight spicy and lemon, and then a distinct green tea note on the finish. This worked far, far better than I was expecting, and was actually quite good. Alcohol totally hidden. A rather fantastic beer actually.

alobar (3864) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Pours a cloudy apricot color with a thin white ring for a head. Aroma of pine, hops, tea, and citrus. Citrus flavor with green tea flavor with a moderate hop bitter bite at the end, Medium body with great lacing. This is a great beer!

Boutip (6439) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a great large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of strong floral hops is dominant and very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by strong floral hoppy notes with light bitterness level and a bready malt backbone that is quite solid. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very well brewed and very interesting to drink though I can’t say the tea really made much of a difference atste-wise.

FROTHINGSLOSH (7944) - 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.

obielisa (1) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2011 does not count
Nice dark orange color. Unique flavor with a green tea aftertaste. This beer is very hoppy.

AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Clear amber color/ lasting ivory head. Very nice floral, herbal, fruity, green tea leaf, sweet caramel and marshmallow aromas. medium bodied with soft co2. Hoppy bitter, mildy astringent flavors of pine, florals, herbs, mint, green tea leaf with a honey biscuit malty base-mildly boozy finish--very good.

corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Pours a very hazy golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Earthy, herbal aroma with lots of piny, grassy hops and green tea along with a pale malt character. Slightly spicy hop presence but mostly soily/earthy with pine needle and grass. The green tea adds an herbal/vegetal presence but never overpowers the hops. Chewy medium body with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that linger over the green tea character and pale malt backbone into a slightly sweet, dry finish. Strong alcohol heat in the back end hurts drinkability. Slightly spicy with lots of sticky, dry hops that give of a strong soil/pine character. This is countered by subtle sweetness and a herbal/medicinal/vegetal presence from the tea. Again, I was expecting the green tea to overpower bu it provides balance without taking away from the hops. Pale malt backbone with hints of toffee and biscuit. But this beer is all about the hops. I was excited to try this one but was a little skeptical going in. Thankfully it was well balanced and the hops remained the star. A bit too hot in the finish fir my liking but still enjoyable.

beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Pours hazy golden with a thin white head and a nice halo around the top of the beer. Nice bright sweet grapefruity aroma with a hint of pine. Strong thick sweet caramel backbone in there as well. Nicely mild bitterness on the palate with a good caramel backbone to give the hops a good platform to work from. I don’t really seem to pick up on any tea in there. If there is any, it’s too mild to really get much from it.

Nimrod979 (212) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2011
This bottle pours an awesome opaque orange with a medium sized white head. Mostly citrusy grapefruit aromas with some piney resinous hops and herbal green tea notes in there as well. Plenty of big juicy hops for plenty of bold flavors. Citrusy sweetness and piney bitterness create an awesome blend of flavors. Herbal green tea flavors linger in the background and become more pronounced as the beer warms and also prevalent in the finish. Medium bodied. Somewhat sticky texture. Goes down way too easy for a 9.2% ABV beer. Love the long bitter hoppy finish accentuated by the green tea. Only complaint would be that I would have liked to gotten a stronger green tea flavor.

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