Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA 9.2% (2011)

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

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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.4
beerelephant (12) - California, USA - OCT 4, 2011
This is the 3rd one I’ve had of these and I’m still amazed I like a green tea IPA. This brew gets better the further you get down the bottle. Starts off smelling and tasting like a Stone IPA with green tea. Duh, right? But then, as it warms and wanders further along, you really start getting to the good. Mandarin oranges, plum, sweet tangy malt, and just the right amount of hop bitterness. Other than the fact that this beer supports Japan’s tsunami relief efforts, the most impressive thing about this IPA is the sake notes. I don’t know how they did it, or whether it was intentional, but it fits the bill perfectly. This review is an after the fact, since you probably can’t get it anymore, but if you come across it, for goodness sake, get some!

4.4
TheJestersBeer (2431) - SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2012
Draught, from last existing keg apparently. (Rating #800) Pours a deep, hazy straw, with a white head. Very hoppy, spicy, herbal aroma, Sorachi (?), grapefruit, nettles, yeast, mint, malt. Dry, medium body, high bitterness, balanced CO2. Hoppy, spicy taste, grapefruit, Sorachi, lime peel, yeast, kiwi, mint, tea leaves, bergamot. (2012-05-01)

4.3
daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Cloudy deep gold pour. Sweet malt, resinous hops and certain green tea notes. Great mix of caramel malt, tea and hops. Love it.

4.3
sebletitje (10475) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2011
Draft @ Stone vs. Moeder event, Moder Lambic, Brussels. Que faire quand le meillleur du Japon en tant que brasseries convergent pour brasser avec le meilleur des US? Une IPA aux saveurs envoutantes de thé vert. Bièere orangée, brumeuse ayant un aspect de teinte différentes dans le verre dans une sorte de déclinaison avec un nuage de protéines dans le verre. Col jaunâtre, épais. Arôme fruité et tropical, herbacé où l’on ressent superbement bien les feuilles de thé vert écrasées. En bouche, houblon et levure et avec toujours cette épaisseur de thé vert, allant vers du matcha bouilli et d’épinard et poudre verte. Note fruité aussi à noter, surement du houblon, et donnant un note d’abricot avec un léger fini épicé. Une IPA? je me lance pour dire, une saison japonaise dont on redemande.

4.3
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.

4.2
MSardina1 (2) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 27, 2011 does not count
Lots of sediment in my bottle...but also, not super fresh since i have sat on the bottle...smell is amazing...flowery hops with spicier notes of green tea and jasmine...tastes fantastic with just a touch of alcohol at 9.2% overall a great collab from stone & co

4.2
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Appearance: Murky orange with moderate off-white head. It was clear at first as I was careful with the crazy yeast/tea/whatever sediment, but once I decided the sediment tasted good, I mixed it in. Aroma: Odd funky citrus with a strong herbal quality from the green tea. The aroma is a little Belgian-like. Taste: Interesting mix of citrus (grapefruit, orange) and green tea. Not much malt backbone that I can detect. Finish is slightly bitter, but very herbal and tea-like. Palate: Moderate carbonation with a surprisingly light body for a DIPA. Odd, but dry finish. Overall: Simple and unique, but very refreshing and dangerously drinkable. Definitely impressed.

4.2
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.

4.2
Peacehammer (627) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours a nice orange/gold. Strong aroma of fresh hops. Some tea characteristics in the background. Hides the alcohol well.

4.2
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2012
A - Pours a very cloudy golden-orange color with a thin finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace. S - Aroma is a mix of lemon, grapefruit, and floral hops with some sweet lightly bready malt, green tea, and a bit of candi sugar. T - Starts off with a mix of lemon and grapefruit hops with some bitterness with some sweet, lightly bready malts, and a bit of green tea. Through the middle, some floral and pine hops come through with some more bitterness and some more green tea flavor and a bit of sweet candi sugar. The finish is a mix of sweet candi sugar, citrus and tropical hops, bitterness, and green tea. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish. D - Very drinkable. Really nice hop profile from start to end with a good amount of bitterness throughout. I also really like the green tea flavor.


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