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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3.2
gorditoabd (637) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2011
12oz. Pour is golden-orange, middling white foam head. Aroma is very faint, almost nothing except a faint hint of herbal sugar sweetness. Taste is oddly muted up front, bitter, but not strongly so... Almost soothing? A milky character pervades throughout the palate, and almost seems to contribute to the understatedness of this beer. ABV exceptionally well hidden, and only starts to come out with the bitter grain finish also typical of unsweetened teas. Interesting, but I’m not sure it’s special.

3.2
beermaker69 (14) - Oceanside, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Not what I was expecting. Stone has gone off the path as of late in my opinion.

3.2
RSRIZZO (2030) - 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 tea’s a little different and the only down fall is the vodka taste on the end.

3.2
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
I wasn’t very impressed with this beer. It does however have a very interesting flavor profile with the green tea. The green tea bring an almost lager-esque middle and finish to the beer as compared to the normal hop forward IPA’s

3.2
bleeng (1691) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2011
12 oz bottle shared at the August 2011 RB tasting. Bright gold and clear. Slight hop nose with unidentified spices. Taste is very dry and bitter, with a nasal hop taste. I didn’t get the tea. Very bitter with alcohol upfront. A little too harsh for me-glad I shared this one.

3.2
djd07 (15541) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle thanks to bleeng. Pours a copper gold with a small off white head that lasts awhile leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is wheat grass and floral hops. Medium mouthfeel with a bitter hop upfront with grass and light hop. A little funky with the alcohol present and a little too bitter.

3.2
nickd717 (4885) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 26, 2011
12oz bottle from Plumpjack. Cloudy dark golden-copper in color with a one-finger yellow head that lasts. Nice hoppy aroma, mainly herbal with spices and some citrus. A bit of green tea. The flavor has a mildly sweet malt base with a substantial green tea aspect and citrus/grapefruit hops. Only medium hop bitterness. Medium-bodied with some spice tingling and soft carbonation. A fairly unique and pretty good beer overall.

3.1
beersearcher (2383) - 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.

3.1
notalush (5922) - Lakewood, 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.

3.1
popery (2231) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 2, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2011 Pours a nice amber that starts sorta cloudy but very fine sediment quickly settles out. Small off-white head. Aroma is pineapple, mango, kiwi, pine resin, honeysuckle, caramel and a very floral green tea note. I wish the green tea was stronger because I’m mostly getting a standard pine resin tinged with tropical fruits and backed up by caramel IPA smell. Taste has more tea presence, but it’s mostly felt as a tannic note in the finish. Otherwise, the flavor is mildly dry with a big pine resin bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty standard for an IPA, except for those tannic edges. It’s a decent DIPA, but I wish that they had tried to push the boundaries a bit more. The green tea flavor is mild compared to the big hop presence.


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