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. 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. harrisoni (19557) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle @ RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift. Good hop aroma. Hoppy as hell but with a really good perfumed flavour. Good flavours. Good hops on end. One of the beers of the day. 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. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Muddy orange with good, creamy, off-white head / Nose of citrus, cut pine, and bubblegum / Medium body, moderately biting hops, with excellent balance and bitter finish / Muted but fat flavors of orange, green tea, pineapple, caramel, and cut pine / Very good, but lacks the bold, bright, flavors I would expect of a Stone ipa.
MikeMoriendi (74) - Boynton Beach, USA - AUG 22, 2011
I poured the beer into my Stone pint glass and it arrives a very cloudy golden color. There is a very thin white head on top but it is gone in seconds. No real signs of lacing on the glass.
As you would expect from Stone the nose is full of big hops. They smell amazingly fresh and full of citrus. I get a very slight hint of the tea in there but the hops seem to gobble it all up.
Now there is the green tea. The taste is a nice balanced mixed of the same citrus hops but with some nice bitterness of green tea. The bitterness lingers for a little bit afterward but I find it very pleasant. A slight malt backing to it really brings things together in this beer. high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - AUG 27, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2011 Tracked this down thanks to Dixonian. Finding out who was carrying it in the Dallas/Fort Worth area was a fun chore.
It had a pleasant floral and hoppy aroma, but I couldn’t smell the tea as much as I’d hoped to. The appearance had the strong gold color of an IPA with lots of floating particulates that I suppose come from the tea. The taste had some medium-strength forward hops with a subtle aftertaste containing the green tea bitterness, but overall is lighter than a typical IPA.
A tasty and interesting IPA in many ways. Definitely worth the hunt! jcos (1855) - Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Location/Date:Bottle on August 29th, 2011.NachlamSie (3600) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange.
Aroma: Aroma is somewhat light, slightly floral probably from the tea, a little grassy.
Taste: Some bitterness from the warrior hops, then the aramis hop and dry hop makes it very interesting.
Palate: Surprisingly light for an IPA.
Summary: A very interesting and different IPA I may only be able to try once.
Bottle(s) at Cape Fear Beer. This beer is awesome. It pours a cloudy orange with good white head. There is PNW aroma all over this one. Lots of citrus and pine. The flavor is spot on. This is the perfect example of how to incorporate herbs in a beer. The green tea is tasteful, just adds a nice layer of complexity to to the malt and melds impeccably well with the intense bitterness. This finishes herbal, dank and semi-dry. In a word, really damn tasty. ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 10, 2011
on tap at Tony’s Darts Away in Burbank. Really surprised by this beer, very unique. Aroma is a great blend of pungent IPA/hops with earthy aromatic tea. Somewhat cloudy and very gorgeous finger foam head. Taste is very fascinating; a workable blend of big hops and soothing tea. I’m a fan of Stone and didn’t have high hopes for this, but wow, its really good!