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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPABaird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

791 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 791
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 80
Gots: 98 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 07-10-2011

2011 version is 9.2%
2015 version is 10.1%

2011 used NZ pacifica hops
2015 used AU helga hops
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4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutHunter
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Baird/Ishii/Stone's Japanese Green Tea IPA last week at The Lager Mill. I missed out on the first release of this beer and I made sure not to do the same with this release, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a teku.

A- The bottle looks good, it's got some good information on it and a nice design, I think a little eye catching. IT poured a hazy golden orange color that took on more of amber orange color when when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I don't have any complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and impart a mixture of citrus rind hops and green hops with no single one sticking out the most and it's followed by a nice lemon like aroma. Up next comes the green tea which really shows up and it imparts a big herbal tea aroma that smells just like green tea and there's a little bit of leather and slight pipe tobacco showing up in the background. This beer had a nice aroma that lives up to the name, but I'm not sure the hop worked as well with hops as I had hoped.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and it imparts the same hop profile that it did in the aroma with the green hops showing up the most this time. Up next comes that same lemon aspect that I got in the aroma and it goes right into a little bit of malts with some sweet malts and pale malts aromas coming through. Up next comes the green tea which imparts the same big green tea aspect that they did in the aroma. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a lingering green tea and green hop aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I thought green hops and green onion flavors clashed with the tea flavors a little.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, not too refreshing, medium bodied with a pretty low amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it was a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, but in the end I thought it could be better, I found that the hop profile in this beer is very similar to a lot of other Stone beers and it had that heavy green hop and green onion aspect to it and when it came down to it it seemed like those hop flavors clashed with the green tea and I think it would be interesting to see what this beer would be like if the hop profile had more of citrus rind and tropical fruit aspects. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little crisp, not too refreshing, not too filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention and half the bottle is enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the green tea aspect, it really showed up and it tasted just like green tea. What I like the least about this beer was the hop profile, I think it needed some work and it clashed with the green tea. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it was nice to try, but it isn't something I feel the need to revisit anytime soon. I can't say I would recommend this beer, but if your a big fan of those green hop and green tea then this is worth trying. All in all I didn't hate this beer, but I didn't love it either, it pretty much feel right in the middle and that mainly because of the hops clashing with the tea and the drinkability. It's not a favorite from this brewery and it's not a favorite tea beer. I appreciate the effort, but this beer didn't turn out to be as good as I thought it would be, better luck next time guys.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of c00ller
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was really excited to try this after learning that it was made in the past (only once!) with good reception.

Refrigerated for about an hour prior to pouring into tulip glass.
Appearance: Honey colored with a beautiful, full frothy head
Aroma: Hmm.. not really smelling much, if any, tea. Just some strong, fresh hops
Taste: Matcha (green tea) is strong up front, followed by the hops. Afterwards my breath tastes like matcha... awesome
Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost creamy? Carbonation is medium
Overall: The "Green Tea" is not a gimmick; it is not subtle, it is really there and the drink indeed lives up to the name. It's a special IPA for sure. While not for everyone, no one who doesn't like green tea wouldn't try it anyway...

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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: AMAZING head with perfect retention and lacing. Just a chunky, frothy, mess of head. Beautiful to look at. the head alone is worth the price of the beer.

Nose: Tea, slightly astringent, bit of green/fresh hops. A tiny bit of malt at the end. Lots of green tea.

Taste: Tea right up front. A heavy tea as well...which has been steeped for a while. Some dry hop bitterness and tea astringency in the middle with a finish of hop citrus and pine. Malt is very well balanced to round everything off. This beer is very well put together.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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