Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Cavery:
3.2/5 rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
12oz bottle shared with Klym.
Poured into Stone Nonics.
A: Orange tinted ciders with quite a few floaties. A respectable 1 and a half finger head. Micro fiber white soap sud film covers the top of the beer. Large pulpy floaties stick in the glass, giving the appearance of unfiltered orange zested jello.
S: A really strange phenolic/plastic note where I am taken to the realm of light sunscreens. There's a bit of an off chemical component tot he nose that gives me the shakes. Potent hops ages on some orange rinds. An aged tea smell that takes me to dry hopped composts. Funky, but enough hops beats out most of the off citrus cleaner notes.
T: A slight taste of nori that gives into dry hops. Very mellow flavors that are a relief from the harsher nose. I get a really nice transitional flavor of seaweed fining towards spiced camomile green teas. Some coriander and green tea blends with the hops for an unusual and pleasant linger. The notes of chemical cleaners are realized to be closer to teas in the flavor.
M: I think this mouth is a bit tricky, in that the perception of the flavor will make you believe it to be one end of the spectrum or the other. If you get more tea than chemicals out of the flavor notes, then you will think it to be fuller-bodied. But for me, I see this as a very watery light body for a DIPA. The alcohol doesn't give a heavy wetness, but I suspect that the difficulty of integrating the tea flavor into the beer made for a compromise in the mouth. It is very tea like, but perhaps so much so that it's a compromise to the IPA style.
O: There are some decent unusual flavors here, but I have to believe the ingredients made this a difficult brewing process. The mouth-feel didn't quite make the cut. Even the tea itself came off a bit too funky and mellowing. It was almost like there was a discrepancy in the age of the teas and the age of the hops. The tea seemed to carry more flavors of its container than it did its leaves. The combination of hops and teas did save the flavor a bit, as they made for a nice juxtaposition. This was an interesting experiment, but there isn't enough here to encourage me to seek a refill.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2011 20:02:39 | More by Cavery
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