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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

1,309 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,309
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 101
Gots: 260 | FT: 4
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

Our style of brewing has always been about taking chances. It’s an extension of our “what-if” mentality, wherein we ask ourselves what would happen if we did things differently in the brewhouse, such as fermenting with a different strain of yeast or, in the case of this beer, incorporating whole-leaf green tea imported from Japan. The answer, embodied in this IPA when we first released it in 2011, was something truly magnificent, delicious and, as proven by the reissued edition you hold in your hand in 2015, worth brewing again. But what if we changed it? Yes, it’s riskier to change something most people thought to be liquid perfection, including our two-time collaborators Bryan Baird of Japan’s Baird Brewing Company and Toshi Ishii, a former Stone brewer and the founder of Guam’s Ishii Brewing Co., but we’ve found that, when approached with cautious curiosity and logic-driven creativity, reward often follows such risk. So, in bringing this IPA back to life, we followed the same recipe developed four years ago, but exchanged Pacifica hops from New Zealand, a hop-growing region that was becoming popular in 2011, for Helga hops from Australia, an area with a burgeoning botanical scene right now. The result is an IPA that’s as bright, herbaceous and bitingly hoppy as the one that’s had our fans requesting its return ever since its depletion from store shelves, but with a modern, hop-driven twist that makes this second draft unique and tasty in its own right.

2011 version is 9.2%
2015 version is 10.1%

2011 used NZ pacifica hops
2015 used AU helga hops
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,309 | Reviews: 502
Reviews by ajpadre:
Photo of ajpadre
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome summer IPA. Stone couldn't have picked a better time to release it.

The nose is a typical IPA, herbs, pine needles.

But the initial taste is slight roasted barley, followed by a very light (at least for Stone's reputation) bitter hoppy flavor. The green tea is actually hard to find amongst the various hops used.

The green tea only slightly comes in on the back of the pallet, after the rest of the flavors have come and gone. The alcohol content is suprising, as a 9.2% ABV, it drinks like a 5%.

This will satisfy many pallets, between hop heads and lighter beer drinkers. Overall a great summer beer you can enjoy with a meal, or by the pool. And with the ABV, you'll only need one to start your night off right!

More User Reviews:
Photo of MichPaul
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Guess it didn't like the fact that I rated this so much higher than others and is forcing me to write a review...
Can't really knock the look, beautiful color and about a 1 inch head. 4.75
Smell is just as delicious as the taste! Get that leafy, grassy smell all up in that nose! 4.75
Taste? So good! Hop bite at first with that same leafy, green tea, herbal taste on the back end... SOLID 4.75!
Feel is nice, big carbonation which I love and could give a 5, but will do 4.75
So overall, I don't know why this only gets a 87 so far... It's just as good if not better than the 3 Toppling Goliath beers I just recently tried which are hyped beyond belief.
Wonderful beer here!

Photo of buschbeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1PT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in an oversized wine glass

L - It pours a crystal clear amber color with golden highlights. It is topped with a couple inches of beige head that leaves some lacing.

S - I am surprised by how much this smells like green tea. There is some citrus from the hops, but the aromas flow seamlessly together.

T - Again, I am surprised by how much this tastes like green tea. The hops are more noticeable in the flavor. It starts out like green tea. The citrus comes into the finish to compliment the tea flavor, and I am left with a slight pine taste at the very end. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. I get a little when it warms, but it didn't warm much because I like it so much.

F - Medium and smooth

O - I am still surprised with how much I like this beer. I picked it up on a whim. I am going to get another if it ever stops snowing.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly died down.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose along with notes of green tea.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has light amount of accompanying bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Unlike other Stone beers, this isn’t quite as aggressive from a hop perspective. The beer is quite good considering its strength because it doesn’t have much sweetness; the alcohol is very well masked.

Photo of Nicked
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Draught into chalice

A: Hazy gold, thin layer of white lacing

S: The nose is subdued. Some sweet notes and distinctive scents of green tea and floral hops.

T: the malt sweetness and delicious green tea notes seem to bury the hops, though notes of hops linger through the finish. Warming and further sampling yields a more noticeable hop bitterness. Taste is largely malt sweetness, bitter hops, and wonderful green tea flavors. Ever had green tea ice cream? Taste is reminiscent of that dish. Alcohol is well-hidden, save for a light, pleasant burn at the end. My god, I could drink this endlessly.

M: light-bodied, but creamy. Coats the mouth well. A tingle of booze in the nose

O: wow, I liked this far more than I anticipated. This beer really highlights the green tea, but showcases the hops well. A fun drink, and one I'll be seeking out again.

Photo of Justinbshelton
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not a green tea fan, apparently.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As complex with the spices and herbal elements of IPAs as any to be found. Any IPA lover would nestle comfortably to the table of this grassy, lemony, and bready lupulin blend.

Orange in color, the hazy hue carries particulates of yeast and herbs that contribute richer flavor to the beer. An initial froathy foam stance reduces to a delicate creme before holding firm through the duration of the session while leaving behind random patches of lace.

Very floral and herbal with a plethora of scents that include fresh cut grasses, lemons, orange zest, grapefruit, corriander, woody, and mustard seed. Very raw and spicy, even the acetone-like alcohols seem to contribute a complementary spice to the nose. Supported by malty-rich aromas of caramel, biscotti, and cookie dough, the malt character doesn't quite rival that of hops and herbs in aroma.

Flavors settle into a more IPA-like spread: medium malty flavors of caramel and English biscuits with soft confectioner's sugar and yeast that entertain the taste buds until the mid palate that's abundant of grassy, earthy, grapefruity, orangy, lemony, mangoy, pineappley, and approcoty (yea, I'm taking some liberties with the English language) flavors that quickly dictate the taste. Marmalade, green tea, and citrus juices are all apparent in this largely complex IPA. The alcohol flavor of 9+ strength gives a little bitterness to complement the hops that transition from the herbal and citrusy mid palate and into a resiny bite in finish. Delicious throughout, this beer has a lot going on.

Medium-rich in body, the early impression of malty weight, suspended carbonation, and a thin coat of sweetness give a soft weight to the beer. But the mid palate of hop and tea break apart the creaminess and sweetness and push the beer into a dry and very alcoholic warmth that's oddly advanced for an Imperial IPA!

An herbal and citrusy linger is all that's left from the malty-sweet start. The strength of alcohol that lingers on the mouth and throat delivers just the right amount of power to keep you going back for an immediate sip. It's a delicious IPA that without the obvious notation of tea additions, I would have presumed that all the herbal flavors were hop derived, just with a tea-like impression.

It's an honor to have this beer, from both the perspective of my living room analysis and to the benefit of the Japan tsunami relief efforts.

Photo of Rfm4000
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

smells like green tea, with a hoppy but then green tea finish. one of my new favorite double ipas, its very smooth and refreshing

Photo of c00ller
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
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...

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The nose and then taste of this brew counsel a release from unhealthy earthly attachments and to ritualized imbibing establishing a link to the worthy past. Consumption of the beer leads to a sense of peace, until the dry aftertaste leads intuitively to a path of awareness. Hence, it honors the major spiritual influences in modern Japan (Zen, Shinto, and Tao) while satisfying the contemporary American palate.

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer for a real good cause,I had to buy a few.Poured into a standard pint a medium golden with a tinge of orange,a thinner but well sustained white head atop.Aromas are a little thin with citric hops predominant,not much malt presence there.Flavors are citric hops with the herbalness of green tea coming in late,a biscuit base holds up well into the finish.The green tea for me plays a bigger role than many others who reviewed this beer but its not something over the top,again Iam glad I grabbed a few.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Brewed to help Japan’s Tohoku region disaster relief effort—good ideas come from good people. Dull, hazy golden hue, and a good lacing to boot. Green tea comes through just enough in the nose and lets the hops float around for a while. Smooth, creamy medium body. Green tea flavor sticks to the palate from start to finish. Hops are bold with a thick herbal flavor and more restrained bitterness to let the tea and, well, the beer come through. Mild dry breadiness from the malt. Alcohol is warming but not a bother. Tea flavors and hops linger into the dry finish. An amazing extreme brew for a great cause.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was an amber color with a thick white head that left a good deal of lace.

Mostly a citrus aroma. Sweet malt present. Tea aroma noticeable, alcohol not.

Mostly grapefruit taste, as well as some mango. Resinous pine notes. Again, the tea was there, but the alcohol wasn't.

Medium-bodied, easy to drink.

Interesting concept.

Photo of Kappakoosh
2.79/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I must have been expecting something else, because Green Tea and Beer do not belong with on another. It was so overwhelming with the Green Tea flavor that I forgot I was drinking beer. It was more like a lightly carbonated Lipton, with a splash of hops. It smelled okay, but man the taste I just couldn't handle.

Photo of TTripp725
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I would have never thought of using Green Tea in a beer. As a lover of both green tea and IPA's i thought I would give this one a shot. I am not disappointed at all, and I would definitely by this one again.

Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info available.

Pours clouded orangy amber, moderate off white head, that quickly departs and leaves just a typical looking collar and some tongues of lace.

I get a heavy grapefruit juice and sweat tea infused nose.

Lots going on here, another load of grapefruit laden hops, more some what off putting tea notes and a fruity/sweat midsection. Complex, differant and interesting, but not all that pleasing to the senses in the grand scheme of things.

For a good cause, so glad I could help the effort-but not something I would likely seek out again.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange citrus, biscuit malt, bread and some dryness that I associate with the green tea.

The flavor is very nice. I get a lot of orange and pine, as well as some nice green tea flavors. There is some biscuit malt and the bitterness is low to medium. There is also some ginger notes as the beer warms.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Double IPA.

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well...didn't love it. the matcha flavor is strong. the IPA and matcha meld well but it's very strong in character. i thought the tea would be more subtle.

Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Smell: 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.

Feel: 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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Light amber to dark gold in color with a hazy complexion. A quarter inch of off white head is present. Moderate Brussels lacing. The aroma is of the earthy hops. I barely detect any green tea aroma (and I have few variations on a regular basis). I taste the earthy hops which have a pineapple like sweetness. It seems initially tropically sweet and then finishes bitter but I think that is more hop related. Now as the beer warms a bit I can definite perceive the germ tea in the aroma and in the back of the palate. The mouth is fairly dry with a light stickiness. This does not seem like 10%!

Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Golden yellow with a touch of amber. Thin white head. Spotted lacing down the glass.

Earthy, floral, and a touch citrusy aroma. Not quite as pungent as I may have expected from a big 9+ ABV DIPA from Stone, but this one is a wonderful sniffer--earthy and floral.

A mildly bitter and incredibly well balanced DIPA. It is absolutely shocking that this has over 9% alcohol--it's absolutely no where to be seen. Floral and some sweet citrus, and then a earthy, lingering finish. A delicious and impressively quaffable big IPA.

Medium bodied. A pleasure to drink.

A delicious, balanced, impressive DIPA. The earthy component is a nice ending to an otherwise balanced and citrusy DIPA.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice. 2015 version bottled on 01/09/15.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head which settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: A very juicy and herbal hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus fruit and green tea. Citrus hop scent with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, mango, and apricot. Also some piney and grassy hop hints. A very noticeable scent of the green tea comes through. Background hints of malt with subtle hints of grains, cracker, and yeast. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very ripe, juicy, and herbal hop driven taste with big notes of citrus fruit and green tea. Upfront taste of citrus hops with juicy notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, lemon, mango, and apricot. Hop notes of pine resin and grass as well. Big taste of green tea that blends well with the hops increasing the herbal qualities. Soft pale malt background presence with notes of cracker, grains, and yeast. Very bitter and juicy. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and oily with a drying bitter finish.

Overall: A very good twist on Stone’s West Coast IPA. The green tea flavor is big and blends in nicely with the juicy and herbal hops.

Photo of Jackolope
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nothing too special here. I expected this beer to be more subtle than what I tasted and smelled. Green Tea isn't exactly a bold flavor and I wasn't sure how it would combine with the hopiness of an IPA coming in at 10.1% ABV. I thought they did a good job of balancing the strong malt and hop flavors in the beer, but I think the beer could have benefited from some stronger floral hoppy aromas. That being said the beer was very drinkable considering the ABV and I enjoyed it, but there was something missing that prevented this from being a great beer in my mind.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer itself is fine I guess. What I mean is Stone accomplished what they set out to do but did not like this beer. The green tea really takes over as the beer warms.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good orange and yellow color, ample head, just the right amount of carbonation. Loved the dry hop aroma, usual citrus, but now with the vegetal greenness, that I assume to be green tea (never had green tea) because I don't recognize such a thing even in wet hopped beers, but I liked it. So herbal. Dunno if theres summits in here, but I like the herb and garlic feel in the dry hop. Unique points.

Taste, holy shit, I expected this to be gross, so I only bought one bottle. Wrong. This is delightfully hoppy and tasty. What? 9.2%? That must be a mistake. . . I guessed 6%. Totally hides the alcohol so very well. Just so herbal, really just kept making me think 'wet hops' like the first time I had Harvest ale back on tap a decade or so ago.

Sometimes I think well distributed brews get dinged up in here. Troegs and Stone, you've done it again. Great beer. Will buy multiples of these if I can find them again in a reasonable time frame. I wonder if tea will preserve hops better?

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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,309 ratings.