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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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very good

621 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 51
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 07-10-2011)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Jason
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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 BenTherHppedThat
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Britton
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of megamass
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev -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 locckdown
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Hoops4life511
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 bsp77
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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 standardcherry
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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 rwilde
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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?

Photo of OStrungT
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color, with a thick yellowish head that fades very slowly, leaving a nice lace.

This beer has a pleasent citrus, grapefruit like aroma. I can detect a slight pine scent as well. I smell a very slight spicy aroma as well. Maybe coriander.

This beer tastes like it smells. Citrusy grapefruit with some pine. There is no tea flavor present.

This beer is highly carbonated. It leaves a citrusy hop aftertaste. The alcohol is well hiden in both the aroma and the flavor.

This beer wouldnt make the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, making it hard to put down many, and the flavor is aggressively hopped.

Overall: This beer is decent, but nothing special. I would probably drink it again, but I wouldnt seak it out. Many better DIPA's out there.

Photo of mocktm
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happen to love both green tea and beer, but together, who knows? Crazier things have happened. 12 oz bottle for $3 and change, worth a shot I figure.

Cloudy orange hue with tons of spare sediment floating around and a slightly off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Appears to have a pretty thick syrup like consistency off the pour.

Aromas are intriguing, IPA citrus and floral hop presence cut with green tea. Grapefruit, resin, lemon and of course, tea are really well defined, with a sweet malt backbone as well. I was expecting a much subtler flavor from the tea, but it really stands out. I've never had anything quite like this. Its herbal and piney at the same time, with neither one trouncing the other. Interesting and well done.

Really well balanced beer, the tea is again prevalent but not an overwhelming complexity. Still has all those characteristics that really puts Stone in the upper tier of IPAs, but adds a rather unique twist. Noticeable lingering hop bitterness, apparent citrus and spiked tea. The more I drink, the more I like it.

Mouthfeel is clean, despite the ridiculous amount of sediment floating around. As I noted before, mildly syrupy with a medium body. I drank this rather quickly for the ABV content, so I'd say the alcohol is rather well masked. Bravo

This beer might fall into the novelty category, but I'd buy it again for sure. Shining example of how much you can really do with beer if the creativity is there. Cheers!

Photo of vfalstad
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a bright aged copper body with a thin head that is soon gone and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a planktonic swirling of micro-trub particles in the body.

S- The bright woody citrus hops is gentle but full with maybe a hint of green tea in the finish that quickly turns into a lemony sorachi ace aroma.

T- Green woody hops take on a grapefruit zest and then finishes with a bit more juicy fruity hop with some green herbal hop notes.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizz that coats the mouth with each sip and no alcohol heat even when it warms a good bit.

O- This is a nice IPA with a good blend of new and old varieties of hops. I don't get any green tea flavor which I'm a bit disappointing in but it doesn't hurt the flavor not having it.

Photo of LXIXME
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an inch or so above or so above the glass give you a really big white head that slow fades into a pretty decent lacing above a particle filled but otherwise clear honey golden color.

Pine, sour citrus leaning towards lemon, with some floral yet herbal hops aroma.

Light pine with some citrus hops taste with a slight sour bend to it.

A dry almost puckering aftertaste on this medium bodied IPA that is pretty decent but lacks the hops bite I kinda like in Imperial IPA's.

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of quirkzoo
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice hazy bright orange beer. Something about the color really appealed to me. The small was pretty standard Stone IPA if a little muted as compared to their usual over the top offerings. Hop aroma was balanced between citrus fruits and pine and tastes pretty similar. Not as bitter as I was expecting from a IIPA but very easy drinking. If I was not told, I probably would not have known that there was any green tea in this, not sure where it is present in the beer except to perhaps add a different level of earthy bitterness. Beer drinks super smooth, especially considering it is 9.2abv. Overall it is a solid IPA which is interesting but unremarkable, worth trying but not a new favorite. I am glad that some of the proceeds went to a good cause.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A-Bright copper with some floaties in anotherwise fairly clear brew. Thick slick creamy head that laces nicely.

S-Probably the weak point in this ale. Subtle lemongrass and some floral hints in the background.

T-Semi sweet malting is quickly overtaken by floral hops and the green tea undertone is present throughout. Alcohol absent when cold, but asserts itself as the brew warms. This does not seem to be as well received by others as I would expect, but I find it very refreshing. Not an over-the-top Stone hop bomb by any means, just a pretty well balanced take on a DIPA with a new twist.

M-Medium, with well balanced carbonation.

O-Overall, this is a pretty good DIPA. I have had a number of these over the past few weeks at varying temperatures, and this is the first time I have made an effort to do the correct serving temperature and glassware. The first time I tried this I poured two of them into a "to go" cup for the commuter train. They were ice cold, and damn did I think they were refreshing.

Sadly, most of the stores are sold out of this, but it does have it's merits.

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