Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Enjoyed on 8/22/2011. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a hazy orange with no head and only the slightest swirl of white foam in the center. When held to light, an extreme amount of sediment can be seen floating around, which I think is quite unique for a DIPA.
Hops are forthright and bold (what would you expect from Stone), taking on an earthy, grassy character. A ripe, orange aroma is also present, but I'm hard pressed to find anything resembling the calming, floral quality of green tea. Thankfully, I'm in the mood for a take-no-prisoners, hop assault and this seems to be right up my alley.
A malty, orange flavor is the first thing to hit the tongue, followed by a scratch that could best be described as having half the staying power of a fresh Ruination. I'm also catching the slightest tea floralness in the conclusion, but I might be stretching a bit. The malt backbone is really nice and a bit of alcohol is on display to balance everything out.
The smooth opening of the mouth is well-countered by a dry and scratchy conclusion. A subtle perfuminess lingers on the back of the tongue, leaving behind a dry, resiny vibe.
Overall, this is a hoppy and drinkable IPA that could have used a bit more green tea, but didn't really have many other faults.
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2011 22:50:00 | More by deapokid
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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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