Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a thick, full apricot with blond highlights and big chunky floaters. Beer in the raw.
Aroma is etheareal – mint, pure, raw hop cones, sweet eureka lemons, powdered sugar, vanilla, tiny little hint of alcohol. Fantastic nose.
Taste is decidedly mellow and elusive; no cracking bitterness here. The major flavor is of malt and apricots; a lot of apricot. There's also some green papaya and watery lychee on the tip of the tongue. The flavor of the green tea is nearly non-existent, and what is there merges into the muted yet green hop flavor that appears as you roll the beer over your tongue; drinking this is something akin to what it would be like to chew on grass through a latex glove. Not as unpleasant as the description would lead you to believe, though.
Mouthfeel is very viscous; this is not a brew that is light on its feet. Additionally, the 9.2% ABV comes into play only a quarter of the way through the glass – you feel it fast.
Overall, I’d purchase it just to whiff at the smell; it smells just wonderful. Too bad the rest of the feel falls a bit short. If you get your hands on this any later than six months from the brew date (May 2011), don't even bother, because as soon as the hops go, there's nothing to see here. This is going to age terribly.
That being said, all in all, a great idea, decently executed, and certainly something to inspire me for future homebrewing sessions.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2011 04:55:17 | More by ithacabaron
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