Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Well hot diggity-cakes, this is another gem outta Stone... I don't know if they've changed up brewers recently or what, but this is NICE stuff... real quick like because I am going to revisit this. Note: I love green tea and drink it weekly.
A. Gorgeous mandarin orange, clear but with lots of particulate (tea?). Short white head leaves no lace. Bubbly.
S. Smells like a SN Southern Hemisphere DIPA! Great use of hops here, hops everywhere, green and wet and floral-spice. More towards the grapefruit side of things, but there is something here for everyone. Succulent sweet sugary malt balances. Unique and fresh smelling, vibrant. Excellent.
T. Yes, you CAN taste the green tea. It's subtle, and mostly in the finish, but it is there. Otherwise you get a nicely put together malty, dense brew with an absolute wallop of flowery, hoppy greenery. Never too bitter, always in balance, neither astringent nor too sweet. I love New Zealand hops!
M / O. On the thicker side of DIPAs, lesser carbonation, but this is easy to drink. Alcohol is barely there, finish is nice characterful (for the style) malt and winterfresh-grapefruit hops with that odd Kiwi character. And yes, there is some bittering, soft green tea here. A delight to drink!
I think Stone has hit this one out of the park. One of the better, and unique, Double IPAs I've had in some time. Plus the profits go to Japanese Tsunami relief - bottom line: you can feel good buying this beer.
Serving type: bottle
08-04-2011 00:53:34 | More by kkipple
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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
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