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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

1,238 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,238
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 102
Gots: 238 | FT: 5
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
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Perfect blend of green tea, citrus, spiciness, and sweetness

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its exactly how you want it to be and so synergistic

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By what standards do we measure this one of a kind beer? It's completely different from everything out there. Being a lover of green tea and hophead, I figured this was well worth a review.

Appearance: Deep copper body, almost a bronze with hues of gold. The head will rise quick unless poured slowly, there apparently is a very active yeast in this beer. 3 finger head, foam white, dissipates very slowly.

Smell: Herbal, it smells like a freshly poured green tea. It reminds me of waiting for the tea to cool down and you can smell the vapors of the tea. This immediately smells like that experience. It's followed with some mild citrus notes. You can definitely smell the abv towards the end, has that sting in the nostrils.

Taste: Up front is something different, that great tea profile shines through immediately, that earthy, herbal, mild bitter leafy taste comes first.Following up is a mild sweetness from the hops. Mildly bready towards the end and a backsplash of the malt.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light and incredibly dangerous. Very nicely carbonated if held on the palate. Abv becomes very apparent when you hit the middle of this beer, the abv has a nice sting to it, like drinking a cold coke on a hot day. Dryness from the hops and bitter earthiness from the green tea cleanse the palate.


Overall: If you can't tell by my ratings, this beer is damn perfect to me. A perfect blend of two wonderful styles. Tea lovers and Beer lovers can rejoice with this beer. The crisp light body makes this extremely smooth. The green tea and hop profile flawlessly blend both styles, while leaving something for both lovers of their respective sect to find and love. Well done stone, well damn done!

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