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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

1,092 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,092
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 95
Gots: 196 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 1,092 | Reviews: 451 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mpenske
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is retarded, have to write something to post a "5" review. just dumb BA. good beer. good mix of exactly what it reads - green tea & hint of IPA, doesn't taste like 10.1% shown on the bottle

Photo of dougrb75
5/5  rDev +27.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of Chyren
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(from notes)

We're talking high-class ale here, I probably should've served it in a wine glass. It pours out a bubbling yellow orange and, maybe it was my imagination, but I thought I saw a hint of green in there too. The dense head builds to about 1.5 fingers, stabilizes, then dies down. Oh yes! the scent is refreshing. I could sit and smell it for 10 minutes. The flavor is expertly expressed, the subtle astringency of the green tea accents the dryness of this beer (9.2% abv), making the mouthfeel smooth, clean, and crisp. The herbal aroma and mild bitterness of the hops plays well with the tea's light grassy flavor. It has the character of a strong golden ale like Duvel, probably from the Belgian candi sugar. Don't expect your usual mouth-coating hop-bomb with this ale here. What you should expect is a delicate and thoughtful brew worthy of a bright day or clear night and plenty of heady reflection. Another epic Stone collaBEERation. They truly nailed it this time around. Get some!

Photo of Irrationalist
5/5  rDev +27.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of esrubyg
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tea balances the hops out extremely well. All flavors are very prominent. Complex but still so drinkable, so you might be disappointed with how quickly it disappears.

Photo of daijoobo
4.96/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Exceptional Blend with the tea.

Photo of Trooper92292
4.94/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best IPAs I've ever had. Hands down.

Photo of Rizalini
4.92/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 litre growler I got at Stone Brewery earlier that day (so I know it's about 5 hours fresh out of the tap), into my Stone tulip.

A - Pours a semi-hazy copper color, 1 finger off white head that leaves some descent lacing.

S - Sweet, herbal tea aroma and slightly fruity. Almost has the aroma of mangos! But definately tea in the front.

T/M - Slightly boozy initally, but melds into the green tea. Not as aggresively hopped, but that's part of the draw to this one. Buttery, green tea flavor finishes it off. Medium mouthfeel, clean finish.

O - I was able to get a growler of this during Stone's special weekend growler fill. It was totally worth the drive down there to experience this one as fresh as possible! The reason I gave it this rating is because it's an excellent example of what it claims to be. Green tea IPA. Well done

Photo of reizorc
4.92/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: Great looking DIPA
A: Mild green tea, herbal, mint, citrus hops, lime
T: Medium green tea, citrus hops throughout.
M: medium light body, goes down easy. some drying finish
O: Excellent beer! Stone never ceases to amaze me. This was a solid offering, I will definitely look for this again

Photo of BradenMK
4.9/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

For me, this was a near-perfect beer. Perfect marriage of green matcha tea aroma and taste (wow, so much green tea in the taste!) and big IPA aromas and flavors. This IS a green tea IPA, gentlemen, this is how it's done. It took quite a vigorous pour to conjure up half a finger of foamy head, and it could have benefitted from a generally more creamy mouthfeel, but overall, absolutely one of the best beers I've ever drank. And the 10.1% alcohol could not be detected in the slightest either in the aroma or the tastebuds, not even in a hot sensation trickling down into my belly. I'm pretty amazed by this thing.

Photo of Alphamale7
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good encourages taste buds not to remain complacent and to rather stay open minded.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,092 ratings.