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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

756 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 78
Gots: 83 | FT: 1
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

2011 version is 9.2%
2015 version is 10.1%

2011 used NZ pacifica hops
2015 used AU helga hops
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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!

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4.94/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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4.92/5  rDev +26.5%
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

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4.92/5  rDev +26.5%
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

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4.9/5  rDev +26%
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.

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4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
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 +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Guess it didn't like the fact that I rated this so much higher than others and is forcing me to write a review...
Can't really knock the look, beautiful color and about a 1 inch head. 4.75
Smell is just as delicious as the taste! Get that leafy, grassy smell all up in that nose! 4.75
Taste? So good! Hop bite at first with that same leafy, green tea, herbal taste on the back end... SOLID 4.75!
Feel is nice, big carbonation which I love and could give a 5, but will do 4.75
So overall, I don't know why this only gets a 87 so far... It's just as good if not better than the 3 Toppling Goliath beers I just recently tried which are hyped beyond belief.
Wonderful beer here!

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4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer when it first came out but just now found an old notebook with a bunch of reviews I never typed up.

A: Translucent gold with a rim of bright white foam.

S: Light and crisp. A little bit of citrus. Green tea smells delicious, and is not overwhelming.

T: Sweet green tea flavor-- a lot sweeter than I expect from an IPA. Citrus-y hops, perhaps orange. I really love the tea flavor. You can't taste the 9% alcohol.

M: Refreshing and crisp. Would be a great summer beer.

O: Intriguing and unique. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and would love to drink it again.

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4.71/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The nose and then taste of this brew counsel a release from unhealthy earthly attachments and to ritualized imbibing establishing a link to the worthy past. Consumption of the beer leads to a sense of peace, until the dry aftertaste leads intuitively to a path of awareness. Hence, it honors the major spiritual influences in modern Japan (Zen, Shinto, and Tao) while satisfying the contemporary American palate.

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4.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from that tap at Stone Brewery in Escondido, CA into a Tulip Glass.

A - Poors an interesting light copper/amber color with lots of floating particales. Very interesting to look at as these little bits swirl around inside the glass. Has a thin, almost finger sized head that sticks around for most of the beer's life.

S - Complex is the only word I can think of for this one. There's a real citrusy scent from the hops, as well as some coriander and lots of lemon. You can also get a hint of green tea leaves(NO WAY?!) that makes for a real treat.

T - This is a very interesting beer. All of the nice hop flavors are present, big citrusy flavor with lots of pine and lemony flavors jumping around, and then this big green tea aftertaste, especially once you swallow. Lots of earthy tones also on the front of this one that fade into the fruit flavors just before the green tea comes swirling in. It sounds weird but this IPA almost seems "delicate" with its mix of flavors. I was very satisfied with this.

M - The mouthfeel here is a little strange. The beer is a bit chalky and dry, and you can feel some of the little bits floating about on your tongue, but its kind of an interesting drink overall.

O - This is a really interesting brew, and while it is delicious and strangely refreshing, it is a bit of a novelty that I think has me so intrigued. Although, the IPA qualities of it are very good, so I have to score it highly just because it is not only unique, but also very delicious and drinkable.

Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 756 ratings.