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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

620 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 51
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 07-10-2011)
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

PEIhop, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Chyren
5/5  rDev +29.2%
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!

Chyren, Aug 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Irrationalist, Apr 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

hpthebull, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

mostfadedone, Aug 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

tbeq00, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

mbs11, Jan 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

tatums1984, Jan 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

pauljunk, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of Rizalini
4.93/5  rDev +27.4%
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

Rizalini, Aug 27, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

alecvdpoel, Sep 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

blguillen, May 30, 2013
Photo of dananabanana
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

dananabanana, Apr 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Nofear048, Apr 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Broden, Nov 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

BigV, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of omniscientcause
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a Spiegel tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a small head. The lacing was not as impressive as I had anticipated.

S: Orange and citrus with herbal smell coming as the beer warmed and there was less in the glass.

T: Very refreshing pine and citus upfront with tea notes at the finish, even more so as the beer became warmer.

M: Very light mouthfeel for the style.

O: I had been waiting awhile for this beer and I was not disapointed. I bought two bottles because of the price. But I can see myself going to pick up some more over the next few weeks if it is still around.

omniscientcause, Aug 24, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

DTJPPR, Aug 28, 2011
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4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copper color with lots of activity going on in the glass. The beer pours with a solid finger head, slowly descending to less than half, but maintaining a solid consistency and never fully dissipating.

The aroma is remarkable. Lots of hop character up front, lending citrus, lemon peel, and coriander to the nose.

Wow, that is an interesting flavor. It is an IPA, with strong hops, blending citrus, grapefruit, and other standard characteristics. But then there is the green tea, which rides right up front with those hops. The beer tastes like a blended (alcoholic) tea made up of tea leave, hop leaves, and cereal grains to add substance and body. Truly balanced, bitter, and rich.

There is a bit of chalkiness on the tongue...not something that is distracting, but almost a bit medicinal and quite herbal. The mouthfeel is almost reminiscent of the finish of a Belgian Saison, or strong Tripel. It is very earthy, and allows for the unique flavors of the beer to linger.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. The flavors come together well, providing a beer that is balanced, easy to drink (dangerous at 9.2%), and exciting.

movingtrain, Aug 28, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottle in to glass.

A: Golden amber color. Thin white head that quickly dissapates. Slight lacing. A little cloudiness from the tea bits floating around.

S:herbal and lemony hops (sorachi ace dry hopped), a sweetish smell, and a hint of green tea.

T: The herbal-ness takes the front. Low bitterness for a double ipa. The green tea is noticeable in the finish. Overall a very complex brew. I wish this wasn't a one timer.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable for a double IPA.

O: an extremely drinkable and complex beer. Nice balance between all the parts. I'm impressed with this collab and im happy with the cause.

Hershdawg, Jul 14, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to matt for this extra before i had a chance to pick one up!
Poured into a snifter..
Super golden clear appearence sorta honey-like with a nice white head slowly leaving a nice lacing around the walls. Well carbonated. Aroma hits you with a nice grapefruity hoppy punch but almost no green tea or melon smells.
Taste is very very crisp, with a very nice piney bitterness leaving your tongue. I can taste somewhat of green tea or at least matcha and melon on the aftertaste. This is a very enjoyable brew, im gonna pick a couple more up to drink while fresh. I think the sake yeast played a nice role in the dry finish helping those bittering hops pop out. Overall awsome ipa! And 3.50 a bottle for a 9+ ipa its totally worth picking some up!

Davidpgibbons, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of BizzyQU
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer.

Had on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC, review is from memory so forgive me for not being entirely specific.

Great hazy green color with an ivory head, loved the herbal bitterness from the tea, great concept. Hops did not overpower the tea, so a little different kind of Stone beer but for the better. I hope I can find this in a bottle, one of my favorites. If you like green tea and IPAs this is a must try.

BizzyQU, Sep 28, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with decent head for the abv.

The smell is amazing. Tons of tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, and such.

As it warms the taste from the tea and some alcohol comes through a bit more. Still very tropical and sweet but with a dry tea quality.

Overall I must say I love this beer. It is amazing the whole way down!

Eriktheipaman, Sep 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

BenTherHppedThat, Nov 20, 2011
Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.