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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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88
very good

1,107 Ratings
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89
very good

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Ratings: 1,107
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 96
Gots: 200 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of chippo33
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BdM
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrJuengling
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LuauLarry
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Liana
4.61/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YakAnglerUSMC
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MrBeige
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I hope this tasted better in 2011

Photo of PushThePlate
4.76/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This comes from someone who thoroughly enjoys Double/Imperial IPAs as well as green tea: I did not have the edition from 2011 but I will be sure to have it the next time it comes along in 20XX (I hope). I had it on tap at a local bar and was blown away by the taste and drinkability of this 10.1% ABV brew. Light color for an Imperial IPA, almost yellowish, probably a result of the green tea. Hops were flavorful but not overwhelming, and the taste of green tea is not just an accent, but truly a large part of the makeup of the flavor in this beer. Way to go on the collaboration, Stone. I'll be awaiting the next one anxiously!

Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DemoniChris
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LakerLeith
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clausr
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of terence
2.88/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

An interesting IPA, but the mouthfeel and aftertaste was a bit off. Very nice aroma, the green tea scent was very pleasant. The mouthfeel felt syrupy as the beer warmed up in the glass. The aftertaste was bitter, similar to a lower quality green teas.

An okay experience, a little disappointing one from Stone.

Photo of Exeter
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SierraJosh
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treesatine
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a standard pint glass. A honey amber color with four fingers of bright white frothy, bubbly, creamy head that recalls a vanilla milkshake. Leaves rich lacing on the glass. One gets the distinct impression that this is going to be a special brew.

The Helga hops yield big tropical fruit on the nose, lychee, kiwi, and starfruit with some co-occurring grapefruit and navel orange. Wonderful. Big floral perfume, herbal, spicy, and earthy. Somehow delicate yet powerful at the same time.

As expected, totally unique flavor. I am getting tons of fresh orange, mango, even a hint of banana (?), and a sublime matcha green tea-like earthy bitterness. Rather tannic and even a tad hot and smoky. Fresh herbal note like grass, carrot, or parsley. Minimal alcohol flavor despite the hefty 10.10% ABV and a clear and present warmth. A slight honey-like sweetness. Not particularly thick, perhaps dangerously drinkable but not thin or watery. Finishes with some pungent pine resins and more strong earthy tea leaves. The latter become more robust as one proceeds through a pint. Makes the mouth tingle.

Beers like this serve as a solid reminder of why our "hobby" is so great, if expensive at times. Some truly creative and unique flavors arise, so long as a deft hand is there to carefully titrate the impact of a special ingredient. Bravo!

Photo of Furlinator
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pine, tropical fruit and green tea aromas of this are world class. The flavors follow suit and are just a notch behind. The more 'standard' IPAs I try, the more I realize how overrated the Plinys, Headys, etc. of the world really are. This is bomb and widely distributed.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Ayottes
Slightly hazy orange/amber color with a white head. Spicy earthy herbal aromas. The tea strikes me as a harsh bitter, decent brew but not one of my favorites.

Photo of stompilator
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hreb
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle capped with Stone's fancy new logo cap. This is the 2015 edition, though it's a new beer to me either way. Beer pours pale, even yellowish, with a moderate, pillowy white head. Aroma is sweet and tropical/citrus: orange peel, papaya. This is my first (known) experience with Helga hops, and so far so good. Smells really good actually, though there's no hint of sencha so far.

Of course, that sencha flavor is obvious the first sip. I would have guessed green tea was being used to add bitterness and astringency to the IPA, in place of the natural bitterness of hops (think using cocoa powder to bitter a stout). Quite the contrary, the tea here gives it an herby, distinct flavor. Yet, this is still quite hoppy. If you're going to showcase the delicate flavors of Japanese green tea, I'd think you'd want to start with a low gravity, low IBU solution to do that. But this beer tips this scales at over 10% ABV and, apparently 75 IBUs (I would have guessed no less than 80).

Some, but not all, of the aromas promised by the hops are delivered in the flavor. There's a little bit of a tangy/fruity note in there, and the whole thing is quite juicy. Also worth mentioning is that this beer doesn't taste a bit of 10%. Yes, it's heady, but there's no other hint of the alcohol content. Still not my favorite, but I'm definitely coming down on the side of this beer being a raging success.

Photo of Antg8989
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LeeMoore
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Good effort by Stone but there is a reason green tea and beer arent normally thought of together.

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