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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

767 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 79
Gots: 86 | 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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1/5  rDev -74.4%

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1/5  rDev -74.4%

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1/5  rDev -74.4%

Photo of morningthief
1.46/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1

Site wants me to justify my ratings with a review soooo...

This beer looks fine and the mouthfeel is adequate for an IPA.

However it smells and tastes putrid. It's a contender for the worst beer I have ever had.

Huge rare-miss for Stone.

Photo of ArrogantB
1.92/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle $3.99. I was hoping this would be good like so many Stone Collaborations but I could not stand this and it ended up going down the drain. Bright orange-yellow color, good head, looks good. Smell is odd, a bit oh hops and something totally foreign in an IPA. I like green tea but this was so completely dominated by it that I could not take it. It was just too herbal and "green". Yuck.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
1.96/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On tap in a short stange at the Stone Tap Takeover at Acre.

Appearance: This has a light hazy golden color with a small white head that laces the glass nicely.

Smell: The aroma has a green tea base, with a fair amount of lemon, some grapefruit hops, and some biscuity malt.

Taste: The flavor is terrible. Medicinal flavor, fusel alcohol, green tea, sweet biscuity malt, and some lemon zest are pretty much a mess.

Mouthfeel: Astringent and dry, with a light to medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall: I could not really drink much of this at all. It is definitely the worst Stone beer I have ever had.

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2/5  rDev -48.7%

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2/5  rDev -48.7%

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2/5  rDev -48.7%

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2/5  rDev -48.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of dhartogs
2.39/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearnace was a nice light color, and was probably the best part of the beer. It smelled like a smooth beer, no hop presence of note, strange for an IPA. I was expceting a hoppy green teaish flavor, especially from Stone. But all I tasted was green tea foward and alcohol on the back end. Not balanced and not really too drinkable. Overall I did not like this beer. Perhaps if they toned down the Alcohol. I think 9% is a bit steep for something like this. If it had less of a boozy feel, a little more hops I would have enjoyed it more.

Photo of DrinkThemAll
2.48/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my stone pint glass...

A-Pours a cloudy orange hue with a 2 finger off white head that dissipates to little or no head with minimal lacing...

S-Green tea with citrus and floral notes like orange and lemon and some herbal like notes as well...

T-Very interesting, green tea right up front with an orange mid malt and more green tea dry hops finish...very unusual taste about it...towards the end had to force it down a bit because the green tea and chemical like taste was to much...

M-Very thin or light bodied, has a dry hops green tea lingering taste...I get a chemical taste out of the mouth on this, very unpleasant...

O-A nice collaboration and great idea but i was not impressed with this brew to much, I'm just glad the profits go to a good cause...i could say i will not be drinking this one again...

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of womencantsail
2.62/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a light orange color with a big white head.

S: The nose on this is just flat out unpleasant. There is a strong aroma of onions, vegetables, body odor, and feet. There is some tea, but it's not very strong. A bit of grapefruit peel and some fake lemon.

T: There is a lot of bready malt flavor to the beer with a decent amount of hops. The hop flavors aren't all that enjoyable, though. I pick up some lemons, onions, a mild pine, and just a bit of bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a medium to high carbonation.

O: I wanted to like this as it is for a good cause, but it just missed the mark.

Photo of charlzm
2.72/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Consumed while camping on August 2nd, 2011 from a bottle labelled May, 2011.

A significant amount of sediment lived in the bottom of this bottle. I was not entirely successful in a gentle pour and so got to drink a lot of it. Looked like it should, more or less: medium yellow/copper color with a thin white head.

Aroma is hoppy: pine and grapefruit. There is a slight hint of an herbal, grassy note that MIGHT be green tea... Otherwise, dead average for a double IPA.

Flavor is a mess; while the expected DIPA flavors are there, they are all out of balance. Caramel malt rears its head for a moment before drowning in a sea of bitter ruby grapefruit and pine tar. Mainly, though, there's a disagreeably medicinal, minty, herbal flavor on top of it all that I assume must be the green tea.

Mouthfeel was unremarkable. Slightly dry with medium body.

At least my money went to a good cause (Japanese tsunami relief) with the purchase of this beer. It was only made once so I think there's little danger I will have this beer again. Maybe it was better right out of the fermenter?

Photo of hopfacebrew
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Recovered review from my hacked account. jmkratt:

2.75/5 rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle while the Stone rep was still at the store so it's as fresh as I will be able to get. Sounded interesting! The beer pours a crystal clear golden honey color with a decent 1 finger white bubbly head. Some retention and lacing. There is a fair amount of fine sediment as well. The aroma is...odd. I am picking up a chemical-type character like plastic? Also a lot of citrus hop character. Not sure what's going on here. Starts off with a citrus hop character but is immediately overwhelmed by a strong tea flavor, which I believe was what I was picking up on the nose. Doesn't seem to balance well and is difficult to swallow. The plastic character is really detrimental. I don't think the tea works at all. I can't say I've ever had a Tea Beer and honestly doubt I ever will try another after this beer.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-23-2011 01:53:19

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2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Decent carbonation, honey colored with some coppery undertones.

S: Probably the best feature of this beer. Aromas of green tea, florals, pine, and some citrus.

T: As it washes over the palate notes of tea, pine, earth, pepper and grass. Really kind of falls apart for me here. Not well balanced and just plain astringent.

M/O: Pretty thin body here and really a mediocre at best beer. Not that impressed.

Photo of ShogoKawada
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$3 or so @ Yankee's, poured into ceramic lowenbrau mug.

A- Pale pale beer with a TON of sediment in it.

S- Nose is odd.. lots of hops but something else, guessing the tea.

T- Zippy, fruity hops awash with lemon/lime/orange. Tea is pretty strong too and comes across as strong green veggies. Weird. Very spritzy on the tongue. Scrubbing bubbles wash away the flavors, minty aftertaste.

M- Lots of alcohol present.. I guess it's expected @ 9.2, a bit much though. Good carbonation and moderate body.

O- Interesting, I'd like to try and pair this with something to see if I interpret it differently. Points for originality, but a bit of a head-scratcher.

Photo of mcallister
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazy golden with protein particulates galore. A pillowy off white head holds long retention and sticky lace. If not for the chunks in suspension this would have scored higher.

Apparent green tea in the aroma. Earthy and piney, resiny hop aromas. Fussel alcohols and some sweet malty aromas in the background.

Again green tea is there and matches well with the earthy, piney hops. Resiny but unfortunately gritty on the finish. And again fussel alcohol really comes out especially in the middle. Light cereal malts leave things a bit sweet on the finish, but dries out with a good amount of hop bitterness. Just something overall missing the mark on this one.

Photo of jethrodium
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a small white head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. A bunch of floaties are visible as well. The aroma is lemon, grass, a bit of tea, and some alcohol. The taste is sweet with lemon and grass, some caramel malt, and a bit of cracker. There is a strong bitterness on the finish as well as some alcohol. Medium-full body. Relatively low carbonation. The flavors in this beer just didn't work together all that well. The bitterness was a bit too strong for the other flavors and the alcohol was pretty prominent.

Photo of justintcoons
2.87/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an cloudy, opaque golden-orange with a plethora of yeast sediment floating around. Look kind of like pulpy orange juice. Yields about 1/2 inch of soapy, white head that dissipates quickly. Sudsy lacing slides down the side of the glass.

N: This has a very unique nose. There's definite green tea and black tea aromas. There's also some caramel and notes of orange, lemon citrus and honey.

T: Lemon, herbal green tea and hints of candy sugar are upfront. This is followed by earthy black tea, caramel, orange citrus and lemon rind. The finish brings dried leather, tobacco and lemon zest.

M: Light-medium bodied, foamy, dry and a little sticky.

O: An interesting idea but falls short IMO. It turns a little too earthy and somewhat cloying toward the finish. Has a nice bitterness and the alcohol is hidden well. Perhaps it would have been pulled off a little better if it was a more balanced style of beer.

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