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

Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPABaird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

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very good

602 Ratings

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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.73%

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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Photo of ArrogantB


1.85/5  rDev -52.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 17:00:39 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of KickInTheChalice


1.85/5  rDev -52.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 21:34:10 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of dhartogs


2.35/5  rDev -39.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 20:11:16 | More by dhartogs
Photo of DrinkThemAll


2.48/5  rDev -35.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 05:20:40 | More by DrinkThemAll
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2.63/5  rDev -32%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 14:41:25 | More by womencantsail
Photo of charlzm


2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 01:00:18 | More by charlzm
Photo of hopfacebrew


2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 15:53:29 | More by hopfacebrew
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2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 01:03:04 | More by nbree00
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Rhode Island

2.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 01:53:36 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of justintcoons


2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 01:18:16 | More by justintcoons
Photo of jethrodium


2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 05:45:44 | More by jethrodium
Photo of mcallister


2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 20:42:58 | More by mcallister
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2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a small pilsner style glass.

Pour cloudy golden, small pale head, lots of suspended sediment, a little bit of active carbonation. Smell is very fruity, but I'm having a hard time identifying the fruit.

Taste is sort of muddled. There's some hoppy bitterness, and a sort of light orange flavor, some flavor of over-steeped green tea. I guess comparing it to other green tea double IPAs...well, I don't have any to compare it to. It's interesting, but not particularly appealing to me.

Mouthfeel is chalky. Overall, it's an interesting beer, but not particularly good.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 03:57:01 | More by snaotheus
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2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: pours a orangish yellow color with a 1/4 inch bubbly head and no retention

Smell: Traces of green tea mixed with citrus and piney hops are prevalent and a little bit of lemon

Taste: Almost taste like some sort of cold tea you drink when you are sick. Hints of lemon are all over the place and that typical hoppy note that stone is famous for

Mouthfeel: Light body and high carbonation and a bit of a dry after taste

Overall: Not really my cup of tea BAAA ZINNNNGGG. It has a decent drinkability expecially in the summer time and I am sure alot of people will be a fan of this one but just not me

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 20:01:46 | More by DarthKostrizer
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2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

While looking for some sort of freshness date, I noticed that this bottle had a TON of chunky sediment that was starting to get stirred up. I carefully poured and got a hazy pale honey colored beer with lots of suspended chunks. The haziness is odd looking. Its almost uneven and just doesn't look good. The head was short and there is no lacing.

This smell is nice, though. Some juicy citrus with a base of denser, fleshier hops and a big kick of spice and herb. The tea lays subtly underneath.

The green tea comes out in a big way in the flavor, dominating the aftertaste and finish. The actual IPA seems to be very rough around the edges. There is a lot of bitterness from very dense, piney hops. There are a few flashes of candied citrus. Alcohol is noticeable on the finish. As the beer warms the green tea comes out a little bit more. It tastes like vegetables and leaves.

This stuff is entirely too alcoholic and hot. It should be just a standard IPA. The carbonation is quite high and prickly and the beer is thick and resinous. These are all qualities that are the opposite of green tea.

This beer is too heavy handed for being an IPA that has green tea. I expected, and wanted, a lighter IPA with good drinkability; one that refreshes you. This one is just another brash, uncouth IIPA from Stone with some green tea that's mostly overpowered.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:30:43 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of yemenmocha


2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rusty orange, cloudy, with floaties that don't sink or float- just suspended in middle of beer. Nose has some easily identifiable tea qualities with citrus. Palate offers more of the same, with the green tea being quite noticeable. Some razor sharp citrus in here too, maybe peach pit. Finishes long and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 02:42:38 | More by yemenmocha
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New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A murky orange is dense with suspended yeasty matter. The head is washy, slight, with a grain yellow tint. Lacing was bare minimal. The only good aspect here is that I love all those floating goodies about inside, but again like their cherry chocolate stout, fails to impress me enough for garnish the obligated good rating here.

S: Pale citrus, the green tea is very evident here, especially for those fellow tea drinkers. Fresh wet greenery, spinach, perhaps fresh seaweed best sums things up. Alcohol is evident, mixing with some woodsy everygreen creating an pine-scotch like aroma with some dried butterscotch upon warmer temperatures. Unique, ill give them that, but perhaps not the best of marriages. The hop level is low to moderate per style and brewer.

T: The flavor is dried woodsy evergreen, pine-scotch, with a medicinal lacquer type of alcohol presence that just doesn’t seems like it belongs there. The alcohol seems a bit overpowering and not in a good sense. Im not cringe when it comes to big abv beers, but the flavor here is my biggest gripe and once again like their cherry-chocolate seems to overpower in terms of balance, drowning out the short stay of other flavors. The problem seems to follow through with much of the beer, with the woodsy medicinal alcohol lingering about and even long after the swallow. Piney hops are here, but the green tea much less evident in its role flavor wise as it was the aroma. Perhaps what im detecting are tannins from the tea. Some grassy notes and an insignificant malt base with a thin support of substance does little to balance.

M: light, fluid and slippery with a less then zero carbonation presence, read no zip, no crispness, not tight bubbly sensation. Instead we are treated to a lazy light mouthful with a dry grassy alcohol fade.

O: Overall another less then stellar collaboration from stone, not sure if they are trying to be the new west coast dogfish-head in terms of ingenuity, but their pairing of flavors just doesn’t seem to be working, at least for me. Lingering medicinal alcohol and wet grass plays spoiler to this beers flavor. Not what I would want to grab for on a nice summer day when I think ipa, hops, crispness, and refreshing. An experimental beer that is worthy of a try only for the curious indeed, nothing that I would re-vist, recommend, or have more then one of. Again drinkability was average at best, not enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 00:04:18 | More by beerthulhu
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3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Kevin hooked me up with this beer recently and I'd forgotten he did until a couple of days ago. We'd split one at City Beer Store a few months back and I was the only one in our group that enjoyed it. Thanks again, Kevin!

Pouring into a New Glarus pint glass. Hazy orange with a thin off-white foam that's retaining well. Lots of sediment floating around in the glass.

Living up to its name, there's an unmistakable green tea-like aroma protruding in front. A floral, jasmine-like scent immediately follows. Also detecting a faint citrus.

Firmly bitter but a unique soap/floral flavor takes the first strides but stubbornly makes room a green tea latte sweetness. Somewhat spicy hop with a lingering jasmine floral character in the finish.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

While this beer may have accomplished what it set out to in terms of a green tea flavor, as an Imperial IPA it just can't hold a candle to the better examples of the style. Soapy/floral mix is off-putting and detracts from drinkability. Despite that this is only 12 oz, I do not intend to finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 04:56:11 | More by BrewerB
Photo of lisomiso


3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice orange with a nice fluffy head. But the smell... is urine. No green tea (and I've had far more than my fair share of green tea). Perhaps a vague hop aroma, perhaps a hint of booze, not even Simcoe cat piss, just... "maybe I should drink more water" pee.

If you can get past the smell, it tastes fine. A little too boozy for me, a little too bittered for my palate (like most of Stone's brews), but tastes pretty average. Pretty nice mouthfeel.

Makes me wonder if I have a bad bottle. I've heard good things - some rave reviews, but even "like Stone IPA plus green tea" sounds incredibly delicious to me. Bummer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 01:30:58 | More by lisomiso
Photo of dannyancient


3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light orange color, which seems great until I notice a bunch of floaty gunk in it. This is weird because I"m always careful when pouring so as to not get yeast sediment. Possibly a side effect from the green tea, but I'm not a fan. Pours a nice head, which dissipates rather quickly leaving no lacing.

Lots of green tea in the aroma, with a slightly piney hop character

Herbs, tea, and bitterness. It has the telltale bittering profile of a Stone beer, but the tea does something that my palate just isn't into. It's a tiny bit sweet, with an orange chatacter which is pleasant. Additionally it has abit of an alcoholic burn to it.

Decent mouthfeel with nice carbonation

I didn't like this beer nearly as much as I thought I would. it seemed like a great idea and I couldn't wait to try it, but I feel like the idea was better than the execution. Regardless, it's for a good cause so I feel good about that anyway.

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 03:49:55 | More by dannyancient
Photo of DaveHS


3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours hazy copper with a thin, brilliant white head. Minimal soapy lacing.

S-Hop profile reminds me of the Stone 14th Anniversary. Grapefruit, tangerine skins, marijuana, leather.

T/M-Dry, mouth coating tannins, probably as attributable to the tea as the hops. One dimensionally bitter. There's a faint earthiness that has the potential to be interesting, but it steamrolled by dry bitterness. Gets to be too much after awhile. Medium bodied with moderate/low carbonation and a puckeringly dry mouthfeel.

O-One and done.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 00:49:06 | More by DaveHS
Photo of popery


3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 8/2/11. Pours a nice amber that starts sorta cloudy but very fine sediment quickly settles out. Small off-white head. Aroma is pineapple, mango, kiwi, pine resin, honeysuckle, caramel and a very floral green tea note. I wish the green tea was stronger because I’m mostly getting a standard pine resin tinged with tropical fruits and backed up by caramel IPA smell. Taste has more tea presence, but it’s mostly felt as a tannic note in the finish. Otherwise, the flavor is mildly dry with a big pine resin bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty standard for an IPA, except for those tannic edges. It’s a decent DIPA, but I wish that they had tried to push the boundaries a bit more. The green tea flavor is mild compared to the big hop presence. While I didn't dislike this beer, this is a tough category.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 23:10:15 | More by popery
Photo of champ103


3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very cloudy, murky, opaque golden orange color. A two finger bubbly white head forms at first, but recedes to a ring. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Herbal, citrus, and floral hops. Tangy and zesty lemon grass. A large, but enjoyable hop aroma with some biscuit malts balancing everything out towards the end. Very nice.
T: The nose is very misleading. Citrus, grapefruit, lemon hops are big with a bitterness that prevails throughout. Dank hops, and very medicinal. Mold wood, light biscuit, a lingering bitterness and hot alcohol in the back of the throat. This is a mess, and nothing meshes right.
M/D: A medium body that is a bit under carbonated. This needs to be a lot cleaner and much more crisp. Hot alcohol and a mismatch of flavors makes this hard to finish.

I really enjoyed the nose, but other than that this is a big mess. Like most other Stone beers. Not something I will come back to.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 23:19:25 | More by champ103
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3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

27th Review
Bottle to Dark Lord (mini) snifter.
2011 Collaboration

L: Hazy tan with a hint of orange. 1+ fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Herbal aromas with a hint of fresh hop. Slight scent of boozy, but nice.

T: Sweet and smooth...well-balanced malt, straight to hops. Piney and earthy. Tea does not come out too much, but that is okay here. I like what they are going for, but it is missing something. Maybe not quite a DIPA as they suggest.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. Enjoyable.

O: A very interesting beer with a well-rounded character. I enjoy what they are going for, but - as previously mentioned - it is missing something.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 02:48:44 | More by spdyfire83
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3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours bright amber in color. Half finger head retains well. Leaves patchy lacing. An insane amount of floating sediment. Not necessarily a detractor.

S-Slight whiffs of citrus, ginger, a bit of pine, sweet tea and ginger. The nose is not overwhelming. It is slightly perfumey and aromatic.

T-The tea comes through in an odd way. The flavors seem to interact poorly with one another. The overall flavor is not awful but it does not make me really want to finish the glass. Same components as in the nose but they work together oddly on my palate.

M-Slick and smooth. Medium carbonation. Feel is a bit off like the flavor.

O/D-Happy this was not an overly expensive 12 oz. coming in at $3.29. Flavor was awkward. Not a big fan. Its okay though, because Stone's 15th Anniversary brew is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 00:35:47 | More by VelvetExtract
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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.