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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,051 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,051
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 92
Gots: 185 | FT: 3
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

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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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of freshflesh
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GatorCoop
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shafaegalo
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SawDog505
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CraigTravor
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The first few sips of this beer were delicious. As the beer warmed, it felt like I was drinking soap. The TASTE ranged from a 4 to a 3.25...

Photo of d_kizzle
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of McStagger
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy orange with a finger of white head. Looks to be unfiltered, which I don't recall stone doing very often.

S: First thing is that you do get the green tea in this. It is very prevalent. Malt sweetness in there, along with some residual tropical notes.

T: Green tea up front. Huge notes of it. The sweetness of the malt works with the tea, almost like sugar in one's personal tea. Hops take over just as the green tea fades, giving an herbal leafy component tinged with citrus and still spiked with the malt sweetness. Tea carries through into the finish, where it continues to intermingle with the hops, making it difficult to determine who is contributing more flavor. The malt sweetness also carries through into the finish, adding that touch of sweetness to the tea.

M: It's a big IPA. The malts stretch out more as it warms up, giving it a fuller bodied mouthfeel. This

O: Check this one out. The maltiness does become more pronounced as this one warms, but it only adds dimensions to the green tea within the beer. One of Stone's best collaborations (and beers).

Photo of QuadriderMX
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cwreay90
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jak
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Geech
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Outstanding head retention & lacing...

S: Grassyness, cattiness

T: Follows the nose, a little leafy hops, a little green tea. Much herbalness & cattiness as this warms, a little dryness & grapefruit pith as well, a little bit of clove as well. Finishes with woody & herbal hops, a little grapefruit pith

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, pretty good balance

This is pretty good, but I've a had a least one of this that was better ( Mother's version)

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was the 2015 re-issue. Haven't had the 2011, but this is pretty damn interesting.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - slightly hazy orangish color with a great white head.
Smell - green tea and citrus hops
Taste - much like the smell, green tea spliced with a citrus ipa. Slightly bitter after taste.
Feel - light body with a fizzy carbonation that tingles afterwards.
Overall - interesting beer but could use more body.

Photo of timmy2b
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

smells like awful green tea mixed with old hops. not a fan, but not the worst thing I have ever tried.

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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
2.73/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

stale green tea and other cringeworthy spices

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3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of abex44
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bigdoc91
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmeGT
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Personally, the green tea flavor didn't mix well with the hops.

Photo of Fabiand
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,051 ratings.