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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

1,249 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 103
Gots: 242 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 1,249 | Reviews: 494
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy honey orange color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to a thin film. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of spicy herbal and citrus zest hops. I do not really get any green tea aromas from this beer. Taste is of fresh herbal and citrus zest hops, green tea leaves, alcohol, and slight malt breaking through. There is a medium hop bitterness after each sip and the green tea shows up moreso on the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn is present too. Overall, I am very impressed with this collaboration beer from Stone/Baird/Iishi. Great hop and green tea flavors combine very well for something different you don't find every day in a beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ChurchKey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderate orange-caramel color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. Nose brings hints of green tear, which was luckily less than I was expecting. Along with that was some light citrus hops with a bit of lemon ans spice. Flavor was a bit of tea, though had more in the hop department. Some tea dryness and quite a bit of bitterness in the finish. I was afraid that they would go over the top with the tea, but this turned out quite nice.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly died down.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose along with notes of green tea.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has light amount of accompanying bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Unlike other Stone beers, this isn’t quite as aggressive from a hop perspective. The beer is quite good considering its strength because it doesn’t have much sweetness; the alcohol is very well masked.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color capped by a sturdy little head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Soriachi Ace hops and Sencha tea both make an impact, bringing a lemony, green tea character to the aroma

Taste: A bit of a graham cracker malt flavor and then the hops and green tea make their impact, adding a tropical fruit blend of lemon and pineapple; after the swallow, the hoppy bitterness settles down and the green tea flavor, which is much more subtle, adds its unique character; rather herbal in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A very interesting concoction; really enjoyed the fifference the green tea adds to the brew though I wouldn't expect that adding green tea will become anywhere near as common as adding coffee

Photo of jaydoc
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I feel like I have to qualify my rating as I never had the 2011 version. The 2015 version is an amazing almagamation of flavors. Green tea has never been a friend of mine until now. This is a unique beer in a class of its own.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As complex with the spices and herbal elements of IPAs as any to be found. Any IPA lover would nestle comfortably to the table of this grassy, lemony, and bready lupulin blend.

Orange in color, the hazy hue carries particulates of yeast and herbs that contribute richer flavor to the beer. An initial froathy foam stance reduces to a delicate creme before holding firm through the duration of the session while leaving behind random patches of lace.

Very floral and herbal with a plethora of scents that include fresh cut grasses, lemons, orange zest, grapefruit, corriander, woody, and mustard seed. Very raw and spicy, even the acetone-like alcohols seem to contribute a complementary spice to the nose. Supported by malty-rich aromas of caramel, biscotti, and cookie dough, the malt character doesn't quite rival that of hops and herbs in aroma.

Flavors settle into a more IPA-like spread: medium malty flavors of caramel and English biscuits with soft confectioner's sugar and yeast that entertain the taste buds until the mid palate that's abundant of grassy, earthy, grapefruity, orangy, lemony, mangoy, pineappley, and approcoty (yea, I'm taking some liberties with the English language) flavors that quickly dictate the taste. Marmalade, green tea, and citrus juices are all apparent in this largely complex IPA. The alcohol flavor of 9+ strength gives a little bitterness to complement the hops that transition from the herbal and citrusy mid palate and into a resiny bite in finish. Delicious throughout, this beer has a lot going on.

Medium-rich in body, the early impression of malty weight, suspended carbonation, and a thin coat of sweetness give a soft weight to the beer. But the mid palate of hop and tea break apart the creaminess and sweetness and push the beer into a dry and very alcoholic warmth that's oddly advanced for an Imperial IPA!

An herbal and citrusy linger is all that's left from the malty-sweet start. The strength of alcohol that lingers on the mouth and throat delivers just the right amount of power to keep you going back for an immediate sip. It's a delicious IPA that without the obvious notation of tea additions, I would have presumed that all the herbal flavors were hop derived, just with a tea-like impression.

It's an honor to have this beer, from both the perspective of my living room analysis and to the benefit of the Japan tsunami relief efforts.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a great large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of strong floral hops is dominant and very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by strong floral hoppy notes with light bitterness level and a bready malt backbone that is quite solid. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Very well brewed and very interesting to drink though I can’t say the tea really made much of a difference atste-wise.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

green tea really seems to work with hops, something ive noticed lately, so its nice to see a big national release focus on that relationship. this is great beer, big ipa at its core, bitter as heck like so many stone beers, but the green tea does something really interesting here. its a sweet creamy tea flavor, young leaves, not bitter at all, and its dead center of the flavor journey. its right before the hops come in all intense, so its cool to have an almost zen middle, calm before the storm, and following the sweet fresh cereal pale grain profile, its a really unique and well timed transitional flavor. the tea is sweet a little, has an almost vanilla hint to it, and gets the palate ready for all the hops, which also have an unconventional flavor to them, among all the bitterness. you would never know this is as strong as it is, a treat to have on tap, but now i have to get a bottle to share around. this is so interesting, i like it a lot. great food beer too i think in the right context. well done, i love this series of collaborative beers.

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2.62/5  rDev -33.2%
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 largadeer
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer for a real good cause,I had to buy a few.Poured into a standard pint a medium golden with a tinge of orange,a thinner but well sustained white head atop.Aromas are a little thin with citric hops predominant,not much malt presence there.Flavors are citric hops with the herbalness of green tea coming in late,a biscuit base holds up well into the finish.The green tea for me plays a bigger role than many others who reviewed this beer but its not something over the top,again Iam glad I grabbed a few.

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, nice to see these collaborative efforts from Stone, et al making their way north on that account (even though we do get Baird, too).

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, medium golden amber hue, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sticky and sudsy splattered lace around the glass as it evenly fades away.

It smells of strong, concentrated green tea, like the stuff you let steep way too long at your local Japanese restaurant waiting for the food to arrive, crackery caramel malt, a bit of lemon Pledge, white grapefruit, and herbal, weedy, and grassy hops. The taste is more heady green tea, in all its vegetal and pithy glory, grainy pale and caramel malts, lemongrass, orange and red grapefruit bitters, white pepper, a sort of musty yeastiness, and further herbal, weedy, and certainly perfumed floral hops.

The bubbles are pretty low-key overall, providing the barest of support services, the body a stout medium weight, and sort of smooth, the gritty tea character and swirling (if undervalued) hops making a dent nonetheless. It finishes off-dry, the underling malt starting to make waves, while the sticky green tea persists, and the hops keep on doing whatever it is that is so ably obscuring that big-ass ABV.

Yeah, tea is one of those adjuncts that usually comes across as vague or thin in the beer-making process (unless you're talking about Coors Light Iced Tea, and its ilk). Not here, oh not here - this tastes more or less like someone dumped an ounce or so of some big DIPA into a pot of cold, oversteeped green tea, and that's about it. Not bad, not particularly good, but interesting and challenging all the same.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing sunset orange, hanging sediment in suspension. A ring of delicate lacing forms inside the glass, on the opposite side.

Smells a little sweet and fruity, also herbal and floral. As it warms there's a slight hint of alcohol sharpness.

Sorachi Ace big time. Lemony with a woody hop character, definitely compliments the lemongrass and green tea leaf flavors. Sweet fruit flashes on the palate before the dry herbal notes set in. Smooth and medium bodied. Nice showcase of Sorachi Ace hops, pleasant and unique. Medium bitterness, lingering notes of lemon and tea in the aftertaste. Soft feel, medium bodied. Pretty tasty and worth a try... will get a few more of these.

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