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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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457 Reviews

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Reviews: 457
Hads: 1,358
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 22.6%
Wants: 102
Gots: 282 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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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Photo of jaydoc
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It was short lived and left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of pine and herbs. Almost like a spice rack.

T - Very herbal flavor with some bitter hop spiciness. There was enough caramel sweetness to balance it out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice IPA but certainly not my favorite or one I'd stock up on.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.62/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an extremely cloudy orangish amber, looks a bit florescent. There is a half finger of white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Very mild given the abv and the style. Some citrus hops along with an herbal note. Not a ton going on here.

Taste: Now we're talking. Bitter citrus peel hops dominate, but there is a lot more going on. I'm picking up the tea, which I assumed would get lost. Herbal hints along with a sweetness that reminds me of honey. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The taste of this beer really works for me. I expected the hops to kill everything else, but that wasn't the case. The alcohol doesn't show up a whole lot. I would have another given the chance.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Having brewed my own version of a tea-infused pale ale, I'm interested to see how this one compares. (My guess is at least slightly better.) It pours a clear light bronze topped by a finger of white foam. Plenty o' floaties hangin' 'round in there. Herbal tea is definitely the centerpiece of the smell, which also features mint, balsa, grapefruit zest, and mild caramel. The taste also centers on the tea, but this time a harsh bitterness is the result. Also dancing across my tongue are notes of pine, grapefruit rind, light lemon zest, light mint, and kinda light caramel. The bitterness just ain't my bag, man. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, I like the idea behind this beer, but I just don't think it was meant for reality, as the tea and the hops just don't jive all that well together. Instead, my 'buds are caught in their crossfire as they battle for dominance, the bitter hatred dripping from their teeth pooling on my tongue. Not too much of a fan.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in my Stone IPA flute.

The pour initially looks like a clear copper in the glass but holding it up to the light actually reveals a good bit of suspended solids floating throughout the liquid. The head on this consists of roughly 3 billowy fingers of bright white foam, which retains with a tight ½ finger of froth that then leaves some heavy swathes of lace sticking to the sides of the glass. That tea stands right out in the aroma, mingling with some more floral accents and then being cut through by notes of bitter citrus and a strong fresh piney feel. Some sweeter fruit character and malt pretty much gets relegated to the back here and I’m a bit bummed to find some stiff warmth emerge as this warms.

Like the nose, grapefruit and pine have some assertiveness on the palate, while some brighter fresh fruit flavors (I’m really getting some orange and lemon zest out of this) pushes out from the edges of the profile. That fruit works its way into the backend here, melding with the sweet sugars of the malt and then lingering with a final steady pithiness from the bitterness. The tea flavor is present throughout the taste and while it does have a somewhat general herbal texture to it, it’s not coming off as strong as what you would normally find being given off from hops and I’m therefore finding it a bit more quenching on the palate than I would have thought. The mouthfeel has some heft to it but it seems just shy of calling it full bodied. This does has a firmness to the carbonation, which is interwoven with a silky oiliness and herbal textures that at least help work the overall feel into more of a smooth crispness in the mouth. That over 9% ABV is the real WTF here for me, as it’s not necessarily hot or even overly warm but it just starts to wear on the palate after a while. I just don’t understand why it needs to be that high with this beer.

There definitely some things to like with this latest Stone Collaboration but then also some things that didn’t quite work for me as well. I really liked the use of the tea here. It worked well not only with the type of bitterness that was present but also the fruit flavors that those Pacifica and Sorachi Ace hops brought to the table as well, giving the flavor profile a well tuned and refreshing feel. Unfortunately, I don’t think that this translated nearly as well to the aroma, which I often struggled to really get any kind of robustness out of (which may have something to do with the age of this more than anything) and as mentioned before, that too-high ABV just kills any kind of thirst quenching drinkability that the flavor was trying so hard to bring to the table. Overall though, there was more to like than dislike here and I’d love to see more experimentation with tea-infused IPAs from all of the breweries involved. This one is one worth checking out if you see it on the shelf.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light fizzy head fades almost instantly over hazy sediment filled orange honey colored beer.

Nose had nice hops, light grapefruit and citrus, bit floral, hints of earthy spicy and candy hops, then some sweet malts, hint if reddish crystal malts and hint if booze, slight fruit too like candied apple, and if i really try I get hints of an herbal green tea.

Taste is unique, a combination of ipa, fruit, and light iced green tea. Hops bring a decent bitterness, earthy almost chewy and candy hops, hints of citrus and grapefruit. Also sweet malts with light reddish caramel malt and slight sweetness. Light fruit, again slight apple and herbal green tea flavor in the background. Finishes still a bit bitter which gets stronger after the swallow is gone long bitterness, some light sticky malts, and light fruit and tea linger. Light hint of booze hidden well behind the hops and sweet malts.

Moth is a big bigger bodied, decent carb, slight hint of booze.

Overall interesting, not my fav, malts are a bit much, and hop flavor isn't as pronounced as the bitterness, bit bigger than I would want for a beer with tea esp in the summer. It would have been a lot better as a 6% lighter ipa where the tea can actually come out more and the hopflavor overpowers the malty sweetness and bitterness.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at Golden Crust in Red Lion

The color is dark golden with a white cap with good retention and very fine bead. The smell is great with a smell that is like a fresh brewed green tea at a japanese restaurant with nice herbal aroma and earthy green tea smell with little in the way of hops or malt. The feel has medium high carbonation with earthy texture and light astringency level with low sweetness and semi-dry finish.

The taste starts tangy with an astringent strong-brewed tea flavor which is balanced by hops which add slight spice in the middle with mild tropical quality in the taste which compliments the taste of the tea without an abundance of hop bitterness to clash with the overall smoothness in the tea. Overall I really enjoyed this and it fits the description was better than I expected and doesn't taste like a 10% IPA perhaps the tea is the reason but I would recommend this to those who like unsweetened green tea

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Photo of LXIXME
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an inch or so above or so above the glass give you a really big white head that slow fades into a pretty decent lacing above a particle filled but otherwise clear honey golden color.

Pine, sour citrus leaning towards lemon, with some floral yet herbal hops aroma.

Light pine with some citrus hops taste with a slight sour bend to it.

A dry almost puckering aftertaste on this medium bodied IPA that is pretty decent but lacks the hops bite I kinda like in Imperial IPA's.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz. Fantastic screen-print label. Branded black pry-off cap. Stone has the best marketing in the business, no doubt. Let's see if this time the beer is actually up to par...

10.1% ABV. 2015 vintage (i.e. "2nd Edition").

Served cold into a pilsner glass. Expectations are above average seeing as it's a collaboration Stone beer (Stone's collaborations tend to be better than their own offerings, which I think says a lot about Stone). Reviewed live as an IPA per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~3 inches wide. Off-white colour. Creamy enough. Could be softer. Average thickness. Decent consistency and complexion. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

Retention is superb for the high ABV - ~8 minutes.

BODY: Hazy murky yellow-copper with orange hues. Rather dull, lacking vibrance. Not the clean filtered appearance you'd expect of a good IPA.

Appears well-carbonated. It's decent looking for a beer in its style, but lacks any unique or special attributes. I worry it'll be astringent...

AROMA: Has an assertive hop profile with notes of overripe fruit (including melon, mango, and tangerine), honeyed yogurt (especially on the back-end), floral hops, and basil herb. Low in hop oils, not resinous at all, and by no means piney. The yogurty aspect of the hop profile is somewhat unique. The pale malt sweetness seems near ideal for an IPA, never coming off cloying yet still managing to quell any hop bitterness.

To be honest, I have trouble finding the green tea notes, and would be surprised if anyone could readily find them in a blind tasting of this beer. I count this as a blessing, as there're no indicators of tea-like astringency, and the green tea is subtle if anything, blending in with the basil. As it warms, the green tea does emerge a bit more, but fits in with the melon fruit from the hops. Maybe this isn't going to be the gimmick beer one may have expected...

TASTE: Boy, the hop profile featured in the taste is far less artfully executed and subtle than the aroma suggested. The overripe fruit (mostly melon, with some vague tropical notes) delivers some bold hop bitterness that goes largely unbalanced by the pale malt sweetness, fundamentally throwing off the key hop/malt balance. The interesting yogurty character of the Helga hops is nicely showcased, but just doesn't feel seamlessly integrated or well-executed here. Some tea-like astringency is noticeable, quashing any subtly the basil might have offered but bringing little to the table in terms of flavour; this has none of the good aspects of green tea but most of the bad. Minor supplemental floral hops fill it out a bit.

There's no fresh citrus, juicy fruit, resins, oils, pine, etc. All things considered, the hop profile is a bit of a let-down, and it doesn't harmonize well with the green tea at all.

It's not as aggressive or hop-forward as most of Stone's IPAs, but the hop profile is still off the mark. At least it's not too caramalt-heavy; I'm glad pale malts provide the bulk of the sweetness. Alcohol is decently disguised, but the 10.1% is still somewhat noticeable. Why skew that high in terms of alcohol?

Average depth, duration, intensity, and amplitude of flavour. It has an okay balance overall, and a loose cohesion. Not a gestalt beer, but it boasts enough complexity to keep things interesting. I applaud the experimentation, but this just doesn't come together quite like it should.

TEXTURE: Full-bodied, with assertive overcarbonation and far too much heft & weight on the palate, lending it a heavy overbearing presence on the palate that keeps it from feeling refreshing, mellow, or light. It's smooth and wet, but doesn't go down real easy on account of its booziness. The light astringency of the tea is fairly disguised by the hints of hop oil running throughout.

Not a scratchy, harsh, gushed, or rough beer.

This texture doesn't elevate the beer as a whole. There's no harmony of mouthfeel to taste here, but the former doesn't sabotage the latter.

OVERALL: Not the gimmicky beer it could be, but nevertheless problematic. This IPA suffers from an unnecessarily high ABV coupled with an underwhelming hop profile and a surprising absence of green tea flavour. I do like the yogurt note, but otherwise this is a forgettable beer in its style with a fundamental imbalance. I wouldn't buy it again, and it will fail to impress the discerning drinker, but Stone has done worse. Not the most drinkable IPA out there, but I'll finish it with some effort.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an...unusual beer. It screams west coast ipa, but then, the green tea steps in. It quickly becomes a tug of war between very overt flavor patterns. The hops step up, but the green tea beats them back. The hops step up again, but the green tea wins again. Back and forth, back and forth. The green tea seems to win out, providing a very unique twist to a dipa. Doesn't quite mesh together here, but it's interesting. Glad to try it once. If it was on cask, I would probably try it again. But I doubt that will ever happen, so I think that's it for this beer as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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)

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/2/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, green tea, light pepper, light pine, herbal, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops, earthy tea, and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light pepper, green tea, herbal, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of spicy pine/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light pepper, green tea, herbal, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops, earthy tea, and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding tea spiced IPA. All around awesome complexity and balance of citrus/floral hops, earthy tea, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up a week ago or so at the Whole Foods in Clarendon. Poured from a 12 oz into a snifter.

a - Pours a murky hazy orange-brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some light lacing left on the glass and no retention.

s - Smells of some citrus hops, fruity malts, pine hops, very light tea and herbal notes to it. A little sweet and hoppy, which I like a lot.

t - Tastes of pine hops, fruity malts, herbal and floral notes, citrus hops. Again, light tea in those herbal notes, but not as sweet as the nose. A small step down for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall an interesting, but enjoyable beer. Had the hops of an IPA, but the tea definitely comes through in smoe herbal notes. Not something I would want to drink a ton of or have all the time, but would be nice every now and than.

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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was nervous to try this beer but I can't ever let a Stone IPA pass me by. Beer is dark yellow with a nice white head, small bubbles, nice lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, citrusy, mild pine hops, some tea.

Beer is medium in body and pretty bitter, strongly bitter with a nice semi-dry finish, tea is present only in the back half, the front of the beer is piny, mildly malty, good beer all around.

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