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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

765 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 79
Gots: 85 | 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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Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange citrus, biscuit malt, bread and some dryness that I associate with the green tea.

The flavor is very nice. I get a lot of orange and pine, as well as some nice green tea flavors. There is some biscuit malt and the bitterness is low to medium. There is also some ginger notes as the beer warms.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Double IPA.

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange color with a one inch head. Some light lace develops.

Smell: caramel and floral bitterness are up front, some citrus is a bit softer.

Taste: caramel, orange, a hint of tea, a nice floral bitterness, and a hint of alcohol are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Atertaste is short lived.

Overall: an interesting beer that has a bit of herbal quality to it. Easy to quaff and enjoy.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium orange with a light white head, good retention, very light lace.

S: Lemon zest with a hint of grapefruit. Mainly a citrus nose, but there is a clear green tea aroma as well.

T: Has an etheral earthy quality I'm assuming is from the tea. Vegetal flavours with some romaine lettuce and a soupçon of asparagus. Still a lot of citrus, lemon heavy. Malt makes an appearance and stays in balance. Just a hint of booze in the finish.

M: Pretty full-bodied, with a light hint of acidity. Smooth, has a light aftertaste for the style.

O: Certainly not a hop bomb, the flavour is structured and has a good complexity. $2.99 for 12 oz. is nothing to sneeze at for DIPAs nowadays, certainly something to try to change it up.

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Collaboration

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy golden peach in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation and some orange and golden yellow highlights. There are significant amounts of white particles in suspension. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that redues to a medium sized patch of very thin film covering the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/orange hops along with some lighter notes of green tea.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with a light amount of wheat. There are light to moderate flavor of citrus/orange hops and some light notes of green tea. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly crisp with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer has really held up surprisingly well considering the style - the alcohol is well hidden and the hop flavors has not really faded much over time. I liked this better than a lot of the Stone beer as this has a slightly different hop profile.

Photo of yourefragile
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a hazed golden copper. Chunkiest beer I've ever had, ridiculous amount of sediment. Thick, creamy head, nice retention and lacing. Grassy and leafy aroma, light lemon and citrus hops with a subtle amount of green tea. Medium thick, creamy body with a strong alcohol and medicinal finish. Body is sweet, with citrus hops throughout and a very dry and bitter finish. Tea contributes more in the finish, more in the dryness than flavor. Starts off like a nice Stone IPA, but then turns a little too medicinal and herbal in the finish.

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info available.

Pours clouded orangy amber, moderate off white head, that quickly departs and leaves just a typical looking collar and some tongues of lace.

I get a heavy grapefruit juice and sweat tea infused nose.

Lots going on here, another load of grapefruit laden hops, more some what off putting tea notes and a fruity/sweat midsection. Complex, differant and interesting, but not all that pleasing to the senses in the grand scheme of things.

For a good cause, so glad I could help the effort-but not something I would likely seek out again.

Photo of corby112
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, herbal aroma with lots of piny, grassy hops and green tea along with a pale malt character. Slightly spicy hop presence but mostly soily/earthy with pine needle and grass. The green tea adds an herbal/vegetal presence but never overpowers the hops.

Chewy medium body with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that linger over the green tea character and pale malt backbone into a slightly sweet, dry finish. Strong alcohol heat in the back end hurts drinkability. Slightly spicy with lots of sticky, dry hops that give of a strong soil/pine character. This is countered by subtle sweetness and a herbal/medicinal/vegetal presence from the tea. Again, I was expecting the green tea to overpower bu it provides balance without taking away from the hops. Pale malt backbone with hints of toffee and biscuit. But this beer is all about the hops.

I was excited to try this one but was a little skeptical going in. Thankfully it was well balanced and the hops remained the star. A bit too hot in the finish fir my liking but still enjoyable.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle into a pint glass.

Japanese Green Tea hass a very bright golden color with some hints of bronze in the cuts. Very clean looking beer. Nice bright white bubbles leaving a lasting thin cap, no stick.

Smell is very piney hopped with some 3-C action. Some citrus like scents with a smudge of pale malt barely. FRESH! The green tea gives off a earthy scent. Biscuit and more grass with warming.

A nice punch of hops right up front, brash yet not scorching palate wrecking. Citrus pineapple/grapefruit and an earthy pine. Green tea leaves it's marks towards the end and is more fresh leafy, from the ground, than actual tea. There is a touch of lemon. Some malt leaves a small bite of bread to keep things in check.

Feel is between light and medium and super dry after some swigs. It's bitter and hop forward with nice bubbles to liven it up, this is not dead in any way, at least out the bottle.

I would drink this again in a heartbeat, the alcohol is a bit big and only shows itself a bit in the aftertaste. Maybe after a two month nap the tea will even out, but I like what it brings now.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember my very first Stone IPA being very tea-like and strong from the hops. I could have sworn tea was used in that brew. Yes, that was five years ago, when I just started to drink beer. Fast forward to today, where this idea of tea and beer become a reality. It's one more neat collaboration to come from Stone. On to the beer:

There's a large share of sediment floating even in the bottle, so pour this one slowly and carefully. In the chalice, the beer has a burnt orange color which disguises much of the floating sediment. Head retention is okay, eventually plashing a few lines to stick. From opening the bottle, a lot of tea-like aromas escaped, which was a good sign. Time goes by and what develops is a fruity and malt forward IPA with the green tea being very subtle. Lots of canteloupe in the nose.

There's some herbal green tea found in this unique IPA. It's not just the green tea, but also notes of tree sap, wood (seems odd doesn't it?), and smaller doses of canteloupe and honeydew. It's surprisingly bitter too, but not in a resiny hop bitterness, like tea leaf bitterness. Body is on the thicker side with a "gummy" texture. Quite astringent in the finish.

I came in thinking that a Double IPA with green tea would completely smuther the tea. Not quite; there's still enough of it to get you thinking, especially with the herbal character it brings. The 12 ounce bottle it came in was a wise choice, cuz a 22 ounce could turn into an all nighter.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a golden orange color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Citrus, floral notes, little bit of green tea and lends a little booze

T: Floral, grass, citrus notes upfront, green tea slides in as does a little booze sting.

M: Light to medium body

O: Nice beer. The booze is well masked, very tasty, easy to drink

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

Had side by side Stone IPA

Pours a bit darker than the Stone IPA, but still a bright copper color. Over an inch of head forms and leaves behind alittle lace. Aroma is similar to the Stone IPA, bright citrusy west coast hops. Alittle herbal in the nose as well. The taste is more or less citrusy hops and a sweet herbal tone that has to be the tea, which is understated and almost a background flavor. This brew is 9.2%??? No alcohol noticed at all. The biggest difference between this beer and the regular IPA would be the mouthfeel, which is well carbonated but very smooth and almost silky on the palate. This makes for a very easy drinking brew. Hiding the alcohol is another great achievement of this brew, which I thought was quite mellow and pleasing. A well crafted IPA, and though the tea is understated, it goes to show that tea can have a place in the beer world.

Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a tumbler at churchkey.

Lots of carbonation off the pour, fast rising with tiny bubbles. Pale amber body to almost perfect amber, with a simple white collar and good carbonation. Good circular but thin lacing sometimes while finishing.

Bouquet is a small lemon, mixed with a softness of mild hop bitter, muted with a little grass. Nose is a little closed.

Taste is a first dry mid palate with a soft hopped body. Grassy finish giving hint of Sorachi Ace lemongrass but also a malt chew on the swallow. Lime and small green tea presence and dried barley.

Overall, real nice with a mix of density and refreshing sense, and good IPA power.

Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed burnt orange with next to no head formation.

Smell is sweet and hoppy even from a distance. Hops are mostly pine with a fainter sweet tea aroma. A little bit woody and grassy, still mostly pine scented.

Starts out semi-dry with a green tea taste and a woody finish. This is almost sweet but the hop load keeps it tamed. Decently woody with a strong oak twang to it almost has a vanilla taste. Alcohol can't be tasted but it REALLY warms your chest up.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall it is good but not spectacular. When you drink a stone beer you expect great beers, this is OK but I expected more from Stone.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a bright aged copper body with a thin head that is soon gone and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a planktonic swirling of micro-trub particles in the body.

S- The bright woody citrus hops is gentle but full with maybe a hint of green tea in the finish that quickly turns into a lemony sorachi ace aroma.

T- Green woody hops take on a grapefruit zest and then finishes with a bit more juicy fruity hop with some green herbal hop notes.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizz that coats the mouth with each sip and no alcohol heat even when it warms a good bit.

O- This is a nice IPA with a good blend of new and old varieties of hops. I don't get any green tea flavor which I'm a bit disappointing in but it doesn't hurt the flavor not having it.

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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