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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

1,111 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 96
Gots: 202 | 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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Photo of stompilator
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hreb
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle capped with Stone's fancy new logo cap. This is the 2015 edition, though it's a new beer to me either way. Beer pours pale, even yellowish, with a moderate, pillowy white head. Aroma is sweet and tropical/citrus: orange peel, papaya. This is my first (known) experience with Helga hops, and so far so good. Smells really good actually, though there's no hint of sencha so far.

Of course, that sencha flavor is obvious the first sip. I would have guessed green tea was being used to add bitterness and astringency to the IPA, in place of the natural bitterness of hops (think using cocoa powder to bitter a stout). Quite the contrary, the tea here gives it an herby, distinct flavor. Yet, this is still quite hoppy. If you're going to showcase the delicate flavors of Japanese green tea, I'd think you'd want to start with a low gravity, low IBU solution to do that. But this beer tips this scales at over 10% ABV and, apparently 75 IBUs (I would have guessed no less than 80).

Some, but not all, of the aromas promised by the hops are delivered in the flavor. There's a little bit of a tangy/fruity note in there, and the whole thing is quite juicy. Also worth mentioning is that this beer doesn't taste a bit of 10%. Yes, it's heady, but there's no other hint of the alcohol content. Still not my favorite, but I'm definitely coming down on the side of this beer being a raging success.

Photo of Antg8989
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LeeMoore
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Good effort by Stone but there is a reason green tea and beer arent normally thought of together.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 3.5 - Poured a very murky and hazy orange tinged gold. Formed about a finger of quickly dissipating, ivory white head. Medium head potential, low head retention. Decent whispy lacing.
S - 3.5 - Pineapple, hops, grapefruit citrus and green tea.
T - 4.75 - Really impressed at how well this works. Upfront there is a light citrus sweetness which immediately fades into a green / black tea leaf flavor. This flavor is very distinct and present and on the bitter side of things.Finally, the tea fades back into IPA territory, finishing on a hoppy bitter note. Really tasty, but be warned, this is a bitter biased IPA, not much sweetness going on with this brew.
F - 4.5 - Good mouthfeel. What one would expect from an IPA, not water thin, but not thick either. medium/light bodied.
O - 4.25 - I think this is one of the best experimental brews I have had in a long time. I wont lie, I thought this was a little gimmicky at first purchase, but I was proven wrong at how harmoniously the tea leaf flavors blend with the hop bitterness and the citrus sweetness. Really impressive IPA and an adventurous change of pace off the beat path for seasoned IPA drinkers. Highly recommended experience!

Photo of Boone757
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HardTarget
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Mild haze in a golden blond glass. Starts with a finger of white foam that drops to a thin cover that leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: What it says on the tin; west coast hops with a green tea finish. The hops are citric, grapefruit with a sugary malt base.

Taste: An intense almost grassy green tea flavor, strong brew, condensed, with the slightly burning bitter hop oils and alcohol giving it an almost medicinal herb woody greenery aspect. Some tannins in the tea linger in the finish giving a slow puckering dryness that encourages the next adventurous sip.

Feel: Dry, hot, medium light body, heavy oily sap that slowly burns away.

Overall: Arigatō. A bit of a tonic, instead of being aged in a whiskey barrel this has been aged in an ancient tea pot used for centuries to brew locally grown green tea. Not for long, the hops are bright and fresh, but long enough to have a wonderful patina of silent contemplation. I'll get more, I hope they make more.

Photo of Sintech
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CJRubes
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mersh
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rockernino
2.81/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Don't know if I got a bad bottle or something, but the this beer was just too astringent for me. I don't know if that came from the tea or something else. Maybe I'll give it another try. But in the meantime, I can't get that astringent tea flavor out of my mind.

Photo of dawg86
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of user785335
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a one-finger foamy white head. Heavy amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is green tea, orange, and grapefruit.

T - The flavor starts with a huge amount of green tea. The green tea fades and there is a good amount of earthy hops, citrus, and malty sweetness. The finish and some herbal notes and a light hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbnation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a smooth finish.

O - Definetly an interesting beer. The flavors are bright and lively. Definetly worth checking out.

Photo of jsh420
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dogleg
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cjohns73
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of itracy63
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Wortman1998
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuitarIPA
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ScaryEd
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Crab_gang
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,111 ratings.