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

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 51
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 07-10-2011)
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Photo of beerthulhu
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A murky orange is dense with suspended yeasty matter. The head is washy, slight, with a grain yellow tint. Lacing was bare minimal. The only good aspect here is that I love all those floating goodies about inside, but again like their cherry chocolate stout, fails to impress me enough for garnish the obligated good rating here.

S: Pale citrus, the green tea is very evident here, especially for those fellow tea drinkers. Fresh wet greenery, spinach, perhaps fresh seaweed best sums things up. Alcohol is evident, mixing with some woodsy everygreen creating an pine-scotch like aroma with some dried butterscotch upon warmer temperatures. Unique, ill give them that, but perhaps not the best of marriages. The hop level is low to moderate per style and brewer.

T: The flavor is dried woodsy evergreen, pine-scotch, with a medicinal lacquer type of alcohol presence that just doesn’t seems like it belongs there. The alcohol seems a bit overpowering and not in a good sense. Im not cringe when it comes to big abv beers, but the flavor here is my biggest gripe and once again like their cherry-chocolate seems to overpower in terms of balance, drowning out the short stay of other flavors. The problem seems to follow through with much of the beer, with the woodsy medicinal alcohol lingering about and even long after the swallow. Piney hops are here, but the green tea much less evident in its role flavor wise as it was the aroma. Perhaps what im detecting are tannins from the tea. Some grassy notes and an insignificant malt base with a thin support of substance does little to balance.

M: light, fluid and slippery with a less then zero carbonation presence, read no zip, no crispness, not tight bubbly sensation. Instead we are treated to a lazy light mouthful with a dry grassy alcohol fade.

O: Overall another less then stellar collaboration from stone, not sure if they are trying to be the new west coast dogfish-head in terms of ingenuity, but their pairing of flavors just doesn’t seem to be working, at least for me. Lingering medicinal alcohol and wet grass plays spoiler to this beers flavor. Not what I would want to grab for on a nice summer day when I think ipa, hops, crispness, and refreshing. An experimental beer that is worthy of a try only for the curious indeed, nothing that I would re-vist, recommend, or have more then one of. Again drinkability was average at best, not enjoyable.

Photo of axeman9182
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at the Rattle n Hum's Stone evnt for NYC Beer Week last month. The review is culled from notes taken that night.

Stone's Japanese Green Tea IPA pours a slightly dark, yet crystal clear orange. About a finger of cream colored head sits atop the beer. It's fairly sticky, leaving intricate lacing along the inside of the glass, but head retention is just OK. The tea addition is immediately apparent in a minty herbal component of the nose. It's joined by a more traditional juicy citrus aroma. There's a little bit of caramel to open things up, before a very mild bit of bitterness breaks things up. The citrus notes on the close tend more towards orange than anything else, and they're joined by the same herbal quality of the tea from the nose. It's vaguely reminiscent of what one finds from some European noble hop, but the minty quality is what make's the tea's contribution unique. The beer is nicely light bodied, but the carbonation isn't as bright as it could be. The green tea addition is a nice twist on an IPA, but Stone has other beers that are more solidly brewed.

Photo of nimrod979
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle pours an awesome opaque orange with a medium sized white head. Mostly citrusy grapefruit aromas with some piney resinous hops and herbal green tea notes in there as well.
Plenty of big juicy hops for plenty of bold flavors. Citrusy sweetness and piney bitterness create an awesome blend of flavors. Herbal green tea flavors linger in the background and become more pronounced as the beer warms and also prevalent in the finish.
Medium bodied. Somewhat sticky texture. Goes down way too easy for a 9.2% ABV beer. Love the long bitter hoppy finish accentuated by the green tea. Only complaint would be that I would have liked to gotten a stronger green tea flavor.

Photo of jjanega08
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Says drink fresh so I'm drinking it now! No other freshness date to it.

A= Pours a nice hazy orange color with a small head on it that holds almost no retention or lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is pretty nice but the head is off.

S= The smell is an interesting mix of alcohol and hops. No tea that I can smell in the nose. I'm not sure tea is really a smell I would notice either however it's a subtle one.

T= The taste is pretty interesting. The tea somes through a little more than the nose led on to believe. The tea is a bit medicinal and a little astringent as well. The hops play it off pretty well though and the flavors meld nicely.

M= Pretty basic for an IPA. Nice and smooth with a dry finish.

O= I like this idea a lot. I just brewed a sour myself with a bunch of green tea. The idea is beautiful but this may be something that should be tweaked a little more before it becomes the next big thing. This is a good beer though that is worth trying and worth trying over and over.

Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a golden color. Cloudy, with lots of tea leaf bits stirring about. Just a mere ring of foam around the glass is what the head consists of.

A very unique hop forward nose. Really liking it. Lots of citrus fruit and pineapple with some warm alcohol. Getting a good nose full of the tea leaves in there as well. Smells really fresh and green.

Semi-juicy hops on the palate with a lower amount of sweetness. Getting a good dose of the green tea which adds an herbal and almost minty flavor. Some bitter citrus in there as well. The bitterness is there, but kept in check. Well hidden alcohol.

A bit juicy feeling, otherwise quite dry. The carbonation is soft, but a bit lacking.

I like the implementation of tea in this. It makes for a unique and fresh tasting beer that fits well into the style. It is a bit spendy, but is for a good cause and definitely stands out from the crowd. Glad to have tried it.

Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this along with the Cherry Chocolate Stout at a local liquor store. Pricey little bastards.

Pour is a muddy, vague orange-red mutt. Old man ring-head. Smells like a Leann Chin, tea, damp grass. Huh.

Japanesse Green Tea IPA lives on the wrong side of the weird tracks. The tea interacts with the IPA in a strange way. Very crisp & citrusy on the open, with a side of tropical, then the tea thins out the hops. Adds a chickpea edge, lined with fresh garden herbs. But it's fleeting. The hops reassert themselves bitterly, & the strangeness is just a shy aftertaste & lingering memory. Lacking in carbonation, I might drink a fair amount of this out of morbid curiosity. Or something.

What you say? Not as wild as I expected, this is a good IPA with a shot of odd. Would have liked a double or triple shot.

Photo of OStrungT
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color, with a thick yellowish head that fades very slowly, leaving a nice lace.

This beer has a pleasent citrus, grapefruit like aroma. I can detect a slight pine scent as well. I smell a very slight spicy aroma as well. Maybe coriander.

This beer tastes like it smells. Citrusy grapefruit with some pine. There is no tea flavor present.

This beer is highly carbonated. It leaves a citrusy hop aftertaste. The alcohol is well hiden in both the aroma and the flavor.

This beer wouldnt make the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, making it hard to put down many, and the flavor is aggressively hopped.

Overall: This beer is decent, but nothing special. I would probably drink it again, but I wouldnt seak it out. Many better DIPA's out there.

Photo of hardy008
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange, looks lust like orange marmalade, with a one finger light tan head which fades to leave a thin disc of foam and no lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, oranges, citrus zest, tea, and is very herbal.

The taste of the beer is much like the aroma. Grapefruit, oranges, citrus zest, tea, and the taste is also herbal. Maybe some coriander. Somewhat sweet, balanced by some nice bitterness. Gets both better and sweeter as it warms.

Medium bodied, average carbonation, and has a slightly sweet aftertaste. A good Imperial IPA, but not among the best.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. The liquid is a golden yellow color. A TON of small particles floating around throughout. A decent sized white cap comes out during the pour and provides decent lacing.

Smell is good, not really to different from what I expected. Very herbal and floral. Strong hop aroma with a health mix of fresh brewed green tea. Still a slight sweetness, so there's gotta be a decent malt backbone.

Taste is also very good. I know I've talked to several people about it being too bitter, but I don't think so. I really like tea, and green tea is a personal favorite. The hops are a decent blend of citrus and pine, and again fresh brewed green tea mixed in.

Mouthfeel is good, surprisingly clean feel considering it's obviously not filtered. Excellent carbonation level and o bite from the alcohol, I never would have guessed 9+ here. Nice beer, a solid collaboration. I wouldn't mind seeing this one rotate in and out of production by Stone. A very unique and innovative idea for a beer, and supports a good cause!

Photo of match1112
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another in a trade from exiled, and once again thank you! pours thick and cloudy orange with yellow highlights. the once big fluffy off white head recedes to just a ring around the glass. my nose is picking up on some pine and grapefruit aromas. the taste is citrus up front, some green tea in the middle and more bitterness on the back end. mouthfeel is quite thin with low carbonation. overall a decent beer with a great cause behind it.

Photo of mkotsayfan
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber color with one finger of head. Definitely a fruity aroma, the green tea is less pronounce than I thought it would be. The green tea definitely shows up in the taste, with a balance of nice citrus hops and malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat thin for an IPA. The aftertaste is what you would expect from a DIPA, dry and bitter.

Overall, a very nice DIPA from Stone and Co., I think the alcohol level is relatively well hidden. Wouldn't mind having another one of these.

Photo of Braseltonage
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a 1/2 liter glass stein.

A: Light orange in color, poured with approximately 1" of relatively thick off-white head. Super cloudy with a TON of sediment. I don't have a problem with sediment, but it's not super attractive.

S: Piney aroma with a little hint of sweeter smelling citrus.

T: Definite American hop presence up front, but not over powering. Not as much bitterness as a typical Stone IPA. Could be the green tea smoothing it out? Pick up some tangerine like flavors, maybe a little lemon. No significant malt presence or distinct flavor, but beer is pretty well balanced.

M: Stone-like signature dryness for the ABV. But a bit creamier than I would have expected. Not heavy, but kind of sticky. Not sure if the tea could have an impact on the texture.

O: Overall pretty nice. I have to admit I have never thought that green tea tastes like much of anything, so I don't really find it sticking out here, and I'm potentially missing some subtleties here. Worth a try, if for no other reason than they're contributing profits to Japan relief.

Photo of Hatzilla
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours very cloudy with a short head and no lacing. Body is a cloudy amber with significant floaties, origin unknown.

S: Interesting. Citrusy with a dose of tea.

T: Taste is ok, but discombobulated: The tea really interferes with the bitter hops. The aftertaste is an oilslick of alcohol, green tea and malty hops.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and slick with medium carbonation.

O: Overall not something I will buy again, but props to Stone for going out on a limb and trying something different.

Photo of bsp77
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Murky orange with moderate off-white head. It was clear at first as I was careful with the crazy yeast/tea/whatever sediment, but once I decided the sediment tasted good, I mixed it in.

Smell: Odd funky citrus with a strong herbal quality from the green tea. The aroma is a little Belgian-like.

Taste: Interesting mix of citrus (grapefruit, orange) and green tea. Not much malt backbone that I can detect. Finish is slightly bitter, but very herbal and tea-like.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a surprisingly light body for a DIPA. Odd, but dry finish.

Overall: Simple and unique, but very refreshing and dangerously drinkable. Definitely impressed.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy tan orange color, mild lacing ring, minimal carbonation.

S - This is a very interesting smell as it is a peculiar mixture of vinous tea leaves and mildly acidic aromatic citrus (pineapple & mangos).

T - There's a light caramel malt buried far enough down there to give the stage to the hops and tea nuances. Pineapple, mango, oranges try to come on big but get beaten down by bitter grapefruit and vinous flavor. I'm also getting a slightly sulfidic sensation that's more effervescent than anything...could be me, but can't quite put my finger on it.

M - Medium body with a semi-dry finish and lingering tea/citrus peppery bitterness.

O - I have to say this is one of the most "unique" D-IPA's I've ever had, definitely interesting and something different that takes the style in an unsuspecting direction.

Photo of zrab11
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Tan greenish yellow,with 2 in head , good lacing,

S- Fruity hops, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, some tea and alcohol.

T - Up front Strong bitter piney hops and alcohol Lemon and green tea comes out in the middle and then finishes with a Orange and pineapple flavor.There is a malty taste also but very overpowered by the hops.

M - Medium Bodied with good carbonation.

D - Pretty good, not quite the green tea, spice beer i was expecting. Kind of more a dipa with some added flavors. Straight up hoppy beer, not a balanced drink but a good limited brew. I would say try this once. You prob won't want it again but overall its not bad. Kinda enjoyed it at times.

Photo of GRDave
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type = Bottle...thanks to todisht for keeping me in mind

Tasted 10/11/11 at home

A: Cloudy with amber hue. Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle (it didn't make it into the glass). Pours with a thin white head that remains till she's drank up.

S: Fruity, grassy but you can smell the alcohol. Not sure what straight green tea smells like, but there's something different there.

T: I can really tell the 9.2% ABV. There's no hiding the this is an Imperial IPA. Hoppy, but not much depth in flavor. I expected more green tea flavor.

M: Carbonation makes a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

O: Not a bad beer at all. Worth the try for a one-time brew. Glad I had the opportunity.


Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Total Wine in late August for $2.99.

Beer poured a cloudy orange with lots of floaties.

Nose is big citrus hops with a hint of tea.

Taste is big malts well balanced by the big citrus hops. Green tea plays in the bittering finish yet not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not overly smooth.

Overall not a bad beer, definitely unique. Definitely fun to try this one-off!

Photo of BrahnSolo
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Mother Earth snifter

Dark Orange body with a golden yellow/orange on the edges. Nice off white head that leaves behind no lacing.

Earthy with a floral hop bouquet dominated by fresh orange/tangerine juice. Citrusy, with a mild alcohol burn at the end.

Orange, tangerine, pineapple, and tropical fruit hit first, followed by a bitter hop kick backed by sweet malt, leaving a bitter dry finish behind. Earthy green tea is light in the center, but sticks around with the alcohol long after a sip.

Not thin, but definitely doesn't coat the mouth. Medium carbonation.

I was excited about the Green Tea aspect of this, but I would have liked for there to be a little more of it present. Overall a solid beer for a great cause, and I'm glad this particular bottle is in Japanese so I don't have to read through the back label of another Stone bottle.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a bottle into a snifter glass in order to maximize the green tea flavor.

On the pour I had about a finger of foam. I immediately put my nose to the glass to pick up the green tea. It is a very subtle flavor, and I barely could pick it up by breathing in deeply. As this foam settled, I got less and less green tea in the nose.

Overall this tastes a lot like an IPA, but on the back end there is an odd vegetal flavor. I know that it is because of the green tea, but it doesn't quite taste like green tea.

From the tea and hopping, there was a lot of bitterness and some dry mouth.

I appreciate the effort, and I was really excited that I got a bottle. However, this beer really wasn't the amazing revelation that many other users had on this site.

Photo of abgba121
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head, about 1cm an leaves a nice trailing lace

S: I can smell the sencha tea and other grassy hop notes, and a very slight sweetness. Touch of citrus in the hops as well

T: This taste unlike any IPA I have ever had. It is very crisp on the beginning, and then the green tea flavor comes into play. It finishes with two bitterness types, one from the tea and the other from the hops. A little lingering sweetness and tea flavore

M: thin to medium body and carbonation

O: a pretty good IPA, I bought a lot of bottles, so I may age a few to see what happens. This IPA with green tea is definitely a hit.

Photo of CuttDeez
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A cloudy orange pour with a medium slightly off white head. There is a solid amount of lacing.

S - Green Tea - Imagine that mixed with some lighter floral hops that give off a very slight lemon xest and hint of pepper.

T & M & D - More hop flavor on the front end that focuses mostly on herbal hop with some sweeter malts in the back end. The tea is relavent throughout the taste and adds a mellowing aspect to the hops. It is very interesting and dynamic.

O - An interesting collaboration and one that I had to true because of the story behind it. I think given more time this style could be perfected. There is a lot going for this beer, it just wasn't quite executed perfectly.


Photo of peabody
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a really cloudy yellow to amber with 1/2 finger of white suds that quickly dissapate.
Some lacing.
Smell is strong IPA with a burning nose feel. Strong citrusy hop and some malt sugar.
Taste is a little watery on the hoppiness but really strong on the alcohol. Way too much alcohol for the bitterness.
Mouthfeel is a tad sticky but all the flavor does leave the mouth except for the alcohol that has set up in the chest and refuses to go anywhere.
Overall too much heat. If they could have hidden the ABV a little better and hopped this one up a bit more then this would be good. As it is the tea is lost in this experiment.

Photo of JDizzle
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a hotel glass.

This is really light and clear for an IPA with such high ABV. It has a white to off-white head, one finger that drops to a thin ring pretty quickly.

The smell is very hoppy, resinous, and citrusy. It a little different from a normal DIPA, but very appealing! I can't smell the green tea exactly, but something is there.

Wow, I am really impressed how good this taste condsidering green tea is in it. There is a blast of bitter hops that fall right in line with a nice bready, malty backbone to sweeten the bitterness. The finish is bitter with a herbal taste that is very subtle.

The mouthfell is thin and not as meaty as I felt it should be for a DIPA. Not a real Imperial IPA, but a tasty beer for a great cause.

Stone is favorite of mine that always come through with a solid brew. Thanks for this one!

Photo of wvsabbath
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type -Bottle

Appearance - Tan greenish yellow, nice 2 inch creamy head, good lacing, carbination and floaters also.

Smell - Fruity hops, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, some tea and alcohol.

Taste - Strong bitter piney hops and alcohol up front. Lemon and green tea comes out at the end. Orange and pineapple are also present.There is a malty taste also but very overpowered by the hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and a real hop bitter hit on tounge. Palette gets some spices and tea. Alcohol coats mouth some. Aftertaste is rather thin and weak to be honest, i think the tea mellows it out.

Overall - Pretty good, not quite the green tea, spice beer i was expecting. Kind of more a dipa with some added flavors. Straight up hoppy beer, not a balanced drink, but it is a dipa so makes sense. Worth a drink since it is infact a limited brew.

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