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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

1,050 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 91
Gots: 185 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of MrBoh
2.81/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It's a hazy amber. Decent head and retention.

Smell of green tea and musk. Not good.

Taste of musk, old hops. Little citrus rind, and old green tea leaves. A tad spice.

Too thick. Little feel from the carbonation.

I was forced to review due to it being an outlier. I dont see how this has such a high rating. I love IPAs and green tea, but this has very few good qualities from either. It doesn't taste fresh, but it says 2015...

Photo of FriedSlug
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gerardes
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tappangordo
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from bottle:
Pours a hazy yellow, a little more cloudiness and it would almost look like a hefe. Foamy white head is about a finger and a half. Head remains atop the beer, lacing the glass.

Nose up front is tropical fruit combined with damp bog-like wet leaf notes. I do get some notes of tea when I get a good whiff and am looking for it, and it becomes a little more notice ale in a warmer beer.

A proper temperature I think may be important with this beer as not only dies the nose open up, but the tea grows in the taste as well. Early on the beer seemed a bit on the sweet and fruity side. I notice orange peel, grapefruit, green tea, a bit of lemongrass, and a light bit of spice. The end taste has little leather in it. Overall this is balanced by a light sugary fruit sweetness.

Body is surprisingly full, with the carbonation playing a role throughout as well. This beer isn't as dry or mouth wrecking as most Stone IPAs.

This is my second try if this beer. I thought it only ok first time, but am appreciating this pour pretty well. It is still a tad strange with the green tea and mildly biting feel, but also is quite interesting.

Photo of beardsonbrews
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Celtics76
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Theogre83
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlazinPhoenixLeopardLexy
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SDDLSK
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mre4b
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chadski
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of itchytasty
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BvilleBrewGuy
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light copper red color in a Speigelgau glass with a 3F head which quickly resolved itself.

Aroma: floral bouquet and fruity.

MF- very carbonated, pungent.

Taste: floral, spicy, citrus.

I wasn't expecting this beer to be so singular in taste: not only is it hoppy, spicy, and fruity,
but the addition of Helga hops from Australia and the green tea give it a special herbal flowery aroma/taste. The best by date is in March, but the beer is still excellent.

Photo of Bmftbl8
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Not a big green tea fan, otherwise a good IPA

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

Photo of Drel
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beersgud
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeremy3311
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sendbeer
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 57md
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Straw in color. Herbal green tea dominates the nose and flavor profile. Very drinkable but hardly seems like a DIPA.

Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.