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
86
very good

454 Reviews
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Reviews: 454
Hads: 1,348
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 103
Gots: 276 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews: 454 | Hads: 1,348
Photo of McStagger
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy orange with a finger of white head. Looks to be unfiltered, which I don't recall stone doing very often.

S: First thing is that you do get the green tea in this. It is very prevalent. Malt sweetness in there, along with some residual tropical notes.

T: Green tea up front. Huge notes of it. The sweetness of the malt works with the tea, almost like sugar in one's personal tea. Hops take over just as the green tea fades, giving an herbal leafy component tinged with citrus and still spiked with the malt sweetness. Tea carries through into the finish, where it continues to intermingle with the hops, making it difficult to determine who is contributing more flavor. The malt sweetness also carries through into the finish, adding that touch of sweetness to the tea.

M: It's a big IPA. The malts stretch out more as it warms up, giving it a fuller bodied mouthfeel. This

O: Check this one out. The maltiness does become more pronounced as this one warms, but it only adds dimensions to the green tea within the beer. One of Stone's best collaborations (and beers). (1,109 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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) (539 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - slightly hazy orangish color with a great white head.
Smell - green tea and citrus hops
Taste - much like the smell, green tea spliced with a citrus ipa. Slightly bitter after taste.
Feel - light body with a fizzy carbonation that tingles afterwards.
Overall - interesting beer but could use more body. (309 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A clear golden color with a three finger white head.

S- Unsweetened green tea, hints of wet grass, hints of citrus hopes, and a touch of alcohol.

T- Still a lot of green tea, but in a good way, bitter tea finish, some citrus hops and hint of alcohol.

M- Smooth, medium body, nice carbonation.

O- A really cool idea and pretty well done. Easiest way to describe this would be alcohol unsweetened tea with carbonation and some citrus hops. (479 characters)

Photo of AFDerek
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super crisp, refreshing. Absolutely loved it...a delightful deviation from Stone's already excellent offerings. Would love to enjoy this with some ahi tuna or good sushi. Can't wait to try again. (195 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a beauty while the head is tall and full. Extremely cloudy pour, resembling a hazy wit beer. Milky golden is the best way to describe it. Not a dark beer, but very opaque despite the 'pale' color. The head is typical bright white and does have some peaks, but it doesn't retain well and that's what keep the beer from being a 5 in the appearance.

Smells very Pacific Northwestern with a combination of grapefruit and pineapple scents dominating the nose. In the background, you can pick up the herbal Japanese characteristic. Even some lemon hiding in there somewhere.

The taste follows the lead set by the nose with gobs of citrus fruits, backed up by an herbal note from the tea. There's no presence of the high ABV until the swallow where the heat builds gradually and combined with the tea, provides for a lingering warm bitterness.

It's certainly a manly beer. Very aggressive hopping, from midsip on. Full bodied mouthfeel leaves your palate dry, warm and puckered as you await the next sip. Very reminiscent of tea in that for me in particular, each sip makes me a bit thirstier than when I started.

Very Stone-like beer, and that's a good thing. Low on malt and high on hops, and though it is somewhat extreme, that's kind of the point. So, yes, this beer scores high praise. It's what an IIPA should be. (1,336 characters)

Photo of MrBoh
2.81/5  rDev -26.6%
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... (433 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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. (1,162 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2015 version. 22oz bottle pours a hazy straw color with a half inch of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is tons of sweet green tea with some light herbal hop notes. But make no mistake the nose is virtually all green tea. The taste is more of the same. Almost like drinking iced Green Tea with sugar. Some light herbal hops as well as a hint of some citrus hops as well. Finishes with more of the sweet Green Tea flavor. Slight alcohol presence with a light mouthfeel. I am shocked it clocks in at 10.1% though, as it drinks very well and isnt too boozey. Bottomline with this beer is if you like Green Tea you will like this beer and if you don't like Green Tea you won't. Overall, I like Green Tea so I like this beer a lot. (732 characters)

Photo of TheCraftBrewReview
2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Stone’s 2015 Japanese Green Tea IPA is a collaboration that was originally brewed in 2011 with Baird Brewing Company (Japan) and Ishii Brewing Company (Guam). It was dry-hopped twice, first with Aramis, Crystal and Helga. The second dry hop consisted of Sorachi Ace hops and the addition of Japanese green tea. Back in 2011, Toshi Ishii, owner of Ishii Brewing, contacted Greg Koch of Stone Brewing to propose a collaboration ale that would raise funds for the relief efforts of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. In all, over $64,000 was donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Appearance – 80: The 22 ounce bomber was poured into a Spigelau IPA glass. It immediately produced an impressive 1 1/2 inch of foam with bubbly white froth that stuck to the inside. Light orange in color that resembled a tangerine. When held to the light I noticed it was very cloudy, with chunks of tiny resin floating around in the glass.

Aroma – 70: The first whiffs of the aroma provided floral notes combined with a touch of citrus fruit. This quickly tapered off, which was unexpected and disappointing, as I was hoping the scent from the hops and tea leaves would linger longer.

Body & Texture – 85: Well carbonated, provided a nice “bite”. Very light and refreshing, like a cold, iced tea on a summer’s day.

Taste – 40: The first sip provided a brief punch of tropical fruit, and earthy, herbal notes. Then, it was all downhill. There was an overwhelming taste of green tea, like a Lipton, and for a brief moment I forgot I was drinking a beer. Although the hop profiles try to shine through, they are immediately kicked to the curb by the minty, herbal tea flavors.

Overall – 68 (Fair): This is easily one of the worst tasting craft beers I have consumed in quite some time. After my third gulp, I poured the glass and rest of the bottle down the drain. Lesson learned: do not mix beer and tea, as they should be enjoyed separately. This does not change my outlook on Stone because they make an arsenal of quality ales, from the Enjoy By IPA to their Double Bastard Ale. (2,089 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Edition

A: Pours a golden orange-yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves some nice lacing down the glass

S: Green tea and fruity hops up front, with some light citrus and tropical notes in the back. Hints of malt as well, but the hops and green tea rule

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of the green tea and fruity hops and then goes into more tropical and citrusy notes. Green tea lingers as the fruity notes fade, bringing bitterness and touches of balancing maltiness. Finishes with lingering tea and bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Glad I got to try this one after bringing it back (even though they used different hops this time around and upped the abv a bit). A nice tea-forward DIPA with plenty of hops and surprising drinkability. Certainly worth trying (848 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is EXACTLY what it says it is! It doesnt smell like an ipa or even beer for that matter, just a giant glass of cold tea ! The flavor of tea in this monster is OVERWHELMING then you get a medium hop punch to the palate followed by some spiciness from the tea, awesome! (273 characters)

Photo of i4ourgot
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not at all what I was expecting this beer is strong, and not very forward on the hop or tea as far as flavor and aroma go. I think a lighter version might have showcased the tea a little more instead of drowning it out. The color is great it looks like a nice IPA in color the aroma is the same there is some citrus in there for the aroma. The flavor and mouthfeel are kinda where this beer went wrong. While it's not a bad tasting beer the label is a little misleading. the malt is more overpowering than the hops or tea and really detract from what I was hoping the beer would be like. I was expecting at least more of a Nelson Savogn style hop being showcased here at the very least, but the malt really over rides it, and the aroma I was getting was more typical of you Citra style hop. Still it is a good beer just don't read the label you wouldn't even know its 10% with how smooth this beer is. (902 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Nicely done IPA. I didnt notice much green tea in the flavor profile, however green tea is such a subtle taste anyway that I wasnt necessarily expecting it to. It did seem to soften the beer's touch a little. Still very hoppy and tasty, just a touch soft on the palate.

I never would've thought it was 10% without looking first either. (339 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L (4) - This is a nice light golden/orange color. Not a whole lot of lacing, but a little bit of foam a top.
S (4.25) - I smelled a nice little hop aroma, and a ever-so-slight note of tea. I may not have noticed if not for the name.
T (4.25) - There is definitely a green tea taste/aftertaste here. It sounds weird, but it kinda works. The IPA aspect here is a little oversold. I bet it's not real high in the IBU department, which I'm personally okay with.
F (3.75) - Nothing special here. It's carbed okay, and not particularly smooth or not smooth.
O (4) - All in all, I'm glad I tried this one. It was tasty and fun. I would definitely drink it again if I saw it on the shelf. (692 characters)

Photo of esrubyg
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tea balances the hops out extremely well. All flavors are very prominent. Complex but still so drinkable, so you might be disappointed with how quickly it disappears. (166 characters)

Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very Good my a$$...this is World Class!!! Having followed this with a Hop Slam, which, by the way, is classified as "World Class"...I honestly can't tell where one ended and the other began! Maybe my palate's wrecked...nevertheless, the Green Tea collaboration is on par with the Slam!! (286 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large patch of bubbly surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Very apparent green tea aroma that melds with the vegetal hops quite nicely. Slightly sweet with the suggestion of honey (although that could just be me relating green tea to honey since many green tea beverages contain honey).

T- Taste follows the aroma quite closely and I must say that I would never guess this beer was anywhere close to 10% ABV. So smooth and quaffable with a moderate-to-light bitterness that accompanies the tea flavors so well.

M- Slightly sharp with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Never thought I would be able to appreciate green tea in a beer but this one marries the herbal flavors of the tea with the herbal flavors of the hops so well. Stone keeps the innovation rolling. (1,021 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,702 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of lacing and nice frothy white head with a light golden orange ale hue.

Smells a bit like a nice soap? Herbal, floral and zesty with some sweetness. Green tea with grapefruit, as well.

Very balanced overall. Taste follows the nose. Slightly sweet malt backbone with aromatic floral hops. Green tea gets you towards the end. Also a good amount of citrus and grapefruit. The aftertaste is great. Almost like a green tea Snapple or something.

The mouthfeel is a little oily. Some prickle at the finish. Goes down far far too smooth for 10.10% ABV.

This was one Stone flavored beer that did not disappoint (unlike some...). WOULD BUY AGAIN! (647 characters)

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a bright light gold with orange highlights, slight haze. One finger off white head after vigorous pour. Lots of legs and lacing.

S - beautiful bouquet of floral hop notes, almost savory sweet. Strong lemon with pine. I'm not sure if I get a tea smell but maybe that is the filling sweet smell I get. Fresh bready malt undertone. Very clean smelling, not supper dank but a more refined floral clean aroma, almost perfume ish.

T - taste is where the tea comes out, big upfront tea flavor that explodes through the palate and ends in a peppery lemony quenching hop character. Yeast character is different than other stone brews, more prevalent and less clean, not necessarily a bad thing just different. My palate quickly where's out to the peppery tea notes and it fades, allowing more of the sweet bready malt to come through, the floral notes from the aroma come forth a little, I get hints of lavender, juniper, and fragrant flowers rounding everything out.

M - this does not drink Iike a 10% brew. Very smooth, great mouthfeel overall. Just an enjoyable smooth execution.

O - I had some apprehension towards green tea in my IPA. I saw it was 10% and figured it would be a hop bomb with crazy flavor and bitterness so said what the hell. It's actually very refined, doesn't drink like 10% and even if it was 6-7% would still be great. The tea is a good peppery intense tea verse some sweet green tea that can get cloying. It does seem to Morph flavors as I go and turns more floral, makes it very interesting and enjoyable. (1,543 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 4/2, poured 2/12. $8 or $9 for a bomber. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Orange gold color with a finger of creamy off-white head and a nice bit of lacing. Slight haze. Very good looking beer.

Smell: Not what I was really expecting -- quite, for the lack of a better word... vegetative? Has a Summit-like vegetables (especially onion) aroma, or, sorry for the comparison, like sushi. It's not super potent, but it's certainly the first thing I notice. Under that, I get some grapefruit and the green tea. I feel like the green tea with the hops and malt meld to give off that vegetable-like aroma. It smells pretty good, but not great... it's just hard to get past that vegetable-esque aroma.

Taste/feel: Again, the vegetable sort of flavor, at least on the front of the tongue. For the first few seconds I get that vibe, but then the green tea comes in on the back with some hop bitterness and a good amount of malt sweetness and it comes as a big relief to me. That strange flavor lasts throughout the sip, but it balances out a bit by the middle and end. As a whole, this is one of the sweeter IPAs I've had, and I feel like it may be cloying by the last bit of the bottle. The feel is quite good with a moderate hard prickling carbonation, and a middle-of-the-road semi-creamy mouth feel. The alcohol is nowhere to be found in this beer either, by the way.

This is a very tasty beer, but I may have had my expectations too high expecting to be blown away for some reason. It looks great in the glass, but it smells a touch unusual, and as pleasant as the taste is, I feel like it could use a little more bitterness or something. For that reason, the overall rating is what it is.

Overall, definitely worth a look -- even if you don't especially like green tea, because while that flavor is certainly there, it isn't at the forefront, in my opinion... if that is the case though, split a bottle. (1,930 characters)

Photo of JDW4195
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The hops surprisingly don't overpower this one. Not much green tea flavor, maybe just a hint on the back end. A lot of honey flavor. Pretty good, and a high ABV. (161 characters)

Photo of LouZ
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured golden from a 2015 bottle. Nice, frothy finger of head but quickly gone. As the beer warms the aroma of green tea gets more pronounced. Taste is a balance of first sugary sweetness and then that distinct green tea, finishing with Stone's trademark hop bitterness. Overall a great representation and very easy to drink. High alcohol content is not noticeable. ** UPDATE - had on draft and did not have the aroma nor taste described above. Was an average beer via this method, which was disappointing. Highly recommend out of the bottle instead; such character this way. (575 characters)

Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.