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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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612 Ratings

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 51
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 07-10-2011)
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Photo of SDtastentune


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange yellow medium, no head no lace. Lots o sediments in the bottle.

S - Herbal tea like and kinda spicy but not.

T - Starts off bitter, and works into a tea flavor, finishes clean and with that stone ipa taste of deep hops.

M - Good feel, clean slightly bubbly, stronger aftertaste but balanced with everything going on.

O - Overall I kinda like this one, good collaboration effort and I guess proceeds are going to the Japan Earthquake effort. I have always liked stone ipa and this was a great change for that style, stone is really trying to be opened minded like other breweries around town with different styles of a main brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 22:50:45 | More by SDtastentune
Photo of bashiba


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy and dirty light orange with a nice creamy off white head, good retention and some sticky lacing.

The smell is very funky, with a wet blanket mineral quality that I can't quite put my finger on, not all hoppy like I would expect, a lot of minerals.

Wow what a stange combination of flavors, a very nice mixture of fresh green tea, bready malts, and a big blast of very herbal and medicinal hops. Very easy drinking up front, becomes nicely bitter the more you drink.

The mouthfeel is super thick and chewy with a long resiny finish.

This is a fun beer, very unique and nicely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 21:54:49 | More by bashiba
Photo of projectflam86


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

12oz bottle.

A- Pours a very hazy orange color with a thick white foam head that leaves some spotted lacing.

S- Large dose of piney hops and citrus. The green tea is very faint in the nose and maybe just adds a touch of herbal aroma.

T- This is a booze bomb. Huge wave of alcohol initially with a very pronounced bitterness. Grapefruit and pine needles, fresh cut grass, hop resin, and a very green finish. Very light on the green tea flavor but I think it compliments well.

M- Medium bodied and well carbonated. Very hot from the alcohol.

O- A very cool idea and a pretty solid brew. Wish they would have toned down the ABV to around 7% so that some of the flavors could shine a little more.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 00:43:58 | More by projectflam86
Photo of WanderingFool


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Japanese Green Tea IPA pours a slightly hazy amber color, with a small white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace behind.

The aroma is light with orange and lemon citrus notes and a touch of mint. An odd earthy note of leather and alcohol are also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is thick on the palate with a firm carbonated snap and a dry finish. The flavor reminds me of a double IPA with some spices mixed in. It starts with notes of orange and lemon citrus. Plenty of malt sweetness throughout balances out the hop bitterness. It finishes dry with light spicy 'tea' notes.

An interesting beer that's definitely tasty, but I thought there would be more tea flavors. It's basically a double IPA that's well balanced with an odd earthyness to it. Hides its nearly 10% abv well.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 18:20:58 | More by WanderingFool
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4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured this one into my tulip glass. Moderate pour rate generates about a 2 finger high creamy white head that starts to subside right away. Lace is light-moderate. Color is a murky honey color.

Smell - Smell is actually really appealing to me. It smells like a mix of very nice crisp and moderately strong lemon citrus, grapefruit/other tropical fruit, floral/leafy notes (big surprise there with a tea IPA) and light green tea, some mint from the green tea, a bit of pine, resinous qualities, some sweetness or sweet malt, honey, just a bit of malt backbone/slight bread to play a supporting role while letting the tea and hops have the spotlight. Seems like the green tea aromas mix in really well with the aromatic hops used.

Taste - Taste is pretty much what I expected from the aroma. Green tea and slight minty flavors are on the lighter side, but still noticeable and very complimentary to the main flavors of lemon grass/citrus and grapefruit/mango/papaya flavors. Also in there is a some bitterness, pine, leafy notes, lighter malt backbone with decent sweetness and maybe some honey from the aroma. I actually really like this taste of this. It's got some pretty close hop qualities to some of my favorite DIPAs, but with the added twist of the green tea/light minty flavors.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is very nice for an DIPA. Consistency is smooth (close to crisp but not quite), carbonation is light-creamy, body is on the lighter side of medium, and the finish is actually pretty quick, light, and crisp. Overall the mouth is lighter for a DIPA which I appreciate because it makes them much easier to drink multiples of. If I had more of these, I'd certainly be drinking another right after this one!

Overall - This one is really another home run in the Stone Collaboration series. Like I said above, I really wish I had more of these, but I'm just happy to have been able to get one (which happened to be the last one at my local BevMo). So I really can't complain. In my opinion this IPA couldn't have gotten much better, and I was expecting just a decent beer. This is definitely a unique beer and one that I think anyone who likes DIPAs should at least try!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 08:08:27 | More by matttttYCE
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3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like my Green Tea, and I like my IPA's, yet the combination seems a bit curious however. This beer pours a hazed golden orange in color with some interesting floaties amid the boil of carbonation. Half an inch of white foam offered moderate retention.

Offers a light citric aroma with a background hint of earthy leather, tea leaf and some 'intriguing' yeast notes. Pleasant though uninspiring overall.

Citric notes carry to the flavor and offer a well balanced yet not in your face bitterness. A light orange bitterness segues to a sweet and oily middle, yet then allows for a drying tea like finish. Notes of orange/tangelo exist throughout the palette.

Interesting though odd brew. The pucker of the tea does balance with the residual sweetness of the beer to disguise the 9% in a mysterious way. Yet overall it's a bit of a stray cat.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 05:56:21 | More by HalfFull
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New York

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

hazy orange with a little and quick-fading head. sharp herbal notes, the green tea is in there, slight woody nuttiness, pine and citrus. Starts out done up and bitter, the green tea comes through mid-palate and then gets washed away in a wave of herbs and pine.
The green tea works, but could be done a little better to integrate into the beer. As it is, the beer seems to develop in a series of distinct stages that seem like they're still getting to know each other.
Perhaps a different green tea? Or different hops?
I do like that the malt was not overly complicated and it finished dry, allowing the hops and tea to do their thing. Maybe if this sits a few more weeks in the bottle it'll get a little better. Not bad, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 04:18:00 | More by dragonWhale
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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange/Yellow and hazy. Big creamy head that thins out but stays present throughout the majority of the beer. Nose is mainly hops but there is a subtle base of cereal grains. Hops are grassy and herbal. Flavor has the grain base like the nose but the hop character is different. Fruity grapefruits at first but it finishes with a grassy and green tea dryness. The green tea flavor isn't as present as the astringency that comes with a good cup of green tea. Dry and earthy finish with a crisp cereal body makes me want to keep quenching my thirst. For the lightness of the body I was not expecting it to be over 9%.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 02:19:38 | More by DrinkingDrake
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3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 01:53:19 | More by Zorro
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer for a real good cause,I had to buy a few.Poured into a standard pint a medium golden with a tinge of orange,a thinner but well sustained white head atop.Aromas are a little thin with citric hops predominant,not much malt presence there.Flavors are citric hops with the herbalness of green tea coming in late,a biscuit base holds up well into the finish.The green tea for me plays a bigger role than many others who reviewed this beer but its not something over the top,again Iam glad I grabbed a few.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 21:52:05 | More by oberon
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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 04:01:54 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of wingman14


4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a small frothy white head. The smell is amazing, nice citrus hop smell with a healthy dose of green tea. Very big smell, very inviting, with some sweet notes. The taste is not as sweet or citrusy as the nose would suggest, a big hop flavor up front, not very sweet or bitter. The green tea follows behind and finishes in the aftertaste. The hops and green tea blend very well together. The mouthfeel is a smooth medium, good balance in flavors and nice carbonation. Overall a very successful beer, the tastes are nice, a beer worth trying. The ABV is not very noticeable here which is surprising, but it can sneak up on you. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 01:48:58 | More by wingman14
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4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Stone Brewery on National IPA Day.

I was very skeptical of this beer as I'm not a Green Tea fan but was very pleasantly surprised. Also the 9.2 ABV made me even more skeptical as to how it would taste with the Green Tea factored in.

The smell of lemon, green tea and hops were easily detectable.

The flavor was bright with the Green Tea coming first followed quickly by the DIPA flavor I'm used to from Stone.

The color was orange and was served in an 8oz glass.

Not what I was expecting at all from this beer and have since tried it in the bottle; I'm still enjoying it. Definitely some sediment in the bottles but not going to deter me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2011 17:43:38 | More by cojacked
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with 2 fingers of tight, white head that recedes slowly. No lacing on the glass.

Aroma is citrus hops, some herbal/floral aromas and backing maltiness. There are hints of lavender and a bit of earthiness.

Flavor is sweet malt up front with bright hops mingling. Hop bitterness balances midway through and some herbal flavors emerge. Towards the finish a nice, toasty green tea flavor is evident and it plays nice with the herbal/floral hops. The finish leaves a nice balance of hop bitterness, malt and hop/tea flavors. The alcohol is barely evident.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, leaves a crisp feeling in the mouth.

Overall this is a nice American style IPA with a twist of complexity and some interesting flavors throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 15:04:57 | More by trevorjn06
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Bright orange color and a bit of unfiltered look to it. A whirlwind of carbonation bubbles lead to a small one finger head that is bright white colored and sea foam in appearance. Lace is gonna be questionable, and doesn't stick around, but with the high ABV it was expected.

Smell is lemon grass, with just a bit of sweetness and some belgian aromas.

Taste is really different. At first I get hop citrusness of yellow grapefruit and sweetness of pineapple (normal) that is quickly replaced with a kind of malt and fresh plant taste that almost explodes in my mouth, I guess is the tea. The alcohol comes late in the flavor profile too. Quite enjoyable though!

The mouth is very bright and carbonated. There is no part of this beer that wants to lay down and stick with you. Refreshing is a word that works. There is just a bit of alcohol burn late.

Overall I really enjoyed this. When I read that it was brewed with Belgian candied sugar I was a bit hesitant, but leave it to Stone to nail a one of a kind brew. I hope the money this raises helps many displaced Japanese families. Cheers Stone!!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 05:52:17 | More by azdback
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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours hazy golden into my pint glass with little head.

S: I smell the green tea, and hops. There's also this other smell a funky smell. Reminds me of chlorine for some reason.

T: I taste a little green tea. I don't know if it was meant to be overwhelming like the belgo anise stout or if it's supposed to be this way but I would like more green tea. The little I do taste goes well with the hops though. Everything is balanced out which is also a +1 for me. The belgo anise was too lopsided with anise flavor and that's all I tasted.

MF: Bitterness from the hops. Other than that nothing really.

O: Not bad collaboration from Stone that goes to benefit the victims of the Japan disaster. Wished for a little more green tea flavor but it's still a good beer. Even better for $2.99.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 04:05:59 | More by BigB415
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good beer.

A: Almost a slight tea look to this beer, very hazy and a small amount of head.

S: Lots of citrus to this beer smells great, very refreshing. Also has a big earthy tone to it.

T: Very different! I am getting the green tea mixed with the great hop taste, very surprised at this beer.

M: Awesome, could drink this beer all day. Has a little more carbonation than most craft beers but it makes the mouthfeel almost perfect.

O: This is a unique IPA that tastes different than most others. Very drinkable with a nice abv kick to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 01:08:26 | More by Bogforce
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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a tulip, did not realize the sediment, lots of floaties.

A: Cloudy orange, and not just because of the yeast. Half inch white head, faded, no lacing.

S: Lot of citrusy hop smell.

T: IPA for sure, hoppy, alcohol, a faint green tea in the finish.

M: Goes down easy for the high alcohol, dry and smooth.

Overall, I like it, good solid IPA, little different with the green tea aftertaste. The hoppiness takes over as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 22:46:14 | More by BeerBodisafa
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a few bottles of this Julio's. Man oh man is there a tremendous amount of sediment in these bottles!

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip an excellent crystal clear amber colour with a one finger white head that faded to leave a thin white halo.

S - Fairly standard west coast IPA aromas of citrus bitterness and strong malt sweetness. Not getting much green tea though unfortunately.

T - Nice DIPA flavors with good west coast citrus bitterness and strong malt sweetness. Almost like a DFH 120 sweetness. There is some very faint green tea flavors.

M - Nice typical DIPA mouthfeel. Not heavy, but not exactly refreshing this is a definate sipper.

O - Overall while I did enjoy this beer I didnt get nearly as much green tea as I would have liked. Kinda disappointed by this fact. Really with there was more green tea infusion.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 04:08:53 | More by rudzud
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New York

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

Green Tea will cure what ales you. A very delicious DIPA reveals some floaties hangin' around the lower end of the bottle. Poured into a .5l Pokal with the color of a nice whiskey, but a hazy copper amber. I thinner stickier head leaving some lacing around the glass. The smell is more hoppy at first bit as it warms the green tea peeks through.

The taste is piney and somewhat sharp from the hops with a very well laid foundation of the green tea. A moderate body has just the right amount of sweetness to balance the hop bitterness. Fan of Stone or not, do what you can to get this.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 03:03:03 | More by wcintula
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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange into my whisky glencairn with a heavy looking, one finger head. There is some dainty lacing, think see-through white lingerie.

The smell is typical of west coast ipas with strong citrus notes and lemon grass. Not a lot of pine resin just refreshing awesomeness. I'm also picking up some general sweetness from the malt.

This collaboration is really coming together for me. It tastes like a finely crafted ipa with a slight Asian zing. It opens up with grapefruit, pineapple and cream. Heavy aeration really highlights the otherwise muted green tea flavors. The alcohol, at first, seems way too high but I must admit the booze harmonizes with the herbal and mint qualities quite splendidly.

Overall I really enjoyed this brew and I feel good knowing the proceeds go towards relief efforts. I also noticed a home town company donated the bottles so kudos to them. I'm all about integration of beer and social cause: a true collaboration on all levels.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 23:52:02 | More by sweatervest27
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2.35/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearnace was a nice light color, and was probably the best part of the beer. It smelled like a smooth beer, no hop presence of note, strange for an IPA. I was expceting a hoppy green teaish flavor, especially from Stone. But all I tasted was green tea foward and alcohol on the back end. Not balanced and not really too drinkable. Overall I did not like this beer. Perhaps if they toned down the Alcohol. I think 9% is a bit steep for something like this. If it had less of a boozy feel, a little more hops I would have enjoyed it more.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 20:11:16 | More by dhartogs
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4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange into a tulip with two fingers of bright white head. Big aroma of grapefruit, honey, slight lemon, and green tea.

Moderate carbonation and a light, resinous mouthfeel. Green tea up front with grapefruit, pine, mango/papaya, and toffee sweetness. Nice bitter pine kick on the finish.

The initial flavors and hints of green tea are pretty interesting, and the rest of the beer drinks like a well-balanced IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 14:45:48 | More by grittybrews
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New York

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to capra12 for picking this one up for me. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into Lost Abbey stemware.

Pour generates a 3 finger, frothy light cream colored head with good retention. Beer is a semi-cloudy clementine pulp color. Lacing is stringy and spotty with little stick. Slightly above average for the head size.

Nose is pureed papaya and citrus fruit. Some spicy and resiny hop bitterness mixed in also. Moderately aromatic but nice and deep at the same time.

Opens citrus, pine, and grapefruit hop bitterness. Some minty green tea notes as it warms. Cane sugar towards the middle with papaya and other tropical fruit. End is more citrus and a spicy, resin hop bitterness. Finish is clean with a barely noticeable touch of green tea in the aftertaste. Nice, but not much different from a well crafted standard ipa.

Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Rather smooth in the mouth. Lively going down. Crisp and clean. Finish is clean with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Standard.

When I first heard about this beer, I thought it was a great concept but would be really hard to execute. Lo and behold, this beer is a solid IIPA but the green tea hardly comes through at all. Green tea flavors are rather mellow in the first place and mixing them with a robust, hoppy IIPA doesn't really help. I'd personally like to see them do a pale ale with green tea. As is though, this is still a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 01:19:16 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very surprised by this beer. I'm a big green tea fan, and a big IPA fan, wasnt sure how they would mix. Simply put, very well. The smell is a forward citrus hop, and appears like a great IPA. The flavors blend well together. Great head, great lacing, and holds the flavors well. If you have been on the fence to try this beer, hop off and give it a whirl, I was glad I did.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 01:19:00 | More by biglobo8971
Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.