Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.22/5 rDev +9%
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.
08-10-2011 14:45:48 | More by grittybrews
3.55/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
08-09-2011 01:19:16 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
08-09-2011 01:19:00 | More by biglobo8971
4.47/5 rDev +15.5%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy orange-gold in color, with a nice, sturdy two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-juicy citrus hops,faint tea leaf note.
Taste-Bold citrus hops and earthy tea leaf, citrus rind, faint lemon zest, toasted malt in the background. Very flavorfull and chock full of character. Every sip a bit different. Super-smooth for the high ABV. A hands down great brew with spicy Asian fare. More Wasabi anyone? A must try for all hop-heads or fans of Stone collaborations.
08-07-2011 22:12:45 | More by hosehead83
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
12 oz bottle. Enjoyed on International IPA day.
P: Deep saffron body. Inch thick, dirty white head. Settles to a pool of covering.
A: Light ganja hops, peach and pineapple fruit aromas. Herbal green tea with a rice grain backbone. Reminds me of green tea mochi. Some banana esters as well.
T: Fairly extreme earth hop bitterness at first. Gives way to a grapey, white wine profile, with some light spicing. Lemon rind flavor imparts a citric sourness. There's a slight juniper berry like flavor. Pine hops mingle with green tea herbal flavors on the finish. Malt profile is very subtle, with the merest hint of biscuit flavors. Crisp and dry.
Very unique, and I liked the fact that besides using green tea, they used a lot of almost esoteric hops. It's probably safe to say there isn't another beer like this at the moment. I was skeptical at first, but they pulled it off.
08-07-2011 16:01:47 | More by litheum94
2.68/5 rDev -30.7%
Consumed while camping on August 2nd, 2011 from a bottle labelled May, 2011.
A significant amount of sediment lived in the bottom of this bottle. I was not entirely successful in a gentle pour and so got to drink a lot of it. Looked like it should, more or less: medium yellow/copper color with a thin white head.
Aroma is hoppy: pine and grapefruit. There is a slight hint of an herbal, grassy note that MIGHT be green tea... Otherwise, dead average for a double IPA.
Flavor is a mess; while the expected DIPA flavors are there, they are all out of balance. Caramel malt rears its head for a moment before drowning in a sea of bitter ruby grapefruit and pine tar. Mainly, though, there's a disagreeably medicinal, minty, herbal flavor on top of it all that I assume must be the green tea.
Mouthfeel was unremarkable. Slightly dry with medium body.
At least my money went to a good cause (Japanese tsunami relief) with the purchase of this beer. It was only made once so I think there's little danger I will have this beer again. Maybe it was better right out of the fermenter?
08-07-2011 01:00:18 | More by charlzm
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
Pours a very cloudy & murky light dirty orange color. Looks quite bright though against the light. The beer was carefully poured to avoid the huge yeast flakes in the bottle. The head is short, white and wispy; settles into a light ring.
The aroma is of a grassy hop; a bit floral and chalky. There seems to be a light brown sugar sweetnes. A very subtle hint of the tea pops through towards the end.
The taste is hoppy with a grapefruit rind bitterness. Some tropical fruit hop notes, mainly pineapple, perhaps some mango. Bit of an asprin flavor in the end. There is a nice floral honey sweetness which supports the hop profile very nicely. As in the aroma, the green tea is very subtle, popping through now and again.
The feel is moderate to full with a good amount of carbonation. There is enough sweetness from the malt to balance out the brew, though it is a tad sticky. However, the beer finishes with a dry chalky bitterness.
An above average DIPA, good balance between the malt and hops. I like the sweetness that the malt brings. Not my favorite hop profile but its not too bad.
08-06-2011 22:50:41 | More by Gmann
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
12 ounce bottle for $3.99. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head that went away quickly. There's a decent amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is mostly herbal and citrusy hops, along with some light green tea and bready malt. It's a nice but light aroma. The brew tastes like herbal and citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) hops, and green tea. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. It's not hard to drink at all! I think it's a pretty decent brew, I always like trying the Stone collaboration beers. I'm not sure if I'd buy another bottle of this, but it's worth trying.
08-06-2011 22:36:43 | More by bluejacket74
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
poured into my bruery tulip.
A: pours a golden amber color, with bits of yeast floating around. a white head that faded quickly, and left no lacing.
S: nice burst of citrus hops, followed by green tea. some earthiness. i also get crackers and biscuity malt.
T: starts out citrusy and fruity. then i get some green tea flavor, followed by bitterness. it is a bitter and dry DIPA. i enjoy the green tea flavor in this. the citrusy hops go well with the earthy flavors of the green tea. the bitterness is both from the tea and the hops.
M: medium-thin with a decent amount of carb than you can feel run across your tongue.
O: i really like this beer. i think the green tea flavors pair really well with the citrusy hops. will definitely buy more.
08-06-2011 04:26:19 | More by ottovon
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
A - Pours a hazy un filtered pale golden color with a lingering 2 fingers of off white head, nice retention, pretty thick pacing!
S - An abundance of citrus and floral hops with a sweet malt character. Simple but great!
T - Super refreshing, bitter hops, I guess I can't pick up a little green tealike taste, mostly at the finish since the hops are pretty overpowering. Lemons spices.
M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, very drinkable
O - 9.2 is very well hidden, tastes a lot like stone ipa, if i hadnt known what this was i dont know of the "green tea" was present enough for me to easily notice. Either way, great IPA
08-06-2011 00:53:40 | More by MacQ32
2.88/5 rDev -25.6%
12oz bottle poured into a small pilsner style glass.
Pour cloudy golden, small pale head, lots of suspended sediment, a little bit of active carbonation. Smell is very fruity, but I'm having a hard time identifying the fruit.
Taste is sort of muddled. There's some hoppy bitterness, and a sort of light orange flavor, some flavor of over-steeped green tea. I guess comparing it to other green tea double IPAs...well, I don't have any to compare it to. It's interesting, but not particularly appealing to me.
Mouthfeel is chalky. Overall, it's an interesting beer, but not particularly good.
08-05-2011 03:57:01 | More by snaotheus
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. Some sediment. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Below average lacing.
S: An odd, but appealing aroma of citrus, hops, malt and an herbal quality.
T: Tasted of hops, citrus (lemon), some malt, and the advertised green tea (this component is never terribly overwhelming). An interesting flavor that's not quite as assertive and powerful as your typical DIPA - not that this is a negative.
M: A well-carbonated beer with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.
O: This is definitely an oddball version of a DIPA, but it's pretty well made and worth checking out if you're after something different.
08-04-2011 13:04:51 | More by avalon07
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
Well hot diggity-cakes, this is another gem outta Stone... I don't know if they've changed up brewers recently or what, but this is NICE stuff... real quick like because I am going to revisit this. Note: I love green tea and drink it weekly.
A. Gorgeous mandarin orange, clear but with lots of particulate (tea?). Short white head leaves no lace. Bubbly.
S. Smells like a SN Southern Hemisphere DIPA! Great use of hops here, hops everywhere, green and wet and floral-spice. More towards the grapefruit side of things, but there is something here for everyone. Succulent sweet sugary malt balances. Unique and fresh smelling, vibrant. Excellent.
T. Yes, you CAN taste the green tea. It's subtle, and mostly in the finish, but it is there. Otherwise you get a nicely put together malty, dense brew with an absolute wallop of flowery, hoppy greenery. Never too bitter, always in balance, neither astringent nor too sweet. I love New Zealand hops!
M / O. On the thicker side of DIPAs, lesser carbonation, but this is easy to drink. Alcohol is barely there, finish is nice characterful (for the style) malt and winterfresh-grapefruit hops with that odd Kiwi character. And yes, there is some bittering, soft green tea here. A delight to drink!
I think Stone has hit this one out of the park. One of the better, and unique, Double IPAs I've had in some time. Plus the profits go to Japanese Tsunami relief - bottom line: you can feel good buying this beer.
08-04-2011 00:53:34 | More by kkipple
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
Served in a goblet.
A- It has a hazy golden color. Very light head that went away quickly.
S- Has a sweetness that is almost floral in nature like honeysuckle or like melting sugar into tea and a bit of a citrusy note. The hops are quite pungent.
T- Sweetness in the front, citrusy hops in the back. The sweetness and other nuances of herbaceous tea like notes are kinda killed by the amount of hops that come through and cling onto the palette.
M- Not very syrupy, a light body feel but the hops are lingering on the palette
Overall- I am disappointed. It was a alright IPA, but the hops just were too strong and made the draw of this brew, the green tea, hard to discover. I was hoping that the bitterness of this beer would draw more from the teas naturally roasty bitter notes than a hop. This was a collaboration, but I saw it being more Stone- it was trying to be epic and mean where it needed balance and subtlety to make the main ingredient shine. Perhaps green tea would have been better suited for another beer style.
08-03-2011 09:32:57 | More by Provocajade
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured from a bottle into a Belgian Tulip Glass.
A: Hazy golden orange color. Decent head which goes away quickly. Little to no lacing.
S: Citrus. Caramel malt. Little tea. Tinge of alcohol.
T: Good hops upfront. Bit of earthy green tea in the middle. Nice sweetness on the end. Sweetness becomes more and more intense at it warms. Flavors linger.
M: Very crisp. Light to medium bodied. Not overly syrupy.
O: Interesting. I think this is a decent IPA. These collaboration are usually interesting. I would be interested in trying this on tap. I will probably not pick up another bottle however.
08-01-2011 17:35:30 | More by avaldivia
3.83/5 rDev -1%
12oz single, dont even really like green tea
appearance: mostly clear but slightly hazed, autumnal orange body, light bubbly lace
smell: quite pungently hopped - tangerine zest, sugar, red grapefruit, earthy notes from the tea
taste: I'm not sure I really get this beer - its extremely hoppy which seems to destroy any real impact from the tea. bright citrus hops, tangerine, grapefruit. herbal tea notes present - kind of an adventure
mouthfeel: bitter and boozy
overall: pretty ok
08-01-2011 00:52:59 | More by dirtylou
3.43/5 rDev -11.4%
Picked this one up the other day at Lukas, even though my cheap ass usually passes these Stone collaborations up. Poured a nice orange color with a decent white head. Good hoppy aromas (pine, citrus, some herbal notes) dominate. On the palate, this one is light bodied, with flavors of the aforementioned hops initially, before they give way to the green tea, which takes away from the beer.
07-31-2011 01:05:21 | More by emmasdad
2.78/5 rDev -28.2%
A: Decent carbonation, honey colored with some coppery undertones.
S: Probably the best feature of this beer. Aromas of green tea, florals, pine, and some citrus.
T: As it washes over the palate notes of tea, pine, earth, pepper and grass. Really kind of falls apart for me here. Not well balanced and just plain astringent.
M/O: Pretty thin body here and really a mediocre at best beer. Not that impressed.
07-31-2011 01:03:04 | More by nbree00
3.1/5 rDev -19.9%
A-Pours hazy copper with a thin, brilliant white head. Minimal soapy lacing.
S-Hop profile reminds me of the Stone 14th Anniversary. Grapefruit, tangerine skins, marijuana, leather.
T/M-Dry, mouth coating tannins, probably as attributable to the tea as the hops. One dimensionally bitter. There's a faint earthiness that has the potential to be interesting, but it steamrolled by dry bitterness. Gets to be too much after awhile. Medium bodied with moderate/low carbonation and a puckeringly dry mouthfeel.
O-One and done.
07-31-2011 00:49:06 | More by DaveHS
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer poured a dark orange, copper color, hazy with a lot of sediment floating and suspended in the beer. Initial finger of white soapy head dissipated quickly to a thin collar of small soapy film leaving minimal lacing.
Really interesting aromas, grassy, herbal, and floral, with strong lemon and green grapes. Some light biscuit malt sweetness rounds out the aromas.
The sorachi ace hops really dominates the flavor, white grape vinous quality to the flavor with some bright lemon juice. The herbal and floral hop bittering is light though. I don't get much sencha in the taste, melding well with the grassy herbal and floral hopping. Finish is white wine like, dry, with lingering floral flavors on the tongue.
Medium body and slick oily feel on the tongue with some fine carbonation gently tickling your tongue. Main drawback is the sediment that is suspended in the beer that you can feel on your tongue as well. There is a bit of yeast caked on the bottom of the bottle when I looked. An interesting beer.
07-30-2011 20:35:40 | More by nataku00
3.4/5 rDev -12.1%
I am so damn happy that my store finally got these in. I've been obsessing over it since it was released.
Poured from a bottle into a Stone Old Guardian glass. This beer is a orange creamsicle color with some haze to it.
I'm gettin' a real bad funk from the smell. It smells very much like a farmhouse ale to me. There's a little bit of hops but the poop smell is overpowering everything else.
It's hard for me to peg the flavor down on this. When I think hard about it the flavor is very much like powdered matcha, particularly on the finish that lingers on your tongue. I guess it is upfront as well, but again it is not an easy flavor to pick out.
Mouthfeel is very carbonated and burns my mouth a bit. No complaints, though.
Gotta say, I'm a little bit disappointed. I thought the idea of green tea in an IPA was going to be pure genius, but the flavors don't mesh well enough. There is definitely green tea flavor, but you have to search hard to find it amongst the odd herb and hop flavors.
07-30-2011 06:10:17 | More by 20ozmonkey
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours a hazy golden orange with a tight white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.
Smells of citrus and a bit of green tea.
Tastes of a big wave of hops on top of a solid malt base. Hops hit first with lemon zest, grapefruit, and a bit of pine. The green tea adds in with a bit of spice and herbal notes. Malt has a bit of sugary sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium-full with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.
Overall, a pretty interesting beer that might be worth checking out if the green tea is appealing, but otherwise it is still a pretty good DIPA.
07-30-2011 02:25:33 | More by ocelot2500
1.85/5 rDev -52.2%
12oz bottle $3.99. I was hoping this would be good like so many Stone Collaborations but I could not stand this and it ended up going down the drain. Bright orange-yellow color, good head, looks good. Smell is odd, a bit oh hops and something totally foreign in an IPA. I like green tea but this was so completely dominated by it that I could not take it. It was just too herbal and "green". Yuck.
07-29-2011 17:00:39 | More by ArrogantB
3.38/5 rDev -12.7%
12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Couldn't find a date. Thanks to DarthKostrizer for the extra!
Pours a hazy golden orange with thin white head. Nose is kind of odd, like bitter orange peels and orange blossoms. Palate is bitter and citrusy. Bitter orange peel is big, astringent. Green tea powder comes to mind.
Not at all what I was expecting. The astringency is not great, and the green tea comes over in a weird way. Maybe it needs a bit to settle down?
07-29-2011 15:50:28 | More by SFLpunk
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
A - Pours a tangerine orange with a one finger fizzy off white head that dissipates almost immediately. No lacing to be had here...
S - Nectarines, citrus fruits, earthly hops and green tea leaves. Picking up something else I can't quite put my finger on. There is alot going on here...
T - Various citrus fruits and the nectarine notes that came through in the scent up front followed by a good healthy dose of hops. Ends with gree tea and some lingering hop bitterenss. Hop prensence is actually pretty subdued for a Stone IPA. While it is not over the top, I am not a big fan of the addition of the tea.
M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Abv is well hidden. Pretty smooth...
O - The price is right on with this one, but I don't care for the tea presence. Not a bad brew by any means, and i'm glad I got a chance to try this, but not something that I would go out of my way to obtain...
07-28-2011 04:10:54 | More by comfortablynumb1
Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.