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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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618 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 52
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 wcintula
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.

wcintula, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of sweatervest27
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.

sweatervest27, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of dhartogs
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.

dhartogs, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
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.

grittybrews, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of biglobo8971
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.

biglobo8971, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

hosehead83, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of litheum94
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

litheum94, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of charlzm
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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?

charlzm, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Gmann, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bluejacket74, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of ottovon
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ottovon, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of MacQ32
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

MacQ32, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of snaotheus
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

snaotheus, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

avalon07, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of kkipple
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

kkipple, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Provocajade
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Provocajade, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

avaldivia, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

dirtylou, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

emmasdad, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of nbree00
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

nbree00, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

DaveHS, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of nataku00
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

nataku00, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of 20ozmonkey
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

20ozmonkey, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ocelot2500, Jul 30, 2011
Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.