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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPABaird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,108 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,108
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 96
Gots: 201 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 07-10-2011

Our style of brewing has always been about taking chances. It’s an extension of our “what-if” mentality, wherein we ask ourselves what would happen if we did things differently in the brewhouse, such as fermenting with a different strain of yeast or, in the case of this beer, incorporating whole-leaf green tea imported from Japan. The answer, embodied in this IPA when we first released it in 2011, was something truly magnificent, delicious and, as proven by the reissued edition you hold in your hand in 2015, worth brewing again. But what if we changed it? Yes, it’s riskier to change something most people thought to be liquid perfection, including our two-time collaborators Bryan Baird of Japan’s Baird Brewing Company and Toshi Ishii, a former Stone brewer and the founder of Guam’s Ishii Brewing Co., but we’ve found that, when approached with cautious curiosity and logic-driven creativity, reward often follows such risk. So, in bringing this IPA back to life, we followed the same recipe developed four years ago, but exchanged Pacifica hops from New Zealand, a hop-growing region that was becoming popular in 2011, for Helga hops from Australia, an area with a burgeoning botanical scene right now. The result is an IPA that’s as bright, herbaceous and bitingly hoppy as the one that’s had our fans requesting its return ever since its depletion from store shelves, but with a modern, hop-driven twist that makes this second draft unique and tasty in its own right.

2011 version is 9.2%
2015 version is 10.1%

2011 used NZ pacifica hops
2015 used AU helga hops
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very cloudy golden-orange color with a thin finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon, grapefruit, and floral hops with some sweet lightly bready malt, green tea, and a bit of candi sugar.

T - Starts off with a mix of lemon and grapefruit hops with some bitterness with some sweet, lightly bready malts, and a bit of green tea. Through the middle, some floral and pine hops come through with some more bitterness and some more green tea flavor and a bit of sweet candi sugar. The finish is a mix of sweet candi sugar, citrus and tropical hops, bitterness, and green tea.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice hop profile from start to end with a good amount of bitterness throughout. I also really like the green tea flavor.

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2/5  rDev -48.8%

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3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old notes sep 4, 2011

Stone Japanese green tea ipa

A- pour produces a 1 finger off white head that rests atop a golden/sunset orange beer with a good amount of fine sediment floating arount making it hazy. Not much in the way of lacing 3.5 

S- citrusy with grapefruit predominant also some lemon zest and tangerine. This is backed up bu a biscuty malt. A definitely tea scent but not necessarily green tea. Smell excellent 4

T- this beer is actually tea forward. I get it on the forefront and all the way through. It subdues some the citrusy hops and balances it out. There are tastes of green tea, grapfruit, tangerine, lemon, bitter hops,  some alcohol warmth and taste. Very well done. The alcohol warmth actually makes it feel kind of like a warm tea going down. 4

M- good mouthfeel. Nice viscosity and good carbonation 4

O- a good beer and one I'd like to try again especially on tap. Good drinkability and well done 4

B+/a-

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4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer when it first came out but just now found an old notebook with a bunch of reviews I never typed up.

A: Translucent gold with a rim of bright white foam.

S: Light and crisp. A little bit of citrus. Green tea smells delicious, and is not overwhelming.

T: Sweet green tea flavor-- a lot sweeter than I expect from an IPA. Citrus-y hops, perhaps orange. I really love the tea flavor. You can't taste the 9% alcohol.

M: Refreshing and crisp. Would be a great summer beer.

O: Intriguing and unique. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and would love to drink it again.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very large head. The color is a deep yellowish gold (a bit ironic considering Stone's opinion of "fizzy yellow beer").

Smell - The smell of the green tea is very strong. Behind that there is the hops, and the combination is not entirely pleasant.

Taste - The green tea and traditional IPA make an interesting combination. The tea really comes forward and cuts down on the bitterness of the hops.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy.

Overall not as intense in the hops department as a lot of other IPAs, but the green tea is very prominent, so I would only recommend it if you're a tea drinker as well as a beer lover.

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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,108 ratings.