1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPABaird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

806 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 806
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 79
Gots: 103 | FT: 2
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

2011 version is 9.2%
2015 version is 10.1%

2011 used NZ pacifica hops
2015 used AU helga hops
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 806 | Reviews: 377 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light fizzy head fades almost instantly over hazy sediment filled orange honey colored beer.

Nose had nice hops, light grapefruit and citrus, bit floral, hints of earthy spicy and candy hops, then some sweet malts, hint if reddish crystal malts and hint if booze, slight fruit too like candied apple, and if i really try I get hints of an herbal green tea.

Taste is unique, a combination of ipa, fruit, and light iced green tea. Hops bring a decent bitterness, earthy almost chewy and candy hops, hints of citrus and grapefruit. Also sweet malts with light reddish caramel malt and slight sweetness. Light fruit, again slight apple and herbal green tea flavor in the background. Finishes still a bit bitter which gets stronger after the swallow is gone long bitterness, some light sticky malts, and light fruit and tea linger. Light hint of booze hidden well behind the hops and sweet malts.

Moth is a big bigger bodied, decent carb, slight hint of booze.

Overall interesting, not my fav, malts are a bit much, and hop flavor isn't as pronounced as the bitterness, bit bigger than I would want for a beer with tea esp in the summer. It would have been a lot better as a 6% lighter ipa where the tea can actually come out more and the hopflavor overpowers the malty sweetness and bitterness.

Photo of phiberoptik
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Upon first notice, with a bit of light behind the bottle you can see a significant amount of sediment floating around in the bottle. I personally do not consider this appealing, especially when the bottle makes no mention that it SHOULD be there. I dropped it half a point for this.

Pours a bright coppery orange with a nice creamy white head. Head dissipates rather quickly with a nice ring around edge.

Maybe its because I just racked my PtE clone off the primary but I get a whiff of yeast cake in this. Smells herbal, slightly spicy, with a bit of floral notes as well. I get some yeasty bread notes as well.

First sip: bitter, spicy, with a warmth of alcohol in the finish. The warriors are in full effect on this one. Lingering bitterness. An interesting spicy herbal middle to this. No fruity or citrusy notes here for me.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, with a bit of a resiny character.

Overall I am glad to try this but I much prefer more citrus and sweeter notes vs. the spice and herbal of this. A good one for everyone to try.

Photo of Msquared2
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a nice peachy color. Held up to light though, the orange comes through significantly.

At first you smell the hops clearly. On the backend though, white grape comes through. I suppose this is the green tea.

Hops are on the forefront of this beer but quickly turns to a nice green tea/white grape flavor. It isn't overpowering and plays nice with the hops.

Good carbonation and mouthfeel.

O: It's a pretty good IPA. It defintiely has a twist that makes it something special. The flavors blend and work well together. Looking forward to drinking it again.

Photo of prototypic
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Japanese Green Tea IPA is an attractive collision of copper and orange. Backlighting gives it a strong orange tint. A soft, white head caps it off and stands about a finger and a half tall. It falls back to a surface covering quickly and holds steady there.

The nose is very average. It’s weak and needs a lot more strength. It kicks off with an interesting earthy, herbal scent. Perhaps that’s the green tea. There are some light citric hops. Smells mostly like lemon to me. There’s an interesting spicy scent. Spicy yeast might be the culprit. That’s about it. Alcohol is blended well. It doesn’t smell bad, but it doesn’t smell good either.

The flavor’s definitely better. Green tea is apparent in flavor. It has an earthy, herbal flavor that is pretty good. Hops are stronger here. They have a nice citric lemon and grapefruit flavor. It is bitter and dry. The spicy yeast adds quite a bit of character and works well. It seems somewhat Belgian in character. The flavors all work surprisingly well together. Given the mix of herbal, citric, and spicy flavors, that’s a little surprising. Alcohol is more noticeable in flavor, but doesn’t seem warm or hot at all. Finishes hoppy and a little spicy.

Japanese Green Tea IPA has a medium body that is smooth. Carbonation seems light and restrained. For a beer of its size, it goes down rather easy.

Stone Brewing has done some interesting things with some of these collaboration releases. Japanese Green Tea IPA is definitely one of the more intriguing. How is it? It’s pretty good. I don’t mind green tea, but wasn’t excited about the prospect of it in my beer. It works surprisingly well. The spicy side to it just might be the x-factor though. It’s surprising and very interesting. Good stuff. Check it out if you haven’t.

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a hazy orange color with a ton of sediment.

S Lots of herbal notes with a lot of citrus mixed in.

T The tea is the dominant flavor here. There is also a strong citrus note that follows it. Very odd.

M medium body with good carbonation.

Overall this is quite an unusual beer, however it is also pretty good so if you like tea I would recommend picking up a bottle.

Photo of Jaycase
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: hazy, golden orange. Lots of sediment floating about.

s: A surge of citrusy hops. Would like to have a stronger tea presence in the aroma

t: Just like the smell, immediate hops presence bursting through. The tea pokes through in the middle followed by the resurgence of hops at the end. The tea flavor was subtle and had I not known going in, I might have missed it.

m: medium body and carbonation.

o: A good beer for a good cause. This is an IPA first and foremost and a good one at that. The tea presence was ever so slight for me. I would have liked just a bit more of it there as it was hard for me to single it out from the dominant hops. Certainly worth trying and nice to see proceeds are going to a good cause - win, win.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing sunset orange, hanging sediment in suspension. A ring of delicate lacing forms inside the glass, on the opposite side.

Smells a little sweet and fruity, also herbal and floral. As it warms there's a slight hint of alcohol sharpness.

Sorachi Ace big time. Lemony with a woody hop character, definitely compliments the lemongrass and green tea leaf flavors. Sweet fruit flashes on the palate before the dry herbal notes set in. Smooth and medium bodied. Nice showcase of Sorachi Ace hops, pleasant and unique. Medium bitterness, lingering notes of lemon and tea in the aftertaste. Soft feel, medium bodied. Pretty tasty and worth a try... will get a few more of these.

Photo of celticfutblclub
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

love drinking beer. love it more when its helping a worthy cause.

A - a hazy orange body resides below a billowy head that sticks well and recedes every so slowly. great look to this beer.

S - green tea and mint sit up front and need a bit of zoning in to find (didnt notice on the first sniff). behind it lays resiny hops grapefruit and lemon zest.

T - the green tea is not hard to find in the taste. hits first mingles into a grapefruit orange peel lemon zest hop bite. both struggle to over power each other before the hops eventually take over at the end and fade out. its interesting flavor combination and i can see why they went for it as they do seem to compliment each other. that said i dont think i could drink more than one or two of these. still its a good beer.

M - medium to high carbonation. good boozy feel to this one up front and in the end. hop bite is not as strong as i would of thought but there.

O - its a worthy cause and a worthy beer. even though i wouldnt go out and buy a bunch of these it is enjoyable in a limit amount and would of still been worth it even without the great cause the money is going to.

Photo of brotherloco
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours an opaque medium gold with a lot of large suspended sediment. A finger of beige foam fades to a ring. Medium bits of lacing.

Aroma is citrusy hops up front but followed very quickly by grassy, earthy notes, I suppose from the tea. Orange and grapefruit dominate the citrus side. Lots of bready malt. Smells great.

Taste is dominated by the grass and earth flavor, but hop bitterness sits right on top. Very strong malt backbone, more bready than sweet. Hoppy bitterness lingers in the finish. ABV really well hidden.

Body and carbonation are both about medium and make this brew very drinkable.

I don't know much about green tea, but this is a pretty cool blending of flavors.

Photo of dubinsky
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy bright orange an off white foamy head that falls rather quickly leaving barely any lace behind, rather settles to the edges of the glass. An extreme amount of floaties and sediment is present, and not very appealing.

S – This is a very aromatic DIPA, but not the aroma I was expecting for being a green tea beer. Rather the hops dominate and are mostly piney and citrusy. Juicy oranges come to mine. Very strong and bold like I have come to expect from Stone. I was thinking this would be more floral, kind of like Elysian's Jasmine IPA is, but this is really rather basic.

T – The first think I can think of is fermented orange juice. Strong orange flavors yield to a big malt backbone. I don’t seem to pick up any tea flavors to speak of, rather im tasting a tone of fresh piney and citrusy hops. This has a similar hop profile to ruination I think.

M – Smooth and dry with a decent amount of carbonation. Medium bodied with a slick and oily finish.

O – This is a pretty good DIPA overall, very nicely hopped and well balanced with the malts, but I'm really struggling to pick out the green tea flavors and aromas. Could really use some more of that to make this what I thought it would be.

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light orange with some floaters a small white head.

Smells of citrus hops and green tea. The tea character really comes through in the aroma but, given that it's tea, the aroma is pretty subtle.

Taste is up front small hop that leads into a big green tea taste and finishes with an almost fruit-snack (Gushers anyone?) like character along side a hop kick. The taste is truly unique...the tea tastes killer and the finish is surprising and awesome. I'm impressed.

Medium to heavier bodied with a creamy character and nice amount of carbonation. The alcohol is present far in the finish, really well hidden.

I didn't think I would be into this beer much going in, but the taste is just fantastic and truly blended to make a unique BEER, not tea beer. Really great job on this one. I don't want to have to hope for more natural disasters, so make it a seasonal?

Photo of Arenbeer
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Tulip glass at fridge temperature

A- Pours a really nice golden yellowish orange with tons of sediment floating around and is extremely hazy. On top of the body is a very small 1 finger bright white head that dissipates into a small rim around the glass. Small retention with some sexy legs left on the side of the glass.

S- First whiff gave off strong pine, earthy, fresh grass notes with slight citrus and tropical fruitiness. After giving it a swirl the caramel malts and fruits really come out and combine very nicely. Some slight alcohol present but not bad at all. The green tea is overwhelmed and drown out by the hops, isn't to prominent in this one at all. A little bummed out.

T- Front of the tongue the hops obliterate the palate with tons of bitterness as well as flavor. Fresh cut grass, pine, earth, citrus, and grapefruit all come out of this one. Middle of the tongue the green tea gives a nice sweet yet more bitter dry flavor that actually stands out quite nicely. And as this beer slides down the throat your left with a caramel malt sweetness to coat the throat and tongue as well as fill up the body of the beer. The finish is filled with sweetness and strong bitterness but where it's unique is the sting left on the tip of the tongue and the taste of having just had a sip of hot green tea.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice strong bitter finish.

Overall I was super pumped for this beer, mostly for the concept and the idea of using tea in beer. After sticking my nose in it and tasting everything it had I have to admit this is one damn solid double IPA and everything I wanted it to be. The hops and green tea combine so well it's mind blowing.


Photo of kzoobrew
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big tahnks to FosterJM for the bottle. Cheers!

It looks like an IPA from Stone. The clear golden copper body that is present in every IPA Stone put out. Strong two finger bone white head is perched atop. Retention is pretty impressive. a one finger segment refuses to budge and remains for the duration.

The tea is very prominent in the nose. I was skeptical about blending tea with an IPA but so far this works. Light citrusy hop notes behind. The herbal citrus combination is quite pleasant.

It takes a couple sips to get a handle on what you are tasting. Pithy hop bitterness hits hard just before a heavy dose of green tea floods your palate. The green tea flavor increases in intensity even after the swallow. The beer gets a bit better with warmth. The harshness of the green tea subsides, or maybe my palate is just numb? Either way it is an improvement. There is some semblance of balance between the tea and a pithy, piny bitterness. This brings the score up a point.

Medium bodied IPA, carbonation is moderate. The finish is absolutely bone dry. Great mouthfeel for an IPA.

I wanted to love this beer. When I smelled the beer I thought I would. When I tasted it, that is when it fell apart a bit. The beer requires either some warmth or some palate fatigue in order to find some balance. The green tea was far too assertive in the beginning, burying every other flavor. This improved during the last half of the glass, making the beer somewhat enjoyable. I would try this again but I am not ready to say I would want more than one. I am very glad I had the opportunity to try this one, thanks again James!

Photo of quirkzoo
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice hazy bright orange beer. Something about the color really appealed to me. The small was pretty standard Stone IPA if a little muted as compared to their usual over the top offerings. Hop aroma was balanced between citrus fruits and pine and tastes pretty similar. Not as bitter as I was expecting from a IIPA but very easy drinking. If I was not told, I probably would not have known that there was any green tea in this, not sure where it is present in the beer except to perhaps add a different level of earthy bitterness. Beer drinks super smooth, especially considering it is 9.2abv. Overall it is a solid IPA which is interesting but unremarkable, worth trying but not a new favorite. I am glad that some of the proceeds went to a good cause.

Photo of Retail1LO
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

I got this bottle as an extra in a local trade. Pours an extremely hazy golden orange with but a whisper of a crown. Virtually zero lacing. The smell is a bit muted, but you can catch the hops with a solid whiff. The taste is very very good. Nice hop presence with a very faint hint of the green tea. Would have liked the green tea to be more pronounced. It makes it's presence known only as an aftertaste, which is still pretty unique. Overall, this is a nice beer. I think they did a good job marrying the flavors together. Successful collaboration, IMO.

Photo of Wineandbeerdude
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden color- minimal lacing.

S - piney, herbal, resinous

T - herbaceous with a hoppy midpalate and a slight bitter finish.

M - Crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale on the drier side.

O - An interesting ale worthy of trying. A great example of a stone collaboration.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: an initial head of a finger thick, falls to a halo with some very thin layer spots. Body is, I'm guessing chill haze clouded yellow with a tint of orange.
S: I actually recognize green tea, a lot of it, lighter pine hop, overall aroma is lightly sweetened green tea.
T: I'm not used to tea in beer but first noticed is green tea, a little bit piny. I will say I think this more of a hybrid style but not bitter enough to be an IPA. Some of the leafy green flavors do come through, this may as well be a green tea ale. I dontg like slamming stone or collaborations but this isn't purely an IPA.
M: its smooth low carbonation, lingers long.
O: I will retaste this, maybe re-review but not really an IPA in the purest sense. I can't say I don't like this, it is very good just not what I was expecting.

Photo of rawfish
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy orange glow with impressive amount of head, cracking with carbonation, 2 inches of eggshell white head, spotty lacing and surprisingly low retention despite a constant steam of bubbles.

Piney and rather herbaceous but not very much like tea at all, rather pungent with a nice caramel malt base and a hint of lemon through the medicinal pine.

Solid malt base put down with a bit of lemon zest, bitterness arrives much earlier in the drink than expected along with a bit of green tea leafiness followed by medicinal and pine hops. For a DIPA the bitterness is muted but well strung and does an exceptional job holding out well beyond in the aftertaste.

Finishes dry and clean with a bit of parched feeling. Well executed though carbonation was a little less than expected.

Been looking forward to trying this for a long time and it's well carried out with some definite Stone influence but the brakes are put on this one likely from the collaborative influence. One of the more balanced DIPAs I've had and one that doesnt blow you away with flavor but executes on a level of flavor and bitterness that is unique.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep glowing orange. Hazy as can be. Head is bright-white and leaves some faint traces of lacing. Lively carbonation sneaks through the haze.

Smell: Some tropical fruits (mango) and green tea hit the nose first. A bright, juicy citrus note follows. The malts are crusty and a little sweet, but the hops play up front. Loads of citrus after some warming. Rind, pith, and flesh all in one fell swoop. The green tea adds a nice floral dimension, livening things up a bit.

Taste: Green tea and melons. Big slap of grapefruit washes everything else away. Bready malts pull through the back. Loads of hop flavor. Pine and pith take up the aftertaste, leaving a strong, straight up bitter flavor on the tongue. The green tea is an interesting touch, but it's almost lost in the aggressive hop profile. Lingering hints of alcohol on the back.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for the style. Carbonation is more present than I'm used to with the style, but it works with the big citrus/tropical flavors. A touch of creeping dryness toward the end of the beer.

Overall: Solid all around. It's an aggressively hopped collaboration from Stone. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but if you don't like how Stone hops things in to oblivious sometimes, this might not be your cup of tea. A brighter, cleaner take on the style, it's definitely worth drinking.

Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It was short lived and left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of pine and herbs. Almost like a spice rack.

T - Very herbal flavor with some bitter hop spiciness. There was enough caramel sweetness to balance it out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice IPA but certainly not my favorite or one I'd stock up on.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ChurchKey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderate orange-caramel color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. Nose brings hints of green tear, which was luckily less than I was expecting. Along with that was some light citrus hops with a bit of lemon ans spice. Flavor was a bit of tea, though had more in the hop department. Some tea dryness and quite a bit of bitterness in the finish. I was afraid that they would go over the top with the tea, but this turned out quite nice.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this a couple of weeks ago and it missed the mark, but I was having an off-day and I didn't finish it, nor do I think I had chilled it sufficiently before drinking. So, I bought and had another one today, ready to review now that I'm through:

A: sunny orange with tan head - it looked like a great summer beer

S: citrusy (is that a word?), herbal

T: light, can't say I tasted green tea, per se, but it had a herbal/floral notes

M: great - tingly, refreshing, clean - didn't linger or leave an aftertaste

O: glad I had another one - it definitely goes down easy, the high abv didn't make itself felt at all - I'd gladly consume another if I'd bought more. I think this is a beer that tastes better colder than you may usually drink your ales (or at least I liked it colder than, say, a darker ale). Stone is a reliable brewer of good beers and this is no exception.

Cheers to beers!

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - very cloudy amber body, good white head on top.

S - citrusy hops, hint of tea, some earthy notes.

T - citrusy hops, some tea on the back, and some earthy notes as well

M - medium body, fairly smooth.

O - a fine beer, was expecting a bit more tea.

Photo of Bucknutty24
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy light golden color. With a nice white head that fades fast. Had a lot of floaties in the bottle due to the bottle conditioning.

S: It has a smell of hops, grass, little bit of tea.

T: This has a IPA flavor on the front of the tongue but is kinda bitter on the back end. Not a real hoppy IPA.

M: Mouth was a light to medium. Also kinda dry after each drink.

O: I have to say I really wanted to try this and it didn't disappoint. The alcohol is well hidden at 9.2 %.

Photo of BJA
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into perfect pint glass

A: The beer has a golden orange color that is hazy with some rather large floaties. One finger of head on a rather light pour. The head disappeared after a minute. Not much lacing stuck to the glass.

S: There is a strong scent. I get hops with a bit of floral and green tea and a few other things I can’t put my finger on. I think one of those things is an alcohol scent.

T: I get some hop bitterness at first followed by the green tea taste. The green tea taste is very present and lingers on the palate. I’m also getting a bit of a soapy taste? I can’t put my finger on it. Maybe it is a bit of the alcohol. There is also a malt taste that finishes it off.

M: The beer has a medium mouthfeel and a lingering bitterness with hints of green tea aftertaste.

O: This is a really interesting beer. I love tea, so blending green tea with beer works well for me. I find the high alcohol a little distracting. I tried my first bottle of this just days after it was released. I swear the alcohol was not as distracting then and the hops were more present (although don’t get me wrong, they’re quite present in this IPA; the balance just seems to have shifted). This bottle has now been in my fridge for a month and a half. Perhaps it has changed a bit. Or maybe the awesome waves at Windnsea today scrambled my brain. Either way, I like it enough and am interested enough to try it again when it is offered on tap or for a growler fill.

Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 806 ratings.