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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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621 Ratings
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Ratings: 621
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 07-10-2011)
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Photo of Klym
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stone nonic. Shared with Cavery.

A: A deeper golden body with a 1 finger white head that dies down to about 1cm and stays there. The most striking thing about the body is that there are floaties that stay entirely in place-- they don't move around at all. It makes the body look like a jelly, pretty bizarre, but interesting.

S: Major floral character to this, the most I've gotten from an IPA/DIPA. A little grass and buckwheat, and plenty of aromatic hops. This smells quite different and really great.

T: Tons of up front floral sweetness, almost like a flower-flavored jello. A nice roof-of-the-mouth hopburn comes in and greentea/buckwheat blooms out in a vapor like taste that simmers down with a hibiscus/honey sweetness. Absolutely no alcohol detectable for me, which is impressive given the ABV. Again, this is quite distinct from any DIPA I've had and I really enjoyed it.

M: Medium-heavy for a DIPA. At times an almost jelly like mouthfeel, but I thought it somehow complimented the beer well. Would probably be harder to knock too many of these back compared to most DIPAs, but for a single glass I thought the mouthfeel did the beer well.

O: I'm really sad that this is a special collaboration and not a year-round release. This DIPA was very different to me and captured huge floral character, far more than I've seen any other DIPA even touch. On top of that, they did a nice job of getting their focused ingredient, green tea, to come out in the flavor. The green tea came off very high quality and natural too, not like your typical sweetened up green powder or green tea flavored ice cream type thing. Loving this beer more than I expected to, hope I can get more to enjoy this again.

Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted July 14th 2011 (from notes)

A - crisp orange/copper, two finger white head and a bit of lacing

S - flowers, Herbs, tea bags, tons of hops, nice malt, crisp, fresh and just awesome smelling

T - flowers, alcohol, hops (both high octane), toasted, lots of malt, funky yeast, some tea, citrus, passion fruit, fresh everything, crisp and lots of herbs

M - huge body, medium acidity, nice bitterness, huge complexity, well balanced and very crisp

D - drinks huge, lots of bitter, nice alcohol, tons of flavor, nicely complex, crisp, silky, lots of herbs and flowers. Just a great beer, just watch out for the crazy bitter

Final thought - get this while you can! 9.2 ABV and only $3 a bottle, yes!

Photo of ithacabaron
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, full apricot with blond highlights and big chunky floaters. Beer in the raw.

Aroma is etheareal – mint, pure, raw hop cones, sweet eureka lemons, powdered sugar, vanilla, tiny little hint of alcohol. Fantastic nose.

Taste is decidedly mellow and elusive; no cracking bitterness here. The major flavor is of malt and apricots; a lot of apricot. There's also some green papaya and watery lychee on the tip of the tongue. The flavor of the green tea is nearly non-existent, and what is there merges into the muted yet green hop flavor that appears as you roll the beer over your tongue; drinking this is something akin to what it would be like to chew on grass through a latex glove. Not as unpleasant as the description would lead you to believe, though.

Mouthfeel is very viscous; this is not a brew that is light on its feet. Additionally, the 9.2% ABV comes into play only a quarter of the way through the glass – you feel it fast.

Overall, I’d purchase it just to whiff at the smell; it smells just wonderful. Too bad the rest of the feel falls a bit short. If you get your hands on this any later than six months from the brew date (May 2011), don't even bother, because as soon as the hops go, there's nothing to see here. This is going to age terribly.

That being said, all in all, a great idea, decently executed, and certainly something to inspire me for future homebrewing sessions.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Honey golden color with a thin white head that fades pretty quickly.

S: At first, this smelled pretty damn good. Fresh mango and citrus hops along with some caramel malts and green tea leaf. But as the beer warmed, it took a strange turn. A strange aroma of green onion came out and overpowered just about everything else.

T: Again, this one started well. Hard citrus hops followed by smooth bready malts with some green tea and earthiness on the finish. As it warmed, the malts took over and a strange onion taste came in. Definitely a strange beer. I guess if you're going to have it, drink it cold.

Photo of GradyS1
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice golden orange with a with a one finger head. Translucent with a slight haze to the body. The most obvious sign of green tea in this beer comes from the smell, I catch hints of tea up front, actually its a good amount. Hops that remind me of the Emperial IPA that they brewed for the 14th and a small amount of malts on the back end. Taste was lacking the Tea characteristics that the smell had but still a unique and spicy IPA. A healthy dose of grapefruit and a small amount of pepper taste in the finish. The mouth feel actually was pretty smooth considering the hops, nice balance and almost a creamy finish

I liked this, it wasn't exactly a green tea but, it brought some of those characteristics into a solid IPA and created a unique beer that was pretty good on a warm night

Photo of FosterJM
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

647th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
12 oz

App- A darker orange with a large two finger head and lots of bubbles in the glass. A little lace but not much

Smell- More on the grainular tea side with a backing malt and just a touch of lush citrus. Did smell very fresh though.

Taste- There is a lot of flavors in this glass. Its all over the place, from lush citrus, to the tea to a subdued and well matched malt.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A very wet beer with a bit of tea and citrus residual flavor.

Drink- A great collaboration. I could drink this one all day. Even at the 9.20% I got none of the ABV and this was very smooth and lush. Glad I bought two.

Photo of womencantsail
2.63/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a light orange color with a big white head.

S: The nose on this is just flat out unpleasant. There is a strong aroma of onions, vegetables, body odor, and feet. There is some tea, but it's not very strong. A bit of grapefruit peel and some fake lemon.

T: There is a lot of bready malt flavor to the beer with a decent amount of hops. The hop flavors aren't all that enjoyable, though. I pick up some lemons, onions, a mild pine, and just a bit of bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a medium to high carbonation.

O: I wanted to like this as it is for a good cause, but it just missed the mark.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my stone IPA pint glass. Pours a hazy orange amber color. Thin white head and a bit of lacing.

Aroma has a tea character for sure. Citrus hops. Grapefruit and bit of lemon. Bit of malt.

Taste is pretty good. Mostly a hop bomb of citrus hops but has a decent malt character too. You get a bit of that green tea in the finish. Your tongue is pretty bitter in the finish too.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry and refreshing. High side of carb.

Overall I think this is stones best collab yet. Pretty nice IPA with a nice hit of green tea. Would have again for sure.

Photo of aknight
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangish gold in color. A decent head that quickly fizzles away leaving no lacing to speak of. The smell is sweet and aromatic. The first taste is of candy sugar, as that fades away the green tea and hops make their appearance. I get an initial blast of sweetness with this beer which leads to a very pleasant bitterness on the back. Mouthfeel is syrupy, I would have been happy with slightly more carbonation to help mask some of the sweetness of this beer.

Overall this was an interesting beer. I don't know that I would buy it all the time but I am glad I tried it and would love it if this was offered as a seasonal. I wish more of the Stone collaboration brews were this interesting.

Photo of scubazook
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a The Bruery tulip glass

Clear copper in color, with off white creamy head. There are some sediments.

A bit spicy, earthy sweet aroma, a hint of green tea herbal aroma.

Definitely tastes grassy green tea and slightly herbal earthy hop bitterness, crystal malt-like caramel sweetness in the back

Medium body, medium carbonation

The three brewers did a great job. It's very difficult to keep the delicate Japanese green flavors and aromas but they well captured and made it alive. A bit sweet to me but definitely I really enjoyed the beer and am really happy that I could participated in the great cause.

Photo of MCorrea
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours light amber with a decent white head. The bottle has a sizable amount of sediment in it. Despite my best efforts, some makes it into the glass, giving some turbidity to what would otherwise be a very clear beer.

S- Floral hops and a good dose of green tea aroma. The smell isn't all that strong overall, however.

T- Tasted like a regular IPA to me at first, but after about the 3rd sip, the green tea really jumps up to the front. The interplay of the hops and green tea flavors is balanced quite nicely.

M- Pretty standard for an IPA. Not too sticky. Good carbonation.

O- An interesting idea that worked out pretty well, and for a good cause. Glad I got a chance to try it.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium orange with a light white head, good retention, very light lace.

S: Lemon zest with a hint of grapefruit. Mainly a citrus nose, but there is a clear green tea aroma as well.

T: Has an etheral earthy quality I'm assuming is from the tea. Vegetal flavours with some romaine lettuce and a soupçon of asparagus. Still a lot of citrus, lemon heavy. Malt makes an appearance and stays in balance. Just a hint of booze in the finish.

M: Pretty full-bodied, with a light hint of acidity. Smooth, has a light aftertaste for the style.

O: Certainly not a hop bomb, the flavour is structured and has a good complexity. $2.99 for 12 oz. is nothing to sneeze at for DIPAs nowadays, certainly something to try to change it up.

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

A: Poured a golden copper in color with a two finger thick, foamy white head that lasted for a bit before dissipating to a thin layer of foam. There is a noticeable amount of particulates floating around, and the carbonation levels look good.

S: The aroma is bittersweet; mostly caramelized malts, grapefruity citrus hops and an earthy aroma which I can only guess is from the tea leaves. Overall quite pleasant, though the hops are more subdued than I would have guessed.

T: Taste follows the aroma. Malty sweetness blended with grapefruity hops and an earthy, green tea flavor. Interesting. I would say this is well balanced, the hops do come in a bit more in the flavor than the aroma, but they aren't overpowering. Alcohol comes in more as the beer warms, but for a 9.2% ABV it is relatively tame.

M: This is a medium bodied brew with solid carbonation. I enjoyed the body, especially, with a fair amount of substance and even some chewiness. Finishes crisp and it is very easy to drink.

O: Overall I was pleased with this brew. It was an interesting take on the American IPA and I can't say that I've experienced this mixture of flavors before. For such a high ABV, this was entirely drinkable and quite refreshing. Always good to try something new from Stone, cheers!

Photo of domtronzero
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden copper colored with a big, average lasting whitish fizzy head. Lots of lacing left throughout.

S - Noticeable green tea aroma, blended well with some bready malts and fruity hops and esters. Pretty damn good smelling.

F/M - Bready malts, slightly sweet with a big green tea flavor followed by an over-the-top bitterness (ala Stone). Light piney hops behind the tea. Slightly boozy in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice, dry finish. Lingering alcohol/tea flavor.

O - I enjoyed this beer way more than I thought I would. The idea seemed weird, to say the least, but it was pulled off pretty well. The booze and the bitterness are a little much. If it was toned down a little it would help to balance it out a little better. Otherwise it makes for the perfect night cap to a summer evening.

Photo of ajpadre
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome summer IPA. Stone couldn't have picked a better time to release it.

The nose is a typical IPA, herbs, pine needles.

But the initial taste is slight roasted barley, followed by a very light (at least for Stone's reputation) bitter hoppy flavor. The green tea is actually hard to find amongst the various hops used.

The green tea only slightly comes in on the back of the pallet, after the rest of the flavors have come and gone. The alcohol content is suprising, as a 9.2% ABV, it drinks like a 5%.

This will satisfy many pallets, between hop heads and lighter beer drinkers. Overall a great summer beer you can enjoy with a meal, or by the pool. And with the ABV, you'll only need one to start your night off right!

Photo of ehammond1
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Golden yellow with a touch of amber. Thin white head. Spotted lacing down the glass.

Earthy, floral, and a touch citrusy aroma. Not quite as pungent as I may have expected from a big 9+ ABV DIPA from Stone, but this one is a wonderful sniffer--earthy and floral.

A mildly bitter and incredibly well balanced DIPA. It is absolutely shocking that this has over 9% alcohol--it's absolutely no where to be seen. Floral and some sweet citrus, and then a earthy, lingering finish. A delicious and impressively quaffable big IPA.

Medium bodied. A pleasure to drink.

A delicious, balanced, impressive DIPA. The earthy component is a nice ending to an otherwise balanced and citrusy DIPA.

Photo of unseenbyyou
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall,this may be one of Stone's finest collaboration beers that I have had (better than Saison Du Buff and Highway 78--2 great collaboration beers of the past)

Appearance: decent carbonation, not much head, nice deep golden hue

Smell: does not have that typical hyper hopped stone smell... smells almost like an alpine beer

T: crisp, citrusy, some hint of tea in the background

M: smooth, can't believe it's 9.5 abv!

O: might be better than blind pig, almost as good as pliny! watch out...get this one while you can!

Photo of Hershdawg
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottle in to glass.

A: Golden amber color. Thin white head that quickly dissapates. Slight lacing. A little cloudiness from the tea bits floating around.

S:herbal and lemony hops (sorachi ace dry hopped), a sweetish smell, and a hint of green tea.

T: The herbal-ness takes the front. Low bitterness for a double ipa. The green tea is noticeable in the finish. Overall a very complex brew. I wish this wasn't a one timer.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable for a double IPA.

O: an extremely drinkable and complex beer. Nice balance between all the parts. I'm impressed with this collab and im happy with the cause.

Photo of DearthVader
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up today right off the truck at my local Whole Foods.

12 oz'er poured to my Alpine pint glass.

I always pour aggressively, hoping to produce a frothy head. Well, I poured ferociously and only got a 1/4" head that lasted for 15 seconds. It fell to a very thin white film. No sign of lacing at all. The body is a faded orange that is very easy to see through.

Smell is of orange peel, citrus, spices, and a nice floral finish which I'm guessing is from the green tea. Very nice.

Taste is upfront with sweet caramel malts, which flow into citrus notes. The citrus then goes straight into the bittering hops, blended with the dry green tea finish. It has a nice spicy finish to it that lingers for a bit with the dry, cottonmouth-like feel on the back of your tongue. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy. Not quite enough carbonation. I think it would be much easier to drink if there was slightly more carbonation in this, even though I typically enjoy a low carbonated DIPA.

Overall, I'm not disappointed that I bought 6 of these today. Its not the best of their collaborations, nor is it a fantastic beer by any means, but its one that I wouldn't mind revisiting. My brother is sitting next to me drinking one and is enjoying this quite a bit. Different strokes for different folks.


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

Wasn't quite sure what to expect when I bought this today, but loving beer and drinking lots of green tea made me want to try it. I prob won't do the review justice compared to others, but here goes;
A-once poured into my favorite glass, the golden/amber color was clear and inviting. Lace didn't last long, nor was very noticeable. Perhaps the oils from the tea leaves inhibited lace??
S-I got grass in the aroma which make sense from the green tea. Not as hoppy as other Stone brews
T-couldn't nail the profile down right away, but as I drank more, the bitterness flavor seemed like it was more from the green tea than than the hops. My friends kept telling me "you should not be so puzzled by a beer...but I disagreed
M-pleased by the blend of tea and IPA..the alcohol flavor came in near the end. Was VERY surprised to see 9.2% when I got it (had not read up in it before hand...doh!)
O-very enjoyable. Not quite an A yet, but I would get it again. I've been disappointed with some collaborations, but this one was done well.

I hope to see it on tap somewhere at some time, but if not, I'll go get a few more to keep for a nice day.

Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Thanks to Dan for sharing this. A collaboration between Baird, Ishi, and Stone.

A: Yellow gold in the glass with a small creamy white head that's fast fading. 

S: Orange flesh with light tangerine notes and a little caramel malt. Floral aromatics blend nicely with restrained herbal green tea characteristics.

T: A smooth moderate bitterness with a light caramel sweetness. Citrus notes are reminiscent of orange, grapefruit, and tangerine. The green tea isn't really noticeable up front but it kicks in midpalate and is pretty nice. It's well integrated and very mellow with none of the astringent notes I expected. The tea imparts herbal and spicy notes that blend nicely with the citrus. The finish is well balanced and the spiciness kicks in again really late after you think the flavor is done. The alcohol is very well hidden. I was shocked to find it at 9.2% after I finished my pour.

M: Medium in body with lower moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.

Overall: An enjoyable beer. Green tea in an IPA is a lot better than I expected.

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