Japanese Green Tea IPA
Stone Brewing

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IPA - Imperial
3.95 | pDev: 12.66%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Japanese Green Tea IPAJapanese Green Tea IPA
Notes: Collaboration with Baird Brewing Company & Ishii Brewing Co

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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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*2015 version*

Presentation: Draft, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear gold colored and a one finger white head.

Smell: It's a herbal and citrust smell thanks to the green tea and hop notes.

Taste: It starts off with green tea and rolls into more traditional citrust and hoppy IPA flavors with some lingering green tea leave notes at the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing with medium-high carbonation.

Overall: The subtle herbal tea notes are very well balanced with the stronger fruity IPA flavors but are still very much present and mask the alcohol in this beer well. The green tea character becomes more pronounced as the beer warms which is a nice touch.

Aug 23, 2018
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Just ok. Had nice hoppy character, but the green tea was a little weird for me. THe balance of favors seemed off and I didn't think these melded well together.

Feb 23, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid mix of orange and yellow, 3/5" head, carbonation spot on. Unique dry hop aroma, hits with both tea leaves and ample Stone wet hop notes, lots of green and vegetal stuff dropping all over.

Taste stayed solidly in the hoppy realm. Great mouthfeel allows a big beer to come over like its not anywhere near that size in abv terms. Lots of herbal feels on this one.

Price was a little high, but if they could put something like this out for $10/4 pack, I'd be all over it.

Feb 22, 2016
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"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 quite 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 delpetion from store shelves, but with a modern, hop-driven twist that makes this second draft unique and tasty in its own right." Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Brewed in collaboration between Stone, Baird & Ishii, originally released in 2011, this rendition is the second version, released in 2015.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a buttery white color over a densely hazy golden amber body with ample, lively carbonation and varied chunk sediment. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Potent herbal tea forward, spicy, lemony and light citrus aromas, with light grassy undertones, moderately bitter. Pale malt base with light biscuit and cracker malt body, reserved sweetness. Clean malt base and a potent hop and green tea aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Very bold green tea character forward- herbal and leafy paired with soft citrus and grass undertones, atop a simple but effective pale and cracker malt body with a light sweetness. Finishes on an effervescent leafy note with a trailing of lemon and honey. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, clean, moderately dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is light/medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is moderately leafy herbal and lemony bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) I'm really not much of a fan of green tea and green tea infused products, but I find that the green tea flavor comes through very nicely in this beer and is nicely complimented by an equally delicate hop character that contributes nicely to enhancing the green tea subtleties of this beer. I think this beer is worth a try to most who are exploring Double IPA variants but I'm about all Green Tea'd out after one. 3.75

Stone Brewing Co.'s
Japanese Green Tea IPA v.2 (With Baird & Ishii)

Sep 23, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours hazy orangish amber with a thin head. It also has little particles floating around in it. Flavor: The beer starts with an initial sweet fruitiness suggesting something from the plum or apricot family and then there is a burst of hops that finishes with a lingering hop bitterness and a suggestion of citrus rind that combines the grapefruit and bitter flavors. It finishes dry with a lot of hop flavor with some mouth-puckering astringency in the finish. It dries out and becomes astringent in the finish. There is also some green tea bitterness that also comes out in the finish. Puckeringly dry. Mouthfeel: Full body, medium carbonation. Overall: If you close your eyes and ignore the chunks floating around it is a good beer.

Aug 11, 2015
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predikit from Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this some weeks prior, so I'll do my best to remember. The thing that sticks in my mind is that this was completely disappointing.

No green tea notes whatsoever, the most generic hoppy IPA quality that didn't have any depth of flavor. Alcohol was decently hidden, but you could feel it going down. The most minor of malted flavors in the background.

This was for the most part, a generic overpriced IPA that I wouldn't purchase twice.

Aug 09, 2015
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 Oz bottle poured into non-ionic glass. Purchased at total wine in Charleston for $9, shared with collk22 (kyle).
A: pours a bright golden sunshine body, heavy spotty and stringy lacing, carbonation, sediment
S: green tea, orange, lite sweet citrus, some booz as it warms
M: medium body, sticky creamy resin on the tongue
T: green tea earthiness, citrus, pink grapefruit, cracker, pine hop medium dry finish
O: great brew if you like green tea.

Jun 13, 2015
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collk22 from South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Predominately tea flavored. Good head that lasted through the duration of the beer. Lots of lacing; probably more than I've seen in other beers. Enjoyed it.

Jun 13, 2015
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rocadaboca from Texas

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 run. Very good IPA taste with just a bit of tea lingering in the back of mouth and lingering in the nose with spicy hops. Wish the tea was more fragrant but it's Stone so I expect extremely hopped flavor

May 27, 2015
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: The beer is an opaque almost cream colored light orange. A white head recedes to a fine wisp while world map lacing remains on the glass.

Aroma: First impression is of a lot of spices and cedar. A very earthy, papery green tea element emerges underneath the spiciness.

Taste: Like the aroma, a good amount of peppery spice hits the taste buds first before getting to the main idea: green tea. Slightly bitter green tea comes out from the spices just like in the aroma. It adds some papery dryness to the overall taste. The finish is slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: This is an interesting brew. There's more spiciness than I expected and the green tea is definitely covered by the spiciness of the hops but that's not a bad thing, it has some complexity and balance.

May 17, 2015
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jazzyjeff13 from England

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle with a bottled-on date of Jan 2015 (I think). Purchased a little while back from the Brewdog webshop. A collaborative brew between Stone, Baird and Ishii breweries; described as an IPA brewed with Japanese green tea.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of spicy, fruity hops with hints of subtle pine, mild weed, a touch of peel, citrus, faint tropical fruit, green tea, caramel malt, earthy yeast and vague stewed hops. Good stuff - the tea is delicate but distinct.

T: Tastes of intensely aromatic hops with a robust bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, peel, citrus, mild pine, subtle weed, a touch of tropical fruit, green tea, delicate tannins, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. The booze is carefully hidden. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident, hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Hop oils stimulate the palate. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, citrus, mild green tea and earthy yeast.

O: Impressive - superbly hoppy with an intriguing green tea influence. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are hop-laden; notes of citrus, mild pine, green tea and earthy yeast abound. Good body. A delight for the senses - all the pleasures of an American IPA along with a subtle green tea edge. Worth sampling if you have the chance.

May 17, 2015
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anteatr23 from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a small head. Appears cloudy. Smells like tea and booze. Tastes very boozy, bitter, peppery with an aftertaste of green tea. Seemed to notice the green tea the further I got into it. Had a sample of this on tap at Extreme Beer Fest in Boston and it was incredible. I was super eager to try it again, but it was a little lacking compared to how I remembered it. Not bad, but short of expectation. I couldn't find a date on the bottle so I'm not sure if the batch was simply not quite as fresh. Overall - If you're a Stone fan, an IPA fan, or a green tea fan, it's worth looking into. I'll be interested in trying it again if I come across a fresh bottle.

May 14, 2015
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 5/10/15

A: Remarkably, memorably hazy - medium orange with some tangerine and honey highlights - small, white head that fades to a few wisps, leaves some nice spots of lacing

S: Bright citrus and an undercurrent of green tea - orange and grapefruit flesh, juice - tropical aromas, mostly melon - spicy, grassy, lightly herbal green tea, not potent (maybe even possible to miss if I weren't looking for it) but definitely there - some sweetness from the pale malt base

T: Citrus with a spot of tea - big, juicy orange, grapefruit juice, flesh, rind, and some pith - tropical notes come next, mostly melon, cantaloupe - moderate bitterness with some lingering pith and herbal bitterness - green tea is somewhat of an aftertaste, with some herbal, grassy, spicy tea flavors - adds the bitterness - moderate bitterness overall, with some lingering pith and herbal tea bitterness - pale malts, above-average sweetness (which would usually result in me giving this a mediocre score), but it works with the citrus and tea flavors - alcohol is not as obvious as it should be

M: Medium body, very smooth, low carbonation, decent finish with some lingering bitterness and booze

O: I want the apple drink. It's green!

I think Stone should continue experimenting with combining tea flavors with their beers. I actually liked the Chai IRS, and I'm glad I finally had a chance to try this after missing it in 2011. If you hate green tea, you're going to hate this, but otherwise it's an interesting experiment.

May 10, 2015
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GregA135 from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer. After pouring it I let it warm up a few minutes at room temperature, this brought out the green tea taste, which was well balanced with the rest of the brew. Bitterness wasn't as strong as compared to their other IPA's, but still a good beer. Definitely try it out!

Apr 26, 2015
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garyloveman from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour was a tinted green gold. Smelled like a glass of iced green tea, a little sweetness in the flavor and mild green tea notes...not sure if the bitter finish was from the hops or overbrewed green tea. Good even carbonation

Apr 23, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.99/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz. Fantastic screen-print label. Branded black pry-off cap. Stone has the best marketing in the business, no doubt. Let's see if this time the beer is actually up to par...

10.1% ABV. 2015 vintage (i.e. "2nd Edition").

Served cold into a pilsner glass. Expectations are above average seeing as it's a collaboration Stone beer (Stone's collaborations tend to be better than their own offerings, which I think says a lot about Stone). Reviewed live as an IPA per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~3 inches wide. Off-white colour. Creamy enough. Could be softer. Average thickness. Decent consistency and complexion. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

Retention is superb for the high ABV - ~8 minutes.

BODY: Hazy murky yellow-copper with orange hues. Rather dull, lacking vibrance. Not the clean filtered appearance you'd expect of a good IPA.

Appears well-carbonated. It's decent looking for a beer in its style, but lacks any unique or special attributes. I worry it'll be astringent...

AROMA: Has an assertive hop profile with notes of overripe fruit (including melon, mango, and tangerine), honeyed yogurt (especially on the back-end), floral hops, and basil herb. Low in hop oils, not resinous at all, and by no means piney. The yogurty aspect of the hop profile is somewhat unique. The pale malt sweetness seems near ideal for an IPA, never coming off cloying yet still managing to quell any hop bitterness.

To be honest, I have trouble finding the green tea notes, and would be surprised if anyone could readily find them in a blind tasting of this beer. I count this as a blessing, as there're no indicators of tea-like astringency, and the green tea is subtle if anything, blending in with the basil. As it warms, the green tea does emerge a bit more, but fits in with the melon fruit from the hops. Maybe this isn't going to be the gimmick beer one may have expected...

TASTE: Boy, the hop profile featured in the taste is far less artfully executed and subtle than the aroma suggested. The overripe fruit (mostly melon, with some vague tropical notes) delivers some bold hop bitterness that goes largely unbalanced by the pale malt sweetness, fundamentally throwing off the key hop/malt balance. The interesting yogurty character of the Helga hops is nicely showcased, but just doesn't feel seamlessly integrated or well-executed here. Some tea-like astringency is noticeable, quashing any subtly the basil might have offered but bringing little to the table in terms of flavour; this has none of the good aspects of green tea but most of the bad. Minor supplemental floral hops fill it out a bit.

There's no fresh citrus, juicy fruit, resins, oils, pine, etc. All things considered, the hop profile is a bit of a let-down, and it doesn't harmonize well with the green tea at all.

It's not as aggressive or hop-forward as most of Stone's IPAs, but the hop profile is still off the mark. At least it's not too caramalt-heavy; I'm glad pale malts provide the bulk of the sweetness. Alcohol is decently disguised, but the 10.1% is still somewhat noticeable. Why skew that high in terms of alcohol?

Average depth, duration, intensity, and amplitude of flavour. It has an okay balance overall, and a loose cohesion. Not a gestalt beer, but it boasts enough complexity to keep things interesting. I applaud the experimentation, but this just doesn't come together quite like it should.

TEXTURE: Full-bodied, with assertive overcarbonation and far too much heft & weight on the palate, lending it a heavy overbearing presence on the palate that keeps it from feeling refreshing, mellow, or light. It's smooth and wet, but doesn't go down real easy on account of its booziness. The light astringency of the tea is fairly disguised by the hints of hop oil running throughout.

Not a scratchy, harsh, gushed, or rough beer.

This texture doesn't elevate the beer as a whole. There's no harmony of mouthfeel to taste here, but the former doesn't sabotage the latter.

OVERALL: Not the gimmicky beer it could be, but nevertheless problematic. This IPA suffers from an unnecessarily high ABV coupled with an underwhelming hop profile and a surprising absence of green tea flavour. I do like the yogurt note, but otherwise this is a forgettable beer in its style with a fundamental imbalance. I wouldn't buy it again, and it will fail to impress the discerning drinker, but Stone has done worse. Not the most drinkable IPA out there, but I'll finish it with some effort.

High C (2.99)

Apr 21, 2015
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goochpunch from Texas

4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a hazy apricot body with a foamed head. Smells of tropical fruit, anise, pineapple hops with a vegetal, sweet underlying green tea element. Tastes of pale, lightly toasty malts and tropical fruit from the hops. Sweet Japanese tea leaf comes in stronger than I'd expected. Vegetal with notes of vanilla and algae. Tea goes toe to toe with the hops. Mouthfeel is creamy and full. Excellent.

Apr 12, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a very bright clear yellow in color, there is almost a greenish hue to it, but I think it may just be me seeing things as it is "brewed with green tea."

S — Smells fairly bland and one dimensional, sweet overall, lightly grainy and little bit of hop, really not much going on.

T — Big sweet piney hop notes, then the green tea comes and hits you, it is like a Matcha Green Tea sweetness, very well balanced though however, big green tea presence, but not overbearing.

M — Absolutely no clue that this is 10.1% ABV, very light, clean, and refreshing.

O — Very nice overall, good balance of tea and hops, bitter and clean.

Apr 11, 2015
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NCMatt from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green tea wasn't the most pronounced flavor, more in the background. Also had a metallic aftertaste for me. Overall very enjoyable, however the hype had me thinking it might be better than it was. I would love to see this come back as a seasonal six pack someday!

Apr 07, 2015
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange with a big white head and sticky lacing. Green tea, nectarines, oranges, lemon zest, and stone fruits in the aroma. Opens with a green tea and citrus bite bringing the orange and tangerine flavors. Herbal in the middle, floral with a honey like malt backbone. A bit astringent toward the end bringing tea flavors of the bittering variety. Full end of medium feel, slightly sticky and a dry finish. The tea works in this, it's a nice DIPA with unique flavors.

Mar 28, 2015
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a glowing, hazy golden orange with a thin, creamy white mousse.

S: Aromas of green tea, honey, caramel, cream, biscuit, white peach, nectarine, tangerine, lemon zest, mandarin orange, lime, and kumquat fill the nose.

T: Gorgeously integrated notes of white peach, nectarine, tangerine, lemon zest, mandarin orange, lime, kumquat, peppermint, pineapple, green tea, honey, caramel, cream, and biscuit wash across the palate. The finish is complex, presenting a balance of green tea, tart citrus, cream, honey, caramel, and biscuit flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, and smooth. Lacking the resinous texture that is so characteristic of many ales of this type. Carbonation is airy and delicate. Alcohol is pronounced, but is warming rather than prickly.

O: Though I am getting a little tired of the endless IPA variations from Stone, this DIPA is really nice and sophisticated. It presents a gorgeous, thoughtful, and unique layering of flavors and aromas that really set it apart from many of the brewery's other products of this type. All in all, this may be the first beer from Stone that has even come close to exciting me in some time. It is well worth seeking out for open-minded fans of hoppy ales.

Mar 28, 2015
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retry4z from California

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Eureka! Solid IPA by stone. Green tea flavor isn't overwhelming, but nevertheless comes through nicely, and there is plenty of fruity malt to balance the hop bitterness. Flavored of dried apricot, candi, and pine. The alcohol nicely complements the big body. 12oz pour is just the right size. I won't eat food with this beer, as the subtleties would be lost. Greet tea in an IPA is a great idea, especially how similar the bitterness is between hops and matcha powder. This is maybe the only successful collaboration beer I've encountered.

Mar 28, 2015
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Boston71 from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really love anything that Stone puts out. However this is a take or leave it.
Red ale with a nice white big foamy head.
Hops 101- almost to the point of bitter- no green tea notes detached
Very bubbly carbonation!

I love all things IPA but I was looking for a tea sweet note and felt it was missed. Glad I got to try it at EBF instead of buying a bottle

Mar 25, 2015
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JPowell712 from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Everyone knows I love a crazy style of beer. I love green tea and I love beer, so this was a must try when I found it. Off of the pour, I got a hazy golden color with a frothy white head. It had quite the bit of carbonation. The smell is where I started to doubt this beer a bit. It had an odor that I personally didn't like. It confused my nose to what was actually going on in the brew. I got tea and sour hops off the nose. The the taste was also kind of close to the smell. I got the strong taste of tea and very harsh hops. The hops were almost too harsh or sour in my opinion. I think this was a nice idea for a brew and the rating I have it is based upon the fact that I give them credit for using such off centered ingredients. But this was not one of my favorites. Drinkable but not as enjoyable as I would have hoped for.

Mar 24, 2015
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Homers_Beer_Odyssey from New York

4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE - 3FH, opaque, carbonation, light, hazy.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Carbonation, dry, bubbly, clean, effervescent, crisp.

VALUE - $8 for 8-oz draft. Why so little?

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - The tea is hardly noticeable, but probably makes it drier and crisper. ABV well-hidden.

Mar 24, 2015
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