Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA | Stone Brewing

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

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by HopHead84 on 07-10-2011

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Reviews: 465 | Ratings: 1,396
Photo of santomark
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By what standards do we measure this one of a kind beer? It's completely different from everything out there. Being a lover of green tea and hophead, I figured this was well worth a review.

Appearance: Deep copper body, almost a bronze with hues of gold. The head will rise quick unless poured slowly, there apparently is a very active yeast in this beer. 3 finger head, foam white, dissipates very slowly.

Smell: Herbal, it smells like a freshly poured green tea. It reminds me of waiting for the tea to cool down and you can smell the vapors of the tea. This immediately smells like that experience. It's followed with some mild citrus notes. You can definitely smell the abv towards the end, has that sting in the nostrils.

Taste: Up front is something different, that great tea profile shines through immediately, that earthy, herbal, mild bitter leafy taste comes first.Following up is a mild sweetness from the hops. Mildly bready towards the end and a backsplash of the malt.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light and incredibly dangerous. Very nicely carbonated if held on the palate. Abv becomes very apparent when you hit the middle of this beer, the abv has a nice sting to it, like drinking a cold coke on a hot day. Dryness from the hops and bitter earthiness from the green tea cleanse the palate.

Overall: If you can't tell by my ratings, this beer is damn perfect to me. A perfect blend of two wonderful styles. Tea lovers and Beer lovers can rejoice with this beer. The crisp light body makes this extremely smooth. The green tea and hop profile flawlessly blend both styles, while leaving something for both lovers of their respective sect to find and love. Well done stone, well damn done!

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Photo of mpenske
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is retarded, have to write something to post a "5" review. just dumb BA. good beer. good mix of exactly what it reads - green tea & hint of IPA, doesn't taste like 10.1% shown on the bottle

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Photo of Chyren
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(from notes)

We're talking high-class ale here, I probably should've served it in a wine glass. It pours out a bubbling yellow orange and, maybe it was my imagination, but I thought I saw a hint of green in there too. The dense head builds to about 1.5 fingers, stabilizes, then dies down. Oh yes! the scent is refreshing. I could sit and smell it for 10 minutes. The flavor is expertly expressed, the subtle astringency of the green tea accents the dryness of this beer (9.2% abv), making the mouthfeel smooth, clean, and crisp. The herbal aroma and mild bitterness of the hops plays well with the tea's light grassy flavor. It has the character of a strong golden ale like Duvel, probably from the Belgian candi sugar. Don't expect your usual mouth-coating hop-bomb with this ale here. What you should expect is a delicate and thoughtful brew worthy of a bright day or clear night and plenty of heady reflection. Another epic Stone collaBEERation. They truly nailed it this time around. Get some!

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Photo of esrubyg
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tea balances the hops out extremely well. All flavors are very prominent. Complex but still so drinkable, so you might be disappointed with how quickly it disappears.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.92/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 litre growler I got at Stone Brewery earlier that day (so I know it's about 5 hours fresh out of the tap), into my Stone tulip.

A - Pours a semi-hazy copper color, 1 finger off white head that leaves some descent lacing.

S - Sweet, herbal tea aroma and slightly fruity. Almost has the aroma of mangos! But definately tea in the front.

T/M - Slightly boozy initally, but melds into the green tea. Not as aggresively hopped, but that's part of the draw to this one. Buttery, green tea flavor finishes it off. Medium mouthfeel, clean finish.

O - I was able to get a growler of this during Stone's special weekend growler fill. It was totally worth the drive down there to experience this one as fresh as possible! The reason I gave it this rating is because it's an excellent example of what it claims to be. Green tea IPA. Well done

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Photo of reizorc
4.92/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: Great looking DIPA
A: Mild green tea, herbal, mint, citrus hops, lime
T: Medium green tea, citrus hops throughout.
M: medium light body, goes down easy. some drying finish
O: Excellent beer! Stone never ceases to amaze me. This was a solid offering, I will definitely look for this again

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Photo of BradenMK
4.9/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

For me, this was a near-perfect beer. Perfect marriage of green matcha tea aroma and taste (wow, so much green tea in the taste!) and big IPA aromas and flavors. This IS a green tea IPA, gentlemen, this is how it's done. It took quite a vigorous pour to conjure up half a finger of foamy head, and it could have benefitted from a generally more creamy mouthfeel, but overall, absolutely one of the best beers I've ever drank. And the 10.1% alcohol could not be detected in the slightest either in the aroma or the tastebuds, not even in a hot sensation trickling down into my belly. I'm pretty amazed by this thing.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.79/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Photo of PushThePlate
4.76/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This comes from someone who thoroughly enjoys Double/Imperial IPAs as well as green tea: I did not have the edition from 2011 but I will be sure to have it the next time it comes along in 20XX (I hope). I had it on tap at a local bar and was blown away by the taste and drinkability of this 10.1% ABV brew. Light color for an Imperial IPA, almost yellowish, probably a result of the green tea. Hops were flavorful but not overwhelming, and the taste of green tea is not just an accent, but truly a large part of the makeup of the flavor in this beer. Way to go on the collaboration, Stone. I'll be awaiting the next one anxiously!

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Photo of MichPaul
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Guess it didn't like the fact that I rated this so much higher than others and is forcing me to write a review...
Can't really knock the look, beautiful color and about a 1 inch head. 4.75
Smell is just as delicious as the taste! Get that leafy, grassy smell all up in that nose! 4.75
Taste? So good! Hop bite at first with that same leafy, green tea, herbal taste on the back end... SOLID 4.75!
Feel is nice, big carbonation which I love and could give a 5, but will do 4.75
So overall, I don't know why this only gets a 87 so far... It's just as good if not better than the 3 Toppling Goliath beers I just recently tried which are hyped beyond belief.
Wonderful beer here!

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Photo of AFDerek
4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super crisp, refreshing. Absolutely loved it...a delightful deviation from Stone's already excellent offerings. Would love to enjoy this with some ahi tuna or good sushi. Can't wait to try again.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is EXACTLY what it says it is! It doesnt smell like an ipa or even beer for that matter, just a giant glass of cold tea ! The flavor of tea in this monster is OVERWHELMING then you get a medium hop punch to the palate followed by some spiciness from the tea, awesome!

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Photo of dananabanana
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
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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Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.71/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The nose and then taste of this brew counsel a release from unhealthy earthly attachments and to ritualized imbibing establishing a link to the worthy past. Consumption of the beer leads to a sense of peace, until the dry aftertaste leads intuitively to a path of awareness. Hence, it honors the major spiritual influences in modern Japan (Zen, Shinto, and Tao) while satisfying the contemporary American palate.

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Photo of DTJPPR
4.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from that tap at Stone Brewery in Escondido, CA into a Tulip Glass.

A - Poors an interesting light copper/amber color with lots of floating particales. Very interesting to look at as these little bits swirl around inside the glass. Has a thin, almost finger sized head that sticks around for most of the beer's life.

S - Complex is the only word I can think of for this one. There's a real citrusy scent from the hops, as well as some coriander and lots of lemon. You can also get a hint of green tea leaves(NO WAY?!) that makes for a real treat.

T - This is a very interesting beer. All of the nice hop flavors are present, big citrusy flavor with lots of pine and lemony flavors jumping around, and then this big green tea aftertaste, especially once you swallow. Lots of earthy tones also on the front of this one that fade into the fruit flavors just before the green tea comes swirling in. It sounds weird but this IPA almost seems "delicate" with its mix of flavors. I was very satisfied with this.

M - The mouthfeel here is a little strange. The beer is a bit chalky and dry, and you can feel some of the little bits floating about on your tongue, but its kind of an interesting drink overall.

O - This is a really interesting brew, and while it is delicious and strangely refreshing, it is a bit of a novelty that I think has me so intrigued. Although, the IPA qualities of it are very good, so I have to score it highly just because it is not only unique, but also very delicious and drinkable.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of c00ller
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was really excited to try this after learning that it was made in the past (only once!) with good reception.

Refrigerated for about an hour prior to pouring into tulip glass.
Appearance: Honey colored with a beautiful, full frothy head
Aroma: Hmm.. not really smelling much, if any, tea. Just some strong, fresh hops
Taste: Matcha (green tea) is strong up front, followed by the hops. Afterwards my breath tastes like matcha... awesome
Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost creamy? Carbonation is medium
Overall: The "Green Tea" is not a gimmick; it is not subtle, it is really there and the drink indeed lives up to the name. It's a special IPA for sure. While not for everyone, no one who doesn't like green tea wouldn't try it anyway...

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Photo of omniscientcause
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a Spiegel tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a small head. The lacing was not as impressive as I had anticipated.

S: Orange and citrus with herbal smell coming as the beer warmed and there was less in the glass.

T: Very refreshing pine and citus upfront with tea notes at the finish, even more so as the beer became warmer.

M: Very light mouthfeel for the style.

O: I had been waiting awhile for this beer and I was not disapointed. I bought two bottles because of the price. But I can see myself going to pick up some more over the next few weeks if it is still around.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copper color with lots of activity going on in the glass. The beer pours with a solid finger head, slowly descending to less than half, but maintaining a solid consistency and never fully dissipating.

The aroma is remarkable. Lots of hop character up front, lending citrus, lemon peel, and coriander to the nose.

Wow, that is an interesting flavor. It is an IPA, with strong hops, blending citrus, grapefruit, and other standard characteristics. But then there is the green tea, which rides right up front with those hops. The beer tastes like a blended (alcoholic) tea made up of tea leave, hop leaves, and cereal grains to add substance and body. Truly balanced, bitter, and rich.

There is a bit of chalkiness on the tongue...not something that is distracting, but almost a bit medicinal and quite herbal. The mouthfeel is almost reminiscent of the finish of a Belgian Saison, or strong Tripel. It is very earthy, and allows for the unique flavors of the beer to linger.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. The flavors come together well, providing a beer that is balanced, easy to drink (dangerous at 9.2%), and exciting.

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Photo of Hershdawg
4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of Davidpgibbons
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to matt for this extra before i had a chance to pick one up!
Poured into a snifter..
Super golden clear appearence sorta honey-like with a nice white head slowly leaving a nice lacing around the walls. Well carbonated. Aroma hits you with a nice grapefruity hoppy punch but almost no green tea or melon smells.
Taste is very very crisp, with a very nice piney bitterness leaving your tongue. I can taste somewhat of green tea or at least matcha and melon on the aftertaste. This is a very enjoyable brew, im gonna pick a couple more up to drink while fresh. I think the sake yeast played a nice role in the dry finish helping those bittering hops pop out. Overall awsome ipa! And 3.50 a bottle for a 9+ ipa its totally worth picking some up!

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with decent head for the abv.

The smell is amazing. Tons of tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, and such.

As it warms the taste from the tea and some alcohol comes through a bit more. Still very tropical and sweet but with a dry tea quality.

Overall I must say I love this beer. It is amazing the whole way down!

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Photo of BizzyQU
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer.

Had on tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC, review is from memory so forgive me for not being entirely specific.

Great hazy green color with an ivory head, loved the herbal bitterness from the tea, great concept. Hops did not overpower the tea, so a little different kind of Stone beer but for the better. I hope I can find this in a bottle, one of my favorites. If you like green tea and IPAs this is a must try.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't sure about this IPA, but it was better than expected for sure. Big green tea aroma, and the floral hops with the green tea gelled well. This IPA was piney, and had a slight resin quality. The green tea taste does come through well.

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Photo of RickS95
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a beauty while the head is tall and full. Extremely cloudy pour, resembling a hazy wit beer. Milky golden is the best way to describe it. Not a dark beer, but very opaque despite the 'pale' color. The head is typical bright white and does have some peaks, but it doesn't retain well and that's what keep the beer from being a 5 in the appearance.

Smells very Pacific Northwestern with a combination of grapefruit and pineapple scents dominating the nose. In the background, you can pick up the herbal Japanese characteristic. Even some lemon hiding in there somewhere.

The taste follows the lead set by the nose with gobs of citrus fruits, backed up by an herbal note from the tea. There's no presence of the high ABV until the swallow where the heat builds gradually and combined with the tea, provides for a lingering warm bitterness.

It's certainly a manly beer. Very aggressive hopping, from midsip on. Full bodied mouthfeel leaves your palate dry, warm and puckered as you await the next sip. Very reminiscent of tea in that for me in particular, each sip makes me a bit thirstier than when I started.

Very Stone-like beer, and that's a good thing. Low on malt and high on hops, and though it is somewhat extreme, that's kind of the point. So, yes, this beer scores high praise. It's what an IIPA should be.

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