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

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87
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1,396 Ratings
Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPABaird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,396
Reviews:
465
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
13.25%
 
 
Wants:
118
Gots:
295
For Trade:
3
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3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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)
3.74/5.00

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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
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