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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
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3.93/5
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1,395 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
Ranking:
#5,737
Reviews:
464
Ratings:
1,395
pDev:
12.72%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
120
Gots:
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Trade:
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1/5  rDev -74.6%

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1/5  rDev -74.6%

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1/5  rDev -74.6%

Photo of mothman
1.27/5  rDev -67.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is one of the worst beers I have ever had. The green tea dominates this beer so much that that I feel like I am drinking China. Not in a good way. Carbonated green tea water. Herbal and earthy hops. Miserable to drink even 4 ounces of this beer.

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1.46/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1

Site wants me to justify my ratings with a review soooo...

This beer looks fine and the mouthfeel is adequate for an IPA.

However it smells and tastes putrid. It's a contender for the worst beer I have ever had.

Huge rare-miss for Stone.

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1.5/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Maybe it's just me, but the green tea flavors do not meld at all with the IPA. Was a mess of a beer, in my opinion.

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1.92/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle $3.99. I was hoping this would be good like so many Stone Collaborations but I could not stand this and it ended up going down the drain. Bright orange-yellow color, good head, looks good. Smell is odd, a bit oh hops and something totally foreign in an IPA. I like green tea but this was so completely dominated by it that I could not take it. It was just too herbal and "green". Yuck.

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1.96/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On tap in a short stange at the Stone Tap Takeover at Acre.

Appearance: This has a light hazy golden color with a small white head that laces the glass nicely.

Smell: The aroma has a green tea base, with a fair amount of lemon, some grapefruit hops, and some biscuity malt.

Taste: The flavor is terrible. Medicinal flavor, fusel alcohol, green tea, sweet biscuity malt, and some lemon zest are pretty much a mess.

Mouthfeel: Astringent and dry, with a light to medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall: I could not really drink much of this at all. It is definitely the worst Stone beer I have ever had.

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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2/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Just terrible. Tastes like tea, not beer.

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2.1/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light tasting and refreshing. Sweet finish.

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2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

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2.27/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of dhartogs
2.39/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearnace was a nice light color, and was probably the best part of the beer. It smelled like a smooth beer, no hop presence of note, strange for an IPA. I was expceting a hoppy green teaish flavor, especially from Stone. But all I tasted was green tea foward and alcohol on the back end. Not balanced and not really too drinkable. Overall I did not like this beer. Perhaps if they toned down the Alcohol. I think 9% is a bit steep for something like this. If it had less of a boozy feel, a little more hops I would have enjoyed it more.

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2.41/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

One of the worst beer I have ever tasted.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my stone pint glass...

A-Pours a cloudy orange hue with a 2 finger off white head that dissipates to little or no head with minimal lacing...

S-Green tea with citrus and floral notes like orange and lemon and some herbal like notes as well...

T-Very interesting, green tea right up front with an orange mid malt and more green tea dry hops finish...very unusual taste about it...towards the end had to force it down a bit because the green tea and chemical like taste was to much...

M-Very thin or light bodied, has a dry hops green tea lingering taste...I get a chemical taste out of the mouth on this, very unpleasant...

O-A nice collaboration and great idea but i was not impressed with this brew to much, I'm just glad the profits go to a good cause...i could say i will not be drinking this one again...

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Not a big green tea fan, otherwise a good IPA

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2.62/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

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