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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPABaird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA
BA SCORE
3.93/5
Very Good
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:
#5,813
Reviews:
464
Ratings:
1,395
pDev:
12.72%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
120
Gots:
295
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,395 |  Reviews: 464
Photo of pat61
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.

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Photo of predikit
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of MikalMick
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scaba
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Snow81
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rorjets
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerloverinmanila
4.93/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best IPA I've ever tasted. Hints of green tea made the beer even refreshing.

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Photo of BradShook
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spw109
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of aussiebeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Warren2621
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chrisroarshack
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tictactisag
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of collk22
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of HOPOHOLIC
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of derekgw123
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tlema1
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful mix of flavors, this is a very good beer

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Photo of Highstplz
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good ipa with lingering hints of green tea.
Was hoping for more tea flavor but the hop part is awesome.

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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 1,395 ratings
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