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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
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:
#5,757
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
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wortman1998
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuitarIPA
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ScaryEd
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Crab_gang
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Very light golden in color. Small, thin head & lacing down the glass. Aroma is straight forward tea & citrus. Taste is that of tea, with a medium hop, citrus taste. Mouthfeel is very smooth & refreshing. I actually really like this beer. The alcohol isn't noticeable until well after finishing. Seems like a good one for the warm months.

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Photo of chiefbender
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dbrag
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gillagorilla
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber poured into a Burley Oak snifter (From notes when I had it on 2/18/15, bottled on 1/2/15 and enjoy by 4/915)

A: Golden copper color that is a gorgeous hue. Nice collar.
S: Crazy earthy with this intenseness to it. Some tannins in there, but mostly just really hoppy with a tinge of fruit to it.
T: Deliciously hoppy. Not a lot of green tea though. The green tea probably just smooths it all out and adds a bit of earthines. Just really damn good. Lingers like a green tea on the back of the throat.
M: Smooth and just a bit frothy.
O: So gosh darn good, but expensive at $8.99. I was really surprised that they brought this back out of nowhere with no warning. They had brewed this before I got into beer and this was one that I was sad to have missed.

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Photo of P1us182
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bundy462
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dillinger
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Tiernan
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of freshflesh
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GatorCoop
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shafaegalo
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CraigTravor
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The first few sips of this beer were delicious. As the beer warmed, it felt like I was drinking soap. The TASTE ranged from a 4 to a 3.25...

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4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of McStagger
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy orange with a finger of white head. Looks to be unfiltered, which I don't recall stone doing very often.

S: First thing is that you do get the green tea in this. It is very prevalent. Malt sweetness in there, along with some residual tropical notes.

T: Green tea up front. Huge notes of it. The sweetness of the malt works with the tea, almost like sugar in one's personal tea. Hops take over just as the green tea fades, giving an herbal leafy component tinged with citrus and still spiked with the malt sweetness. Tea carries through into the finish, where it continues to intermingle with the hops, making it difficult to determine who is contributing more flavor. The malt sweetness also carries through into the finish, adding that touch of sweetness to the tea.

M: It's a big IPA. The malts stretch out more as it warms up, giving it a fuller bodied mouthfeel. This

O: Check this one out. The maltiness does become more pronounced as this one warms, but it only adds dimensions to the green tea within the beer. One of Stone's best collaborations (and beers).

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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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