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

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Stone / Baird / Ishii  Japanese Green Tea IPAStone / Baird / Ishii  Japanese Green Tea IPA
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Stone / Baird / Ishii  Japanese Green Tea IPAStone / Baird / Ishii  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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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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Photo of njbusa
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasted_Youth
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rocadaboca
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 run. Very good IPA taste with just a bit of tea lingering in the back of mouth and lingering in the nose with spicy hops. Wish the tea was more fragrant but it's Stone so I expect extremely hopped flavor

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Photo of imfinished
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The IPA taste overpowers any hint of green tea.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: The beer is an opaque almost cream colored light orange. A white head recedes to a fine wisp while world map lacing remains on the glass.

Aroma: First impression is of a lot of spices and cedar. A very earthy, papery green tea element emerges underneath the spiciness.

Taste: Like the aroma, a good amount of peppery spice hits the taste buds first before getting to the main idea: green tea. Slightly bitter green tea comes out from the spices just like in the aroma. It adds some papery dryness to the overall taste. The finish is slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: This is an interesting brew. There's more spiciness than I expected and the green tea is definitely covered by the spiciness of the hops but that's not a bad thing, it has some complexity and balance.

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Photo of poopfaced
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle with a bottled-on date of Jan 2015 (I think). Purchased a little while back from the Brewdog webshop. A collaborative brew between Stone, Baird and Ishii breweries; described as an IPA brewed with Japanese green tea.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of spicy, fruity hops with hints of subtle pine, mild weed, a touch of peel, citrus, faint tropical fruit, green tea, caramel malt, earthy yeast and vague stewed hops. Good stuff - the tea is delicate but distinct.

T: Tastes of intensely aromatic hops with a robust bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, peel, citrus, mild pine, subtle weed, a touch of tropical fruit, green tea, delicate tannins, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. The booze is carefully hidden. Well-attenuated, followed by a strident, hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Hop oils stimulate the palate. Pretty astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, citrus, mild green tea and earthy yeast.

O: Impressive - superbly hoppy with an intriguing green tea influence. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are hop-laden; notes of citrus, mild pine, green tea and earthy yeast abound. Good body. A delight for the senses - all the pleasures of an American IPA along with a subtle green tea edge. Worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of Skinrad
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of anteatr23
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a small head. Appears cloudy. Smells like tea and booze. Tastes very boozy, bitter, peppery with an aftertaste of green tea. Seemed to notice the green tea the further I got into it. Had a sample of this on tap at Extreme Beer Fest in Boston and it was incredible. I was super eager to try it again, but it was a little lacking compared to how I remembered it. Not bad, but short of expectation. I couldn't find a date on the bottle so I'm not sure if the batch was simply not quite as fresh. Overall - If you're a Stone fan, an IPA fan, or a green tea fan, it's worth looking into. I'll be interested in trying it again if I come across a fresh bottle.

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

Photo of smaddock
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of angrybabboon
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Consumed 5/10/15

A: Remarkably, memorably hazy - medium orange with some tangerine and honey highlights - small, white head that fades to a few wisps, leaves some nice spots of lacing

S: Bright citrus and an undercurrent of green tea - orange and grapefruit flesh, juice - tropical aromas, mostly melon - spicy, grassy, lightly herbal green tea, not potent (maybe even possible to miss if I weren't looking for it) but definitely there - some sweetness from the pale malt base

T: Citrus with a spot of tea - big, juicy orange, grapefruit juice, flesh, rind, and some pith - tropical notes come next, mostly melon, cantaloupe - moderate bitterness with some lingering pith and herbal bitterness - green tea is somewhat of an aftertaste, with some herbal, grassy, spicy tea flavors - adds the bitterness - moderate bitterness overall, with some lingering pith and herbal tea bitterness - pale malts, above-average sweetness (which would usually result in me giving this a mediocre score), but it works with the citrus and tea flavors - alcohol is not as obvious as it should be

M: Medium body, very smooth, low carbonation, decent finish with some lingering bitterness and booze

O: I want the apple drink. It's green!

I think Stone should continue experimenting with combining tea flavors with their beers. I actually liked the Chai IRS, and I'm glad I finally had a chance to try this after missing it in 2011. If you hate green tea, you're going to hate this, but otherwise it's an interesting experiment.

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Photo of KevinDanger23
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Out of the box and delicious

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Photo of midnightcowboy818
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fuberwil
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Rizzy17
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RancidAggro
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gtwreck45
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GregA135
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer. After pouring it I let it warm up a few minutes at room temperature, this brought out the green tea taste, which was well balanced with the rest of the brew. Bitterness wasn't as strong as compared to their other IPA's, but still a good beer. Definitely try it out!

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