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

BA SCORE
87
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
Ratings:
1,395
Reviews:
464
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
13.25%
 
 
Wants:
120
Gots:
295
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,395 |  Reviews: 464
Photo of Lare453
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rudedude985
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of philbe311
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An active swirling pour yields just shy of three fingers worth of lush and airy light khaki colored frothiness comprised of mostly big and chunky bubbles... Solid retention... A moderate bit of slightly sluggish carbonation rises throughout... The color is a a slightly dull amberish honey... A wee bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass... The aroma is rather unique... The green tea component cuts through more than expected... There is a slightly musky presence as well... The hops are rather subdued, but take on a mix of tropical fruit and earthy pine... The palate is an alternating ebb and flow of assertive hops and green tea... There is a slight medicinal / metallic presence that is slightly off putting... Rather unique and takes some getting used to... The mouthfeel is medium bodied and rather assertive... Dense... Slightly chalky... The booziness lingers... A unique beer, but not one that I would indulge in with regularity... A bit less than the sum of its parts... A good experiment with mixed results...

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Photo of ONUMello
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a solid one-finger head
S: Definite green tea along with some nice citrus notes from the hops; some malt in the background
T: Again a tea/citrus mix though it tastes like the tea was steeped a bit long - the bitterness is very pronounced
M: Medium-bodied, bitter but otherwise balanced
O: I like the way the tea and hops play. Overall a solid blend I would love to see others try, other than my above complaint that the it tastes 'over-steeped' if you will

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Photo of 1KEVIN1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Steve78
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sheenisgod
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbuckeye
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lemmy187
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CreightonSM
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreyGhost4
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chitex78
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tabascosigned
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WDJersey
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerSnobery
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jellikit
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle.

Appearance: mostly yellow with a slight orange tint. Clear. Lots of bubbles rising. Medium foamy head.
Smell: Fruity hops followed by green tea.
Taste: pine hops follies by tea and alcohol.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall. Meh. Not that great. Probably will pass next time.

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Photo of craftaholic
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Phenomenal pairing between the hops and the tea, but you better like tea or you will loate this!

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Photo of RandyBoBandy
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PGD120
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber Poured into a snifter

Appearance: ambet with 1.5 finger white head. Some nice lacing

Aroma: grapfruit, some pine. Orange and lemon peel, peach iced tea, green tea

Taste: piney, floral green tea with some peach and apricot. Lots of grapfruit.nice smooth green tea after taste. You barely can tell it's a 10.1 abv

Feel: medium bodied, little dry, bright carbonation

Overall: as a lover of both IPAs and green tea I really liked this alot. Easy to drink and delicous. Maybe my favorite stone beer to date

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Photo of Trish
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Risenhower
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,395 ratings.
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