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

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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Ratings: 1,395 |  Reviews: 464
Photo of cuvtcuv
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice. 2015 version bottled on 01/09/15.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head which settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves some decent lacing.

Smell: A very juicy and herbal hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus fruit and green tea. Citrus hop scent with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, mango, and apricot. Also some piney and grassy hop hints. A very noticeable scent of the green tea comes through. Background hints of malt with subtle hints of grains, cracker, and yeast. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very ripe, juicy, and herbal hop driven taste with big notes of citrus fruit and green tea. Upfront taste of citrus hops with juicy notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, lemon, mango, and apricot. Hop notes of pine resin and grass as well. Big taste of green tea that blends well with the hops increasing the herbal qualities. Soft pale malt background presence with notes of cracker, grains, and yeast. Very bitter and juicy. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and oily with a drying bitter finish.

Overall: A very good twist on Stone’s West Coast IPA. The green tea flavor is big and blends in nicely with the juicy and herbal hops.

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Photo of oldsailor
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ross84
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ShanePB
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of arvidkoval
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Effervescent, orange body. Citrusy hop smell, a hint of green tea pops through. Orangey hop flavor, green tea and just a slight bitterness. Very nice beer and I don't like tea, but it works here.

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Photo of santomark
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By what standards do we measure this one of a kind beer? It's completely different from everything out there. Being a lover of green tea and hophead, I figured this was well worth a review.

Appearance: Deep copper body, almost a bronze with hues of gold. The head will rise quick unless poured slowly, there apparently is a very active yeast in this beer. 3 finger head, foam white, dissipates very slowly.

Smell: Herbal, it smells like a freshly poured green tea. It reminds me of waiting for the tea to cool down and you can smell the vapors of the tea. This immediately smells like that experience. It's followed with some mild citrus notes. You can definitely smell the abv towards the end, has that sting in the nostrils.

Taste: Up front is something different, that great tea profile shines through immediately, that earthy, herbal, mild bitter leafy taste comes first.Following up is a mild sweetness from the hops. Mildly bready towards the end and a backsplash of the malt.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light and incredibly dangerous. Very nicely carbonated if held on the palate. Abv becomes very apparent when you hit the middle of this beer, the abv has a nice sting to it, like drinking a cold coke on a hot day. Dryness from the hops and bitter earthiness from the green tea cleanse the palate.

Overall: If you can't tell by my ratings, this beer is damn perfect to me. A perfect blend of two wonderful styles. Tea lovers and Beer lovers can rejoice with this beer. The crisp light body makes this extremely smooth. The green tea and hop profile flawlessly blend both styles, while leaving something for both lovers of their respective sect to find and love. Well done stone, well damn done!

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Photo of ambruns1979
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of shopk
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wonothesane42
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jufu07
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rphx88
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccrida
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Way sugary smell, kind of herbal on the palate, overall, eh...

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

I absolutely love this beer. I loved it when I first tried in back in 2011 and I love this version as well.

Appearance: Golden, but with a lot of sediment. I’m guessing that is from the green tea.

Aroma: Herbal tea smell is at the forefront, but the fruity hops support it nicely.

Taste: This stuff is amazing. The green tea and IPA are perfectly combined. Almost like having green tea ice cream at the end of a Japanese meal. There is definitely a bit of a grassy after taste, but it’s very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Real smooth.

Overall: Dear Stone – please make more of this!

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jruno
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atrocity
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at Golden Crust in Red Lion

The color is dark golden with a white cap with good retention and very fine bead. The smell is great with a smell that is like a fresh brewed green tea at a japanese restaurant with nice herbal aroma and earthy green tea smell with little in the way of hops or malt. The feel has medium high carbonation with earthy texture and light astringency level with low sweetness and semi-dry finish.

The taste starts tangy with an astringent strong-brewed tea flavor which is balanced by hops which add slight spice in the middle with mild tropical quality in the taste which compliments the taste of the tea without an abundance of hop bitterness to clash with the overall smoothness in the tea. Overall I really enjoyed this and it fits the description was better than I expected and doesn't taste like a 10% IPA perhaps the tea is the reason but I would recommend this to those who like unsweetened green tea

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

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

Appearance: Golden-copper with a low white head, moderate lacing.

Smell: Dank, resiny hops. Comparing this to Enjoy By, it’s more subdued and darker (hopefully that makes sense).

Taste: Up front there is pretty strong hop bitterness, into mild sweetness that nicely fades into green, grassy tea. The tea becomes clearer into the aftertaste, as the hops fade.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick and mildly carbonated.

Overall: I was skeptical about IPA-tea going in, but it works well together. It’s not necessarily better than a lot of DIPAs, but the twist does set it apart from the crowd (without being bizarre).

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Photo of jooler
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty damn bitter. Smalls hoppy but doesn't taste like how it smells. It is pretty nice bitter initial taste but a really crappy after taste

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