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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
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
Reviews:
460
Ratings:
1,373
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
22.6%
 
 
Wants:
113
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284
For Trade:
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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, nice to see these collaborative efforts from Stone, et al making their way north on that account (even though we do get Baird, too).

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, medium golden amber hue, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sticky and sudsy splattered lace around the glass as it evenly fades away.

It smells of strong, concentrated green tea, like the stuff you let steep way too long at your local Japanese restaurant waiting for the food to arrive, crackery caramel malt, a bit of lemon Pledge, white grapefruit, and herbal, weedy, and grassy hops. The taste is more heady green tea, in all its vegetal and pithy glory, grainy pale and caramel malts, lemongrass, orange and red grapefruit bitters, white pepper, a sort of musty yeastiness, and further herbal, weedy, and certainly perfumed floral hops.

The bubbles are pretty low-key overall, providing the barest of support services, the body a stout medium weight, and sort of smooth, the gritty tea character and swirling (if undervalued) hops making a dent nonetheless. It finishes off-dry, the underling malt starting to make waves, while the sticky green tea persists, and the hops keep on doing whatever it is that is so ably obscuring that big-ass ABV.

Yeah, tea is one of those adjuncts that usually comes across as vague or thin in the beer-making process (unless you're talking about Coors Light Iced Tea, and its ilk). Not here, oh not here - this tastes more or less like someone dumped an ounce or so of some big DIPA into a pot of cold, oversteeped green tea, and that's about it. Not bad, not particularly good, but interesting and challenging all the same.

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Photo of samtrillo
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of lacing and nice frothy white head with a light golden orange ale hue.

Smells a bit like a nice soap? Herbal, floral and zesty with some sweetness. Green tea with grapefruit, as well.

Very balanced overall. Taste follows the nose. Slightly sweet malt backbone with aromatic floral hops. Green tea gets you towards the end. Also a good amount of citrus and grapefruit. The aftertaste is great. Almost like a green tea Snapple or something.

The mouthfeel is a little oily. Some prickle at the finish. Goes down far far too smooth for 10.10% ABV.

This was one Stone flavored beer that did not disappoint (unlike some...). WOULD BUY AGAIN!

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a bright light gold with orange highlights, slight haze. One finger off white head after vigorous pour. Lots of legs and lacing.

S - beautiful bouquet of floral hop notes, almost savory sweet. Strong lemon with pine. I'm not sure if I get a tea smell but maybe that is the filling sweet smell I get. Fresh bready malt undertone. Very clean smelling, not supper dank but a more refined floral clean aroma, almost perfume ish.

T - taste is where the tea comes out, big upfront tea flavor that explodes through the palate and ends in a peppery lemony quenching hop character. Yeast character is different than other stone brews, more prevalent and less clean, not necessarily a bad thing just different. My palate quickly where's out to the peppery tea notes and it fades, allowing more of the sweet bready malt to come through, the floral notes from the aroma come forth a little, I get hints of lavender, juniper, and fragrant flowers rounding everything out.

M - this does not drink Iike a 10% brew. Very smooth, great mouthfeel overall. Just an enjoyable smooth execution.

O - I had some apprehension towards green tea in my IPA. I saw it was 10% and figured it would be a hop bomb with crazy flavor and bitterness so said what the hell. It's actually very refined, doesn't drink like 10% and even if it was 6-7% would still be great. The tea is a good peppery intense tea verse some sweet green tea that can get cloying. It does seem to Morph flavors as I go and turns more floral, makes it very interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 4/2, poured 2/12. $8 or $9 for a bomber. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Orange gold color with a finger of creamy off-white head and a nice bit of lacing. Slight haze. Very good looking beer.

Smell: Not what I was really expecting -- quite, for the lack of a better word... vegetative? Has a Summit-like vegetables (especially onion) aroma, or, sorry for the comparison, like sushi. It's not super potent, but it's certainly the first thing I notice. Under that, I get some grapefruit and the green tea. I feel like the green tea with the hops and malt meld to give off that vegetable-like aroma. It smells pretty good, but not great... it's just hard to get past that vegetable-esque aroma.

Taste/feel: Again, the vegetable sort of flavor, at least on the front of the tongue. For the first few seconds I get that vibe, but then the green tea comes in on the back with some hop bitterness and a good amount of malt sweetness and it comes as a big relief to me. That strange flavor lasts throughout the sip, but it balances out a bit by the middle and end. As a whole, this is one of the sweeter IPAs I've had, and I feel like it may be cloying by the last bit of the bottle. The feel is quite good with a moderate hard prickling carbonation, and a middle-of-the-road semi-creamy mouth feel. The alcohol is nowhere to be found in this beer either, by the way.

This is a very tasty beer, but I may have had my expectations too high expecting to be blown away for some reason. It looks great in the glass, but it smells a touch unusual, and as pleasant as the taste is, I feel like it could use a little more bitterness or something. For that reason, the overall rating is what it is.

Overall, definitely worth a look -- even if you don't especially like green tea, because while that flavor is certainly there, it isn't at the forefront, in my opinion... if that is the case though, split a bottle.

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Photo of JDW4195
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The hops surprisingly don't overpower this one. Not much green tea flavor, maybe just a hint on the back end. A lot of honey flavor. Pretty good, and a high ABV.

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Photo of LouZ
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured golden from a 2015 bottle. Nice, frothy finger of head but quickly gone. As the beer warms the aroma of green tea gets more pronounced. Taste is a balance of first sugary sweetness and then that distinct green tea, finishing with Stone's trademark hop bitterness. Overall a great representation and very easy to drink. High alcohol content is not noticeable. ** UPDATE - had on draft and did not have the aroma nor taste described above. Was an average beer via this method, which was disappointing. Highly recommend out of the bottle instead; such character this way.

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Photo of Tilly
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, nice golden hazy color. Bright white head about one finger deep, it dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is malty, sweet and fruity.
Taste is amazing. Apricot, sweetness and a hint of orange. I get the green tea, but just. Some hopiness as well.
Mouth feel is clean with very little bitterness.
Another good beer by stone.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, absolutely loving this. I'm a huge green tea fan, which probably helps. But I feel like the green tea integrates well with the hops. And this is a 10.1 abv imperial ipa? Because wow is the an easy drinker, entire bomber gone before the blink of an eye. Definitely thinking about picking up more of this, and for a ticker like me, thats saying alot.

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Photo of Kappakoosh
2.79/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I must have been expecting something else, because Green Tea and Beer do not belong with on another. It was so overwhelming with the Green Tea flavor that I forgot I was drinking beer. It was more like a lightly carbonated Lipton, with a splash of hops. It smelled okay, but man the taste I just couldn't handle.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I would have never thought of using Green Tea in a beer. As a lover of both green tea and IPA's i thought I would give this one a shot. I am not disappointed at all, and I would definitely by this one again.

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Photo of portia99
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2015 release...22oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours a hazy, tangeriney/orange color with short cap of rocky foam that fizzes away fairly quickly but leaves behind some decent lacing on the glass.

S - Fairly prominent green tea up front, malty sweetness, traces of caramel, herbal with a touch of minty-ness. Not much for hop aroma.

T - Earthy hops up front, assertive green tea, green and herbal character, slightly boozy, fruity. Green tea somewhat dominates and overpowers other aspects. Balance is definitely on the malty/sweet side...hops are quite subdued. Some bitterness comes thru, but not enough to be at typical IPA levels.

M - Medium body, herbal, sweet and green tea character. Carbonation is a bit on the light side yielding just a slight tingle.

O - Interesting beer. Nice green tea flavors are a highlight. Power shortage on hop bitterness. Glad to try this, but not something that stands out as one to revisit in the future.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 buschbeer
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1PT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in an oversized wine glass

L - It pours a crystal clear amber color with golden highlights. It is topped with a couple inches of beige head that leaves some lacing.

S - I am surprised by how much this smells like green tea. There is some citrus from the hops, but the aromas flow seamlessly together.

T - Again, I am surprised by how much this tastes like green tea. The hops are more noticeable in the flavor. It starts out like green tea. The citrus comes into the finish to compliment the tea flavor, and I am left with a slight pine taste at the very end. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. I get a little when it warms, but it didn't warm much because I like it so much.

F - Medium and smooth

O - I am still surprised with how much I like this beer. I picked it up on a whim. I am going to get another if it ever stops snowing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

green tea really seems to work with hops, something ive noticed lately, so its nice to see a big national release focus on that relationship. this is great beer, big ipa at its core, bitter as heck like so many stone beers, but the green tea does something really interesting here. its a sweet creamy tea flavor, young leaves, not bitter at all, and its dead center of the flavor journey. its right before the hops come in all intense, so its cool to have an almost zen middle, calm before the storm, and following the sweet fresh cereal pale grain profile, its a really unique and well timed transitional flavor. the tea is sweet a little, has an almost vanilla hint to it, and gets the palate ready for all the hops, which also have an unconventional flavor to them, among all the bitterness. you would never know this is as strong as it is, a treat to have on tap, but now i have to get a bottle to share around. this is so interesting, i like it a lot. great food beer too i think in the right context. well done, i love this series of collaborative beers.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Baird/Ishii/Stone's Japanese Green Tea IPA last week at The Lager Mill. I missed out on the first release of this beer and I made sure not to do the same with this release, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a teku.

A- The bottle looks good, it's got some good information on it and a nice design, I think a little eye catching. IT poured a hazy golden orange color that took on more of amber orange color when when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I don't have any complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and impart a mixture of citrus rind hops and green hops with no single one sticking out the most and it's followed by a nice lemon like aroma. Up next comes the green tea which really shows up and it imparts a big herbal tea aroma that smells just like green tea and there's a little bit of leather and slight pipe tobacco showing up in the background. This beer had a nice aroma that lives up to the name, but I'm not sure the hop worked as well with hops as I had hoped.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and it imparts the same hop profile that it did in the aroma with the green hops showing up the most this time. Up next comes that same lemon aspect that I got in the aroma and it goes right into a little bit of malts with some sweet malts and pale malts aromas coming through. Up next comes the green tea which imparts the same big green tea aspect that they did in the aroma. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a lingering green tea and green hop aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I thought green hops and green onion flavors clashed with the tea flavors a little.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, not too refreshing, medium bodied with a pretty low amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it was a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, but in the end I thought it could be better, I found that the hop profile in this beer is very similar to a lot of other Stone beers and it had that heavy green hop and green onion aspect to it and when it came down to it it seemed like those hop flavors clashed with the green tea and I think it would be interesting to see what this beer would be like if the hop profile had more of citrus rind and tropical fruit aspects. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little crisp, not too refreshing, not too filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention and half the bottle is enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the green tea aspect, it really showed up and it tasted just like green tea. What I like the least about this beer was the hop profile, I think it needed some work and it clashed with the green tea. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it was nice to try, but it isn't something I feel the need to revisit anytime soon. I can't say I would recommend this beer, but if your a big fan of those green hop and green tea then this is worth trying. All in all I didn't hate this beer, but I didn't love it either, it pretty much feel right in the middle and that mainly because of the hops clashing with the tea and the drinkability. It's not a favorite from this brewery and it's not a favorite tea beer. I appreciate the effort, but this beer didn't turn out to be as good as I thought it would be, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of c00ller
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was really excited to try this after learning that it was made in the past (only once!) with good reception.

Refrigerated for about an hour prior to pouring into tulip glass.
Appearance: Honey colored with a beautiful, full frothy head
Aroma: Hmm.. not really smelling much, if any, tea. Just some strong, fresh hops
Taste: Matcha (green tea) is strong up front, followed by the hops. Afterwards my breath tastes like matcha... awesome
Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost creamy? Carbonation is medium
Overall: The "Green Tea" is not a gimmick; it is not subtle, it is really there and the drink indeed lives up to the name. It's a special IPA for sure. While not for everyone, no one who doesn't like green tea wouldn't try it anyway...

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Baird / Ishii / Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA from Stone Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,373 ratings.
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