Beer Review: BAIRD/ ISHII/ STONE JAPANESE GREEN TEA IPA

Beer Review: BAIRD/ ISHII/ STONE JAPANESE GREEN TEA IPA

Craft brewing thrives on a shared sense of camaraderie, collaboration, and support, and these elements are fully embraced in the creation of the Baird/Ishii/Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA. This collaborative brew pays homage to the resilient people of Japan, facing the aftermath of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. In a nod to Japanese culture’s quiet elegance, this IPA incorporates Japanese whole leaf green tea into its bold and herbal profile. Here’s a critical examination of this unique concoction.

Appearance: Unconventionally Radiant

The pour reveals a bright orange-tinted gold liquid with a quickly dissipating head, setting an unconventional tone for what’s to come.

Aroma: Hoppy Intricacies

The aroma profile is a blend of hop essence, green tea, and an unexpected hint of chlorinated pool, creating a complex olfactory experience.

Taste: A Play of Bitterness and Subtlety

Bitter hops take center stage, intermingling with tea tannins and a relatively dry malt character. Remarkably, the 9.2% alcohol content remains subtly concealed beneath the dominant flavors of hops and tea.

Mouthfeel: A Rollercoaster of Sensations

The mouthfeel is characterized by light fizz and astringency, contributing to a full-bodied experience that adds depth to the overall drinking sensation.

Overall: An Intellectual Imbibe

This brew earns points for its departure from Stone’s typical IPA offerings, presenting a cerebral drinking experience. It encourages contemplation, forcing the drinker to sip and ponder. The integration of Green Tea, while fitting, introduces a subtle eccentricity that lingers throughout the beer-drinking journey, provoking a back-and-forth contemplation. It’s a beer for those who relish the unconventional, inviting a thoughtful exploration of flavors and cultural nuances. Cheers to the distinctive and unconventional journey provided by the Baird/Ishii/Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA!