Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

Posted: June 20, 2015 in American Double/Imperial IPA, Reviews, Stone Brewing Company

When this beer was first released, I really wanted to try it. I searched beer stores high and low for it, but no dice. When I heard that it was re-released with a twist, I knew I had to find a way to try it. Luckily, Surf Taco had it on draft the night Val and I were there.

greentea

ABV: 10.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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-left green tea imported from Japan. The answer, embodied in this IPA when we first released it in 2011, was something truly magnificent, delicious and well worth brewing again. But what if we changed it up a bit? This time around, we exchanged Pacifica hops from New Zealand for Helga hops from Australia. 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.”

Random: Writing this makes me want a big bottle of iced green tea.

This beer poured with a one finger head that is pure white. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange color with high carbonation. The nose presented with a lot of tea and grass. There was also some light grapefruit citrus and herbal hops as well. The taste had more green tea and grass, like the nose. The grapefruit was more pronounced with bitter, herbal hops. The booze was well hidden on this bad boy. It had a thick body with high carbonation, which made this beer go down very easily. The finish was long with green tea and herbal hops. This was a really good beer that allowed for the green tea to shine. I’m glad I got to try this and if you like green tea, you should try it too.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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