At Stone Brewing, collaboration beers are an opportunity to get creative and experiment with new ingredients, for “off the beaten path” ideas. These beers are rarely brewed again, but Stone decided to brew a collaboration for the second time, which was first brewed in 2011 with Guam’s Ishii Brewing Co. and Japan-based Baird Brewing Company. This Japanese Green Tea IPA is brewed with Japanese sencha green tea and five different hops, including Sorachi Ace, a varietal originally developed in Japan.
The beer pours a light amber color with orange hues. The one finger frothy off white head takes it’s time to settle. Once completely dissipated, a light lacing remains. A steady stream of tiny bubbles continuously rises to the top of the glass like a fine champagne.
Aromas are dominated by hops and feature notes of pine and grapefruit. Grassy hop notes are also detectable and meld beautifully with the green tea aromas. There is a sweet aroma of tropical fruits and a hint of pale malts.
The palate realizes the bouquet. Hop notes of lemongrass, hay, pine, white pepper and grapefruit pith take the spotlight. The green tea flavor perfectly intertwines with all the hop notes. It is the tea that lingers on the finish. Despite all the hops the beer isn’t bitter, but rather well balanced and easy drinking.
It is clear why Stone chose to re-release this particular beer. It is a tasty and easy drinking IPA. Try pairing this one with Munster, lemon ginger chicken or green tea pudding.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 Pints