Sunday, October 30, 2011

Stone-Baird-Ishii Green Tea IPA

I picked up a bottle of the Stone-Baird-Ishii collaboration Green Tea IPA while I was in Denver. This beer was made to benefit the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims. The beer pours an orange-amber color with a bubbly off-white colored head that lingers for a while with no lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of tangerine, orange, green tea, pepper, and candi sugar. The taste is really bitter with plenty of orange and tangerine flavors right up front with pine hops pushing through. There is a caramel and green tea base that provides some nice sweetness with a candi sugar finish. The after taste leaves some pepper and alcohol burn on the tongue. The alcohol content is 9.2% ABV. The amount  of orange, tangerine, and green tea flavors in this beer are amazing, and it is quite the bitter IPA to boot. I certainly would like to find a few more of these bottles to drink, as it is a wonderful IPA with a wide variety of flavors.

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