We could just stop there with our Pint Opinion on this Baird, Ishii and Stone collaboration, that’s how freakin’ good this thing is.
Why we liked it so much… let us count the ways:
1. The Japanese Green Tea IPA is a collaboration between Stone Brewing Co., Guam’s Ishii Brewing Co. and Numazu, Japan’s Baird Brewing Co. and is being brewed to help the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. All proceeds from the beer will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society, with a minimum donation of $50,000.
2. The beer is dry-hopped with Sencha, a variety of whole-leaf Japanese green tea.
3. The hop varieties used are all over the place and we love it! The bittering hop is American Warrior, Crystal and New Zealand Pacifica for flavoring. The first dry-hop addition featured the flavoring hops plus a brand new hop variety from the Alsace region of France called Aramis. The second dry-hop addition features Sorachi Ace hops, which were originally developed in Japan and Sencha tea.
4. While it’s called an IPA, the bitter factor is low on the tongue and high on the aroma. Even those that aren’t IPA fans will love this beer. “We decided to brew an IPA to accentuate the tea’s herbal character. But this won’t be the typical, citrusy West Coast IPA flavor,” says Toshi Ishii of Ishii Brewing Co.