Mateveza Yerba Mate IPA - Cervecería de MateVeza
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3.5/5 rDev +6.1%
This pours an orange tinged yellow. The aroma is reminiscent of oranges, candied orange specifically. The flavor comes across with more candied orange and a light maltiness. It’s dry with a chalky finish. The hops are muddled together with a malty roundness and some medicinal notes which emerge, with an offputting finish. I found the beer to be somewhere between “bad” and “good,” but not one I’m likely to revisit.
03-29-2013 06:13:32 | More by elNopalero
3.54/5 rDev +7.3%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle (though it is hilariously mislabelled as a 12 ounces).
A: Translucent, barely hazy clear. Noticeable effervescence.
S: Smells like piney hops and yerba mate. I like it.
T: A mediocre pale ale with a really great flair. The mate adds an herbal quality to the beer that is not the obvious hops with which such beers are usually laden. The endtaste is complex and bitter, but not drying. Splashes of citrus also appeal, and earthy herbs remind me of chewing on tea or tobacco.
M: Solid but unexceptional.
O: Decent beer, but not great. I'd drink again, but probably not reccomend.
01-27-2013 07:48:17 | More by AgentMunky
4.33/5 rDev +31.2%
A - Pours a very hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, orange, and pine hops with some light spicy hops, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, and some yerba.
T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, tropical, orange, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts and lemon zest. Through the middle, the pine and lightly spicy hops come through with some more bitterness alongside some biscuit malts and some yerba. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, orange, and pine hops, some lightly resiny bitterness, and some biscuit and caramel malts.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice hoppy IPA with a good hop profile and bitterness throughout and good balance.
11-21-2012 06:05:16 | More by ngeunit1
3.5/5 rDev +6.1%
A darker coppery orange color, which is very cloudy. A huge light tan foam which dissipated rather quickly, with no memorable lacing.
Smells floral, lavender, jasmine, with some earthy elements. Though floral, it's not a hop floral, but the tea.
Taste is bright, yet restrained. A bit of flowery hops opens the taste and is quickly gone to an even quicker finish, with a light bitter lingering aftertaste.
Texture is lighter, not thing, but smooth. All that being said, not so drinkable.
An experiment for sure. I like to see the innovation, but the results are kind of meh.
08-14-2012 10:54:09 | More by Drinkerofales
3.53/5 rDev +7%
I'm typically weary when someone starts adding things to "classic" styles. I mean, how much better can we make an ipa? Hops don't need help. But this one isn't too bad really. There is a smoky and earthy kind of accent to it that keeps it interesting. I suppose the yerba mate steers it in a different direction than a standard IPA, but it is fairly decent. Overall: it could have been a lot worse. And ends up being not too bad.
07-30-2012 05:51:57 | More by RblWthACoz
3.3/5 rDev 0%
22oz bottle poured into a large mug
Pours slightly cloudy orangey golden with a big fluffy light tan head that fades about halfway fairly quickly, and then holds. Lots of active carbonation. Smell is fruity and citrus. Smells sweet.
Taste is...odd. Herbal, grassy, mild. Mildly hoppy. Something soapy about it.
Mouthfeel is light, dry. Overall, it's not bad.
07-30-2012 03:34:22 | More by snaotheus
4.1/5 rDev +24.2%
I tried Mateveza Brewing Company's pale ale a couple years back, now time to review their IPA...
THE APPEARANCE of the Yerba Mate IPA is decent with a golden/amber body and a nice dense, bubbly near-white head. This beer is extremely filtered for an West Coast IPA given that I saw no yeast or sediment--or yerba mate for that matter--suspended in the body. The body is just a little cloudy but not enough for this style. It does have good lacing though. Overall, it just looks like a light, Belgian ale.
THE SMELL is very enjoyable with strong hop aromas of strawberry and a little grapefruit. However, I could not detect any yerba mate, which seems odd for a beer made with the stuff. That would be a minus in my book. Nonetheless, it smells very nice.
THE TASTE is intensely IPA until a brief spark of nutty yerba mate appears about halfway through each tasting. The yerba mate is mostly present in the aftertaste with its distinct cocoa, nuttiness, but I think you would probably miss it if weren't familiar with how it tastes. The requisite hops are there and provide a solid IPA-backbone for this beer. The bittering seems to be accomplished via both the hops and yerba mate, but I could be imagining that. The low point for the taste is actually the tea, but not that it's too strong. On the contrary, I think it should be much stronger. It blends in so well that the uninitiated probably cannot detect it and probably think there's something wrong with this IPA--read the other reviews and you'll see what I mean. All that aside, this is great tasting IPA, whether on its own or with a hearty meal.
THE FEEL is on the thin side for an IPA. It's very smooth and light. I would like to see this one less filtered.
CONCLUSION: A very good IPA in my book. Exquisite balance of two very similarly bitter ingredients: hops and yerba mate. Execution is excellent on this one, as far as I'm concerned. I would suggest upping the yerba mate for an even more boldly mate quality. I find amusing the negative reviews that rip this beer for tasting like tea or being too herbal since that is EXACTLY what a beer with yerba mate should taste like. That's like knocking an IPA for being bitter. If you're thinking about trying this and have never had yerba mate, I would recommend drinking some yerba mate on its own first. If you don't like the tea, you may not like the beer. However, those of us familiar with the tea will find it to be quite mild in this beer.
11-09-2011 04:03:14 | More by MadeInOregon
Mateveza Yerba Mate IPA from Cervecería de MateVeza
77 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.