Mateveza Yerba Mate IPA - Cervecería de MateVeza
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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 49 | Display Reviews Only:
3.68/5 rDev +11.5%
Clementine orange with crystal clarity and butterscotch highlights. The upper quarter of the glass is filled with a good looking dollop of milkshake creamy foam that is equal parts eggshell and ecru. Attractive lace does nothing but help the score.
A brewer can almost never go wrong with generous quantites of Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe hops. The nose is citrusy and ganja-like funky. Thankfully, there aren't enough of the mid-range malts (Munich and caramel) to put a damper on the lupulin love. Yerba mate isn't appreciated either, though I've only smelled it once.
This is a much better IPA in the front half of each mouthful than in the back half. The initial rush of bright and fruity hoppiness fades into an odd herbal quality that is almost certainly yerba mate. It's too bad that a gimmick is allowed to ruin what might have been good beer. Then again, this brewery is based on that very gimmick.
Other than the merest hint of caramel, the malts add almost no flavor and an appropriate amount of sweetness. The hops aren't as pungent as they could be and don't have that oily linger that I like. Grapefruit, orange and Mary Jane are still most prominent. Weedy IPAs are nothing new, so the flavor profile isn't far off the beaten path.
I'm beginning to get the same brain buzz that I got with Mateveza Organic Golden Ale. It isn't an especially pleasant sensation to be both wired and fuzzy around the edges at the same time. Maybe the young whipper-snappers like it, but I'll stick with old school ethanol all by its lonesome. So much for my midday nap.
The mouthfeel is actually well-done. It has the heft that a 7.0% ale should have and is nicely bubbled. Soft and smooth and borderline silky... what not to like?
Mateveza Yerba Mate IPA isn't a successful product from my point of view. It takes a small bite out of my never-ending craving for hops, but the added stimulant adds an unwanted flavor and an unwanted effect. On a good note, I'll be nice and alert for the proofreading phase of the review.
10-23-2009 14:37:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.48/5 rDev +5.5%
Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber color with a rocky head; a few squiggles are left behind
Smell: The yerba mate dominates the aroma, with its vegetal, green tea character
Taste: A bit of piney hops and caramel malt up front, but the yerba mate quickly moves to the forefront, bringing its green tea, vegetal flavors; while the hops struggle to maintain balance, the caramel malt and the yerba mate are dominant in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with brisk carbonation
Overall: Well...glad I tried it but I just cannot get too excited about yerba mate in my beer
04-29-2011 03:35:33 | More by brentk56
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
3.68/5 rDev +11.5%
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Big thanks to Bubba83 for including this in a recent trade. I pulled this cold right out of the box and immediately poured it.
Pours a hazy golden apricot, with a finger of rocky eggshell-white head. This retains with a rich sudsy look, leaving back a cascade of robust froth that slowly creeps down the sides of the glass. The aroma definitely has a grassy tea-like quality to it that mixes with bitter citric fruit and the backing bready sweetness of the malts. Just a real fresh earthy and fruit stickiness here that hangs in the nose.
The taste is herbal tea and fresh citrus flavors, with a dry pithy bitterness to it. Sweet sugary and bready notes hang on the edges and help balance out the hops. On a side note, you really can feel the caffeine that is present as well. I'm glad I decided to drink this in the middle of the afternoon. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with a smooth crispness that glides along in the mouth. There's a nice bit of slickness to the body as well which really helps that bigger feel go down. You don't taste the alcohol at all in this but the overall ABV does start to warm you up after a bit.
I have no previous experience with yerba mate but I do like fresh herbal character in my IPAs and this packed that quality in nicely. That zesty citric bitterness seemed to fit right in as well and those balancing malts did their job without being intrusive. Easy going body and well hid ABV were just the icing on the cake. Count me in as another one who actually enjoyed this!
01-12-2011 17:42:59 | More by Kegatron
3.8/5 rDev +15.2%
i think all the negative reviews of this beer come from people that are not tea drinkers, or certainly not familiar with the culture and tradition of drinking yerba mate. this is indeed a novel, if not gimmicky brewing quest, no doubt, but it is also executed splendidly. it pours a copper red color with a half inch white bubbly head. smell is strong citrus hops for sure, but also that earthy, almost composted smell of fine yerba mate. first sip is dry and quick, a result of the mate, which is surprisingly well balanced yet featured in this brew. there is a pleasant hop flavor as well, not in your face, but proportionally perfect. overall this is a bold attempt at a new and complex style of beer. im curious to try their other offerings, especially the black ale. i should mention that there is a serious caffeine hit from a bomber of this stuff. holy cow what a pick me up!
10-05-2011 21:00:01 | More by StonedTrippin
3.63/5 rDev +10%
First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO
Poured a peach-amber color--surprisingly, as I expected something darker from the name--with a foamy white head that retained well and left a little lacing. Leafy aroma, tea-like...I'll steal the word "vegetal" to describe it, because that's what it was. The yerba mate is apparent in the taste right up front, dry and tea-ish, strong and overpowering, very woody; you still get some sweet malts, slight citrus twinges, and some leafy, earthy hops. Medium-bodied, and quite distinctive, about mid-range on the drinkability meter.
09-01-2011 15:26:40 | More by Rifugium
3.53/5 rDev +7%
Pours hazed golden yellow with a thin head that becomes spotty/patchy.
The smell is herbal with woody/piney notes.
The taste is wood/pine and herbal. It has a minty, tea-leafy dry, bitterish finish. Some honey sweetness balances it.
It has a crisp medium body.
Well, it's unique... herbal/tea-like. Interesting, but not too crazy about it...
08-29-2009 15:02:20 | More by jwc215
3.4/5 rDev +3%
Pours a pleasant, burnished and slightly hazy deep golden colour, with a filmy and solid head of fine off-white. Lacing is a bit erratic, but pleasantly intricate where it forms. Body has some heft to it, and the carbonation is fine. Overall, it's a good-looking beer.
Aromas of soft fruit come through on the nose, with a touch more of earthiness and a twinge of tart dark berries. It gives it the slightly herbal qualities of an English hop aroma. That could be the Yerba Maté, but who knows. It's certainly not unpleasant, and it has a crispness that's really nice.
Taste is certainly a let-down, however. Absolutely minimal bitterness, and just a slide of almost jammy apricot flavour gives any indication of hops, or any other sort of addition. The body, as well, is thin and rather unappealing, giving a wet grain and slight organic note until it stops dead. Feel is light, but pricked with fine carbonation.
Not a bad drop, all up, but really nothing to get excited about. It's smooth and drinkable enough, but it leaves you wondering what the point is.
10-08-2011 01:14:27 | More by lacqueredmouse
2.75/5 rDev -16.7%
I always thought that adding to yerba mate to an IPA would be an interesting concoction, and MateVeza is one step ahead of me. So, from a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:
Muddy dark orange in color, the head on top gives less than a ½ inch head on top, which faded to a thin creamy lace. The aroma is very carmelized with faded hops. I'm getting a few distinct yerba mate notes, but you have to look for them. Right now, it smells like a faded IPA.
Now, I've tasted chimmarão in Rio Grande do Sul (a tea-like beverage made with yerba mate), but this is strange. I don't know if I like it or hate it. I'm getting the yerba mate flavor, which has its distinct flavor of moderate intenisty, but where's the IPA? A little dry malt and faded hops with resin is not the most pleasant experience. In this case, the yerba mate is helping this beer with its tea and citrus notes. The aftertaste is somewhat rough, a little bitter with dry toffee crisp.
Let's face it, the base beer is mediocre. If it weren't for the yerba mate, this would be a faded IPA which half would have been dumped. For what it's worth, it's better than the super strong yerba mate flavor found in DaDo Ilex, the first ever yerba mate beer.
07-23-2010 05:12:43 | More by DoubleJ
3.45/5 rDev +4.5%
Ok, tea in an IPA. It seems this is neither a black tea nor a green tea, but I suspect it's more akin to green tea, with which I"m more familiar....anywho....
Pours a golden amber, clear and clean. Clinging head, white with some rockiness.
yeah, the tea is apparent, but not overly strong. Earthy and green, like greens; collard greens. But that doesn't tell the whole story. Pine and some citrus give it the IPA-ness. Malt is hard to detect through the tea stuff
Flavors give in to a pale malt, soft biscuit. The hops take over and give a dance of pine, earth and mostly citrus...some tropical. The bite of the hops and the tannins of the tea give a strange finish. The flavors the tea offers are apparent, but not dominant.
A nice IPA, I think I'd like it if I were on a beach somewhere. Not sure why...maybe it's the pirate-looking guy on the label
05-27-2011 21:11:18 | More by Mebuzzard
3.03/5 rDev -8.2%
22oz poured into a pint glass
A little hesitant to try this. Tea and beer probably shouldn't mix, but the guy on the bottle has a gleam in his eye so...
Pours a hazy, murky brown with decent head. Smells of tea leaves mild citrus. Taste is mainly tea citrus tries to shine through but the bitterness from the tea leaves dominate. I expect a hop bitterness in an IPA, but I don't get any bitterness from the hops...just friggin tea. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated; the tea really dries your mouth out.
As expected, no tea in my beer from now on.
07-21-2011 20:04:35 | More by tdm168
3.05/5 rDev -7.6%
I had no idea what Yerba Mate was, never heard of it until now.
Pours a great craggy orange. Aroma is subdued. Taste, I thought more bitter than what I've read from others. Hop qualities though aren't really there. Tastes like the hops were boiled a long time, but not necessarily a plentiful amount for a CA IPA.
Mouthfeel, I didn't enjoy it as much throughout, affected both that and drinkability. $7.99 a 4pack for this.
01-30-2010 20:31:10 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5 rDev +1.5%
Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear gold/orange color with a very tall (almost 2 inches), white head that had very good retention and decent lacing.
The aroma was pine and citrus hop forward, with a bit of malt grain in the background. The taste was very similar, mostly hops, with some malt and an odd taste that I attributed to the Yerba Mate.
The body was average for an IPA. Drinkability was decent, but I had to take a half point off for the Yerba. Overall, a decent enough beer. Worth trying if you see it, you may like it a lot more than I did.
02-19-2011 02:38:38 | More by beertunes
3.73/5 rDev +13%
12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 7.0% ABV, no date.
A - Very cloudy golden apricot orange beer flows from the bottle piling up a three-finger head. Mediocre retention is helped by the foamy lace clinging to the glass just above the beer's surface.
S - I'll be upfront here; I have no clue what Yerba Mate is or what it tastes or smells like. With that said, this IPA has a very interesting aroma of a melon-like exotic fruit I can only suggest would be the yerba. Pine and earthy hops and caramel malts back it up nicely. Not only is this something I've never smelled before, it's also one of the better certified organic brew aromas.
T - The initial IPA flavor of hops and caramel malts is washed aside by what I assume is the yerba. Dry, very dry, lightly spicy, and not-so-much fruity, the yerba imparts an interesting flavor that takes away from the IPA-ness of the beer is just a bit too much.
M - Yerba Mate is insanely dry. It doesn't hit at first but comes in with a delay until you realize a glass of water almost becomes necessary. Almost no hop bitterness resides on the finish as this IPA leaves the smooth, medium body a quickly disappearing memory in the wake of DRY!
D - Awesome and different at first, this unique IPA stumbles into the realm of undrinkable due to the beyond-harsh dry texture. I'm finishing the night with water instead. I really enjoy how different this beer is in aroma and taste but it's just not for me.
07-20-2010 02:50:16 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.33/5 rDev +0.9%
A: Orange amber color; evenly hazy. Poured a 2 finger off-white head that dissipated to a thin, even skim. Decanted lazily. Laced in wide rings with legs running down the glass.
S: Sweet orange, tropical fruits and herbal tea. Crackery malt and a hint of pine.
T: Very consistent with the nose. Slightly resinous. Sharply bitter and dry in the finish. The finish is quite strong relative to a bit of an unmemorable opening.
M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth opening to sticky middle. Sharply bitter and dry in the finish.
O: Interesting hop character along with the herbal tea.
08-19-2011 19:53:33 | More by Haybeerman
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
3.23/5 rDev -2.1%
22 oz bottle bought from "Habits" in S.Salem. Appearance is quite murky for the usual IPA..it has the dull orange colour,but its very hazy,head is a dirty eggshell colour. Aroma is slighly honeyish/spicy hop. Flowery, delicate actually quite nice. Taste is strange..it has the hops OK..grassy to pine like, but they are almost overwhelmed by a strange tea like ( its not but thats the closest i can get) taste. slighly metallic near the end. OK on the tongue average fior style. Overall a strange beer..i had their Pale Ale a coupe of years back and didnt like it the first bottle..it grew on me after that. perhaps this will be the same. need to try another bottle.
11-20-2010 00:07:31 | More by Reidrover
3.1/5 rDev -6.1%
12oz bottle poured into Sierra Nevada Hop pint glass.
A: Dark honey-amber with a thin off-white head that quickly disappeared leaving a thin bubbly film. Not much lacing.
S: Piney hops, hop resin, sweet malt, slight tea scent. Not particularly smelly.
T: Some piney hops, sweet malt backbone, some vague mate flavor that mostly emerges in the finish leaving a strange aftertaste in your mouth. Not a huge amount of flavor. Hops aren't prominent. Aftertaste is herbal and tea like in a slightly off-putting way.
M: Doesn't feel bad in the mouth. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Has a bit of a bitter hop punch in the aftertaste, but it's not that traditional grapefruity bitter, it's more sour from the mate.
D: I don't know if the mate is actually supposed to come out in the flavor of the beer or if it is just supposed to sorta add extra grassiness to the hops. Either way, if you never told me this beer was brewed with mate I wouldn't have guessed it. Overall not a terrible IPA, but not a great one especially with the steep price tag. Oh, and the caffeine is noticeable.
02-09-2010 04:11:46 | More by scottfrie
3.73/5 rDev +13%
A - Bright orange, off white small head, lots of cling lace.
S - Initial skunky pot smell. Calms to malt and light skunky pot. LOL.
T - Light. Nice malt start then the whole thing thins out. Not enough umph in my opinion.
M - Light body, light carb, light everything.
D - One easy beer to drink I would say!
09-16-2009 05:10:11 | More by srandycarter
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
Mateveza Yerba Mate IPA from Cervecería de MateVeza
77 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.