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Mateveza Yerba Mate IPA - Cervecería de MateVeza

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Mateveza Yerba Mate IPAMateveza Yerba Mate IPA

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería de MateVeza visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-05-2009)
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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.1/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of UpToMeBeer
2.3/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours gold/orange with about 1-finger head. Moderate retention. Very little lacing.

S-- Citrusy hops; indicates IPA but with something else lurking...

T-- Here's where the tea character takes over. Very disconcerting at first. It grew on me a bit, but it was just too odd for me, one who's used to a more traditional IPA.

M - Thin bodied, with light carbonation. Pleasant enough.

O-- Just not my cup of tea, as the saying goes. Maybe this will become a new trend. It is, after all, drinkable, and actually warms kind of nicely. But the tea flavor feels out of place.

Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dannydetox
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

third time tasting this beer. staggeringly average IPA overall. i can't complain, but there is little there to keep me interested.

pours a hazy light amber color with a small head. some lacing remained on the glass by the time it was finished. noticeable herbal qualities dominated the nose, but not exactly a mate smell. i'm not a regular yerba mate drinker, but this beer did not really taste like that hot brewed beverage. sure, there was a slight tannic-like bitterness but not in the way i get from yerba mate. minimal citrus hops in the beer, but i suppose that makes sense as they are going for an herbal thing here. pretty easy to drink, but also easy to forget.

Photo of tdm168
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy, golden color that is close to a very light brown. There are tints of orange as well. It has a medium sized, thick, white head that retains a small ring and leaves some scattered lacing. There is some light carbonation noticeable.

S: The smell is quite amazing and complex in my opinion. There are some light hops initially noticed. Next, a tea-like scent comes through along with some piney aromas. There is also a sweet, orange fruitiness that comes through. Overall, it is very pleasant.

T: After the very satisfying smell, the taste was sort of a let down. It tastes mostly of tea and hops. Not much else. I would've liked to see more of what was coming through in the smell in its taste as well.

M: It has a medium body that is smooth to drink. I has a little bite at the end from the hops and leaves a dry finish. The carbonation comes through here, but not overly so.

O: This has been a nice break from the usual rip your tongue off American IPA. If the taste was amped up a bit, it would be really great.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of kiisaka
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An unconventional brew, with mate as the predominant flavour. As strange as it seems, the balance is excellent. The noise is very much of the mate, and its tea-like aroma goes well with the vigour of the brew. The hop makes its presense known, but not at all a hop-bomb like some contemporary American IPA. Well balanced, and goes well with boldly flavoured food like grilled meat.

Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Photo of HEADYGLASSdotcom
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden cloudy color, nice head that dissipated quickly, slight lacing.

S- Fruity citrus smell, small hoppy sent and some tea aroma.

T- Yerba Mate taste dominates over the hops, not like most IPA's I've had but a different pleasant taste. Fruity and spicy maybe from the tea, but good! Slight malty taste.

M- Bitter taste throughout that lingers in your mouth. Good carbonation. Very Light

D- Very drinkable for an IPA, more of a summer beer.

This beer was good for a change of pace, not my top ten in the IPA area but interesting concept and happy to have tried it. Don't think it will be a constant beer in my fridge though.

Photo of chumba526
1.63/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appears yellow colored with a small off white head.

It smells a bit odd. I get a weird tea like smell. I also get an odd bit of a citrus hop smell.

There is a weird creamy tea like flavor. There is a bit of a weird nutty malt flavor as well. I suppose I get a little citrus flavor. This is not very hoppy. This is not very much so like an IPA. This is really odd tasting it tastes mildly citrus. This tea like flavor kind of tastes like pee.

It has moderate carbonation.

This has a funky taste to it and it is hard to drink.

Just another BS caffeine beer. Why did I buy this?

Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of notchucknorris
1.73/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bought at Mesa Liquor

A: Cloudy amber with ruby tinges. Smallish head that recedes quickly.

S: Really pleasant smell. Some tropical fruits, lychee, and a musty, earthy tea smell. Interesting combination.

T: Starts with a touch of floral hops and tropical fruit sweetness...and then it goes downhill. The tea flavor is completely overpowering and dank. As the beer warmed, I couldn't taste anything but the tea and had to dump it.

My biggest problem with this beer was that it labeled itself an IPA but had no real IPA elements. There was the slightest hint of hops in the taste and that was about it. Not a fan.

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Reidrover
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jsanmarco
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say that I was not 100% convinced about this beer and I just bought it because I drink mate every day. As a beer lover I was very intrigued by an ale made of yerba mate and the result was pretty good.

A - Poured into a tulip glass.

S - Citrus, some fruits.

T - Slight hops, bitter. At first it remembered me those good UK bitters. Taste of mate, strange for a beer but not bad at all.

M - Smooth, you have to get used to the taste of yerba mate.

D - Very drinkable. I think that this beer tastes better when served extra cold

Photo of Fatehunter
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass. Golden, cloudy with 1/4 inch head that quickly dissipated.

S - Citrus, strong grapefruit.

T - Slight hops, followed by light bitterness, little sweetness and ends with the taste of mate. The mate does not linger. All the tastes quickly move from one to the next without any standing out or being overpowering.

M - Smooth

D - Very drinkable. However, I would quickly get bored with it. The inclusion of mate is the draw for this beer since it drinks as a very ordinary IPA or Pale Ale (both are listed on the bottle). The brewery's website states that 12 oz. of this beer is equal to 1/2 cup of coffee in caffeine. I would have to drink quite a few though to get enough caffeine for a night out... coffee wins there. But it is still an interesting drink and worth trying.

Photo of OneDropSoup
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip pint: Brassy orange, hazy but barely transparent, with a thin, bubbly head. Looks to be a lot of nucleation.

Smell is almost straight-up pineapple juice witha twist the end, of...something. Tea? Pine? Not bad, just unexpected.

Taste starts off citric, very much like Five Alive, if you ever had that as a kid -- blend of orange, lemon, lime -- then in comes this very earthy bitterness, like someone dropped leaves right in. Not dirty so much as green & dry, like chlorophyl. Not a great element. Aftertaste much the same, some booze creeps in after a while. There's a taste that reminds me of vitamins, like if you leave a multi-vitamin in your mouth too long & it begins to dissolve.

Fairly light for its alcohol content, though it's got some body. Maybe it's my imagination, but there seems to be a grittiness in the finish.

Overall, not great -- the weird bits subside a bit (but unfortunately don't disappear altogether), although what remains is not terrific, either. I don't think I would have bought this had it not been for the Yerba Mate trumpeted on the package, & I don't think that added anything to it.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was reviewed blind via Blind Beers II BIF.

A- Nice golden color, fluffy white snow. 4-fingers, nice sticky lacing. Great pour.

S- Fruity, like apples and oranges. Notable belgian IPA yeasty smell. Hard to pin down.

T- Very fruity, bitter finish. Hard to place the fruit. Sweet, with a nice hop bite. Really interesting profile on this one.

M- Great balance, nice carbonation.

D- Insanely high. I can guzzle this stuff. Wow. Can't get enough. One I will be trading for again.

Not sure why the low reviews for this one, I think it's a fantastic IPA. A bit untraditional, and not a dry hop bomb, but a delightful beer.

Photo of grittybrews
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber with an inch of loose white head that quickly receded to a thin film. Not much aroma, just a hint of caramel sweetness and some slight orange citrus.

Moderate carbonation and a relatively light mouthfeel. Subtle grassy hop presence with a hint of tea, spice, and a touch of honey sweetness. Very dry flavor that comes across a little watery or diluted. Drinkable, for sure, but not too much flavor impact. Malty body seems to overpower the IPA elements.

Photo of rand
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark orange with moderate carbonation and a ½ inch, slightly off-white head. Dissipates fairly quickly with little lacing. Some sediment is noticeable, but I suspect this is from the mate, not unfiltered yeast.

Nose: Notes of grapefruit, honey and earth tones can be detected. Fairly light, pleasant smell.

Taste: The hop's citrus and pine tones hit you first, followed by an earthy green tea flavor that overwhelms. Honey can be noted as well, but the astringent tea flavor strikes an acute contrast to the bitter hops and leaves an odd, strangely bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The textural smoothness of this beer is probably its best aspect. It has just the right viscosity for an IPA, and if you're grabbing one of these for the caffeine kick (I've read that yerba mate is more caffeinated that tea, but I haven't seen any evidence) it doesn't take a lot of effort to wash this down.

Drinkability and general notes: Well, I guess its drinkability is relative. If you're a real hophead and you like lightly sweetened tea, this should go down nicely. Especially on a hot day and you're in the mood for a little brain juice, I could think of far more unpleasant ways of consuming caffeine. However, in the context of BA, the distinctive flavors of yerba mate (pick some up at Trader Joes, healthy and tasty) just don't compliment the hop's powerful flavor profile. The honey-like malts add some sweetness to the mix, but the tea flavors come across a little forced and ultimately distract from what you would expect in a well-crafted IPA.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Mateveza Yerba Mate IPA from Cervecería de MateVeza
77 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.