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Rex Attitude - Yeastie Boys

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79
okay

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 27.33%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: laituegonflable on 06-03-2011)
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Reviews by Parrotshake:
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Parrotshake

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly this is not my first go 'round with this beer. Had I reviewed it on initial taste, it might have gone something like ".... well, it does what it said it was going to do. Glad I tried it". But since then I've been drawn back to it more and more. And more. Basically every time I've been to Archive in the last few months and this has been on the shelf, I've grabbed one. And I love it more and more.

As a fan of Islay whiskies you'd think I'd be predisposed to liking this, but it's not whisky, it's beer. So now what? It pours a clear yellow with a finger or so of head. That's what a beer does. And then things start to get... uncomfortable. Big iodine, seaweed, smoking tyre rubber. Smells like that shot of Ardberg Supernova I paid 20-something dollars for at Cru Bar recently. But look at those little bubbles... again, this is beer.

Smoke, smoke and more smoke in the taste. More smoked than the most smoked beer that you can think of. More smoked than most actual smoke. And far more like bacon, burnt plastic and sea salt as well. No bitterness to speak of. I am overcome with the notion that everything I thought I knew about beer was wrong.

The only time I paid attention to mouthfeel was initially, when I was forced to try to come to terms with a universe in which a carbonated Islay whisky could exist. It was pretty good, I think.

This beer is obviously not for everyone. Not necessarily even for me, the first time. But as some Buddhist guy said - the narrow mind rejects; wisdom accepts. A confounding and challenging journey that ends with a glorious sunset, revelatory fist-pump and a sincere and embarrassingly loud "FUCK YEAH". Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 11:01:13 | More by Parrotshake
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Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shared by Chico1985, excited as I love smoky beer and smoky Scotch, especially. Reviewed from notes.

A- Golden bodied with a small creamy white head. Bubbly frothy ring is pretty thick, head retention not too good. Spotty lace.

S- Pure Islay smokey scotch, straight up reminds me of Islay and that's about it, something on fire around here? Salty seaweed Islay.

T- Follows the nose with a huge smoke that lingers with each exhale intensifying it all. Smoked meats and campfire are huge, some light cracker sugar malts but that's it beyond the Islay scotch brutality. Light yeasty apple.

MF- Light bodied like an American pale ale. Medium level of carbonation, smoke lingers with some bitterness on the palate. Slightly frothy texture overall.

Islay monster and maybe the smokiest beer I can think of since Fumistierre by DDC. Attacks with a mouth full of burnt Peat wood smoke. I personally like smoky brews but can see how 75% of the people who sniffed or tried it were turned off.

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New Hampshire

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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a hazy, light straw amber with a thin white head with decent retention and slippery lacing. Aroma is dominated by smoke, which has a slight burning electrical parts component, but also smokehouse, making it ultimately inviting. Faint malt. Flavor follows very closely, with bacon smokehouse with a medicinal, chemical element that must be the iodine from the peat. There is sufficient malt support, but the flavor of the malt is subsumed to the smoke. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. An idiosynchratic smoked ale that teeters on the edge of being too medicinal, but ultimately interesting to drink. I would not recommend this to anyone who does not like smoked beers, but it worked for me. The peaty qualities grew on me as I drank the glass (and perhaps some fussy taste buds died). Interesting, but challenging.

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10-01-2013 02:53:54 | More by LiquidAmber
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100floods

California

2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A little excitement upon opening this bottle. Not from me, the beer. It foamed just a bit. I wasn't quite sure what this beer was, other than 'big', until I got a nice whiff of that wonderous smoke. Not sweet n smokey like this beer's german counterparts, but dry, astringent smoke. Definitely more campire aroma than smoked meats. It poured a lazy-thick white head and a hazy gold hue. Nothing that special to report. It's hard to imagine this beer having some attitude. It drinks like a woody pale ale. Super dry. The 'smoke' kinda cuts through anything resembling crispness and kinda leaves a dry sensation on the back of my tongue. Towards the finish of each sip, after the carbonation disrupts any attempt the beer has to come together, it has a burst of wood and citrus, which wasn't welcome.

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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

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dar482

New York

2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The beer comes in a golden yellow color with a white head that goes away quickly.

The aroma is just a punch of the face of peat at first, but then you realize that it's just huge notes of oil base paints. It truly is just chemicals and smells like you're sitting in an art room. Deep in the back you get a bit of the malt, but it's hard to find considering how big the aroma is. A pretty offensive smelling beer.

The flavor follows, but not as much chemical on the flavor. There's leather, burnt plastic, smoke, oak, bacon grease with then a finish of that gentle bit of grassy hops and some bready malt on the back end.

Three of my friends hated it. I was able to get through about 4 oz. myself before we poured out the rest of this $9 bottle. This beer lacks balance and also really could down those offensive notes.

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VinsanityDiesel

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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Second time having this, thankfully splitting the bottle between 3-4 people this time.

Pour is light orange with a bit of haze. Small white head retains well leaving some good lacing.

Straight up crazy smoky seaweed scotch malt, smoked ham, peat. Pretty much smells like scotch, pretty intense.

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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some apricot highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a large thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of smoked peat with lighter notes of iodine. Overall, one of the strongest smelling smoked beers I have ever encountered.

T: The overall aroma was completely dominated by the flavors of smoked peat and just a hint of wood smoke as well. There is a light amount of spicy hops towards the finish but the malts are almost completely lost int he smoke. Hints of iodine (medicinal flavor) that get a little more intense as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Very crisp with a moderately dry finish.

O: As the bottle says on it, this is definitely one of the more challenging beers that I have ever drank - the smokiness is almost overwhelming and gives off an iodine/band-aid like flavor that lingers. I appreciate the idea behind it but maybe just slightly less intense would make this one a little more palatable.

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farrago

New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Even a cautious pour yields half a glass worth of dense bone white foam which is reluctant to fizzle off, not much lacing, the head just arcs as you tilt the glass and slides back into itself. Faded gold to straw in color, you can see through it but likewise it’s hazy plus there is a veritable storm of bubbles filling the glass. The nose is pure peat and damp campfire smoke, invasive presence in the nostrils, if you get quiet and concentrate there’s actually a good bit of apricot and peach fruit in there, otherwise salt, cured bacon and leafy underbrush and twigs, not especially diverse but, hey, it was not meant to be. Light-bodied, very creamy mouth texture, surprised by the lightness as many smoked beers aim at more heft on the palate. Not so surprised by the creaminess based on the visual carbonation, more soft than bright and refreshing. The smoke is less intense here but lasts longer as it adheres itself to your mouth pores. That fruitiness persists and you might also get a floral musk peeking out now and then. The peat takes on a sweeter character here, still gamey, ashen and earthy with a metallic edge. If you want to register the complaint it’s monochrome, fine, but it’s not coming across as unbalanced. It’s a slow sipper, duh, like a dram of Scotch, just need to pour it out in small increments so it doesn’t get warm.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 23:07:02 | More by farrago
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Rex Attitude from Yeastie Boys
79 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.