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Rex Attitude | Yeastie Boys

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Yeastie Boys
New Zealand (Aotearoa) | website

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by laituegonflable on 06-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 61
Photo of Greatheil
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You won't like this beer unless you like scotch whiskey. If you do, you will love it. I rate beers based on how well they do what the brewers intended, and in this case it is perfection. The intensity of the smoke is the same as you'll find in most any islay scotch, along with all flavors you'd expect. Seriously, it tastes like scotch but drinks like beer. Genius. Don't pay attention to the rating or most of the reviews on this, they just don't get what the point of it is. If you like a smoky scotch you have to drink this.

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.64/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

OMG ...

Appearance: very pale.

Smell: I used to drink single malt Islay whiskey and the first thing that came into my mind was that this is not beer .. It's whiskey! The strangest thing.

Taste: exactly what it promises ... Peaty and smokey blended with a nice light golden ale. Single malt beer. Genius.

Overall: the most surprising beer I have had in a loooong time. I love it. Well done Yeatie Noys!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.64/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried on-tap as part of the New Zealand SpecTapular at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst.

Pours a very pale and rather clear yellow colour, with a decently fine head of white. Thin body, but it sustains some decent static carbonation. Lacing is very good. Looks very decent.

Holy shit, what a nose. Very peaty and smoky, with rich earthy overtones and a green crispness. Leather comes through, along with something slightly medicinal. Wow. I've never had a beer like that. Uniqueness alone puts this way up in my opinion.

Taste is even better. Here we get raw smoked and woody earthyness, gloves off and no hold barred, with dark peat and pungent resonating scotch whisky. It's like carbonated Laphroaig. Gorgeous. Even a bit of charcoal on the back, despite the colour.

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Yeastie Boys, you have offered me a new and unique beer experience. That's a rare thing, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for it. What a beer.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost gushed but didn’t as the flow stopped right at the end of the bottle neck. Pours a very light straw color with a super white head that leaves a ton of heavy thick lacing. Smells of smoke and burnt plastic that is not very appealing at first. Once I recognized the incredible aromas of the enchanting island of Islay those flavors became very welcomed. The Islay smoke and peat is well in front and over the top with a magnificent Islay scotch smell so much so is I mistakenly thought this brew might have been aged in a Islay barrel. I am not even sticking my nose near this beer and the peat-smoke aroma is everywhere. First sip is amazing like an Islay scotch. This beverage has all the Scotch flavor without the scotch whisky drunk. In fact this puppy is quite sessionable. The 7% is hidden as the lightness makes this brew taste like 5% beer. WoW…double WoW!

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Photo of heygeebee
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Major thanks to Rwalford74 for this one. I believe from Jim’s and I also believe that Yeastie Boys need to invest in a bottling line with a date stamp (!)

A – pale gold, one finger head dies to spotty lace.

S – Assault of single malt, something like Lagavulin. Would be a 5 except the smell died somewhat.

T – peat notes drive, not as intense as smell. Smoke on back palate. Hint of honey sweetness.

M – well carbonated – almost like a hefe, or certainly something much lighter than 7%

O – well well, I was expecting to be challenged by this – methinks my beer journey has come a long way. Not quite easy drinking tho! Like having a whisky chaser in your beer, really. 5 for uniqueness.
Great beer…

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Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before I even start this glass, I am going to make it clear that I am reviewing this beer for what it is. It is a 100% peated malt beer and to me, that suggests that it won't entirely be drinkable.

Clear golden colour with a small, short lasted off-white head.

Smoked bacon and wood, light sweetness and a touch of earthiness. Surprisingly complex.

Surprisingly pleasant with the peat smoke being foremost with some additional smoked bacon note. A fair amount of malt sweetness helps to cover the smokiness and I even get some yeast esters and a touch of earthiness. I find this to be surprisingly nice and while I probably wouldn't buy it again, it is still great.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

This is a good beer. It does what it says on the packet and, for this peated whisky lover, it is a wonderful drink.

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Photo of Parrotshake
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in VT and shared with JLindros. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a light hazy golden hue with a quarter inch creamy head.

S - Holy shit! Absurd peat nose here. Just explodes out of the nose and overpowers everything else. Its Ardbeg level smoke here or Lagavulin. Just smelling a camp fire and pure peat. Insanity.

T - Taste is like the nose, super smokey as expected. Its basically watered down whiskey here, crazy peat. . Smoked camp fire, peat, iodine. If you love heavily peated whiskeys then yeah, this is for you. Pure smoke and Islay.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, decent enough carbonation.

O - Yeah, I remember drinking this at the Yeastie Boys table at The Festival and was floored. You could smell this from tables away. Hell, it obliterated my pallet! It took only the deliciously tart Cyser Rose from Aeppeltreow to get the peat off my tongue!

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single malt peat-smoked whiskey beer. Feel free to disagree with my classification because this one spits in the face of convention. On tap at the Local Taphouse Kiwi SpecTapular.

Pours a pale golden colour. Head is white, nice and dense, pleasant lace and lots of bead. Looks good.

Woah. Smoke that, baby! Huge peat smoke, rich, meaty, massive forest-on-fire smell. This is a rauchbier cranked up to 11. Boozey and just swathes of rich meaty smoke. Amazing.

Taste is massive smoke. Bit of caramel malt upfront, then smoke, and more smoke. Big charred wood on mid, then more whoomph as more wood catches fire. Just an immense, sweet, meaty, smouldering smoke. As the palate adjusts to the complexity I get touches of vanilla, bacon, oak. Amazing flavour. Sweet, smoked to the max. Just wonderful.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry. Bit of fizz, not all that great. Maybe because of the Islay whiskey flavour I'm expecting it to be thicker and flat.

A beer that is both groundbreaking and ballbreaking. Great job boys!

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Photo of sammyslick
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Approach this beer with authority, very bold to do this style of beer, but pulled it off well. Just make sure you know what you're in for with the peat and smoke flavours! One beer sipped slowly is plenty, wouldnt drink back to back

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Photo of farrago
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Wow. A super-smoky aroma that makes itself known the second you open the bottle. A smokier smell than I expected.

T: Like the aroma, the taste was absolutely dominated by the smoke (it's even more evident than Schlenkerla's beers). Also had a nice balance of hops, a little citrus, and some malt.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a crisp, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Like most smoked beers, this one isn't for everyone. If you like the style give this beer a shot.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing this one.

Pours a light creamy head, hazy pale golden color.

Nose is crazy, phenol city, peat smoke like Ardbeg level, pure peat, iodine, campfire, anda little bit of yeast and malt.

Taste is smokey as expected, peat, iodine, campfire, smoked something or other, harsh smoke but good IMO as a peat-o-phile and Islay fan, light salty briny, little bitter, light yeasty flavor with a bit of malts and caramel. Finish is pure smoke, even a bit tingly and some heat and peat.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, like a beer for of Lagavulin with tons of peat and smoke but not ridiculously bitter acrid and overpowering like most peat smoked beers.

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Photo of Bung
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Cloudy gold pour, billowing rocky white head. Maintained pretty well.

Aroma, Big and bold, heavy beach wood smoke. Some faint caramel maltiness, some grainy hay. Liquid smoke, smoked pork, light bacon.

Taste, woody smoke, burnt leaves, it is intense. Some grainy malt, not too much malt balance though. Actually has a nice chocolate note in the finish. A few herbal notes, but this is really all about the ashy malt.

About mid bodied, a higher level of carbonation adds to the harshness a bit. 12 ounces is about enough. A bit too one dimensional. Maybe worth trying, $7 was a bit high though.
Starts out nicely though intense, not as good after that great aroma.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of flexabull
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What a polarizing beer, I'm not surprised this has a love/hate relationship.

Pours a surprising and tame looking clear gold color with a thin white head.

Aromas are of strong peat. Smoke, ash, and whiskey almost burn the nose, I like it, but to some, this would be the turnoff.

Taste is about as unique as any beer I've tried. (and there have been hundreds) Bright gold ale flavors up front, sweet creamy malts, light dough, and a peaty, earthy, bacon and ashy smoke finish. Odd is an understatement, but it kind of works.

Mouthfeel is full and quite smooth.

Overall?! Wow... an experimental beer that is hard for me to wrap my head around. It's one of those beers, that some sips you like, others not so much. I'll peg this as a 3.5 because I can't make up my mind. I know this, it's well worth trying for any adventurous beer drinker.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of joecast
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Feeling all tingly getting ready to try this. Getting lots of attention. Here we go.

Pours about the same color and clarity as a hefewiezen. Hazy but golden in color. Thin white head does well to stick around. Golden with almost a green tinge, interesting. That single malt (100% peated malt) must have a strange effect when mashed.

Certainly has that strong smoked meaty character but not overpowering or offensive. Where it is let down a bit I suppose is that its missing anything else to complement the strong smoke.

Taste is not quite as, well, I was going to say not as intense but that's not true. It is seriously intense. It's just difficult for any human palate to comprehend this level of smoke in beer form. It does have some sort of sweetness and body that is necessary to hold up the rest of the beer but is still under done.

Hmm, what is left to say. There is a reason this malt is normally used in limited quantity, but this ain't no normal beer. This is extreme beer if there ever was one. Totally unbalanced, totally unconventional, totally over smoked. But that is what they were going for, and they managed to get a product that is still recognizable as the ever broadening definition of beer.

Would I try it again, probably not. But I would highly recommend everyone to try it at least once.

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Photo of cbutova
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of ddaedalus
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A challenging beer. Not dissatisfying if you can appreciate good rauchbier. However this beer completely throws away balnce for intensity. I have rated this beer accordingly, not in accordance with a common rauchbier but with an all peat-smoked-malt-beer, as it quite clearly is. And understandingly challenging as such. It is still surprising approachable for a islay scotch or bamberg bier drinker, with malt sweetness and ester and hop aroma and taste balancing the peat to offer more than simply a smokey experience. nevertheless, gains a somewhat smaller scale in certain categories purely because of lack of conforming.
But it is what it is, buyer be ware, it will not disappoint the true islay malt lover as there is no distillation to calm these malts

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Photo of ADZA
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This drop is definately a love or hate affair and for me even though i wont be buying it again you have to do it once and it pours a hazy pale yellow hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head and sporadic lacing here and there,the smell wow its something else it has aromas of bandaids,dettol,smokey peated malt and a touch of bacon,the mouthfeel is light bodied and well carbonated and it tastes better than it smells with hints of smoke,white grapes,smoke,bacon,smoke,yeasty bread and of course smoke and for me yeah i love totally out there brews that push the limits but i wanna come back for more and after finally trying it ill finish this bottle but look forward to washing the taste out of my mouth with something else and thats not what i look for in a good beer personally cheers.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.14/5  rDev -14%
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.

Taste is mostly the same but I'd say toned down slightly from the scent. Some notes of toasted bread, and perhaps some light fruit (apple came to mind), but scotch malt dominates.

Well-carbonated, pretty good mouthfeel, definitely a sipper for me.

It is what it is, this is personally not really my thing as I was still struggling to finish ~4 oz. But I can appreciate what it's going for.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Appearance - dirty and dull light gold. Lots of foam, it actually started rising up the neck when I cracked the cap. Then the cap wouldn't come off! I gave it a good wrench, the cap went flying and I got this pouring into the glass not a moment too soon. It's receding around the sides, leaving a foam island in the middle. A thick sticky web of lace with a shine to it. 4.5

Aroma - super smoky, as in Liquid Smoke. This beer is carcinogenic no doubt. It's sitting off to the side as I type and I can smell it from here. Nothing but smoke. 3.75

Taste - wow, what a burned up beer! Ash and sugar, some combination. Is this an attempt at an imperial smoke beer? It's smoky, the only offsetting flavor is some vague grainy sweetness. Some warmth late but I don't know if that's alcohol or if the beer still has a few glowing embers in it somehow. Extreme, I am thankful this was not sold in 22 ounce or 750 ml format, 11.2 ounces is *plenty*. I have two smokers and wouldn't smoke any of my food this heavily, although I have tasted edges of rib racks that were kind of like this. 2.50

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated, average body and weight. 3.0

Overall - interesting but not something I'd ever care to re-visit. The style intrigues me but I think a better integration of the smoke into the malt and hops would be tastier than this all-out smoke assault. Of course if that was the intent, then mission accomplished, but wow, this one is rough sledding. 1.75

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Photo of beajk002
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a first for me - a 100% smoked peat malt beer.
Appearance - looks extremely appertising - I was surprised how bright this beer was.
Aroma - smoke, with a belgian yeast
Taste - smoked dirt, leather, sweat, pants, ash, and whiskey. So surprising for something so light in colour.
Mouthfeel was great, however, i had to sit on the beer for a while to make it through.
Overall, a good experience to get a grip on the flavours of smoked peat malt.

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Photo of stcules
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Greenish blond appearance, very hazy, high carbonation. White and creamy head, decent.
In the smell the peated strikes you like a punch right in the face. Nothing else perceptible.
In the mouth too, peated very strong and it covers almost anything else (you can feel just some malt and biscuit).
For sure, unbalanced. Too invading and monotone.

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Rex Attitude from Yeastie Boys
83 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.