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Digital IPA - Yeastie Boys

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Digital IPADigital IPA

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-02-2011

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Ratings: 120 | Reviews: 41
Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Digital IPA looks the part, a dark yellow, transulcent beer that keeps up just less than a finger of foamy off-white head on top. Lacing clings to the glass in some nice patching that eventually leads to heavy spotting.
The imperial pils and green tea IPA has more hops presence than I expected; this beer I did expect a bit more hops from. What it has is good, no doubt, just not in the strength or with the depth that would make it great. It's got an underlying mineral element along with lots of leaf, a bit of pepper, some fruits, and citrus zest, balanced by somewhat bready and dry malt.
The light body flows very smoothly but with a nice supporting bite of crispness on the tongue. It's well carbonated, and the creaminess supporting the pepper that bites a bit in the feel as well as the flavor is a nice combination.

Photo of SmashPants
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: a standard 330mL brown bottle with a pretty average label.

Appearance: a slightly hazy light amber colour with smell amounts of fine carbonation across the profile. A small, half-finger white head drops fairly quickly to a thin cap, leaving good lacing.

Aroma: not much aroma, fairly demure. Light citrus, and what appears to be some sweet honey.

Taste: predominantly citrus with a touch of pine and earth, a lot more sweet honey. A nice ale, I certainly wouldn't call it a Pale Ale, let alone an IPA.

Aftertaste: some bitterness comes through, and I am sure it is a honey flavour. A bit tart on the finish.

Mouth feel: fairly heavy in the mouth for an IPA, with moderate but sharp carbonation.

Overall: I'm not quite sure why this is classed as an IPA - the flavours are pleasant but seem more of a sweet honey ale, rather than hop-orientated. Definitely, definitely not worth the AU$150 a case price. I have to admit I am yet to have a mind-blowing Yeastie Boys brew.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a creamy one finger white head with excellent retention and thick lacing. Aroma of orange family and lighter mixed citrus, piney and citrus hops, light bready malt. Flavor is distinct citrus hops, light lemon, mild grapefruit rind, faintly floral. The flavor seems thin at first, but develops slowly and finishes with several nicely balanced citrus, fruit and hop flavors.Medium bodied with good carbonation. Although the flavor seems subdued at first, the finish and aftertaste and surprisingly complex. A nice change from the standard American West Coast hop bill; not quite as challenging or rewarding, but pleasant and lemon citrusy. A nice off-beat IPA.

Photo of patpbr
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a amber and orange with a small sturdy head.
S - Citrus and pine hops. Earthy character.
T - Hoppy with a grapefruit and sweet flavor. Slight bitterness and tropical fruit.
M - Medium body and moderate carbination. creamy finish.
O - Not as hoppy as expected from many American IPAs but well balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with some orange highlights, light amounts of particulates in suspension, and a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of caramel and pale malt sweetness with a spicy (white pepper) hop and some citrus/orange/grapefruit hops. There is a very light hint of some light fruits (apple stands out).

T: Upfront there are some light to moderate flavors of pale and caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by some moderate to strong flavors of spicy (white pepper) and citrus/orange/grapefruit hops and just a touch of tropical flavors. There is a moderate amount of yeastiness to this brew as well, giving it some additional peppery spice notes. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is an enjoyable beer with a nice amount of complexity to the hop profile and a decent balance between the malts and hops. Fairly easy to drink and one I would get again - I like the tropical notes that show up later in the taste.

Photo of Brad007
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild blonde color with amber highlights and a one-finger head. I was drawn in because I'm craving hops tonight.

Citrus notes dominate the nose with a touch of pine for good measure. Make no mistake, hops are front and center.

Grapefruit comes to mind at first. It dominates the mouthfeel, suppressing the malt bill to where only a touch of buttery, toasted malt is able to get through. Hop-forward.

Ditto on mouthfeel. Lingering grapefruit and a warm essence are the trademarks of this IPA. Both are highly desirable to me.

Check it out! They're like BrewDog..but without the mindless hype!

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Tangerine orange has a dense clarity, brightly colored in nature, with an impressive 2 finger bone colored head that was foamy, lustrious and sturdy on the keep. Random isolated instances of patchy foam work.

S: Pale tangerines with a yeasty musky nature, along with some pale wheat. Decent level of hops, tart and velvet oranges, grapefruit peel with a bit of golding spice hop.

T: The flavor is hoppy and yeasty, citrusy and grapefruity with a bit of dry sour tropical fruitiness. Grassy and smooth like wine alcohol notes come with some yeasty starfruit and a nice wallop of hops which are not shy about their presence. Gentle pale and wheat malts are dry and complimentary.

M: Mouthful is light bodied, creamy and smooth with a spicy, funky, yeasty bite upon the swallow. A warmth of pine hops and alcohol warm the inner cheeks.

O: Overall it brings the hops, Nelson with an aggressive nature, and has a bit of funky belgian yeastiness to it, tart, dry with a pale grain base that is all tied together nicely. Shows some complexity and thought, tasty and a second helping is warranted.

Photo of andrewinski1
2.21/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I bought this as soon as I saw it to give myself the best chance at freshness. There is no date on the bottle that I could find. The color is murky (hazy) orange. There is a tiny white head, but barely.

The aroma is melony with some butterscotch and bubblegum. Not much hoppiness in the aroma.

The taste starts out mildly sweet with some melon and honey malt sweetness. There is a touch of grassy hops added, but the hop flavor is minimal. The finish is bitter.

This is medium bodied with mellow carbonation.

This is bitter without great flavor. That's a recipe for bad. Maybe if I could get it fresh...

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, lemon, and pine hops with sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, and tropical hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, tropical, piney, and lightly spicy hops with some resiny bitterness and some sweet biscuity malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a bitter and lightly dry and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy IPA with some nice New Zealand hops and good overall balance.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty one dimensional, but well made IPA. Lots of earthy malts with a fairly strong spiced hop thing going on as well. The odd thing about this one is that it strikes me as more of a double ipa than a regular ipa. Which kind of detracts a little bit in the grand scheme of things. But overall, this is pretty decent.

Photo of jimmah120
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As soon as I cracked opened this $7 bottle, it exploded all over me. I got maybe 5 ounces into the glass. So I ended up paying around $1.50 an ounce. This shit better be good...

Look is a golden yellow with a faint red hue. sticky head fades to a froth. Great looking brew. Smell is honey, lemon rind, peaches, and sweet tea. Unique for an IPA. Crisp and bitter at first, fades into piney earthy hops. Alcohol warms the tongue, fruity notes ranging from apple to lemon to grape. Alcohol shows through a bit more than it should, and I'll blame the carbonation for the explosion.

Overall it's an interesting take on the IPA. Like a more interesting, flavorful English IPA. The big problem here is the extreme price point. If it wasn't so expensive I'd probably drink it fairly often.

Photo of TheRealBigC
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa! This beer is great! A friend of mine recommended this to me after trying it at a bar the other night. He liked it so much that he went to a few different locations the following day to find us each a bottle, which is apparently not easy to find (being from New Zealand, I guess I'm not surprised). I was ready to call it a night, but my friend insisted we pop this open, and he was right to do so. This IPA has a wonderful hop character and a smooth feel with a strong malt backbone. Even, true to the brewer's name, there is a bit of yeast flavor in there to make it interesting. Not a Belgian IPA by any means (thank goodness), but instead just a really great take on a classic style.

Photo of BigCheese
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Cloudy, orange hue, big head.

S: Citrus, fruity, clementines, papaya, peach

T: Oranges, white bread, belgian yeast, some spicey cloves and biscuity malts. Very sweet citrus flavor from hops, not sour/piney/bitter. Floral and clean finish. Mangos/clemantines throughout.

M: Very rich, chewy, very sessionable, awesome.

O: Interesting take on style, its hoppy sort of, must be hops I'm not familiar with, very sweet fruity, almost tastes like a fruit flavored bear. Yeast is definitely belgian, has a wheaty chararcter to it though not a full fledged witbier. Awesome beer that everyone should try.

Photo of Richard33
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper with a 1 inch white head that dissipates quickly.

The nose is a very interesting mix of grapefruit, flowers, herbs, bready malts, and black pepper.

I find this ipa to be very well balanced. Bready malt is married well to some spicy/herbal hops that stick to the cheeks long into the dry finish.

As the beer warms up, a bit more tropical fruit comes through. Very soft mouth with tight, quenching carbonation. It's 95 in Boston and i would be hard pressed to find a beer that doesn't taste good.

The only thing keeping me from revisiting this one is the price tag. Yummy stuff from NZ!

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, golden body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves decent lace.

S - Bready malt notes and a very spicy, herbal hop nose with notes of lemongrass and pepper.

T - Soft malt and grassy hops up front. Some herbal notes of pepper, coriander, and pear in the middle. Finishes sweet malt, pepper, and herbal hop flavors with mild bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Very drinkable and interesting, but it is definitely an atypical IPA. The hop character is not American, or even British, but very herbal with some spicy notes that remind me of Sorachi Ace hops or certain Saison yeasts. It is kind of hard to judge this beer in the end since it is so different and while it is lacking in what I normally think of as IPA character it is quite enjoyable.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a cloudy pale golden body. scattered lacing.

S: mild on the nose overall with mostly pungent and musty hops. Some honey with floral and herbal hops with a mild citrus sweetness.

T: pine, floral, slight sour lemon citrus. Mild pale malts. pretty simple overall.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: The flavor and aroma are a touch mild and the flavor a little simple.

Photo of JackieTH
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a persistent creamy foam head. Smell is citrus pith, crackers, buttery. Taste is front loaded with orange and grapefruit pith, spicy hop, backbone if earthy elements, buttery crackers. Body is medium, holds together well, moderately carbonated and mildly creamy. Finish is clean with a lingering pithy bitterness.

Photo of argock
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Received as a gift.

A: Very clear very light amber-golden with 1-finger of off-white big-bubbled head with a few incomplete lines of lace.

S: There is a buttery caramel malt quality with an earthy-herbal hoppy aroma with hints of citrus. There is an unpleasant dankness of the aroma.

T: The flavor is much livelier with more citrus and floral hops qualities. THe butteriness of the caramel malting detracts and prevents a clean flavor. There is a fairly deep-seated bitterness which is striking.

M: Smooth and the carbonation is higher-than-average but provides a more even drinking experience.

O: Not exactly a favorite and unsure how old this bottle is. Doubt I would try again.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is VERY hoppy and has a strong note of grapefruit plus a hint of sweet orange. It pours a nice clear amber with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled ivory head. Hoppy flavor has woody and grapefruit notes and a hint of orange. Lively texture has good body and leaves a nice hoppy tingle.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours cloudy yellow/orange with a creamy looking eggshell-white head. Head retention is good, lacing is thin, delicate, and spotty.

S: Pungent hop scents. Very green, oily, leafy, and vaguely spicy in an herbal way. Earthy. Wet leaves. Pithy, fleshy aromas of exotic fruit: smashed melon, hint of mango, and a semi-sweet gourd-like scent. Hint of a grainy malt base underneath.

T: Oily, herbal, and spicy hop tastes register briefly before being overcome by a bitter resiny taste of respectable intensity. The bitterness backs off a bit, and the hops go leafy and herbal (sage and thyme?) with an oily plant flavor. Tobacco. Kind of a zucchini sort of taste going on too. Passion fruit in the background. Malt base is a touch doughy and biscuity with a hint of grain. Finishes with spicy garden herb tastes and lingering oily, resiny bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, very creamy and smooth with a somewhat silky texture. Low carbonation; just enough to get the job done.

O: This is a very good beer. The hop profile has a very rough and exotic feel to it. Not really what American hop-heads are used to; it isn't bursting with pine and citrus flavors. But hey, viva la difference. Part of what being a beer enthusiast is all about is trying new and exciting things, and this beer certainly fits the bill. Still, I can't help but think what a beer like this must taste like at the source. I imagine it loses a lot during shipping.

Notes: American brewers always love to add new ingredients to their arsenal, and some are starting to play around with these New Zealand hop varieties. I took my time and dissected this beer pretty well in in effort to familiarize myself. From what I've had so far they seem to be earthy, leafy, and herbal in the way of English hops, but more intensely bitter and more fruity too.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, darkish golden body with a slim, whitish head.

Smell: Fresh-ground white pepper over a light maltiness rounded out with tasteful notes of grape juice, honey, and shining citrus fruits.

Taste: Pale malted barley with some touches of untoasted bread and a short-lived, honeyed sweetness. Hint of green grapes. Citric burst of zested lemon and lime marked by white peppercorns. Moderate bitterness. Closes out dry, lightly spicy, lightly citric.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: It's good, not great, but it's different, so it's got that going for it.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 11.2 FL OZ capped bottle in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a Odell branded tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a hazy straw-like hue with virtually no head but decent lace.

S: Crackery, sweet carmel malt, faint hop - WTF???

T: Too much malt and sweet fruity esters...where's the hop to balance - hop is there but not in equal in comparison - truly lacking in overall balance.

M: Medium-bodied, good carbonation for the style, a bit sticky and overwhelming, but enjoyable and easy to drink.

Overall somewhat of a weak IPA - more of a Pale Ale - hop strain is interesting and unique, but gets washed out and overwhelmed by the massive amount of malt. No balance what so ever, just an overwhelming amount of sweet malt.

Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This arrived in Indianapolis a couple weeks ago. I really liked their Black Ale.

This beer pours a light bodied honey gold in color with a very slight cloudiness and a creamy one finger head. The nose consists of slight citrusy hops with a clean grilled onion finish. The flavors are very clean and inviting. It begins with a touch of orange, citrusy hops and finishes light with more of the onion with a pronounced bitterness and is equally dry. Nice flavors, even with the onion. It drinks light bodied and is fresh and crisp, quite refreshing. Overall this is a light and easy to drink IPA. The hop profile doesn't thrill me but I may be in the minority.

Photo of ChugginOil
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wesside89 for the pour.

Pours a slightly hazed yellow with a couple fingers worth of white head. There is a tad bit of lacing.

The nose has some grassy hops that smell pretty bitter. There is a bit of sweet malt.

The taste has a bit of faded Nelson hops that are still bitter. There is some bready malt that backs it along with some wheat or grain.

The mouthfeel is light and has a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, decent brew but i wish the hops were a bit fresher and assertive.

Photo of buyBinboaVodka
2.94/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a straw yellow color with huge white head and spider web lacing around the whole glass. The lacing sticks around for the whole time.

S - Hops up front with piney resin following. Some floral and citrus notes but nothing that stands out.

T - The taste is a little straight foward with hops throughut the sip. Bitterness comes through at the front and the back. Some floral citrus taste, but mostly one dimensional.

M - Medium bodies with mild carbonation, the bitterness lingers for a while and its really not that pleasant.

O - This was a better than average beer, but nothing I would go to on a regular basis. I feel it lacks complexity and depth. It feels straight foward on the hop presence and thats it.

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Digital IPA from Yeastie Boys
84 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.