Digital IPA - Yeastie Boys

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Digital IPADigital IPA

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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-02-2011

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not a bad brew from the Kikwis!

Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A fruity aroma - much fruitier than I would have expected - that also had a good deal of hops as well.

T: An extremely hoppy flavor here, with a lot of tropical fruit (mango, apricot) as well. Somewhat resiny and malty. An incredibly light, fruity, complex, and vibrant taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium- to light-bodied.

O: In some ways this is a classic American IPA, but very different in others. Very easy to drink and very likeable.

Photo of BigCheese
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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 TheRealBigC
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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 lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear and bright golden colour, with masses of effervescent carbonation feeding a frothy and full white head. Body looks surprisingly light for 7% ABV—indeed, overall, the appearance could quite easily be mistaken for a pale lager of the almost-macro variety.

Nose is not, however. Big redolent hoppy goodness, with crisp New Zealand grassiness and cut zesty fresh citrus. There's a pleasant little swoop of grain in there as well, which is an interesting addition and deepens the aroma overall. It's perhaps not as insane, robust and potent as some of the best IPAs I've had, but it might just be that I've had them fresher. This is still damn good.

Taste is wonderfully clean and crisp, with a supple balance of honeyed malt and spritzy, cleansing hops. Light body helps here, lending a clear palate on which to stack the subtle layers of sweetness and bitterness. Slight lemon pith on the entry, with smooth clean malt through the centre and a soothing, slightly medicinal hop bite on the finish. Wonderful flavour for an IPA, while remaining clear and refreshing.

This is a lovely brew, clear and light, but bursting with flavour. Supremely drinkable for 7%, and with interest and complexity to keep you interested for a long time.

I also love that the "source code" for the beer is available, through a link given on the bottle (http://yeastieboys.posterous.com/private/yCmgJxeHrs). Adds another level of appreciation to the brew.

Photo of ADZA
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright hazy yellow hue which leaves a nice looking two finger head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is typical NZ hops with aromas of honeydew,goosberries,lychee,pineapple and boiled candy it really does smell very balanced,the mouthfeel is just under medium bodied and nicely carbonated with tastes of goosberries,lychees,bubblegum,redgum honey,passionfruit,boiled candy and the finish is bittersweet and not overly bitter at all just very drinkable and overall my only regret of this brew is not getting more than the one of as it is one of the better AIPA's(or should i say NZIPA)going around at the moment and i would definately buy this again.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Macca
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden colour with a generous dense white head. looks good.

On the nose I get resinous hoppiness upfront. Followed by some apricot and maybe mango. A bit of maltiness hiding at the back.

Maltiness comes more to the fore on the palate. The hoppiness is there with the pine resin flavours dominating. A bit of tropical fruit. Nice balance with just enough bitterness.

Medium bodied.

Very nice. My only complaint is that the palate is a bit broad for me if that makes sense. I was hoping for something a bit sharper and punchier. Will drink again though.

Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautifully hazy golden/orange color. A tightly packed head slowly rises to over two fingers with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace is left behind.
S: a big hoppy aroma here. Grassy, floral, herbal tea like. Lots of tropical fruits. Some toasted breadiness finishes everything off for a nice balance.
T: Much like the nose with very floral and herbal hops up front. Plenty of tropical fruits. Light toasted malts and bread for balance.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation. Very dry and crisp. So easy and enjoyable to drink.

This is a very nice IPA. Plenty of hop flavors without the over barring lingering bitterness. I will need to grab some more bottles when I see this again. Recommended.

Photo of tsauce2
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a tulip glass

A: SRM is pale/straw yellow. Hazy yet no residual sediment. Head is off white, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Big fresh and clean hop notes. Bright and moderately piney with a hint of citrus and dried light fruit. Light malt notes as the beer warms.

T: Very hop forward and extremely well balanced. Hop bitterness hits in the middle of the palate and pine and citrus notes touch the outer palate. Maybe a touch of apricot. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and resinous, with hints of citrus. A little alcohol is noticable. Big fresh hop taste.

M: Medium body. Hops are balanced and blend harmoniously. Overall mf is shaped by the pine notes of the hops. Crisp finish.

O: Very nice IPA. Has a taste of a fresh hop beer. Excellently balanced hop flavors; for 7% ABV I was surprised that some heat from the alcohol came through. A bit pricey, but definitely worth a try. Will not buy again as there are other IPAs of this caliber for considerably less money.

Photo of patpbr
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
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 jimmah120
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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 dansmcd
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear and effervescent, golden amber in colour with a finger of foamy white head. Sloppy lacing.

S - Hop forward and resinous, grapefruit dominates with a toffee malt backing.

T - Apricot and grapefruit lead off, the hop bitterness comes early and lingers. Nicely balanced though against the malt profile.

M - Thin to medium body, moderate carbonation, slick with a dry finish.

O - A proper new world IPA. Excellent bitterness, complexity and balance. Drink fresh.

Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris @ Slowbeer

Pours mango syrup colour with good head/lacing.

Smell is passionfruit, mango in background, and lactic malt.

Taste is more passionfruit integrated with some malt. Sweetness with some nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with medium or slightly higher carb.

Overall a nice use of Kiwi hops.

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Brad007
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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 LSUPT
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to an Allagash cervoise.

Pours a nice deep yellow-orange, only a slight haze, with a gorgeous 2" white head that shows decent retention but leaves behind tons of sticky lace.

Smell is somewhat muted, probably due to the time it took to get here. Mostly tropical fruits, apricot, peach hint of mango. Really nice resinous hop flavor along with the same tropical taste and pine as well. Still retains a high level of bitterness but the malt has started to creep in and take away from the great hop character of this beer. Medium carbonation and a fairly full mouthfeel for the style.

Well this beer was pretty awesome, and I would kill to have it fresh. I may grab a couple more before it gets too old.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale metallic gold with a still body. Head is white foam, nice and dense with a thin trail of lace. Nice-lookin' IPA.

Smells NZ hoppy with massive tropical wham of passion, paw-paw and lemon. Light and fruity with a nice edge, but not a lot anchoring it. Still, pleasant.

Taste swims with lots of tropical fruit hoppy notes. Banana, paw-paw and kiwi vie for attention, with some sharper citric hops coming up behind for a big peak of flavour in the middle. Finishes bitter, hoppy with nice pine leading, then mildly astringent finish. Good IPA with very enjoyable NZ hop character. Ultimately quite predictable IPA territory though, doesn't take it out of the stratosphere.

Bit bitey on the front and dry at the back. Pretty nice body though.

Very nice IPA, but as I've tried so many I look to new examples to give me something innovative and exciting in some way. This is very good, but it's just another IPA.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 JackieTH
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 wschmit
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. No apparent dates.

A: Pours golden out the bottle, with a bronzed, clouded body beneath a whipped-cream head. Good staying power there. Looks pretty good.

S: I was expecting worse. New Zealand's a long way away, and I assumed this would be old and wasted by the time it arrived. Not quite so. Yes, there's some fade, but I still get a nice, bright, perhaps Cascade-like nose and a balanced malt body--not too sweet, like some faded IPAs or DIPAs can get. Still, the straw-like malt predominates.

S: Things come out somewhat better in the taste. There are still some powdery, citrusy notes in the middle, with a bitter but not overwhelming finish. I get a noticeable diacetyl flavor, but I think it works alright, right at the threshold. Overall, it's actually pretty good, despite an assumed age.

M: Good carbonation and moderate body deliver 7% ABV pretty nicely. Typical, in a good way.

O: I was skeptical buying an expensive IPA from a faraway land, but this wasn't bad. No need to go switching from your favorite fresh place, but I'm glad to see NZ putting out pretty quality beer. If I could get this fresh on the regular, I'd be all over it, for sure.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with a large head.
Nose shows honey, passionfruit and lychee along with some biscuity malt and very soft caramel.
Flavours don't show so much fruit, more focussed on the sweet clean malt with faint biscuity characters followed by a bold, sharp, almost harsh bitterness.
Could use a little less carbonation.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Right on, a new Kiwi brewery in town, and one that pays homage to a classic musical troupe. Nice. This offering pours a kinda cloudy sunset straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises yellow grapefruit zest, light lemon zest, light sweet caramel (nicely in the background), and an overarching bit of what seems like toasted caramel corn. I gotta say, as slightly unorthodox as this comes across to my nose, it's more than pleasant. The taste holds notes of grapefruit rind, orange zest, lemon rind, light pine sap, perfume-y flowers, bitter grass, and a touch of mild (though still decently sweet) caramel in the background. The fairly strong bitterness near the finish keeps this from being truly pleasing, but doesn't completely knock things off the tracks. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid IPA, something I haven't had too much of from the lands down under. I look forward to trying other things from these guys.

Photo of oline73
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bottle at Max's on my way out. I must admit that I bought it because of the name of the brewery. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with some orange and yellow hue to it. There is a half finger of white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Fruity, sweet malt right off the bat. The fruity notes are citrusy, but not overly hoppy. Some mild citrus peel in the finish.

Taste: Unlike the smell, the taste is incredibly hoppy and bitter. Grapefruit peel up front. There are some fruity apricot like notes in the background. The finish is really hoppy, but a bit different than anything else I've run into. A bit soapy and fruity, but still incredibly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive yet fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I'm really glad I got to try this, but I don't know that I'll have another. Could have used a little bit more balance.

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Digital IPA from Yeastie Boys
84 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.