Digital IPA - Yeastie Boys

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Digital IPADigital IPA

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 124
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 8
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 andrewinski1
2.21/5  rDev -41.4%
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...

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
2.94/5  rDev -22%
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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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing this one so that it can have reviews sufficent for a grade.

7.0% abv. Pours a hazy medium orange amber with a nice white head that fades fast.

Nose is pleasant but does not have the fresh pineapple one might expect or want. Esters are assertive and almost Belgian in character.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with some creaminess "half and half" character.

Flavor profile is the highlight of this one and is big and assertive pine with underlying burnt orange toast. Not bad but not what one expects with an IPA. Sour long orange marmalade tones but of a "burned" nature and not really pleasant.

Finish is very long dull pine bitter. The lack of bright character in this really detracts from a beer that may otherwise be appealing. Pine finish is a long and lasting final word.

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Photo of argock
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ML bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a hazy honey orange color. Fluffy bright white head, one finger, that slowly faded to film. Good retention on swirling and leaves a good amount of film on the sides of the glass for lacing.

S-- Tropical fruits, lychee, guava, passion fruit, lemon and orange peel, grapefruit, and a light carmel malt backbone. Nice nose on this.

T-- Pine and grapefruit bitterness. Slightly sweet taste and some lemon, lime and and orange acidity. Not the strange flower tasting bitterness that I have gotten used to with NZ beers.

M-- Clean, crisp, and finishes quite dry. Good lingering hop bitterness finish. In the mouth the lack of malt is apparent and in a way the beer needs more malt but it is well balanced for what it is.

O-- Easy drinking, well balanced IPA. Well hidden ABV. One of the better Kiwi IPA's I have had with the Kiwi hops being used. Lacking in the feel a bit but rest is pretty good.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Richard33
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of wschmit
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Digital IPA from Yeastie Boys
85 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.