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Digital IPA - Yeastie Boys

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Digital IPADigital IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 123
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 6.61%
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 GRG1313
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,068 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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. (955 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,385 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (1,454 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,100 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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! (602 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.27/5  rDev +13%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of argock
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,865 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (472 characters)

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