Gunnamatta - Yeastie Boys
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Reviews by SmashPants:
2.98/5 rDev -19.7%
Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle with a craft label displaying a ocean scene with a tubbed Special. Nice.
Appearance: pours a light copper-gold with a slight haze. A small white head foams up and hangs around at the half-finger mark. Looks good.
Aroma: a very unusual aroma of a light combination of lemon and grass hops completely dominated by a soapy, pungent tea leaf. Smells like one of the only teas I don't like - Earl Grey.
Taste: and indeed it is Earl Grey, which will immediately bias me against this beer somewhat. More pungent Earl Grey flavours without much behind - just a touch of hops and some biscuit malts.
Aftertaste: the Earl Greyness of this beer makes it hard to drink. The flavours linger for some time.
Mouth feel: quite dry on the finish with a flowing drinkability. Plenty of carbonation, which is nice too.
Overall: I have to admit that tea leaf beers are not my favourite. Add to that the fact that Yeastie Boys have opted for the disasterously evil Earl Grey as their base, and I have to admit I am a bit biased. I struggled to drink this one down, as I found the soap-and-earth floral flavours of the Earl Grey overpowering. All the same, it is at least fairly well put together beer - just not my thing.
03-05-2014 09:51:32 | More by SmashPants
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
A soft, bubbly medium yellow brew with lots of brightness and an equally bubbly clean white head rests in my glass, the head developing to one finger's height and dropping down some pretty good stick.
There's actually a good hoppiness to this beer, certainly more than I've heard it get credit for from some. It's floral and perfumey, mostly, with a mild note of earth to the bittterness. Otherwise, this beer is strong on the tea. I think it's supposed to be black, but it comes together very much like green tea, dry, more herbal and leafy, and a bit brighter. Ultimately, it's like a crisp, hoppy green tea with lavender.
The feel is bright and crisp as well, keeping the bite all the way but dropping smoothness just a touch in the finish. The body is light but always verges medium.
05-17-2014 21:21:45 | More by Brenden
3.8/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours dark amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows overt floral notes along with some tropical fruit (lychee, papaya). Nice herbal chamomile-like notes too. Underneath is a fair bit of clean malt.
Herbal tea notes are very pronounced as flavours too, almost becoming a bit astringent. Some soft fruit is noticeable underneath as well as pleasing clean malt.
A bit too much tea but pretty solid.
10-21-2012 10:21:21 | More by CrazyDavros
4.13/5 rDev +11.3%
Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a lightly hazy dull copper amber with a massive half glass head with decent retention and lots of lacing. Healthy aroma of tea, light fruit and sweet malt and very floral hops. Whoa, this is quite different tasting! A definite sweet, lemon tea with light stone fruit, sweet malt and other interesting, but unidentifiable fruit flavors. There's a lot going on here. Finishes with a hop and herbal bitterness with residual tea and pleasant floral character. Light to medium bodied. A very idiosynchratic take on an IPA, I have to say that trying to analyse the individual flavors comes up with a flavor combination that should not work that well, but this seems to meld these odd tea and floral elements into something well integrated and very pleasing to drink. I'm both impressed and glad I got to try this interesting beer. I will absolutely try their other styles. My only complaint is that this is very much overcarbonated and impossible to get more than a half glass from a careful pour. But it was worth the effort.
09-27-2013 02:56:53 | More by LiquidAmber
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
A - Nice golden colour with hues of orange, nice looking 1 finger head, looks good.
S - Orange, marmalade, citrus, lemony, floral aromatics, berries, really does smell like earl grey tea.
T - Same as the nose, orange, citrus, mint, the Earl Grey flavours mix well with the hops, not getting much malt flavour, just a general sweetness. Bittering is good, doesn't linger too long, there is an astringency and light solvent alcohol, pretty tasty overall.
M - Good start and finish, leaves me wanting to drink more.
O - I love Earl Grey tea and IPA so this combo makes sense to me, probably not something I could drink a lot of but it's definitely a tasty beer.
02-15-2014 05:31:32 | More by Rambu
3.71/5 rDev 0%
12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. No freshness dating present.
A: Pours a nice caramel color. Good clarity. Creamy off white head retains well and leaves thin broken rings of lacing.
S: Strong aroma of mashed blueberries and iced tea. Wet leaves. Earthy. Hints of mint. Both lemon and orange peel. Menthol. Toasty bread and caramel. Big on the tea though.
T: Very tea forward, as in the nose, but there's more bite here. Earthy and spicy hop notes. Wet leaves. Quick flash of orange peel and marmalade. Big floral flavor of lavender, blueberries too. Modest bitterness coming from both the oily hops and the tea. Dark caramel and crusty bread from the ample malt base. Sweet finish of caramel, tea, and dry herbs with a semi-aggressive bitterness.
M: Medium body sports some heft. Rich and chewy in feel. Mild astringencies. Low prickling carbonation lets the weight sit on the palate perhaps a little more than it needs to.
O: Exotic? Absolutely. They lead off pretty strong with the floral and fragrant tea. Well, either that or the rigors of shipping this beer across the world have let the hops fade. Both are likely. The larger body makes it more of a steady sipper than a sessionable offering. I was happy with one bottle.
01-22-2014 01:29:15 | More by ryan1788a5
Gunnamatta from Yeastie Boys
84 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.