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Gunnamatta - Yeastie Boys

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 05-26-2012

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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by ryan1788a5:
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3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

As one of the more peculiar groupings of palate sensations- only in craft beer would such a compilation of flavors exist in one homogenous taste.

A strong herbal nature captivates the nose long before the eye fully explores those deep honey hues. But with strong tea, leather and tobacco seducing the senses, its easy to forget that there's an IPA buried within.

Laced with all those earthen complexities, its sweeter maple and sorghum notes are juicy early but trail into a sherry-like leathery aridness late. But in the middle, its fruit and grain sweetness align to resemble "Fruit-Loop" candied cereal characteristics in the most oddly but charming kind of way.

Its undoubted tea focus takes charge late in the taste and carries a firm tannic balance that rivals the herbal bitterness from hops for an even-keel offset to sweetness that is quite spot on. But the problem is- IPA's aren't supposed to be balanced so all those wonderful complexities rival the IPA base taste underneath.

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4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Tea leaf in an India Pale Ale is a classic pairing due to the simple fact that a well-made/classic English IPA should have a tea leaf aftertaste anyway. So it’s no surprise that Yeastie Boys (those Kiwi proprietors of experimental brews) have decided to drop a ton of Earl Grey into the wort and brought together IPA with its historical commodity partner tea - IPA was developed during the height of the tea growing era in India (Assam to be precise).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Appearance is a lovely cloudy deep orange body with wispy half centimetre off-white head that sticks around. Given the 6.5% ABV I’m surprised that it even has a head to start with. 8/10.

S: Big lemon myrtle/bergamot nose on this brew - I hope it isn’t a huge Kiwi tease like Tuatara’s APA was - this is aroma is fantastic, right on the money for what I was expecting. There is a sweet caramel base and linger tea notes in the background. Rarely do I find a beer that I want to smell more than drink but this is one of those brews, amazing! 10/10.

T: Bam! The flavour hits you hard and is almost exactly what you’re expecting: Lemon, bergamot, black tea leaf and a buttery caramel base throughout. It’s the hops that you’re not expecting with real big dirty/earthy tones that balance the sweetness out. Then the finish is a mix of herbal bitterness and a dry black tea tannin. Promise made and delivered, thank you Yeastie Boys. Only negative I can is that tea notes may be off-putting if you don’t like tea. I happen to love a good cuppa though! 9/10.

M: Medium body that is backed up by almost no carbonation whatsoever, which makes it cloy a bit too much. 4/10.

D: Wow, overall a brilliant merging of Earl Grey with IPA, only thing that got me thinking was how it would taste if more American style hops were used (with their pine/citric characters), would it have been better? Who knows. Like I said above Yeastie Boys advertised an Earl Grey IPA and they totally nailed it. If you love tea and beer and have oft wondered what the meeting of these two would produce then get a bottle of this and wrap your gob around it. 9/10.

Food match: I kept thinking about lemon cakes whilst drinking this... I’ve never recommended lemon cakes with anything before, I guess there’s a first time for everything.

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Jaysicles
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Vanz
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of KMcG
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of duffextracold
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of metsfan1
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer, the earl grey tea was a nice change up. The mouthfeel was a little watery.

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Gunnamatta from Yeastie Boys
83 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.