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Gunnamatta - Yeastie Boys

GunnamattaGunnamatta

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BA SCORE
83
good

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%


Brewed by:
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 05-26-2012)
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at GABS in Melbourne. This is the brew that ended up taking out the People's Choice award for the festival.

Pours a very faintly hazed golden hue, with a nice solid body. White head is slightly tinged with yellow, and is full, frothy and firm. Powdery carbonation. Looks good.

Pleasant hop characters on the nose, with perhaps a suggestion of Simcoe butterscotchiness, mingled with a pleasant green tea and slight tannin character. Pretty solid, and very decent.

Clean entry, in fact, almost spring water like in its light smooth cleanness, before some fruit characters come in mid-palate, giving a suggestion of raspberry leaf and weakly brewed black tea. Bitterness cleans up with a hint of tannin, but it's all fragrant and refreshing and never overdone. Very clean feel.

Drinkable as hell, and really very enjoyable. This was a worthy winner—if not the biggest, most interesting or exciting beer, it sure was one of the most drinkable, and one of the ones I'd most like to try again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2012 11:21:18 | More by lacqueredmouse
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold colour, with an inexplicable cloud for an IPA. Possibly the tea doing something to it? Head is white, foamy, and retains pretty well. Decent IPA but could maybe use a bit more colour.

Smells nice, with lots of NZ hop notes that of course I love. Slightly floral character from the black tea which not only adds floral notes but a bit of bitterness as well. Really nice balance struck between the tangy hops and tea leaves.

Slightly nutty malt note upfront, then taken over by NZ hops and again that floral tea character. Not too much, in the sense of not being heavy-handed. Pleasant. Hint of tea leaves on back, but floral hoppy notes balance it out. Rose, citrus and spice. Very pleasant.

Bitty texture, very dry on the back. Good for the style.

Really nice addition to the IPA style. To their credit, the hops are not overwhelming which allows the other flavours to play their part too.

EDIT: it's obviously been a long time since I wrote the notes for this and I couldn't really remember this beer too well, but looking at the notes it's easy to see why this beer won the best of GABS.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2012 02:02:26 | More by laituegonflable
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 02:56:53 | More by LiquidAmber
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FINALLY getting around to entering my notes from The Festival in to Beer Advocate. Man oh man is this a big notebook...Fairly certain this was on tap and not poured from one of their bottles.

A - Poured a hazy, cloudy golden hue with a thin white head that fades but never really goes away. Solid.

S - Oh yeah, I smell tea. Tea and New Zealand hops. Floral almost bitter black tea notes. Awesome.

T - Taste is slightly malty and them kapow good floral tea leaves and some like citrus and spice from those New Zealand hops. Incredibly pleasant and drinkable here. Really enjoy the taste of the tea.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and dry. Solid.

O - Overall, enjoyed this beer. Had it before Rex Attitude and wish I could get my hand on some more of it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2013 04:32:47 | More by rudzud
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ADZA

Australia

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking forwards to this ever since my mate told me about it and it pours a hazy golden orange hue with a creamy off white two finger head and sporadic lacing aswell,the smell is really unique its like spring with aromas of pollen filled air,daffodils,earl grey and honey,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of floral hops,honey,obviously earl grey tea in a good way,kiwi fruit,blackberries and finished with a floral hop bitterness and overall its a nice brew and the addition of Earl Grey Tea really creates a diiferent twist on a floral IPA,would buy again without doubt.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 06:25:56 | More by ADZA
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barczar

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My bottle says 6.5 percent abv.

Wow, where's the beer? Pours a murky medium brown with a 3:1 head to beer ratio. Concerned. The cream head lingers indefinitely. There's a sticky layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle that makes me question this beer's age.

Perfumey, floral hops dominate, with an underlying herbal tea note and fairly strong citrus. There's a fairly sweet, honeysuckle presence, along with tropical fruit notes that combine with the floral character to form notions of peach.

Flavor is extremely perfumey and herbal, fairly bready mid palate, and finishing herbally bitter. Notes of tangerine, grapefruit, tea, and lemon, underlie grassy herbs and toasted breadcrust. Plasticy phenols emerge in the aftertaste, somewhat medicinal.

Body is moderate, with high carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

Interesting brew, to say the least! Very characterful. Glad I tried it. It's an odd combination, but it continues to intrigue me, the more I taste it.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:53:37 | More by barczar
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 10:21:21 | More by CrazyDavros
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dgilks

Australia

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear amber colour with a smooth creamy white head. Inviting is the right word here. The aroma is good with a touch of honeyed malt and some nice tea. The flavour continues the aroma with a light, slightly honeyed note. The tea character is good but I want to see the IPA come through. The body with moderate with a moderate carbonation being suitable for style. On the whole a nice beer and the tea character works well but I'm looking for more hop character to support the bitterness that is here.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 04:02:50 | More by dgilks
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 01:29:15 | More by ryan1788a5
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dansmcd

Australia

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a honey colour with about a thumb of white foamy head, permanent and giving great sloppy lacing.

S - Chai tea, floral notes and dried fruit. Unusual.

T - This is pretty unique in my experience. Fruity tea, creamt toffee, apricot, some citrus hops.

M - Dry, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Very different. Bravo to the Yeastie Boys for the innovative spirit. Hopheads who are also tea drinkers will love it.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 09:04:05 | More by dansmcd
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

strange brew, and works better as a pale ale than an ipa, as the tea in this has absolutely trumped the hops, rendering this more balanced than hoppy, but i like it for what it is. deep rustic brassy color, clear, with a short white head that doesnt last particularly long. the nose is tea heavy, they say earl grey i think, but it seems a lot more floral than that, especially in taste, so much more jasmine or lavender than what i think of when i think of earl grey. there is a light tropical hop aroma too, but not nearly as interesting as some new zealand varietals. sweet malt gives way to floral tea flavors, and finally a bitter finish thats as much tea as it is hops. hardly an ipa, but a tasty and refreshing brew nevertheless. i dont really love the feel though. a little thick for what it is, and not well enough carbonated to be very drinkable. the alcohol is also a little exposed for being under 7% abv. cool beer, my first from yeastie boys, but not one im rushing out to find again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 19:18:44 | More by StonedTrippin
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Rambu

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 05:31:32 | More by Rambu
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brewed with Adnams for the latest Wetherspoons Festival (showed up a week early in Glasgow). Tasted while i had a stinking cold coming on which may have affected my assessment.

An amber coloured beer with a creamy looking head and an aroma of rose petals and bubble gum (or perhaps less enticingly the smell of those blocks os soap they stick in urinals). The taste didn't seem like earl grey to me (I'm quite a fan of earl grey and have been working through a box at home over the last couple of weeks). Instead I picked out ginger. Lots of ginger....and perhaps a little elderflower with some minty hops in the background. There was soemthing more earthy and tealike in the aftertaste.

This is an interesting beer but whatever makes it seem so gingery is drowning out the other more palatable flavours.

Serving type: cask

03-29-2014 14:09:47 | More by charlatan
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SmashPants

Australia

2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 09:51:32 | More by SmashPants
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pkalix

California

2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

a little worried here. it says it's an IPA, and we are told IPAs don't 'age' well, and ALL the other reviews are fromalmost a year ago and THERE'S NO STINKIN' DATE ON THIS BOTTLE!!!
what's wrong with you people? you want us to drink your old stuff? what if it tastes bad? if we don't know we bought an old bottle, we'll never come back to you, right? geez....
well, here goes.
nice TEA color. BEAUTIFUL tea color. nice billowy, frothy, light-as-a-feather head.
smells like a way better bag of tea than Lipton ever delivered.... with some hops.
with a nice head still residing on top, it tastes... heck, I don't know. bitter and tart. funky. how do I know if it's supposed to taste this way if I don't know how old it is? it actually tastes funky. and the nose is now coming through funky also. sorry. i'm dumping it.
ratings still apply accurately. put a stinkin' date on your bottles, mate.
I really would like to taste a fresh one of these....

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 00:34:45 | More by pkalix
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