Gunnamatta - Yeastie Boys
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4.2/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
12-22-2012 02:02:26 | More by laituegonflable
4.2/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
05-26-2012 11:21:18 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.13/5 rDev +11.9%
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
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
02-28-2013 04:32:47 | More by rudzud
4/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
09-07-2012 06:25:56 | More by ADZA
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
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
3.94/5 rDev +6.8%
An excellent idea and combination - IPA and tea can work very well!
aroma: orange, marmalade and earl grey tea. Quite fruity and floral.
taste: Earl grey tea, orange, marmalade, grapefruit, pepper and slight lavender.
Vey tasty and enjoyable to drink. The earl grey is well balanced with traditional IPA flavours so neither dominates.
08-13-2014 09:11:50 | More by admiral
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
09-13-2013 23:53:37 | More by barczar
3.8/5 rDev +3%
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
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
08-14-2012 04:02:50 | More by dgilks
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