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Gunnamatta - Yeastie Boys

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83
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
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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Photo of personpitch
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 11.2 fl oz brown glass. Unbranded black pry-off pressure cap. Appealing label art.

Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 8.5% ABV. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label. Served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 3 fingers wide. White colour. Has a nice smooth even consistency and a good complexion. Full, creamy, and sufficiently thick. Retention is good - about 5-7 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a good looking IPA but isn't unique or special. Appears very well carbonated. Has no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: The tea-like herbal notes are immediately obvious, but don't bring the problematic bitterness or astringency I anticipated. Pale malts, herbal hop character, incredible flowery hop character. Subtle lemon. Buttery caramel (but no diacetyl). The tea works fantastically well in the aroma; I hope this translates to the taste.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a remarkable aroma with unique tea-like notes that have me very curious to try it. Incredible.

TASTE: The herbal tea character is nice and does set this flavour profile apart, but it fails to deliver on the potential promised by the aroma. It's a unique character for an IPA, and I applaud it, but it could be far more evocative. The pale malt base slips beneath the hop profile, but neither cloying sweetness nor overt biting bitterness is present; this is well balanced. Flowery, herbal, and featuring a tea-like bitterness that never overwhelms. There's no astringency or tannins. The unique hop profile is nice, but it's worth noting what isn't present: pine, citrus, resins, oils, evergreen, tropical fruit...this is a different IPA build than what most drinkers are likely accustomed to.

Nice depth of flavour. Above average flavour duration, with that herbal tea character lingering into the aftertaste. Mild flavour intensity. This has ample nuance for an IPA and sets itself apart, but could be more intricately and subtly built.

TEXTURE: Crisp, nicely carbonated, smooth, wet, refreshing, fresh, and approachable. Medium-bodied and aptly thick. This texture complements the taste well, but doesn't quite elevate the beer.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent (in spite of the tea), harsh, scratchy, or rough.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable and enjoyable, Gunnamatta is an IPA that will please any fan of the style but will fail to deliver on the lofty promise of the aroma. The tea is well-integrated, but could be far more evocative and interesting. Well worth trying. I always applaud brewers who don't follow the herd, and with work this could be great. A great foray into tea-leafing (leaving?) IPAs. I'm eager to try other beers from the cats at Yeastie Boys.

B

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.

Photo of bcm75
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of earlholman
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of doktorhops
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 iconoklaztor
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Very nice appearance with a smell that resembles fruity pebbles. The taste is that of a session IPA with a mellow green tea after notes.

Enjoyable and unique.

Photo of Jaysicles
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

Photo of GarthT
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of goblue3509
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a light copper color with a soapy two finger head. The aroma is of black tea along with a hint of citrus hops. The taste follows suit, the beginning of the beer is a black tea flavor, in the middle it gets a little thin, and the end brings out a big citrus flavor. The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Overall a solid beer, nice flavor profile and an easy drink.

Photo of avalon07
3/5  rDev -18.7%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: The tea dominates the aroma, but there is a hint of hops in it as well.

T: Like the smell, the taste is overpowered by tea, along with a little hops, and some citrus (orange, grapefruit). The flavor here seems a little one-dimensional to me, and not being the biggest fan of tea, it's a bit much.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth, clean finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is definitely a quirky idea for a beer. It's also wildly uneven.

Photo of thecleve
3.32/5  rDev -10%

Photo of admiral
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of beergoggles32
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Philvillani
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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 discharmingly
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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Gunnamatta from Yeastie Boys
83 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.