Gunnamatta - Yeastie Boys
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3.94/5 rDev +6.2%
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
3.98/5 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
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.2/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
03-29-2014 14:09:47 | More by charlatan
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
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
3.61/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
01-26-2014 19:18:44 | More by StonedTrippin
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
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