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Gunnamatta - Yeastie Boys

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BA SCORE
83
good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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1.75/5  rDev -52.6%

brandonld23, Nov 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

BDeibs, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of pkalix
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%

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....

pkalix, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of SmashPants
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%

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.

SmashPants, Mar 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

GRG1313, Sep 20, 2013
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.

avalon07, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of charlatan
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

charlatan, Mar 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

LJWalker, Jul 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

ygtbsm94, Jun 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Gasc0igne, Aug 09, 2014
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3.32/5  rDev -10%

thecleve, Aug 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Rwalford74, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of BigPapaMolar
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

BigPapaMolar, Sep 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

HeadyTheElder, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

discharmingly, May 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

WanderingFool, Dec 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

Rambu, Feb 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

visualmartyr, Apr 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

GarthT, Saturday at 01:25 PM
Photo of Lukass
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Lukass, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 26, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

dansmcd, Oct 15, 2012
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3.71/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

ryan1788a5, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

tbryan5, Aug 20, 2013
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.

goblue3509, Sep 08, 2014
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Gunnamatta from Yeastie Boys
83 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.