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Gunnamatta - Yeastie Boys

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83
good

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of Jaysicles
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Jaysicles, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

BEERchitect, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of GarthT
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

GarthT, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of goblue3509
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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
Photo of avalon07
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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 25, 2014
Photo of thecleve
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%

thecleve, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of admiral
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

admiral, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Gasc0igne
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Gasc0igne, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of beergoggles32
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

beergoggles32, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

LJWalker, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Philvillani
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Philvillani, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

ygtbsm94, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

MarkyMOD, May 23, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Brenden, May 17, 2014
Photo of discharmingly
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

discharmingly, May 05, 2014
Photo of visualmartyr
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

visualmartyr, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of charlatan
3.2/5  rDev -13%
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.

charlatan, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of BDeibs
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

BDeibs, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of SmashPants
2.98/5  rDev -19%
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.

SmashPants, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of rallyr32
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

rallyr32, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of JSOBB
4/5  rDev +8.7%

JSOBB, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of joecast
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

joecast, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Rwalford74
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Rwalford74, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Rambu
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Rambu, Feb 15, 2014
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Gunnamatta from Yeastie Boys
83 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.