MateVeza Organic Golden Ale | Cervecería de MateVeza

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MateVeza Organic Golden AleMateVeza Organic Golden Ale

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Cervecería de MateVeza
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed by Butte Creek Brewing Company

Added by SethB2 on 01-14-2007

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of Enola
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a strange brew. It looked like unfiltered apple cider, a cloudy orange with a small head. Th smell was like a winter warmer somewhat, with spices, apples and a herbal smell. The taste was very herbal and bitter. Maybe a bit like liqourice. There was a distinct flavor, much like bitterroot. This reminded me of old timey folks who may have made a brew with whatever thay could have gatherwed up in the woods near their home. The beer was smooth however and easy to drink. There was a bitter aftertaste, but not like a hop bitterness. I could drink this again. It is different but not in a bad way.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like apple cider.Cloudy, Heavy sediment. Thin fizzy head.
Smells good. Citrus, herbal, earthy. Kind of smells like an herbal wheat beer.
Man this taste like green tea with lemon. Herbal, spicy, slightly smokey with a dry finish.
Medium bodied with a dry finish.
I thought this beer was really interesting and enjoyed it at first. As time wore on the novelty wore off though.

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm an organic ale brewed with yerba mate until recently I had never heard of yerba mate and still dont know much about it other than its caffeinated.Poured a hazed peachy yellowish color with a nice tight 1 1/2 finger sticky white head that left a nice ring around my pint glass,mild aromas I picked up some citric tones as well as some chocolate and earth odd enough maybe imparted from the yerba mate,a firm toasty note as well.Quite grainy on the palate a light shot of of citrusy west coast hop and chocolate with a bit of raw earthiness in there as well it ends quite abruptly.Hey something new and unique its not the greatest thing in the world but really its not all that bad,worth a try in my mind.

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Photo of wedge
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy dirty orange color with a thin, bubbly white head. The aroma is a mixture of flowers and citrus, sort of herbal in a way. More flower petals in the flavor with the bitterness of the cascades and some earthy grassiness in the aftertaste. Not too much in the way of hops other than a hint of zesty citrus rind. Pretty light in body with lively, though not overdone, carbonation. Interesting beer here.

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Photo of Zorro
3.02/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange colored beer with a skimpy white head.

The smell is sweet and very floral with a surprisingly strong rose petal aroma. There is a bit of a bitter aroma here like bitter orange or lime oil. Little bit of pine and grapefruit aroma but it is well hidden under all the flowers.

The taste begins quite stoutly bitter with an odd bitter aftertaste of something that is not hops. A little smoky and spicy there is a strong astringency at work here. There is a harsh bitter aftertaste to this that lasts quite a long time. Weirder tastes like leather, wood and ashes. Grass, cooked cabbage, cigarette butts, can't say this think lacks flavors; and it reminds you that it isn't always a good thing.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkable...well if you say so. Not something I will likely drink again unless this gives me super powers or makes me rich. Just what the F is Yerba Mate anyway? Google says it is a shrub from South America with effects like caffeine, guess they don't do Coffee Stout down there. A unique beer but not a good one.

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Photo of akorsak
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber purchased from Liquid Solutions.

A: The pale ale is indeed a pale yellow color, quite light looking almost like a pale wheat ale. The orange-yellow is darkest in the center of the glass, looking like a concentrated apple juice.

S: The ale has a crisp cascade hop aroma, jumpy with citrus goodness. Softening up the hops is a rather unusual tea aroma (unusual in that one rarely encounters it).

T: The taste is unique to say the least. The cascade hops do their job, pepping up the taste with a citrus zest that highlights some grapefruit and citrus peel. Immediately crowding out the hops are the yerba mate flavors, strong tea notes that take on a tobacco flavor and overpower the hops. A former colleague drank yerba mate regularly and I never really understood it. I still don't, finidng the unique flavors to be ill-suited for a pale ale.

M: The yerba mate crowds out all hop flavors, creating a tea beer that is full of leafy tobacco notes. Interesting to say the least.

D: The yerba mate is the centerpiece of the beer, so it is hard to say something off the cuff like 'good except for the mate.' The mate flavors are unusual, leafy and easily able to overpower the cascade hops and malt bill. I am not aware of any other beers that feature yerba mate, so this is worth a visit if only for the uniqueness.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle w/o freshness date into a snifter.

A - A hazed amber w/ a full white 3 finger head. A noticeable ring of yeast sediment gets swirled and poured into the tasting glass. Lots of tiny bubbles quickly rising indicate effervescence.

S - Fruity, like a sweet tart, but earthy herbal (Yerba Mate?) scent is very aromatic and tea-like. An almost catnip aroma with a deep tangerine or Valencia citrus quality with lots of tropical scents. Quince, Mango and Passionfruit come to mind in the delicate floral aroma. Kumquait and tamarind are also possible here with a really intriquing aroma.

M - Creamy malts give way to a twiggy astringent bitter feel, almost like chewing up aspirin. Lots of citrus flavors - lemony and citrus peel in the feel. Decent carbonation is a plus as it keeps the earthy components of the brew bouyant.

T - Initially The herbal astringency just hits you, but the malt and citrus from the hops step in to give support and contrast to the creamy, but earthy taste that has a bit of a bite. Floral and tropical flavors swirl in and out w/ nutty sugar and medicinal tastes. It has the peculiar curious taste kind of like drinking something with agave in it for the first time. Spice and pepper are a minor component in the finish. Every return taste seems to have an orange tea flavor whcih reminds me of Amarillo hops.

D - An interesting beer, I could see myself wanting to return to the flavor it posesses. A pizza or quesadilla might be a worthy pairing since it is lively and intriguing. Worth a try since it is a unique beer and doesn't disappoint with flavor.

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Photo of sullysbeer
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Fresh citrus and grapefruit hop aroma that masks a sweet caramel maltiness. The citrus almost has a slight tart nose. Minty with a hint of cinnamon.

Appearance: Hazy dark straw with a bright white pillowy head retention.

Flavor: Very interesting flavors that of tea bags, huge mint flavor, herbal and a slight vegetal flavor from the Yerba Mate. All is balanced with a hop bitterness that lingers a bit and finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium body - perfect CO2 and finishes on the dry side.

Overall Impression: Yerba Mate plant is a shrub or small tree growing up to 15 meters tall and is native to subtropical South America in Argentina, Southern Paraguay; Western Uruguay and Southern Brazil. Caffeine content varies between .3% and 1.7% of dried weight. This beer tastes similar to a Pale Ale. Well brewed beer and balanced. If your looking for a refreshing thirst quenching Pale Ale, this is not the one. Very interesting and worth a try.

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Photo of scottoale
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 22fl.oz. brown bomber with a label resembling the artwork of Banana Republic...looks cool. It pours a hazy apricot orange-gold with a thick off-white frothy head.

The nose fills with sweet citrus and tea...smells refreshing.

Tasting like the smell, it starts with sweet oranges and lemon peel that transcends to a bitter tea leaf finish. Medium light body with a watery mouthfeel that finishes dry.

Easily drinkable with no detection of interesting, above average APA.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting effort here... Big on the head, and temptingly cloudy in appearance. Smell is mostly floral in nature, and not surprisingly reminiscent of tea leaves. Aside from the pervasive tea flavor, the taste is quite pedestrian. I didn't come away with a sense that a real effort was made to create a synergy between the tea flavor and the other components. It just sits on top of the very unispired malt & hop profile and says "Look at me!". Mouthfeel is dry, tea-like. Interesting idea, and not without potential. Just an ill-conceived effort.

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Photo of Drew966
3.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Mateveza pours a hazy orange with a thick off white head from a twenty two ounce bottle. I poured kind of hard, but even so, it surprised me in how much it looked like a nitro beer with cascading bubbles. Aroma is okay, kind of average for a pale ale. The taste is kind of odd though. It must be the yerba mate that dominates the flavor, there are some hops that balance it out nicely, but I'm not sure I really like it. Grassy and kind of herbal flavors also seem prominent. I wont buy it again, but I can't say don't try it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled May 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, lightly red tinged, copper color and is topped by a frothy, tightly beaded, pale tan colored head. The aroma is quite interesting; it is a mix of sweet citrus notes and something I can’t quite describe, but which must be the Yerba Maté. Smells a bit like fresh hemp seeds, with a sort of green herbaceous character that is completely unlike something found in hops.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, but actual dries out some (or at least the perceived sweetness dies out) as a green, herbal character takes over. The herbal character reminds me of a mix of hemp, tobacco and some notes of pine, among other things I can’t quite pin point. The herbal character really lingers on in the finish. This has quite a light mouthfeel and also has a zippy carbonation to it which also adds to the airiness of the brew. The hop flavors are perceived mainly up front (before the Yerba Maté kicks in) and remind me of light notes of orange zest and a touch of grapefruit.

This is certainly an interesting beer, half of the curiousness is provided by the balance that the Yerba Maté provides; or perhaps I should say this is interesting because the balance comes from Yerba Maté, instead of the traditional malt balancing component (hops). This is certainly worth trying, mainly for the contrast to hops that it provides, but is certainly not something I will be drinking much more of.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this beer at the 2007 NAOBF in Portland, Oregon (on-tap). Program says it is "brewed and bottled in Chico, CA by Butte Creek Brewing Co.".

A: A sort of honey-gold/copper color - clear with about 1/2-finger of eggshell white frothy head.

S: Smells of Cascade hops with a mildly tea-filled effervescence. Maybe had I not known yerba mate was used I wouldn't have identified it, but there is definitely a fresh, slight fruity and sweet "tea" aroma in there.

T: Interesting - a pungent rooty herbal bitterness permeates this beer. I think I like, then I despise it, then I like it again. Has a gummy sweetness, too - like the backing of a postage stamp. Hmm...pretty good overall, just some of those oddball aftertastes are confusing...

M: Likable crispness, tingly spices on the tip of the tongue. Body is light-medium; unlike any other 'pale ales' I've tried. Finish is clean and dry; refreshing.

D: Cerainly good enough to have again. This one really grew on me. Worthy of a try, or a pint if found on-draught.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Naturally caffeinated with Yerba Mate, whatever that is.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Emerges dark golden and pretty much clear with a very nice white head. Nice and dense, like lemon meringue. Great lacing as well.

Some cinnamon and cloves in the aroma as well as some sort of spiced tea or that Russian tea I used to drink as a youth. Maybe even some Tang? Gin also seems to be in there somewhere as well. A bit weird for beer if you ask me, but not bad.

Flavor is mostly a bitter tea/coffee; maybe really watered down coffee. Hints of chocolate.

Bitterness seems a bit apparent and unwanted. A little thin on the mouthfeel. Watery, but weirdly quenching. I could handle one or two bottles of this but after a while the bitterness may wear on me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden hued body with a thinnish white head.

Smell: Leafy and vegetablesque mainly, with a nice, engaging little honey character throughout as well as just a touch of lemon. There's a sprinkling of spice in there, too, a bit like what you'd get out of a weak pumpkin ale.

Taste: Earthy, herbaceous tea-like flavors set against just the faintest bit caramel. Finishes crisp, with a lightly herbal, citrusy bitterness."Good, huh? That's my batwing broth. There's eye of newt in there, tree mold, old lizard brains, scales from a rancid sea serpent."

Mouthfeel: Watery, with a surpassingly thin body and equally thin carbonation.

Drinkability: A novel, unorthodox brew that makes for an effective mid-session palate cleanser, but beyond that, well...

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Photo of DogFood11
2.99/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz brown bottle. Poured into a pounder glass it took some power pouring to get the desired results. Loose head pops down to an outer ring. Small specks of lace. Cloudy orange body.

Smells earthy and root bark combined with grapefruit and lemon. There is also a flowery bouqet and some spicing as well. This brew really packs it in. But how does it all come together in the taste is the question. It comes across lighter than smell would indicate. Starts out watered, tea like floral and effortless to drink but halfway through each pull is when the flavor developed. A rather sharp lemony citrus smacker combined with a drying hop presence snaps this into shape. Finishes dry and spiced.

Notes: It was interesting and unique. That warrants at least a purchase.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ok, this one is really bizzare. I think it should be listed as fruit/vegetable beer rather than an APA due to the additions to it.

Poured a medium golden yelllow with a half finger of sticky white that melts to a ring of sticky lacing.

Aroma is lipton tea with a beer chaser.

Flavor is very bitter achieved from the combination of grapefruit peel hops and lipton tea with only a hint of honey. Barely mild sweet pale malts initially get immediately buried with the hops and tea.

Mouthfeel is very dry afterwards that continues to dry. Aftertaste is almost exclusively plain black tea.

Kudos to Butte for having the courage and imagination to create this beer. I'm still trying to figure out where it is and whether I like where it is going, but think I find it very refreshing. It grows on you.
And grows on you.
Now on my 4th bottle (no..not in a row) and I'm finding this increasingly refreshing and different.
Light...drying...PERFECT for a warm summer day.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up at San Roque Market in Santa Barbara.

A - Healthy, viberant golden body with a medium head that disappears shortly.
S - Little bit of honey and tea.
T - Tea chalkiness. Undefined spiciness. Mild hop bittering. The first couple sips jar the tongue, but then it settles down to a lovely smooth overall flavor.
M - Medium mouthfeel. The flavor affects most all of the tongue on some level. Buzzy action on the sides of the tongue.
D - Solidly drinkable!

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Photo of stephendr
3.52/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle- color of hazy golden , with a decent eggshell colored head – complex nose of herbs , pepper , hops , citrus (lemon) , tea , nutmeg , and honey– taste of bitter hops , teasih quality , earthy , and mild lime - body is watery , and with low to medium carbonation – aftertaste of lemon , bitter , dry , herbs , and dirty

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.89/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Peace Street Market in Raleigh...must've been a new arrival.

Poured a bomber into a pint glass, producing a decent head, a golden amber color and not much else. Aroma is laced with notes of organic tobacco, tea bags, grapes, and fresh cut grass.

Taste is fairly unique (I'm surprised this is considered an american pale) with a herbal green tea flavor, some coffee notes...must be the yerba mate`. Mouthfeel is equally as unique, it's crisp and smooth with a nice organic bitterness on the finish. Overall, this is quite a complex & intriguing brew, but it tends to overwhelm the senses, thus limiting its drinkability.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy tangerine peel. The three finger ivory crown picks up a hint of orange from the beer beneath and has a mousse-like texture. Almost no lace sticks to the glass. Mateveza looks like a thousand and one other APAs, never mind the exotic ingredient that will soon be unleashed on my senses.

The nose is interesting and is unlike anything I've ever smelled. It's fairly subtle with a sweet, herbal, somewhat fruity character. Of course the sweetness could be coming from the pale malt and the fruitiness could be coming from the Cascade hops. It isn't really citric fruity, though, more like some previously undiscovered tropical fruit. Not quite peachy, but close.

I thought Mateveza was a South American beer when I bought it. Little did I know that it's a Butte Creek product (which, by the way, isn't noted on the label). It's flavored with yerba mate, which is relative of holly, and has stimulant properties similar to caffeine. Traditionally, the leaves and stems are chopped up, soaked in hot water and the resulting tea is sipped through a straw.

The flavor is much odder than the nose because it's much stronger. I guess the brewers hit on the right amount of yerba mate to add, but it's going to take my taste buds a while to wrap themselves around the exotic nature of this ale. After a few ounces to get acclimated, they're now in a position to weigh in with an opinion.

Although it isn't bad, I much prefer the flavor of another plant, humulus lupulus. To me, yerba mate tastes like an especially herbal, grassy variety of hop. The Cascade (which might have overwhelmed the flavor profile if they were added with a heavier hand) don't contribute much citrus peel zestiness. Again, it's a good balancing act... assuming one cares for the flavor being spotlighted.

The biggest stimulant buzz that I ever got from beer was from a bomber of Peche Mortel. I've also noticed it with a few others (B-to-the-E is the only one that comes to mind). I was all set to say that I couldn't appreciate that same humming sensation with Mateveza, but now I think I'm beginning to. It's a weird vibe that I don't really enjoy. Give me either an alcohol mellowing or a Mountain Dew rush, but not both at once.

The mouthfeel is within the wide range of acceptable for an APA. Its good points are that it doesn't fade too much on the finish and the amount of carbonation is just about perfect for quick and easy drinking with a minimum of burping. Man oh man, my head is really beginning to buzz now.

Mateveza gets points for originality. Beyond that, I can't see it gaining a foothold among lovers of craft beer. I'm glad I gave it a chance since I learned something about yerba mate and the history behind it, but it's one and done for me. Why do I suddenly feel like cleaning out the garage, washing the car, trimming the trees...

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Photo of GClarkage
2.1/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

03/07/07- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no freshness info on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Nice deep ripe apricot hued color. Smaller 1/4 inch head which settles at a nice creamy rim. Leaves behind decent patchwork. Actually looks kinda like PTY...that where the similarities end.

Smell- Still looking good. Nice sugary, fruity and perfumy hop nose. Maybe some orange and grapefruit in the mix.

Taste- I should have know better when I saw this was made by Butte Creek. UGH! The first sip took a while to decipher. Kinda bitter, mild hop bite, maybe a touch of citrus. That was then followed by a rancid used tea bag flavor, rotten honey and spoiled green olives. WTF! This is the second beer I have had that has a green olive taste..which I really despise. The other one was Hitachino Red Rice Ale. I'm sorry to just rate this one two sips, but I couldn't get any more down without refunding my dinner.

Mouthfeel- Very light carbonation, followed by a dry martini like flavor and texture. Maybe rubbing alcohol should be added to the taste as well.

Drinkability- Sorry Butte Creek, your DIPA is tolerable, but this is just rancid horseshit...IMO. Drain pour. Glad it wasn't expensive.

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Photo of geographie
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light fluffy white head, dissipates quickly. LIght caremel color, very clear. Mild wet cider nose. Rich, and warming. Subtle chalky textures, characteristically herbal and cinnamon-y. Medium light body, quite drinkable and well fomed to style.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5



Plain brown unassuming wrapper uncapped and poured with a golden vitreous clear golden appearance topped with a settled khaki thin coating.

Spiced nose of orange peel, curacao, and orange sherbert. Extra nose of salt water taffy, candy sugar, and a citrus hoppy scent ending with some biscuit malt backing. Reminds me of a BIG ESB here.

First swigs: Delicate white grape juice meets a slick Tang breakfast drink aspect. A touch sherbert ice cream and orange pekoe tea. Hops are restrained with a melon fruit aspect.

Feel is a tad light and lacking fizzy zest. A bit flat and shushed settled like a flat Sunkist Soda.

Last swigs: Always excited for a new Butte Creek bomber bottle. Their Double IPA was a stand out of 2006. Not sure that the "caffeine" ingredient completely hits the mark. Supposed to be 1/2 cup of coffee per 12 oz. serving. Continued support to Butte Creek. Needs some zest but credit for original idea in a sea of rip-offs.

Beer is good. Happy new APA beering.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz bomber ,from Lifesource Organic Grocery,Salem. Dark golden almost amber colour, good sized frothy off white head. Subdued herbal aromas, some maltiness Taste is at first just a regular malty amber ale, then the yerba mate kicks in near the end, tangy, herbal,dry finish. Good mouthfeel. I started off not likeing this at all, but it grew on me as I drank through the bomber. Unusual and not bad.

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