Mateveza Yerba Mate IPA | Cervecería de MateVeza

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Mateveza Yerba Mate IPAMateveza Yerba Mate IPA

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Cervecería de MateVeza
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 05-05-2009

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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.38/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was reviewed blind via Blind Beers II BIF.

A- Nice golden color, fluffy white snow. 4-fingers, nice sticky lacing. Great pour.

S- Fruity, like apples and oranges. Notable belgian IPA yeasty smell. Hard to pin down.

T- Very fruity, bitter finish. Hard to place the fruit. Sweet, with a nice hop bite. Really interesting profile on this one.

M- Great balance, nice carbonation.

D- Insanely high. I can guzzle this stuff. Wow. Can't get enough. One I will be trading for again.

Not sure why the low reviews for this one, I think it's a fantastic IPA. A bit untraditional, and not a dry hop bomb, but a delightful beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, orange, and pine hops with some light spicy hops, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, and some yerba.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, tropical, orange, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts and lemon zest. Through the middle, the pine and lightly spicy hops come through with some more bitterness alongside some biscuit malts and some yerba. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, orange, and pine hops, some lightly resiny bitterness, and some biscuit and caramel malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice hoppy IPA with a good hop profile and bitterness throughout and good balance.

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Photo of kiisaka
4.27/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An unconventional brew, with mate as the predominant flavour. As strange as it seems, the balance is excellent. The noise is very much of the mate, and its tea-like aroma goes well with the vigour of the brew. The hop makes its presense known, but not at all a hop-bomb like some contemporary American IPA. Well balanced, and goes well with boldly flavoured food like grilled meat.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.07/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I tried Mateveza Brewing Company's pale ale a couple years back, now time to review their IPA...

THE APPEARANCE of the Yerba Mate IPA is decent with a golden/amber body and a nice dense, bubbly near-white head. This beer is extremely filtered for an West Coast IPA given that I saw no yeast or sediment--or yerba mate for that matter--suspended in the body. The body is just a little cloudy but not enough for this style. It does have good lacing though. Overall, it just looks like a light, Belgian ale.

THE SMELL is very enjoyable with strong hop aromas of strawberry and a little grapefruit. However, I could not detect any yerba mate, which seems odd for a beer made with the stuff. That would be a minus in my book. Nonetheless, it smells very nice.

THE TASTE is intensely IPA until a brief spark of nutty yerba mate appears about halfway through each tasting. The yerba mate is mostly present in the aftertaste with its distinct cocoa, nuttiness, but I think you would probably miss it if weren't familiar with how it tastes. The requisite hops are there and provide a solid IPA-backbone for this beer. The bittering seems to be accomplished via both the hops and yerba mate, but I could be imagining that. The low point for the taste is actually the tea, but not that it's too strong. On the contrary, I think it should be much stronger. It blends in so well that the uninitiated probably cannot detect it and probably think there's something wrong with this IPA--read the other reviews and you'll see what I mean. All that aside, this is great tasting IPA, whether on its own or with a hearty meal.

THE FEEL is on the thin side for an IPA. It's very smooth and light. I would like to see this one less filtered.

CONCLUSION: A very good IPA in my book. Exquisite balance of two very similarly bitter ingredients: hops and yerba mate. Execution is excellent on this one, as far as I'm concerned. I would suggest upping the yerba mate for an even more boldly mate quality. I find amusing the negative reviews that rip this beer for tasting like tea or being too herbal since that is EXACTLY what a beer with yerba mate should taste like. That's like knocking an IPA for being bitter. If you're thinking about trying this and have never had yerba mate, I would recommend drinking some yerba mate on its own first. If you don't like the tea, you may not like the beer. However, those of us familiar with the tea will find it to be quite mild in this beer.

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Photo of ChillMike
4.07/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow this is the first time I've had the privilege of being the first to review a new beer. I can't resist picking up a new IPA whenever I find one.

On with the review..

A: Pours a nice golden orange color that's crystal clear, a nice bright white head about 2 fingers worth. It does recede VERY quickly though and leaves a small amount of lacing. Not bad at all.

S: Very citric hop smell. Dominated by orange and grapefruit. There's something else to it though, possibly a very faint nutty malt nose to it as well. There's also a nice floral almost tea type of scent, which I'm going to guess comes from the Yerba Mate the beer is brewed with. Nice.

T: Woah that's a trip and a half, nothing like what I expected it to taste like. It has a very distinctive floral tea flavor that has to be coming from the Yerba Mate. It then leads way to a heap of grapefruit flavor followed on by a nice mellow bitter IPA aftertaste. Very interesting. I"m not usually into beers brewed with anything other than the normal ingredients but this was pretty tasty.

MF: Light-medium body, I would have preferred just a smidge more carbonation to make it pop but it's not bad.

D: Easy to drink, not to high on the abv. Though it's got an odd taste that I'm not sure I'd always be in the mood for. Definitely worth trying and I'm sure I'll pick one up again at some point.

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Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.79/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy, golden color that is close to a very light brown. There are tints of orange as well. It has a medium sized, thick, white head that retains a small ring and leaves some scattered lacing. There is some light carbonation noticeable.

S: The smell is quite amazing and complex in my opinion. There are some light hops initially noticed. Next, a tea-like scent comes through along with some piney aromas. There is also a sweet, orange fruitiness that comes through. Overall, it is very pleasant.

T: After the very satisfying smell, the taste was sort of a let down. It tastes mostly of tea and hops. Not much else. I would've liked to see more of what was coming through in the smell in its taste as well.

M: It has a medium body that is smooth to drink. I has a little bite at the end from the hops and leaves a dry finish. The carbonation comes through here, but not overly so.

O: This has been a nice break from the usual rip your tongue off American IPA. If the taste was amped up a bit, it would be really great.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i think all the negative reviews of this beer come from people that are not tea drinkers, or certainly not familiar with the culture and tradition of drinking yerba mate. this is indeed a novel, if not gimmicky brewing quest, no doubt, but it is also executed splendidly. it pours a copper red color with a half inch white bubbly head. smell is strong citrus hops for sure, but also that earthy, almost composted smell of fine yerba mate. first sip is dry and quick, a result of the mate, which is surprisingly well balanced yet featured in this brew. there is a pleasant hop flavor as well, not in your face, but proportionally perfect. overall this is a bold attempt at a new and complex style of beer. im curious to try their other offerings, especially the black ale. i should mention that there is a serious caffeine hit from a bomber of this stuff. holy cow what a pick me up!

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Photo of dertyd
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out a dark golden/amber color, with 1 finger of off white head------------- the aromas are of grass/floral, tobacco, tea, pine and dank weed--------------- the flavors are of grass/floral, citrus, pine, tobacco, Carmel malt and dank weed, the beer has a medium mouthfeel with almost no bitterness at all--------------- overall this beer was nice, it was interesting I can say I have never had a beer with yerba mate until I had this one, it was like an old school west coast ipa with a lot of earthy flavors

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Photo of sugarman
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright orange, off white small head, lots of cling lace.

S - Initial skunky pot smell. Calms to malt and light skunky pot. LOL.

T - Light. Nice malt start then the whole thing thins out. Not enough umph in my opinion.

M - Light body, light carb, light everything.

D - One easy beer to drink I would say!

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Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 7.0% ABV, no date.

A - Very cloudy golden apricot orange beer flows from the bottle piling up a three-finger head. Mediocre retention is helped by the foamy lace clinging to the glass just above the beer's surface.

S - I'll be upfront here; I have no clue what Yerba Mate is or what it tastes or smells like. With that said, this IPA has a very interesting aroma of a melon-like exotic fruit I can only suggest would be the yerba. Pine and earthy hops and caramel malts back it up nicely. Not only is this something I've never smelled before, it's also one of the better certified organic brew aromas.

T - The initial IPA flavor of hops and caramel malts is washed aside by what I assume is the yerba. Dry, very dry, lightly spicy, and not-so-much fruity, the yerba imparts an interesting flavor that takes away from the IPA-ness of the beer is just a bit too much.

M - Yerba Mate is insanely dry. It doesn't hit at first but comes in with a delay until you realize a glass of water almost becomes necessary. Almost no hop bitterness resides on the finish as this IPA leaves the smooth, medium body a quickly disappearing memory in the wake of DRY!

D - Awesome and different at first, this unique IPA stumbles into the realm of undrinkable due to the beyond-harsh dry texture. I'm finishing the night with water instead. I really enjoy how different this beer is in aroma and taste but it's just not for me.

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Photo of jackorain
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is dark straw with a tinge of copper. It is nearly clear with a slight twinge of haze. The liquid is topped with an inch of white head that fell to a thickish coat and left a tall collar and decent lace.

Smells of herbal hops, green hops and grapefruit hops. Caramel and biscuit malt. Nice aroma

There is not a lot of bitterness but what is there is more herbal than anything. There is a little green and grapefruit. Some caramel sweetness come through in the middle and lingers long. Not muc bitterness on the finish. Quite heavy on the malts.

Body is medium almost full. The heavy malts really pump up the mouthfeel.

I suppose I could have a few of these, but I don't love it. Not bitter enough for an IPA.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clementine orange with crystal clarity and butterscotch highlights. The upper quarter of the glass is filled with a good looking dollop of milkshake creamy foam that is equal parts eggshell and ecru. Attractive lace does nothing but help the score.

A brewer can almost never go wrong with generous quantites of Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe hops. The nose is citrusy and ganja-like funky. Thankfully, there aren't enough of the mid-range malts (Munich and caramel) to put a damper on the lupulin love. Yerba mate isn't appreciated either, though I've only smelled it once.

This is a much better IPA in the front half of each mouthful than in the back half. The initial rush of bright and fruity hoppiness fades into an odd herbal quality that is almost certainly yerba mate. It's too bad that a gimmick is allowed to ruin what might have been good beer. Then again, this brewery is based on that very gimmick.

Other than the merest hint of caramel, the malts add almost no flavor and an appropriate amount of sweetness. The hops aren't as pungent as they could be and don't have that oily linger that I like. Grapefruit, orange and Mary Jane are still most prominent. Weedy IPAs are nothing new, so the flavor profile isn't far off the beaten path.

I'm beginning to get the same brain buzz that I got with Mateveza Organic Golden Ale. It isn't an especially pleasant sensation to be both wired and fuzzy around the edges at the same time. Maybe the young whipper-snappers like it, but I'll stick with old school ethanol all by its lonesome. So much for my midday nap.

The mouthfeel is actually well-done. It has the heft that a 7.0% ale should have and is nicely bubbled. Soft and smooth and borderline silky... what not to like?

Mateveza Yerba Mate IPA isn't a successful product from my point of view. It takes a small bite out of my never-ending craving for hops, but the added stimulant adds an unwanted flavor and an unwanted effect. On a good note, I'll be nice and alert for the proofreading phase of the review.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Big thanks to Bubba83 for including this in a recent trade. I pulled this cold right out of the box and immediately poured it.

Pours a hazy golden apricot, with a finger of rocky eggshell-white head. This retains with a rich sudsy look, leaving back a cascade of robust froth that slowly creeps down the sides of the glass. The aroma definitely has a grassy tea-like quality to it that mixes with bitter citric fruit and the backing bready sweetness of the malts. Just a real fresh earthy and fruit stickiness here that hangs in the nose.

The taste is herbal tea and fresh citrus flavors, with a dry pithy bitterness to it. Sweet sugary and bready notes hang on the edges and help balance out the hops. On a side note, you really can feel the caffeine that is present as well. I'm glad I decided to drink this in the middle of the afternoon. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with a smooth crispness that glides along in the mouth. There's a nice bit of slickness to the body as well which really helps that bigger feel go down. You don't taste the alcohol at all in this but the overall ABV does start to warm you up after a bit.

I have no previous experience with yerba mate but I do like fresh herbal character in my IPAs and this packed that quality in nicely. That zesty citric bitterness seemed to fit right in as well and those balancing malts did their job without being intrusive. Easy going body and well hid ABV were just the icing on the cake. Count me in as another one who actually enjoyed this!

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Photo of AlanJK63
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice red-brass color that's almost perfectly clear, a white head about 1½ fingers, recedes and leaves decent lacing. Not bad at all.

S: Herbal citric hop smell of orange, grapefruit, and a very faint nutty, bready malt nose to it toowith notes of a floral tea scent, which I'm obviously comes from the Yerba Maté the beer is brewed with. Nice.

T: Very distinctive floral tea flavor that has to be coming from the Yerba Maté. It then leads way to much grapefruit flavor followed by a nice soft bitter IPA finish.

MF: Medium body, I would have really enjoyed a bit more carbonation to make it snappier but all-in-all OKay.

D: Easy! Not even ridiculous on the abv. It is rather peculiar however, and I'm not sure I'd always be up with it. Definitely worth trying however and I'm sure I'll pick one up more at some point (in-between Stone IPA purchases anyway).

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of klikger
3.67/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half of a bomber poured into a snifter

A - Darker shade of amber; very cloudy. There wasn't much head or lacing.

S - Yerba Mate, floral hops

T - Cut grass, yerba mate, and cane sugar are detected right away, and some lemongrass soon follows. After the initial taste, a very balanced IPA, albeit with a strong mate presence, is revealed. The malty middle is nicely offset by the relatively bitter hops which follow and the prolonged yerba mate herbal finish.

M - Medium to heavy-bodied for a 7% IPA with average carbonation. Halfway through the glass, it became a bit syrupy.

D - Decent, but not great. I'm a daily yerba mate drinker, and I'm sure this score would be lower for the majority of tasters.

A unique take on an IPA, I thoroughly enjoyed this. It's a bit gimmicky, perhaps, but I think it has a place in the market. If you're into the herb and like balanced IPAs, this may be right up your alley.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Poured a peach-amber color--surprisingly, as I expected something darker from the name--with a foamy white head that retained well and left a little lacing. Leafy aroma, tea-like...I'll steal the word "vegetal" to describe it, because that's what it was. The yerba mate is apparent in the taste right up front, dry and tea-ish, strong and overpowering, very woody; you still get some sweet malts, slight citrus twinges, and some leafy, earthy hops. Medium-bodied, and quite distinctive, about mid-range on the drinkability meter.

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Photo of jsanmarco
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say that I was not 100% convinced about this beer and I just bought it because I drink mate every day. As a beer lover I was very intrigued by an ale made of yerba mate and the result was pretty good.

A - Poured into a tulip glass.

S - Citrus, some fruits.

T - Slight hops, bitter. At first it remembered me those good UK bitters. Taste of mate, strange for a beer but not bad at all.

M - Smooth, you have to get used to the taste of yerba mate.

D - Very drinkable. I think that this beer tastes better when served extra cold

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Photo of cleverbeername
3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

dimpled goblet 55*

a copper brown with off white non-impressive head

s wierd. tea notes, with hint of malt and hop

t yep, ice T like crazy. Tastes like ice tea with exactly one sugar packet with malt backbone

M dry and coating. medium body

D it worth trying it, but the yerba is heavy and the so called IPA is not quite there. it could be a good breakfast beer, and i would definitely drink this beer colder and with a lemon.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle (though it is hilariously mislabelled as a 12 ounces).

A: Translucent, barely hazy clear. Noticeable effervescence.

S: Smells like piney hops and yerba mate. I like it.

T: A mediocre pale ale with a really great flair. The mate adds an herbal quality to the beer that is not the obvious hops with which such beers are usually laden. The endtaste is complex and bitter, but not drying. Splashes of citrus also appeal, and earthy herbs remind me of chewing on tea or tobacco.

M: Solid but unexceptional.

O: Decent beer, but not great. I'd drink again, but probably not reccomend.

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Photo of Raziel313
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IrieJackalope
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Yellow/orange color, white head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Citric notes with a strong tea scent. Lacking the robust hop aroma expected from an IPA.

T- Not bad, Refreshing tea flavors, likely from the Yerba Mate. Slight bitterness, but nothing too overwhelming.

MF- Very crisp. Not too much body.

D- Extremely drinkable. Very smooth but lacks the bite that I have come to expect from my IPAs. Not likely to rotate into my buying schedule.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm typically weary when someone starts adding things to "classic" styles. I mean, how much better can we make an ipa? Hops don't need help. But this one isn't too bad really. There is a smoky and earthy kind of accent to it that keeps it interesting. I suppose the yerba mate steers it in a different direction than a standard IPA, but it is fairly decent. Overall: it could have been a lot worse. And ends up being not too bad.

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