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Mateveza Yerba Mate IPA | Cervecería de MateVeza

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Mateveza Yerba Mate IPAMateveza Yerba Mate IPA

Brewed by:
Cervecería de MateVeza
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 05-05-2009

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Photo of jsanmarco
3.61/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass. Golden, cloudy with 1/4 inch head that quickly dissipated.

S - Citrus, strong grapefruit.

T - Slight hops, followed by light bitterness, little sweetness and ends with the taste of mate. The mate does not linger. All the tastes quickly move from one to the next without any standing out or being overpowering.

M - Smooth

D - Very drinkable. However, I would quickly get bored with it. The inclusion of mate is the draw for this beer since it drinks as a very ordinary IPA or Pale Ale (both are listed on the bottle). The brewery's website states that 12 oz. of this beer is equal to 1/2 cup of coffee in caffeine. I would have to drink quite a few though to get enough caffeine for a night out... coffee wins there. But it is still an interesting drink and worth trying.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip pint: Brassy orange, hazy but barely transparent, with a thin, bubbly head. Looks to be a lot of nucleation.

Smell is almost straight-up pineapple juice witha twist the end, of...something. Tea? Pine? Not bad, just unexpected.

Taste starts off citric, very much like Five Alive, if you ever had that as a kid -- blend of orange, lemon, lime -- then in comes this very earthy bitterness, like someone dropped leaves right in. Not dirty so much as green & dry, like chlorophyl. Not a great element. Aftertaste much the same, some booze creeps in after a while. There's a taste that reminds me of vitamins, like if you leave a multi-vitamin in your mouth too long & it begins to dissolve.

Fairly light for its alcohol content, though it's got some body. Maybe it's my imagination, but there seems to be a grittiness in the finish.

Overall, not great -- the weird bits subside a bit (but unfortunately don't disappear altogether), although what remains is not terrific, either. I don't think I would have bought this had it not been for the Yerba Mate trumpeted on the package, & I don't think that added anything to it.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.38/5  rDev +32.3%
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 grittybrews
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber with an inch of loose white head that quickly receded to a thin film. Not much aroma, just a hint of caramel sweetness and some slight orange citrus.

Moderate carbonation and a relatively light mouthfeel. Subtle grassy hop presence with a hint of tea, spice, and a touch of honey sweetness. Very dry flavor that comes across a little watery or diluted. Drinkable, for sure, but not too much flavor impact. Malty body seems to overpower the IPA elements.

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Photo of rand
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark orange with moderate carbonation and a ½ inch, slightly off-white head. Dissipates fairly quickly with little lacing. Some sediment is noticeable, but I suspect this is from the mate, not unfiltered yeast.

Nose: Notes of grapefruit, honey and earth tones can be detected. Fairly light, pleasant smell.

Taste: The hop's citrus and pine tones hit you first, followed by an earthy green tea flavor that overwhelms. Honey can be noted as well, but the astringent tea flavor strikes an acute contrast to the bitter hops and leaves an odd, strangely bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The textural smoothness of this beer is probably its best aspect. It has just the right viscosity for an IPA, and if you're grabbing one of these for the caffeine kick (I've read that yerba mate is more caffeinated that tea, but I haven't seen any evidence) it doesn't take a lot of effort to wash this down.

Drinkability and general notes: Well, I guess its drinkability is relative. If you're a real hophead and you like lightly sweetened tea, this should go down nicely. Especially on a hot day and you're in the mood for a little brain juice, I could think of far more unpleasant ways of consuming caffeine. However, in the context of BA, the distinctive flavors of yerba mate (pick some up at Trader Joes, healthy and tasty) just don't compliment the hop's powerful flavor profile. The honey-like malts add some sweetness to the mix, but the tea flavors come across a little forced and ultimately distract from what you would expect in a well-crafted IPA.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I always thought that adding to yerba mate to an IPA would be an interesting concoction, and MateVeza is one step ahead of me. So, from a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Muddy dark orange in color, the head on top gives less than a ½ inch head on top, which faded to a thin creamy lace. The aroma is very carmelized with faded hops. I'm getting a few distinct yerba mate notes, but you have to look for them. Right now, it smells like a faded IPA.

Now, I've tasted chimmarão in Rio Grande do Sul (a tea-like beverage made with yerba mate), but this is strange. I don't know if I like it or hate it. I'm getting the yerba mate flavor, which has its distinct flavor of moderate intenisty, but where's the IPA? A little dry malt and faded hops with resin is not the most pleasant experience. In this case, the yerba mate is helping this beer with its tea and citrus notes. The aftertaste is somewhat rough, a little bitter with dry toffee crisp.

Let's face it, the base beer is mediocre. If it weren't for the yerba mate, this would be a faded IPA which half would have been dumped. For what it's worth, it's better than the super strong yerba mate flavor found in DaDo Ilex, the first ever yerba mate beer.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.48/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is floral spices (yerba mate?) with some light hops and some metallic notes. Smells kind of like a gruit I made.

The flavor is a bit washed out with some chalky spices that have a good amount of bitterness in the finish with a bit of a weird metallic chalky aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very watery texture.

Overall, this really reminds me a lot of the gruit I made...interesting but I don't really care for the strange chalky metallic spice bitterness.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.74/5  rDev +13%
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 cavedave
3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks yet again to oregonskibum for this tasty organic brew.

Pours an almost clear, shimmering amber, topped briefly by a dollop of beige head that vanishes to leave some short lived lace arms.

Didn't expect so much tea in the nose, but it is full of mate', with some muted citrus, some caramel and neutral sweet, and subtle floral notes that may be from the tea or hops.

The taste is full of the tea as well. As it warms the tea calms, but is still the main flavor, and the other flavors attempt to balance it. There are nice sweet pale malt flavors, and an understated citrus/very light pine that leads to a semi dry finish of hop and tea bitter. This was strange at first, but as my palate gets accustomed the flavors start to play well together. Very pleasant, simple, and interesting taste.

Mouthfeel is med. bodied, very low carb., quite viscous, not as clean on palate as would be optimum, and a finish that suffers from tea resin buildup. Don't know how you could fix this with so much mate', but a bit higher carb. and a bit cleaner in mouth would help this one.

Drinkability is good, not great, it is being compared, even if unfairly (it's got tea and it's certified organic), with some of the best IPA ever brewed.

Impression: Glad to have tried this, but it is an IPA variant I likely won't revisit. If you are crazy for mate', though, this beer is a must try.

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Photo of fear025
1.91/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Aroma:Honey, and tea.

Appearance:Honey, tons of head with big bubbles. In fact, when left too long half full, the bottle foamed over.

Taste:There is some sweet flavors in the foretaste, but that fades quickly into oversteeped tea leaves.

Mouthfeel:This beer kind of dries out my mouth.

Drinkability:I was not a fan of this beer, it dried out my mouth and didn't really taste very good.

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Photo of younger35
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew from Gibby as an extra in a recent trade that he set up on another guy's behalf. I've never had Yerba Mate before and am very intrigued by the combination. Drank from my Northern Brewer pint glass while grilling and listening to Avenged Sevenfold.

Appearance- Pours a light orange with hints of yellow and a small yet frothy half finger bright white head. A small cap and collar remain the entire beer along with a few random spots of lacing.
Smell- Very earthy with a light somewhat noble hop profile. Grass and medicinal herbal notes upfront with a pinch of something orange-ish smelling behind. A cracker crumb base adds a touch of toast to the nose as well.
Taste- Much like the nose there is that sort of noble earthy bitterness upfront with a big grassy profile. The bitterness is fairly aggressive and I'm curious if any of that is the Yerba Mate. Towards the finish a touch of something light and citrusy kicks with a lemony note. The finish is quenchingly dry with maybe a touch of doughy malt.
Mouthfeel- Crisp and vibrant with a medium body and dry finish.
Drinkability- I'd definitely like a bit more hop 'flavors' without the somewhat unnecessary bitterness. No clue what the Yerba brings to the table but an interesting beer to say the least. Thanks much Jeff!

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Photo of klikger
3.67/5  rDev +10.9%
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 scottfrie
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into Sierra Nevada Hop pint glass.

A: Dark honey-amber with a thin off-white head that quickly disappeared leaving a thin bubbly film. Not much lacing.
S: Piney hops, hop resin, sweet malt, slight tea scent. Not particularly smelly.
T: Some piney hops, sweet malt backbone, some vague mate flavor that mostly emerges in the finish leaving a strange aftertaste in your mouth. Not a huge amount of flavor. Hops aren't prominent. Aftertaste is herbal and tea like in a slightly off-putting way.
M: Doesn't feel bad in the mouth. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Has a bit of a bitter hop punch in the aftertaste, but it's not that traditional grapefruity bitter, it's more sour from the mate.
D: I don't know if the mate is actually supposed to come out in the flavor of the beer or if it is just supposed to sorta add extra grassiness to the hops. Either way, if you never told me this beer was brewed with mate I wouldn't have guessed it. Overall not a terrible IPA, but not a great one especially with the steep price tag. Oh, and the caffeine is noticeable.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had no idea what Yerba Mate was, never heard of it until now.

Pours a great craggy orange. Aroma is subdued. Taste, I thought more bitter than what I've read from others. Hop qualities though aren't really there. Tastes like the hops were boiled a long time, but not necessarily a plentiful amount for a CA IPA.

Mouthfeel, I didn't enjoy it as much throughout, affected both that and drinkability. $7.99 a 4pack for this.

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Photo of cleverbeername
3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
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 IrieJackalope
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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 srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
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 AlanJK63
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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 jwc215
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed golden yellow with a thin head that becomes spotty/patchy.

The smell is herbal with woody/piney notes.

The taste is wood/pine and herbal. It has a minty, tea-leafy dry, bitterish finish. Some honey sweetness balances it.

It has a crisp medium body.

Well, it's unique... herbal/tea-like. Interesting, but not too crazy about it...

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Photo of MisterClean
2.79/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared at a poker game.

A - Pours copper-gold with no head. Was carbonated, but no retention.

S/T - Honey, citrus hops, and some pine. Not much to it.

M - Hop dominated, thin bodied, and light alcohol.

D - The only beer I didn't finish that night. There are some really good examples of organic IPAs and even some with caffeine. This wasn't one I would recommend.

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Photo of butlertd
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Qualifications for this review:

I am an avid drinker of yerba maté. I have an arsenal of gourds and bombillas, and have tried many many different brands and flavors of maté. (Let me even qualify that by saying that I typically am partial to good old unflavorted maté.) I know my maté. As an experiment, last week I tried putting just a few specks of maté leaf in with coffee while brewing, and I thought it was very obviously detectable.

Also, I am an avid drinker of double IPAs and like them as hoppy as they come. This comes at the expense of my fondness for normal IPAs that I would have liked had I not moved to California.


I could not detect any yerba maté by smell or taste, and I feel like I would have been able to detect it if it were there. It kind of made me sad. Other reviewers noted some tea-like flavors, but I didn't. It may have been because I was looking for the true kick of maté, yet didn't find it on the foretaste or aftertaste.

As for a review uninfluenced by my expectations, (not that that's possible), I thought this beer was reasonably good. It was a solid, flavorful, and interesting IPA. I probably won't buy it again for myself, but if I ever have any fellow maté drinkers visiting me, I'd say there's a chance I'd buy this to have them try.

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Photo of jackorain
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
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 ChillMike
4.07/5  rDev +23%
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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Mateveza Yerba Mate IPA from Cervecería de MateVeza
Beer rating: 3.31 out of 5 with 75 ratings
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