Rex Attitude | Yeastie Boys

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Brewed by:
Yeastie Boys
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by laituegonflable on 06-03-2011

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Photo of HopFace
5/5  rDev +47.9%

Photo of DonFrap
5/5  rDev +47.9%

Photo of Greatheil
5/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You won't like this beer unless you like scotch whiskey. If you do, you will love it. I rate beers based on how well they do what the brewers intended, and in this case it is perfection. The intensity of the smoke is the same as you'll find in most any islay scotch, along with all flavors you'd expect. Seriously, it tastes like scotch but drinks like beer. Genius. Don't pay attention to the rating or most of the reviews on this, they just don't get what the point of it is. If you like a smoky scotch you have to drink this.

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Photo of nebuchadnezzer
4.75/5  rDev +40.5%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.64/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

OMG ...

Appearance: very pale.

Smell: I used to drink single malt Islay whiskey and the first thing that came into my mind was that this is not beer .. It's whiskey! The strangest thing.

Taste: exactly what it promises ... Peaty and smokey blended with a nice light golden ale. Single malt beer. Genius.

Overall: the most surprising beer I have had in a loooong time. I love it. Well done Yeatie Noys!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.64/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried on-tap as part of the New Zealand SpecTapular at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst.

Pours a very pale and rather clear yellow colour, with a decently fine head of white. Thin body, but it sustains some decent static carbonation. Lacing is very good. Looks very decent.

Holy shit, what a nose. Very peaty and smoky, with rich earthy overtones and a green crispness. Leather comes through, along with something slightly medicinal. Wow. I've never had a beer like that. Uniqueness alone puts this way up in my opinion.

Taste is even better. Here we get raw smoked and woody earthyness, gloves off and no hold barred, with dark peat and pungent resonating scotch whisky. It's like carbonated Laphroaig. Gorgeous. Even a bit of charcoal on the back, despite the colour.

Lovely, lovely, lovely. Yeastie Boys, you have offered me a new and unique beer experience. That's a rare thing, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for it. What a beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.47/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost gushed but didn’t as the flow stopped right at the end of the bottle neck. Pours a very light straw color with a super white head that leaves a ton of heavy thick lacing. Smells of smoke and burnt plastic that is not very appealing at first. Once I recognized the incredible aromas of the enchanting island of Islay those flavors became very welcomed. The Islay smoke and peat is well in front and over the top with a magnificent Islay scotch smell so much so is I mistakenly thought this brew might have been aged in a Islay barrel. I am not even sticking my nose near this beer and the peat-smoke aroma is everywhere. First sip is amazing like an Islay scotch. This beverage has all the Scotch flavor without the scotch whisky drunk. In fact this puppy is quite sessionable. The 7% is hidden as the lightness makes this brew taste like 5% beer. WoW…double WoW!

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Photo of heygeebee
4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Major thanks to Rwalford74 for this one. I believe from Jim’s and I also believe that Yeastie Boys need to invest in a bottling line with a date stamp (!)

A – pale gold, one finger head dies to spotty lace.

S – Assault of single malt, something like Lagavulin. Would be a 5 except the smell died somewhat.

T – peat notes drive, not as intense as smell. Smoke on back palate. Hint of honey sweetness.

M – well carbonated – almost like a hefe, or certainly something much lighter than 7%

O – well well, I was expecting to be challenged by this – methinks my beer journey has come a long way. Not quite easy drinking tho! Like having a whisky chaser in your beer, really. 5 for uniqueness.
Great beer…

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Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before I even start this glass, I am going to make it clear that I am reviewing this beer for what it is. It is a 100% peated malt beer and to me, that suggests that it won't entirely be drinkable.

Clear golden colour with a small, short lasted off-white head.

Smoked bacon and wood, light sweetness and a touch of earthiness. Surprisingly complex.

Surprisingly pleasant with the peat smoke being foremost with some additional smoked bacon note. A fair amount of malt sweetness helps to cover the smokiness and I even get some yeast esters and a touch of earthiness. I find this to be surprisingly nice and while I probably wouldn't buy it again, it is still great.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

This is a good beer. It does what it says on the packet and, for this peated whisky lover, it is a wonderful drink.

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Photo of Parrotshake
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly this is not my first go 'round with this beer. Had I reviewed it on initial taste, it might have gone something like ".... well, it does what it said it was going to do. Glad I tried it". But since then I've been drawn back to it more and more. And more. Basically every time I've been to Archive in the last few months and this has been on the shelf, I've grabbed one. And I love it more and more.

As a fan of Islay whiskies you'd think I'd be predisposed to liking this, but it's not whisky, it's beer. So now what? It pours a clear yellow with a finger or so of head. That's what a beer does. And then things start to get... uncomfortable. Big iodine, seaweed, smoking tyre rubber. Smells like that shot of Ardberg Supernova I paid 20-something dollars for at Cru Bar recently. But look at those little bubbles... again, this is beer.

Smoke, smoke and more smoke in the taste. More smoked than the most smoked beer that you can think of. More smoked than most actual smoke. And far more like bacon, burnt plastic and sea salt as well. No bitterness to speak of. I am overcome with the notion that everything I thought I knew about beer was wrong.

The only time I paid attention to mouthfeel was initially, when I was forced to try to come to terms with a universe in which a carbonated Islay whisky could exist. It was pretty good, I think.

This beer is obviously not for everyone. Not necessarily even for me, the first time. But as some Buddhist guy said - the narrow mind rejects; wisdom accepts. A confounding and challenging journey that ends with a glorious sunset, revelatory fist-pump and a sincere and embarrassingly loud "FUCK YEAH". Cheers.

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Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in VT and shared with JLindros. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a light hazy golden hue with a quarter inch creamy head.

S - Holy shit! Absurd peat nose here. Just explodes out of the nose and overpowers everything else. Its Ardbeg level smoke here or Lagavulin. Just smelling a camp fire and pure peat. Insanity.

T - Taste is like the nose, super smokey as expected. Its basically watered down whiskey here, crazy peat. . Smoked camp fire, peat, iodine. If you love heavily peated whiskeys then yeah, this is for you. Pure smoke and Islay.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, decent enough carbonation.

O - Yeah, I remember drinking this at the Yeastie Boys table at The Festival and was floored. You could smell this from tables away. Hell, it obliterated my pallet! It took only the deliciously tart Cyser Rose from Aeppeltreow to get the peat off my tongue!

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.27/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single malt peat-smoked whiskey beer. Feel free to disagree with my classification because this one spits in the face of convention. On tap at the Local Taphouse Kiwi SpecTapular.

Pours a pale golden colour. Head is white, nice and dense, pleasant lace and lots of bead. Looks good.

Woah. Smoke that, baby! Huge peat smoke, rich, meaty, massive forest-on-fire smell. This is a rauchbier cranked up to 11. Boozey and just swathes of rich meaty smoke. Amazing.

Taste is massive smoke. Bit of caramel malt upfront, then smoke, and more smoke. Big charred wood on mid, then more whoomph as more wood catches fire. Just an immense, sweet, meaty, smouldering smoke. As the palate adjusts to the complexity I get touches of vanilla, bacon, oak. Amazing flavour. Sweet, smoked to the max. Just wonderful.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry. Bit of fizz, not all that great. Maybe because of the Islay whiskey flavour I'm expecting it to be thicker and flat.

A beer that is both groundbreaking and ballbreaking. Great job boys!

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of sammyslick
4.24/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Approach this beer with authority, very bold to do this style of beer, but pulled it off well. Just make sure you know what you're in for with the peat and smoke flavours! One beer sipped slowly is plenty, wouldnt drink back to back

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Photo of farrago
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Even a cautious pour yields half a glass worth of dense bone white foam which is reluctant to fizzle off, not much lacing, the head just arcs as you tilt the glass and slides back into itself. Faded gold to straw in color, you can see through it but likewise it’s hazy plus there is a veritable storm of bubbles filling the glass. The nose is pure peat and damp campfire smoke, invasive presence in the nostrils, if you get quiet and concentrate there’s actually a good bit of apricot and peach fruit in there, otherwise salt, cured bacon and leafy underbrush and twigs, not especially diverse but, hey, it was not meant to be. Light-bodied, very creamy mouth texture, surprised by the lightness as many smoked beers aim at more heft on the palate. Not so surprised by the creaminess based on the visual carbonation, more soft than bright and refreshing. The smoke is less intense here but lasts longer as it adheres itself to your mouth pores. That fruitiness persists and you might also get a floral musk peeking out now and then. The peat takes on a sweeter character here, still gamey, ashen and earthy with a metallic edge. If you want to register the complaint it’s monochrome, fine, but it’s not coming across as unbalanced. It’s a slow sipper, duh, like a dram of Scotch, just need to pour it out in small increments so it doesn’t get warm.

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Photo of Vanz
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Wow. A super-smoky aroma that makes itself known the second you open the bottle. A smokier smell than I expected.

T: Like the aroma, the taste was absolutely dominated by the smoke (it's even more evident than Schlenkerla's beers). Also had a nice balance of hops, a little citrus, and some malt.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a crisp, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Like most smoked beers, this one isn't for everyone. If you like the style give this beer a shot.

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Photo of 1up
4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing this one.

Pours a light creamy head, hazy pale golden color.

Nose is crazy, phenol city, peat smoke like Ardbeg level, pure peat, iodine, campfire, anda little bit of yeast and malt.

Taste is smokey as expected, peat, iodine, campfire, smoked something or other, harsh smoke but good IMO as a peat-o-phile and Islay fan, light salty briny, little bitter, light yeasty flavor with a bit of malts and caramel. Finish is pure smoke, even a bit tingly and some heat and peat.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, like a beer for of Lagavulin with tons of peat and smoke but not ridiculously bitter acrid and overpowering like most peat smoked beers.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure if this is the same recipe as it used to be, but it is hard to understand the reviews based on what I just drank. Pours a golden bronze with very small head that didn't leave lace. Nose is nicely peaty, but doesn't approach the peat blast you would get from a Laphroaig or other super peaty Islay malt. It is hard to get much besides the peat, but there is some malt in there as well. Taste is a mix of malt and peat...pretty good but not super well rounded. I'd actually like to have some smoke in there as well or maybe a slightly bigger malt bill. Overall, an interesting and good beer.

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Photo of Bung
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Cloudy gold pour, billowing rocky white head. Maintained pretty well.

Aroma, Big and bold, heavy beach wood smoke. Some faint caramel maltiness, some grainy hay. Liquid smoke, smoked pork, light bacon.

Taste, woody smoke, burnt leaves, it is intense. Some grainy malt, not too much malt balance though. Actually has a nice chocolate note in the finish. A few herbal notes, but this is really all about the ashy malt.

About mid bodied, a higher level of carbonation adds to the harshness a bit. 12 ounces is about enough. A bit too one dimensional. Maybe worth trying, $7 was a bit high though.
Starts out nicely though intense, not as good after that great aroma.

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Photo of raythealeman
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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