Rex Attitude | Yeastie Boys

64 Ratings
no score
Send samples
Rex AttitudeRex Attitude

Brewed by:
Yeastie Boys
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by laituegonflable on 06-03-2011

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

 698 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some apricot highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a large thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of smoked peat with lighter notes of iodine. Overall, one of the strongest smelling smoked beers I have ever encountered.

T: The overall aroma was completely dominated by the flavors of smoked peat and just a hint of wood smoke as well. There is a light amount of spicy hops towards the finish but the malts are almost completely lost int he smoke. Hints of iodine (medicinal flavor) that get a little more intense as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Very crisp with a moderately dry finish.

O: As the bottle says on it, this is definitely one of the more challenging beers that I have ever drank - the smokiness is almost overwhelming and gives off an iodine/band-aid like flavor that lingers. I appreciate the idea behind it but maybe just slightly less intense would make this one a little more palatable.

 1,326 characters

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a hazy, light straw amber with a thin white head with decent retention and slippery lacing. Aroma is dominated by smoke, which has a slight burning electrical parts component, but also smokehouse, making it ultimately inviting. Faint malt. Flavor follows very closely, with bacon smokehouse with a medicinal, chemical element that must be the iodine from the peat. There is sufficient malt support, but the flavor of the malt is subsumed to the smoke. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. An idiosynchratic smoked ale that teeters on the edge of being too medicinal, but ultimately interesting to drink. I would not recommend this to anyone who does not like smoked beers, but it worked for me. The peaty qualities grew on me as I drank the glass (and perhaps some fussy taste buds died). Interesting, but challenging.

 863 characters

Photo of dar482
2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The beer comes in a golden yellow color with a white head that goes away quickly.

The aroma is just a punch of the face of peat at first, but then you realize that it's just huge notes of oil base paints. It truly is just chemicals and smells like you're sitting in an art room. Deep in the back you get a bit of the malt, but it's hard to find considering how big the aroma is. A pretty offensive smelling beer.

The flavor follows, but not as much chemical on the flavor. There's leather, burnt plastic, smoke, oak, bacon grease with then a finish of that gentle bit of grassy hops and some bready malt on the back end.

Three of my friends hated it. I was able to get through about 4 oz. myself before we poured out the rest of this $9 bottle. This beer lacks balance and also really could down those offensive notes.

 822 characters

Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
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!

 869 characters

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

 636 characters

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.64/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

 953 characters

Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of cbutova
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shared by Chico1985, excited as I love smoky beer and smoky Scotch, especially. Reviewed from notes.

A- Golden bodied with a small creamy white head. Bubbly frothy ring is pretty thick, head retention not too good. Spotty lace.

S- Pure Islay smokey scotch, straight up reminds me of Islay and that's about it, something on fire around here? Salty seaweed Islay.

T- Follows the nose with a huge smoke that lingers with each exhale intensifying it all. Smoked meats and campfire are huge, some light cracker sugar malts but that's it beyond the Islay scotch brutality. Light yeasty apple.

MF- Light bodied like an American pale ale. Medium level of carbonation, smoke lingers with some bitterness on the palate. Slightly frothy texture overall.

Islay monster and maybe the smokiest beer I can think of since Fumistierre by DDC. Attacks with a mouth full of burnt Peat wood smoke. I personally like smoky brews but can see how 75% of the people who sniffed or tried it were turned off.

 987 characters

Photo of Bung
3.77/5  rDev +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.

 672 characters

Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

 837 characters

Photo of stcules
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Greenish blond appearance, very hazy, high carbonation. White and creamy head, decent.
In the smell the peated strikes you like a punch right in the face. Nothing else perceptible.
In the mouth too, peated very strong and it covers almost anything else (you can feel just some malt and biscuit).
For sure, unbalanced. Too invading and monotone.

 344 characters

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of dertyd
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.32/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber with a small fading head.
Nose shows bandaids, camp smoke, burnt hair, burnt plastic and faint caramel. Imagine a plastics factory caught on fire and someone put it out with beer. Pretty comparable to the aroma of this stuff. It's amazingly potent too, strong enough to be detected from the other side of the room.
Tastes like charcoal. Seriously. And more burnt plastic. With a little sweet malt underneath.
This was difficult to rate - on the one hand, it was very interesting and unique. On the other hand, it was a serious hassle to drink and I never want to try it again.

 588 characters

Photo of PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of laituegonflable
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

 1,021 characters

Photo of ADZA
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This drop is definately a love or hate affair and for me even though i wont be buying it again you have to do it once and it pours a hazy pale yellow hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head and sporadic lacing here and there,the smell wow its something else it has aromas of bandaids,dettol,smokey peated malt and a touch of bacon,the mouthfeel is light bodied and well carbonated and it tastes better than it smells with hints of smoke,white grapes,smoke,bacon,smoke,yeasty bread and of course smoke and for me yeah i love totally out there brews that push the limits but i wanna come back for more and after finally trying it ill finish this bottle but look forward to washing the taste out of my mouth with something else and thats not what i look for in a good beer personally cheers.

 820 characters

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Appearance - dirty and dull light gold. Lots of foam, it actually started rising up the neck when I cracked the cap. Then the cap wouldn't come off! I gave it a good wrench, the cap went flying and I got this pouring into the glass not a moment too soon. It's receding around the sides, leaving a foam island in the middle. A thick sticky web of lace with a shine to it. 4.5

Aroma - super smoky, as in Liquid Smoke. This beer is carcinogenic no doubt. It's sitting off to the side as I type and I can smell it from here. Nothing but smoke. 3.75

Taste - wow, what a burned up beer! Ash and sugar, some combination. Is this an attempt at an imperial smoke beer? It's smoky, the only offsetting flavor is some vague grainy sweetness. Some warmth late but I don't know if that's alcohol or if the beer still has a few glowing embers in it somehow. Extreme, I am thankful this was not sold in 22 ounce or 750 ml format, 11.2 ounces is *plenty*. I have two smokers and wouldn't smoke any of my food this heavily, although I have tasted edges of rib racks that were kind of like this. 2.50

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated, average body and weight. 3.0

Overall - interesting but not something I'd ever care to re-visit. The style intrigues me but I think a better integration of the smoke into the malt and hops would be tastier than this all-out smoke assault. Of course if that was the intent, then mission accomplished, but wow, this one is rough sledding. 1.75

 1,458 characters

Photo of flexabull
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What a polarizing beer, I'm not surprised this has a love/hate relationship.

Pours a surprising and tame looking clear gold color with a thin white head.

Aromas are of strong peat. Smoke, ash, and whiskey almost burn the nose, I like it, but to some, this would be the turnoff.

Taste is about as unique as any beer I've tried. (and there have been hundreds) Bright gold ale flavors up front, sweet creamy malts, light dough, and a peaty, earthy, bacon and ashy smoke finish. Odd is an understatement, but it kind of works.

Mouthfeel is full and quite smooth.

Overall?! Wow... an experimental beer that is hard for me to wrap my head around. It's one of those beers, that some sips you like, others not so much. I'll peg this as a 3.5 because I can't make up my mind. I know this, it's well worth trying for any adventurous beer drinker.

 841 characters

Photo of DRBiser
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Chico1985
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Second time having this, thankfully splitting the bottle between 3-4 people this time.

Pour is light orange with a bit of haze. Small white head retains well leaving some good lacing.

Straight up crazy smoky seaweed scotch malt, smoked ham, peat. Pretty much smells like scotch, pretty intense.

Taste is mostly the same but I'd say toned down slightly from the scent. Some notes of toasted bread, and perhaps some light fruit (apple came to mind), but scotch malt dominates.

Well-carbonated, pretty good mouthfeel, definitely a sipper for me.

It is what it is, this is personally not really my thing as I was still struggling to finish ~4 oz. But I can appreciate what it's going for.

 689 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Rex Attitude from Yeastie Boys
3.59 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.