Gunnamatta | Yeastie Boys

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Yeastie Boys
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale Amber with medium head and limits lace. Nose is somewhat floral, really seems an English IPA and not American style. Not a big nose, and caramel malt coming through. Not much on the citrus or fruit front at all. Taste is sort of in between a bitter and IPA. Again floral, somewhat bitter but not greatly so, and a slight off flavor. Overall, just so-so.

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Photo of drmeto
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

-pours a cloudy golden-orange with a small to medium,foamy,white head
-low carbonation visible
-low to medium bitterniss for the style
-low to medium carbonation (undercarbonated)
-light body
Citrus-heavy IPA with Earl Grey Tea coming through on the taste.
Some Mouthfeel Problems persist.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 330ml bottle into 350ml beer glass. Poured a cloudy, light bronze with a some head that lasted quite well.

On the nose Earl grey tea is evident immediately with some lemon and grapefruit as well. Quite nice,

Palate is nice and smooth with the tea coming through nicely and working quite well. Mild hop bitterness at the end and quite well balanced.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer - light refreshing and well balanced.

It should be noted that the bottle I had was brewed by Brewdog in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Overall, a great beer and highly recommended.

Mouth is quite full and satisfying

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber coloured body with big white head that retreats to the edge of the glass
Smells of Citra and tea
Smoke citrus & semolina flavour
This is unusual but quite good
& I don't really like tea

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Photo of Farnsy47
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes:
A: Golden, slightly hazy
S: Tropical, slightly sweet
T: Honey, tropical fruits, strong earl grey presence, lasting bitterness
M: Medium carbonation
O: Great beer! The earl grey flavour adds complexity and a nice bitterness to an already delicious and well rounded IPA.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

My first beer from New Zealand. Bought at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. The beer pours with a dark brown-gold appearance, little to no head or lacing for that matter. Interesting spiced aromas; could smell some herbs, tea, cloves, and citrus. Good, acidic taste with a sharp lemon zeal mixed with an Earl Grey tea flavor. Great, crisp body that helps bring out the citrus and acidic flavors. Overall, great aromas and taste.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle. Pours a semi-opaque orange with a small white head. Smells of caramel, roses, bergamot, peaches and yeast. The taste is sweet and perfumey, with notes of roses and berries (not sure which, though) and feint bergamot. Incredible beer, unlike anything I have ever tried before.

Disclaimer: I am a big fan of Earl Grey tea, which is made with bergamot oil

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Photo of Mantooth
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft at the Oregon Brewer's Festival - on draft:

Pours a hazy orange color with a creamy white head that dissipates quickly. Great floral nose and a hint of tobacco, which turns out to be the tea this concoction was brewed with - nice touch. Well balanced beer, floral and bitter with a dry tea finish. Super happy to have tried it.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

floral citrus fruity aroma as poured cloudy orange with a lasting head the taste earl grey, citrus, banana, pineapple hoppy flavours bitter dry finish grew on me as it went down.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Chocolate and Vines in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark-ish honey orange, with amber highlights, and a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells super floral, lots of tea, some lemon, slight perfume, and slight grassy hops underneath.

This is a very unique IPA- obviously the tea additions make it quite unique, but it also doesn't taste much like the usual IPA underneath. There's some lemon flavor, grassiness, and a wall of tea flavor. The tea flavor is warm and nice, some floral character, and a bit of tobacco. There's a slight perfume character that's luckily not too strong.

This is pretty juicy, mouthfeel-wise, with a higher level of carbonation, and a medium body, pretty crisp.

A really interesting beer here, first one from Yeastie Boys.

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Photo of beergoot
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark honey-hued amber body; two-fingers of foamy, sticky head. Orange and lemon aroma; raisins; caramel; tea. The flavor immediately imparts a strong tea and IPA hop bitterness character; a bit acidic; residual caramel malt flavors. Medium body; glass smooth feel; a bit astringent; dry finish.

A unique twist on IPAs that offers a very satisfactory taste when taking into account the Earl Grey tea leaves. The citrus and tea flavors swirl and twist about on the palate and, for the most part, blend well. It's a somewhat sweet beer that is tempered with the dry, astringent tea and hop additions. My initial impressions were mixed, but after letting the beer open up, both aroma and taste really came together. I'd certainly go for another glass if given the opportunity...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 11.2 fl oz brown glass. Unbranded black pry-off pressure cap. Appealing label art.

Imported by the Shelton Bastards. 8.5% ABV. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label. Served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 3 fingers wide. White colour. Has a nice smooth even consistency and a good complexion. Full, creamy, and sufficiently thick. Retention is good - about 5-7 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a good looking IPA but isn't unique or special. Appears very well carbonated. Has no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: The tea-like herbal notes are immediately obvious, but don't bring the problematic bitterness or astringency I anticipated. Pale malts, herbal hop character, incredible flowery hop character. Subtle lemon. Buttery caramel (but no diacetyl). The tea works fantastically well in the aroma; I hope this translates to the taste.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a remarkable aroma with unique tea-like notes that have me very curious to try it. Incredible.

TASTE: The herbal tea character is nice and does set this flavour profile apart, but it fails to deliver on the potential promised by the aroma. It's a unique character for an IPA, and I applaud it, but it could be far more evocative. The pale malt base slips beneath the hop profile, but neither cloying sweetness nor overt biting bitterness is present; this is well balanced. Flowery, herbal, and featuring a tea-like bitterness that never overwhelms. There's no astringency or tannins. The unique hop profile is nice, but it's worth noting what isn't present: pine, citrus, resins, oils, evergreen, tropical fruit...this is a different IPA build than what most drinkers are likely accustomed to.

Nice depth of flavour. Above average flavour duration, with that herbal tea character lingering into the aftertaste. Mild flavour intensity. This has ample nuance for an IPA and sets itself apart, but could be more intricately and subtly built.

TEXTURE: Crisp, nicely carbonated, smooth, wet, refreshing, fresh, and approachable. Medium-bodied and aptly thick. This texture complements the taste well, but doesn't quite elevate the beer.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent (in spite of the tea), harsh, scratchy, or rough.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable and enjoyable, Gunnamatta is an IPA that will please any fan of the style but will fail to deliver on the lofty promise of the aroma. The tea is well-integrated, but could be far more evocative and interesting. Well worth trying. I always applaud brewers who don't follow the herd, and with work this could be great. A great foray into tea-leafing (leaving?) IPAs. I'm eager to try other beers from the cats at Yeastie Boys.


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Photo of doktorhops
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Tea leaf in an India Pale Ale is a classic pairing due to the simple fact that a well-made/classic English IPA should have a tea leaf aftertaste anyway. So it’s no surprise that Yeastie Boys (those Kiwi proprietors of experimental brews) have decided to drop a ton of Earl Grey into the wort and brought together IPA with its historical commodity partner tea - IPA was developed during the height of the tea growing era in India (Assam to be precise).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Appearance is a lovely cloudy deep orange body with wispy half centimetre off-white head that sticks around. Given the 6.5% ABV I’m surprised that it even has a head to start with. 8/10.

S: Big lemon myrtle/bergamot nose on this brew - I hope it isn’t a huge Kiwi tease like Tuatara’s APA was - this is aroma is fantastic, right on the money for what I was expecting. There is a sweet caramel base and linger tea notes in the background. Rarely do I find a beer that I want to smell more than drink but this is one of those brews, amazing! 10/10.

T: Bam! The flavour hits you hard and is almost exactly what you’re expecting: Lemon, bergamot, black tea leaf and a buttery caramel base throughout. It’s the hops that you’re not expecting with real big dirty/earthy tones that balance the sweetness out. Then the finish is a mix of herbal bitterness and a dry black tea tannin. Promise made and delivered, thank you Yeastie Boys. Only negative I can is that tea notes may be off-putting if you don’t like tea. I happen to love a good cuppa though! 9/10.

M: Medium body that is backed up by almost no carbonation whatsoever, which makes it cloy a bit too much. 4/10.

D: Wow, overall a brilliant merging of Earl Grey with IPA, only thing that got me thinking was how it would taste if more American style hops were used (with their pine/citric characters), would it have been better? Who knows. Like I said above Yeastie Boys advertised an Earl Grey IPA and they totally nailed it. If you love tea and beer and have oft wondered what the meeting of these two would produce then get a bottle of this and wrap your gob around it. 9/10.

Food match: I kept thinking about lemon cakes whilst drinking this... I’ve never recommended lemon cakes with anything before, I guess there’s a first time for everything.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Very nice appearance with a smell that resembles fruity pebbles. The taste is that of a session IPA with a mellow green tea after notes.

Enjoyable and unique.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

As one of the more peculiar groupings of palate sensations- only in craft beer would such a compilation of flavors exist in one homogenous taste.

A strong herbal nature captivates the nose long before the eye fully explores those deep honey hues. But with strong tea, leather and tobacco seducing the senses, its easy to forget that there's an IPA buried within.

Laced with all those earthen complexities, its sweeter maple and sorghum notes are juicy early but trail into a sherry-like leathery aridness late. But in the middle, its fruit and grain sweetness align to resemble "Fruit-Loop" candied cereal characteristics in the most oddly but charming kind of way.

Its undoubted tea focus takes charge late in the taste and carries a firm tannic balance that rivals the herbal bitterness from hops for an even-keel offset to sweetness that is quite spot on. But the problem is- IPA's aren't supposed to be balanced so all those wonderful complexities rival the IPA base taste underneath.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a light copper color with a soapy two finger head. The aroma is of black tea along with a hint of citrus hops. The taste follows suit, the beginning of the beer is a black tea flavor, in the middle it gets a little thin, and the end brings out a big citrus flavor. The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Overall a solid beer, nice flavor profile and an easy drink.

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Photo of avalon07
3/5  rDev -20.2%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: The tea dominates the aroma, but there is a hint of hops in it as well.

T: Like the smell, the taste is overpowered by tea, along with a little hops, and some citrus (orange, grapefruit). The flavor here seems a little one-dimensional to me, and not being the biggest fan of tea, it's a bit much.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth, clean finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is definitely a quirky idea for a beer. It's also wildly uneven.

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Photo of admiral
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An excellent idea and combination - IPA and tea can work very well!

aroma: orange, marmalade, caramel and earl grey tea. Quite fruity and floral.

taste: Earl grey tea, orange, lemon, marmalade, grapefruit, pepper and slight lavender.

Vey tasty and enjoyable to drink. The earl grey is well balanced with traditional IPA flavours so neither dominates.

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Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A soft, bubbly medium yellow brew with lots of brightness and an equally bubbly clean white head rests in my glass, the head developing to one finger's height and dropping down some pretty good stick.
There's actually a good hoppiness to this beer, certainly more than I've heard it get credit for from some. It's floral and perfumey, mostly, with a mild note of earth to the bittterness. Otherwise, this beer is strong on the tea. I think it's supposed to be black, but it comes together very much like green tea, dry, more herbal and leafy, and a bit brighter. Ultimately, it's like a crisp, hoppy green tea with lavender.
The feel is bright and crisp as well, keeping the bite all the way but dropping smoothness just a touch in the finish. The body is light but always verges medium.

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Photo of charlatan
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brewed with Adnams for the latest Wetherspoons Festival (showed up a week early in Glasgow). Tasted while i had a stinking cold coming on which may have affected my assessment.

An amber coloured beer with a creamy looking head and an aroma of rose petals and bubble gum (or perhaps less enticingly the smell of those blocks os soap they stick in urinals). The taste didn't seem like earl grey to me (I'm quite a fan of earl grey and have been working through a box at home over the last couple of weeks). Instead I picked out ginger. Lots of ginger....and perhaps a little elderflower with some minty hops in the background. There was soemthing more earthy and tealike in the aftertaste.

This is an interesting beer but whatever makes it seem so gingery is drowning out the other more palatable flavours.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle with a craft label displaying a ocean scene with a tubbed Special. Nice.

Appearance: pours a light copper-gold with a slight haze. A small white head foams up and hangs around at the half-finger mark. Looks good.

Aroma: a very unusual aroma of a light combination of lemon and grass hops completely dominated by a soapy, pungent tea leaf. Smells like one of the only teas I don't like - Earl Grey.

Taste: and indeed it is Earl Grey, which will immediately bias me against this beer somewhat. More pungent Earl Grey flavours without much behind - just a touch of hops and some biscuit malts.

Aftertaste: the Earl Greyness of this beer makes it hard to drink. The flavours linger for some time.

Mouth feel: quite dry on the finish with a flowing drinkability. Plenty of carbonation, which is nice too.

Overall: I have to admit that tea leaf beers are not my favourite. Add to that the fact that Yeastie Boys have opted for the disasterously evil Earl Grey as their base, and I have to admit I am a bit biased. I struggled to drink this one down, as I found the soap-and-earth floral flavours of the Earl Grey overpowering. All the same, it is at least fairly well put together beer - just not my thing.

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Photo of Rambu
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice golden colour with hues of orange, nice looking 1 finger head, looks good.

S - Orange, marmalade, citrus, lemony, floral aromatics, berries, really does smell like earl grey tea.

T - Same as the nose, orange, citrus, mint, the Earl Grey flavours mix well with the hops, not getting much malt flavour, just a general sweetness. Bittering is good, doesn't linger too long, there is an astringency and light solvent alcohol, pretty tasty overall.

M - Good start and finish, leaves me wanting to drink more.

O - I love Earl Grey tea and IPA so this combo makes sense to me, probably not something I could drink a lot of but it's definitely a tasty beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

strange brew, and works better as a pale ale than an ipa, as the tea in this has absolutely trumped the hops, rendering this more balanced than hoppy, but i like it for what it is. deep rustic brassy color, clear, with a short white head that doesnt last particularly long. the nose is tea heavy, they say earl grey i think, but it seems a lot more floral than that, especially in taste, so much more jasmine or lavender than what i think of when i think of earl grey. there is a light tropical hop aroma too, but not nearly as interesting as some new zealand varietals. sweet malt gives way to floral tea flavors, and finally a bitter finish thats as much tea as it is hops. hardly an ipa, but a tasty and refreshing brew nevertheless. i dont really love the feel though. a little thick for what it is, and not well enough carbonated to be very drinkable. the alcohol is also a little exposed for being under 7% abv. cool beer, my first from yeastie boys, but not one im rushing out to find again.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. No freshness dating present.

A: Pours a nice caramel color. Good clarity. Creamy off white head retains well and leaves thin broken rings of lacing.

S: Strong aroma of mashed blueberries and iced tea. Wet leaves. Earthy. Hints of mint. Both lemon and orange peel. Menthol. Toasty bread and caramel. Big on the tea though.

T: Very tea forward, as in the nose, but there's more bite here. Earthy and spicy hop notes. Wet leaves. Quick flash of orange peel and marmalade. Big floral flavor of lavender, blueberries too. Modest bitterness coming from both the oily hops and the tea. Dark caramel and crusty bread from the ample malt base. Sweet finish of caramel, tea, and dry herbs with a semi-aggressive bitterness.

M: Medium body sports some heft. Rich and chewy in feel. Mild astringencies. Low prickling carbonation lets the weight sit on the palate perhaps a little more than it needs to.

O: Exotic? Absolutely. They lead off pretty strong with the floral and fragrant tea. Well, either that or the rigors of shipping this beer across the world have let the hops fade. Both are likely. The larger body makes it more of a steady sipper than a sessionable offering. I was happy with one bottle.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on tap in New Zealand a while back and liked it a lot, but this review is based on a 330 ml bottle purchased and consumed in the U.S.

The beer pours with a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The white head is semi-durable and leaves patterned lacing.

Aroma: surprised to find a detectable note of tea in the largely floral aroma.

Flavor: surprised to find some tea flavors that blended nicely with the base IPA. I think both the tea nd the hops contribute the very floral flavoring. The aftertaste carries a long-lasting. distinctive note of Earl Grey tea with subtle, floral hops.

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