Gunnamatta | Yeastie Boys

GunnamattaGunnamatta
BA SCORE
57.9%
Liked This Beer
3.73 w/ 107 ratings
GunnamattaGunnamatta
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yeastie Boys
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
yeastieboys.co.nz

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by lacqueredmouse on 05-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,174
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
107
Liked:
62
Avg:
3.73/5
pDev:
11.53%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
19
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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 westcoastbeerlvr
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

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 kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

B

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of nathanmiller
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
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 LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a lightly hazy dull copper amber with a massive half glass head with decent retention and lots of lacing. Healthy aroma of tea, light fruit and sweet malt and very floral hops. Whoa, this is quite different tasting! A definite sweet, lemon tea with light stone fruit, sweet malt and other interesting, but unidentifiable fruit flavors. There's a lot going on here. Finishes with a hop and herbal bitterness with residual tea and pleasant floral character. Light to medium bodied. A very idiosynchratic take on an IPA, I have to say that trying to analyse the individual flavors comes up with a flavor combination that should not work that well, but this seems to meld these odd tea and floral elements into something well integrated and very pleasing to drink. I'm both impressed and glad I got to try this interesting beer. I will absolutely try their other styles. My only complaint is that this is very much overcarbonated and impossible to get more than a half glass from a careful pour. But it was worth the effort.

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Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erik-P
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rudzud
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FINALLY getting around to entering my notes from The Festival in to Beer Advocate. Man oh man is this a big notebook...Fairly certain this was on tap and not poured from one of their bottles.

A - Poured a hazy, cloudy golden hue with a thin white head that fades but never really goes away. Solid.

S - Oh yeah, I smell tea. Tea and New Zealand hops. Floral almost bitter black tea notes. Awesome.

T - Taste is slightly malty and them kapow good floral tea leaves and some like citrus and spice from those New Zealand hops. Incredibly pleasant and drinkable here. Really enjoy the taste of the tea.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and dry. Solid.

O - Overall, enjoyed this beer. Had it before Rex Attitude and wish I could get my hand on some more of it.

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Photo of avalon07
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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 lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at GABS in Melbourne. This is the brew that ended up taking out the People's Choice award for the festival.

Pours a very faintly hazed golden hue, with a nice solid body. White head is slightly tinged with yellow, and is full, frothy and firm. Powdery carbonation. Looks good.

Pleasant hop characters on the nose, with perhaps a suggestion of Simcoe butterscotchiness, mingled with a pleasant green tea and slight tannin character. Pretty solid, and very decent.

Clean entry, in fact, almost spring water like in its light smooth cleanness, before some fruit characters come in mid-palate, giving a suggestion of raspberry leaf and weakly brewed black tea. Bitterness cleans up with a hint of tannin, but it's all fragrant and refreshing and never overdone. Very clean feel.

Drinkable as hell, and really very enjoyable. This was a worthy winner—if not the biggest, most interesting or exciting beer, it sure was one of the most drinkable, and one of the ones I'd most like to try again.

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Photo of barczar
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My bottle says 6.5 percent abv.

Wow, where's the beer? Pours a murky medium brown with a 3:1 head to beer ratio. Concerned. The cream head lingers indefinitely. There's a sticky layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle that makes me question this beer's age.

Perfumey, floral hops dominate, with an underlying herbal tea note and fairly strong citrus. There's a fairly sweet, honeysuckle presence, along with tropical fruit notes that combine with the floral character to form notions of peach.

Flavor is extremely perfumey and herbal, fairly bready mid palate, and finishing herbally bitter. Notes of tangerine, grapefruit, tea, and lemon, underlie grassy herbs and toasted breadcrust. Plasticy phenols emerge in the aftertaste, somewhat medicinal.

Body is moderate, with high carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

Interesting brew, to say the least! Very characterful. Glad I tried it. It's an odd combination, but it continues to intrigue me, the more I taste it.

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of dgilks
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear amber colour with a smooth creamy white head. Inviting is the right word here. The aroma is good with a touch of honeyed malt and some nice tea. The flavour continues the aroma with a light, slightly honeyed note. The tea character is good but I want to see the IPA come through. The body with moderate with a moderate carbonation being suitable for style. On the whole a nice beer and the tea character works well but I'm looking for more hop character to support the bitterness that is here.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of pkalix
2.81/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

a little worried here. it says it's an IPA, and we are told IPAs don't 'age' well, and ALL the other reviews are fromalmost a year ago and THERE'S NO STINKIN' DATE ON THIS BOTTLE!!!
what's wrong with you people? you want us to drink your old stuff? what if it tastes bad? if we don't know we bought an old bottle, we'll never come back to you, right? geez....
well, here goes.
nice TEA color. BEAUTIFUL tea color. nice billowy, frothy, light-as-a-feather head.
smells like a way better bag of tea than Lipton ever delivered.... with some hops.
with a nice head still residing on top, it tastes... heck, I don't know. bitter and tart. funky. how do I know if it's supposed to taste this way if I don't know how old it is? it actually tastes funky. and the nose is now coming through funky also. sorry. i'm dumping it.
ratings still apply accurately. put a stinkin' date on your bottles, mate.
I really would like to taste a fresh one of these....

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Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Gunnamatta from Yeastie Boys
Beer rating: 57.9% out of 100 with 107 ratings
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