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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by spicelab on 09-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
5
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
4.3%
 
 
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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle purchased from Leura Cellars. I was very pleased to find it, as I had a bottle of the Yakima Raven and the nevaRRaven to match it with. This one was marked "1 of 3", so I figured it was the right one to start with.

Pours a deep brown, dark enough, with some reddish tinges when held to the light. Head is massively frothy at the start, settling down to a centimetre or so of fully frothed beige foam. Lacing is pretty persistent. Minimal carbonation is visible. Looks decent enough.

Nose is soft with that pleasant malt/hop balance that a good IBA can engender. However, the fragrance of the hops is actually pretty generic: I would have thought that you could have gotten something quite clear and singing out of the Motueka. Still, there's some pleasant green, slightly floral, slightly herbal notes, balanced with a touch of musty roast character to create a subtle counterpoint. It's a solid, but not particularly exciting IBA nose.

Taste is similar. Decent, pleasantly balanced dark malt with some fresh but pretty generic hop flavours. Some roast around the edges and towards the back, and a tingle of bitterness, that never goes too far or produces too much bitterness. Instead, it's a slightly herbal, almost minty character to blend with the malt. It's pleasant enough, but again, it feels like a pretty straight down the line IBA—Motueka surely can do more than this.

Feel is smooth and light, with a surprising tingle of aggressive carbonation on the back.

Overall, this is good enough, but I hope the Ravens are up from here. This was solid and forgettable, pretty much par-for-the-course when it comes to IBA. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, but I think Yeastie Boys can do better.

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Photo of spicelab
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits, Wellington.

Near black with a solid beige head that falls over a few minutes leaving a 1cm sticky lace curtain and a bare film.

Equal measures of roast malt and green, vegetal hop character. The roastiness contributes coffee, liquorice, and a touch of char, while there are also some bready and caramel malts in the mix. hop character is mainly marijuana, pine-lime and peach. Fairly strong strawberry jam notes that are oddly Barleywine-esque.

Flavours are quite similar. Bitterness is delivered via both resinous pine and dry, charred roastiness.

Medium and slightly oily initially, with sharpish, almost spicy carbonation leading abruptly into the dry bitterness which hangs around for quite some time.

Nicely brewed and sits squarely in that narrow space where roasted malts and hops cooperate.

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Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another new NZ drop for me which pours a dark kola hue with cherry highlights which leaves a two finger creamy head and similar lacing everywhere,the smell is gooseberries,herbal hops,boiled candy,watermelon and a slight roastiness,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation maybe a little too much and has tastes of watermelon,blackberries,herbal hops,a slight roastiness and finished with a bitter berry hop finish and overall quite a nice effort for the style and could easily drink more than the one of cheers.

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Photo of danieelol
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, brown around edges and when held up to light. Good head/lacing.

Smell is roast-forward with some green apple NZ hops behind that. Not all that potent. Just general fruitiness and some alcohol.

Again, first thing in the mouth is a bit of smoke rather than hops. Slight sourness.

Mouthfeel I can't quite decide whether it's silky smooth or slightly watery and undercarbed. Does carry some bitterness in the finish though.

Good, neutral, drinkable beer. Not much character but it's very drinkable and I'd happily have again.

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Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown verging onto black. Smooth tan head. Good head retention.

Lightly roasty with some subdued tropical hop aromas. Some citrus.

Chalky roasted malt with some almost soapy tropical hops in there. Not bad but it almost melds together too well such that it isn't all that crisp.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A decent Black IPA. Lacking in a crisp, fruity hop punch to cut through the beer and lift it. At the moment it is just a little flat.

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Motueka Raven from Yeastie Boys
3.72 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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