Yerba Mate Pale Ale | Cumberland Brews

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Brewed by:
Cumberland Brews
Kentucky, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Slatetank on 04-07-2008

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Cumberland Brews in Louisville, KY.

A: Pours a dark amber to copper in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to an extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: There are aromas of caramel malts, some earthiness (likely from the yerba matte tea), some herbal woodiness (juniper and holly), and just a hint of spices.

T: Like the smell, there are notes of caramel malt sweetness and some light notes of lemon citrus. Additionally there is quite a bit of earthiness from the yerba matte team, herbal woodiness, spices, and some hints of minerals.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight amounts of dryness in the finish and just a touch of alcohol warming.

O: This beer is enjoyable and has a very interesting flavor with the yerba matte. Not the easiest beer to drink but it is a decent sipping beer. The high ABV leads to some noticeable amounts of alcohol.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This year's version of Yerba Mate Pale Ale pours a dark, ruddy amber with virtually no head. Only a thin ring of white lace is present in the glass. The lack of a head immediately dissapoints me.

S: Aromas of caramel, moist earth, biscuit, and woody spice fill the nose. The yerba mate scent is particularly strong, adding a combination of holly, pine sap, and some kind of unidentifiable spice to the nose. It's definitely interesting, but the overwhelming yerba mate/spice scent could be off-putting for those not expecting it.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuit, lemon, minerals, toffee, and moist earth are joined by holly-like notes from the Yerba Mate. The finish is funky with a big flourish of toffee and Yerba Mate flavors.

M: Medium-to-full in body, relatively dry, and seriously firm. This is a very heavy beer. The 2012 version has been amped up to 7.00% abv, so there is some noticeable alcohol character. Drinking a pint of this could be enjoyable in a way, but would also likely be a serious undertaking.

O: Yerba Mate Pale Ale is very interesting. It's surprising to see how well the earthy, lemony hop notes blend with the woody, sappy notes of Yerba Mate. That being said, this ale is very heavy and also lacks subtlety. I enjoyed trying it, but I doubt I'll revisit it this year.

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Photo of TonyElOso
3.01/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

To sum it up its a decent sample. I couldn't drink much more than a few sips. Its a mid looking light tasting beer with mate tea fusion. Unfortunately it basically seems to only really be much of a novelty drink. The tea flavor itself is quire generic while the beer is a flat tasting ale. Its quite smooth but also quite sweet. If you like sweeter beers you *might* like this more than I did. But I'll admit its not the worst I ever had.

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Photo of storksonm
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the GTOM

It had a cloudy appearance of a unfiltered beer and had this smell of sweet herbs you could really smell the yerba. The taste at first had a kind of tang to it but had a smooth and refreshing aftertaste. The mouthfeel was interestingly heavy but had nothing wrong with it being in the 86 degree sun made this beer quite drinkable.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.37/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served at 50 degrees in a pint.
A - Rather dense appearance. A light amber w/ an unfiltered look and thin head that hovers w/ a tan shade and nice lacing ringing the glass

S - A smell that while peculier is intriguing all the same like bark w/ herbal tea and hops under the yerba aroma. There are hints of citrus and floral notes w/ sweet fruit.

M - Very carbonated, medicinal w/ the strangest nutty twiggy and malty woody blend. Not bad , justnot at all what you might expect from a pale ale - yerba mate or not.

T - This flavor is chalky, dry and the ansillary notes are of malt and hops that play possum when the alka seltzer flavor comes out w/ full force knocking down the resemblance to beer like jack and the beanstalk. The yerba mate is over emphasized here and is just off putting.

D - Not one I will revisit - I admire the attempt, but I am sorry to say this just missed it w/ the over the top yerba mate which completely derailed the good points of a fairly good ale.

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Yerba Mate Pale Ale from Cumberland Brews
3.23 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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