MrBunn (2320) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a fairly clear tangerine with little head if any. Aromas are nice enough... floral and tropical hops with a bit of herbal mate stuff. Flavor is similar... Interesting mix, better than I feared, not as good as I hoped.
bpreo (1315) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Since I donít know what Yerba Mate tastes like, this beer seems pretty typical for an IPA.
PorterPounder (4942) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wheat Ridge (Denver), Co. - Applejack Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Medium dark copper pour, pillowy, cramy white head. Nice herbal and spruce aroma with a floral touch. Flavor has some muted citrus notes, some grassiness, a hint of mint and a back end of apricots. Creamy mouthfeel. Much better than expected - especially at $2.99 a bomber!
TipsyMcStager (1120) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice grapefruit/citrus, lemon hop aroma. Pours slightly cloudy orange with nice white head. Mid range body. Citrus, astringence. dry hopped, but not overpowering. Could have more hops but not a deal breaker. Under rated IMO.
Atom (1117) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2011
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle pours a cloudy copper/ orange with a large khaki head. Aroma of citrus, mango, malt, with an herbal spice. Taste is bitter with mashed up fruit flavors with herbal characters on the finish. Really nice aroma but doesnít come out on the taste.
presario (4426) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2011
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Cloudy dark gold with a thin head. Strong aroma of something? Tea, star fruit, hops....something. Intriguing. Flavour takes the aroma and adds eucalyptus and cough syrup. Way too herbal!
brianprentiss (664) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
seems like something of a gimmick beer, especially calling it an ipa. nothing special, wonít drink again
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
05-Jul-09 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 28-Jun-09 for $4.39 at BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) Against the Yerbe Mate Gold, this beer is clearly more focused on the lemony citrus of the hops, but in general, the grain and corn still are the prominent flavor. The lemon-citrusy character seems an ideal companion to the tea-like yerba mate flavor and grainy, slightly corny maltiness; a citrus rind, earthy or piney character would probably clash and dominate. Sweetness is minimal, and hop bitterness is actually fairly mild. The bright, citrusy hops of the flavor are not really present in the nose, and rather, itís the grainy, almost husky malts that dominate. Light-medium in body, and dry on the palate, with soft, medium carbonation. Very hazy in the glass and slightly more dark-golden in color, but the haziness subsides considerably as the beer gets warmer, so this is chill haze at work. This beer also boasts a creamy, white head that unlike the Golden, builds to nearly an inch on the pour before gradually settling to a quarter-inch layer and holds it for the remainder of the session. Also, a dense curtain of lace sticks to the glass. Overall, this is pretty average beer, and as IPAs go, itís mild and easy to drink, lacking any real punch. And as a direct comparison to the Gold, itís slightly different in flavor and finishes better when warm, but generally, itís only slightly more enjoyable.
jgb9348 (4283) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Chunky, hazy orange coloured body with a dense tan head. Aroma of light hops, apricots, yeast, wort and a touch of tea (yerba) and coriander seed. Light to Medium-bodied; Sharp hoppiness up front of pine and pineapples with some light yerba flavours and a little green tea notes as well. Aftertaste shows some slight bitterness from the caffeine perhaps with a little hop note and a touch of wort or unfinished beer. Overall, a decent beer - interesting to say the least, and not a failure in my opinion, just not a great beer. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from City Beer in San Francisco, California on 29-July-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 24-January-2011.
troopie (2293) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours golden cloudy orange with medium white head. Much lacing. Piney and tea like aroma, not hoppy like a good IPA. Flavour is very much of mate, the yerba mate has overpowered everything else. A little citrus in the finish and more yerba mate. Average at best.