Ernest (5623) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is light amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit), with light notes of tree bark, sage/thyme, licorice, sassafras.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately astringent.
While the herb makes the aroma more interesting than a typical IPA, the flavor is rather acidic and the herbs plus the hops yields a rather astringent mouthfeel that doesnít beckon more sips. As with the black lager, itís a little medicinal in the nose, but itís not as strong here and works better with hops instead of roasted malt. Itís ultimately drinkable, but not terribly enjoyable...as is the case with most novelty beers.
Aubrey (3343) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice-looking, apricot-colored beer with a healthy head. Nose is tea-like and herbal. Palate seemed a bit thin at first, but it thickened with a bit of warmth. Yerba mate comes through noticeably (earthy, woody, very herbal and slightly smoky), so you really have to like yerba mate to appreciate this beer. While itís not my favorite beverage, I do drink yerba mate from time to time, and I enjoy it. Hops in this beer are fairly bold and plant-like. Somewhat fruity, too, with hints of tangerine, lemon and pear. Chalky and dry finish. Malts arenít bad, but they are a little underwhelming. Bready and cracker-like, with just a mild sweetness. At first, I thought it was an OK beer, albeit odd. But as I got further down the bottle, the beer started to wear on me, and some of its stark and astringent flavors became a little too rough on the tongue. So my final take is that itís an OK beer in small doses.
Beaver (1061) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2010
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.
The aroma is floral spices (yerba mate?) with some light hops and some metallic notes. Smells kind of like a gruit I made.
The flavor is a bit washed out with some chalky spices that have a good amount of bitterness in the finish with a bit of a weird metallic chalky aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very watery texture.
Overall, this really reminds me a lot of the gruit I made...interesting but I donít really care for the strange chalky metallic spice bitterness.
ghawener (1369) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUL 10, 2010
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Beer: The Yerba Mate clashes with the hops, an acquired taste. Food Pairing: Falafel.
fear025 (213) - Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2010
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Aroma:Honey, and tea.
Appearance:Honey, tons of head with big bubbles. In fact, when left too long half full, the bottle foamed over.
Taste:There is some sweet flavors in the foretaste, but that fades quickly into oversteeped tea leaves.
Palate:This beer kind of dries out my mouth.
Overall:I was not a fan of this beer, it dried out my mouth and didnít really taste very good.
notalush (4173) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iíve had some homebrewed tea-infused ipas that have been pretty good, so I decided to give this a try - hazy gold with a frothy lace - the tea is fairly strong in the aroma, but balanced fairly well against the earthy hops, crackery malts, and a mild funky and phenolic character that makes this smell more like a belgian ale than anything else - medium bodied, with low carbonation - the tea is also fairly strong in the flavor - some malt sweetness and moderate spicy hops try to balance this, but they both taste a bit stale - again, a lightly belgian-ish phenolic character, which makes things more interesting, and distracts a bit from the stale hoppiness - semi-dry, some mild citrus - an interesting but somewhat flawed beer.
Nikiel (790) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoyed this beer, in part because I am partial to yerba mate on its own, but also because of the interesting play it has with the malts and the hops. Iíve been thinking about brewing a beer with tea, and this beer proves that tea can be very worthwhile addition to a beer. It has a sweet and bitter flavor of an IPA with the distinct flavor of the yerba mate.
jkwalking05 (2356) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light gold with a decent white head. Aroma is of cooked vegetables, grain, and leaves. Taste is of hop water and leaves.
19Ei8hty (1077) - Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lots of musty basement notes. Grainy and wet with stange medicnal character. Hard to pinpoint what was wrong with this but it did nothing to impress.
GG (1980) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 7, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma - standard piney angle, but very low keyed...floral without much character. Not horrible.
Appearance - crystal clear body, golden orange...nearly lifeless pour
Taste - very herbal, not sure what Yerba Mate tastes like, but thereís nothing out of the ordinary here. Light caramel, snappy hop bite, light apple juice too.
Palate - thin, seemed a bit undercarbonated...watery
Overall - Picked up a bomber of this and their Golden ale. $4 a pop, not really worth it.