Beaver (1599) - 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 (1553) - 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) - Downers Grove, 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 (5645) - 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 (879) - 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 (4534) - 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 (1166) - 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 (2332) - 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.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared at a hotel tasting at RBWG 2010. Pours a hazy golden with a thinning head. Aroma is herbal, minty, spicy tea, flowery, grass, and some earthy horse funk,. Flavor is herbs, old stale cheesy hops, mineral, old leather, spice, tea, grass, and very astringent and bitter finish. meh.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 20, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy yellow orange color. Aroma is light, faint citrus and grass. Flavor has some citrus and mossy aspect. Light body.