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Yeastie Boys Blondie: Europa

Yeastie Boys Blondie: Europa
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Yeastie Boys
Formerly brewed at Invercargill Brewery

Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Wellington, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Europa is the first of two beers, released in early 2011, that showcase the differences of a single ingredient. Like the Nerdherder and Monster series did with hops, these beers illuminate the difference that yeast makes in a low strength sessionable summer ale ("Europa" uses a clean German ale yeast, while "Rapture" emplys the fruitier notes of a Belgian abbey yeast).

Europa: Pale and wheat malts, Nelson Sauvin and NZ Cascade hops, German ale yeast.
Rapture: Pale and wheat malts, Nelson Sauvin and NZ Cascade hops, Belgian abbey yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 2, 2011
Clear light yellow, a touch mineral in the aroma with hints of pepper hops. Very bitte - defies its ibus. A touch bready when warm with some pithy flavours. Light body. ood, decent uncomplicated drinking

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 24, 2011
Lovely crisp, hoppy summery golden ale... clean, fresh and bright with nice wheaten roundess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
snuffla (158) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 13, 2011
Gotta love the yeast in this beer, but notwithstanding the beer itself was a mixed bag for me. Had it quite a few times and each was a slightly different experience. First time, probably not a fan, little thin body that was overwhelmed by the bitterness. Subsequently I learned how best to enjoy it. Slightly warmed or less carbonated the malt started to shine thru a bit more. Nose was a mix of gooseberry and a little wine gum character (presumably from the yeast). At its best it was thirst quenching deliciousness but maybe a little over-bitter for my money.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2011
beer engine at Hashigo zake Slightly tepid which certainly effects the overall mouth and nose. Very yeasty nose. Reminds me of beer brewed back in the 50s in the Midwest before they started cutting corners and marketing for the lowest common denominator. Big and fine head with serious lacing. Light gold and clear colouring. Bitter and not badly rounded with a slightly astringent finish. Light bodied but not thin - almost but not quite. Very nice and very summery. Would go well with fresh yeast bread and butter. Easily overwhelmed by spicy foods.

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