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Yeastie Boys
Brewed at Invercargill Brewery

Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Wellington, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A new world India Pale Ale with subtle grapefruit and lemon hop flavours intermingling amongst the explosive bergamot orange and leafy aromatics of the ‘Earl Grey Blue Flower’ English tea.

Inspired by the instrumental surf rock opening track of Paul Kelly’s 2004 album ‘Ways and Means’. as Paul Kelly says himself: "Deeper water, leading me on..."

People’s Choice Winner at Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular 2012.


3.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Enegaard (52) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2013
(Aug. 2013, bottle from City Beer, SF) This is a crazy one! Pours beautifully like hazy amber with an everlasting big bubbly head. The aroma is out of this world! Tremendously fresh like a slightly tart fruit bowl - very, very weak saison-german-bubblegum-yeast thing - like smelling an orange cream colored rose, freshly sprinkled with the purest dram. Very upfront peach/apricot. The taste is absolutely different; extremely carbonated foaming explosively - almost salty with bergamot, an explosion of earl grey tea that disappears like sea foam, leaving a tenuous bitterness. Aroma is heaven, taste slightly disappointing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sevenlee (1196) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2013
Pours a golden colour with a white head. Aroma is malt, some fruit with plenty of tea. Taste is light sweet and a little bitter from the tea leading to a leafy finish. Interesting stuff; liked it.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2560) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Tap at Oblivion. Hazy orange pour with thick white head. Huge citrus peel and tea aroma, quite nice. Nice crisp malt with lots of tea and hops. Nice combination. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (460) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 31, 2013
From 8/30 tasting notes - floral nose, hoppy, apple juice notes, smokey notes, tea is prominent, works well. I’m not very familiar with Earl Grey tea but this was quite tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gyllenbock (4088) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle from City Beer SF, August 2013. Darker orange with a medium white head. This was a special one, the taste reminded a lot of a finnish drink called "Sima". Yeast, soap, lemon and some dried fruit. Quite refreshing, ok.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1140) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2013
Really nice and juicy beer. Pours light ruby with lots of initial foamy head and tons of lacing. Nose is fruit juicy with some yeast. Note of fruit punch, some peach or apricot some light English breakfast tea and some citrusy bitterness. Tastes are med sweet and light bitter. Full juicy body with lively carbonation. Nice beer and a nice change of pace for the style.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Kobal (64) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Pours amber-orange with a thick white head. Aroma is a mingling of citrusy hops and bergamot. Taste is Earl Grey upfront with hoppy citrus following. Some pleasant lingering bitterness and bergamot. Body is on the lighter side with a decent amount of carbonation. You have to like Earl Grey to get into this beer but if you do, the combination with citrusy hops works very well. I love Earl Grey and I love this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 16, 2013
some amazing beers tonight. this had two predominant flavours - black tea and apricots. thankfully the tea took the back seat to provide a base to the citrus and other malty goodness. utterly fantastic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bob_w (291) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2013
the earl grey tea attributes are incredible. normally, if find earl grey too perfumey and don’t drink that kind of tea. but the way it’s integrated in this IPA is really intriguing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rangi (508) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 26, 2013
Wow interesting. Not a subtle difference from normal ipa flavours but a nice sharp one.  No significant head with very little carbonation. Subtle aroma of tea and fruit. Flavour is a big smack of herbal tea! Sharp taste. Took me a minute to adjust and come around to this but I’m enjoying it. Certainly delivers what it intends! 


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