Mattress63 (54) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Fresh Choice in Nelson whilst holidaying. Interesting beer to say the least, I like Earl Grey so I’ll give it a fair rating. Nothing quite like it, and I reckon a good ladies beer (as my missus liked it and she’s not a big beer drinker) I think this could still be a reasonable session beer, but not really my type of IPA. Nice all the same and I did enjoy. Liked the different flavours.
beer-yum (325) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A love/hate sort of beer that I happen to like. Makes a nice change from the lingering bitterness of most of the other beers I enjoy drinking. A great way to start (and finish) a session.
ALLOVATE (2263) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 26, 2013
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Cap exploded off with gusto; the beer quick to follow so into the glass it went without muckin’ about. 4 inches of foam and an inch of beer is not what I’d call a good ratio. Took half an hour to settle so I snuck a few pints of Bitter in while I was waiting. Muddy, chestnut tinged orange with a bad case of the floaties. Aroma is dominated by a strange note of chocolate coated marzipan and chocolate coated fruit chews with just a little apple, cinnamon, pine nut and sulphur (Me thinks this bottle is not quite in the best shape!). Sharp, astringent, burnt candi sugar, smoke, medicinal phenols, things going through my head that are stopping me from having another sip. Ugh, here we go again. Bitter, overbrewed tea, butter, way too much yeast funk. Herrrrp, it is starting to repeat on me and there goes my taste buds as I wave them goodbye. The body medium light with a creaminess coming from that massive persistent foam. This is what happens when yeast runs amok on your beer. Sulphury, burnt matchsticks, lasting fermenting fruit esters in the way too long linger. I need an Alka-Saltzer, stat. Mummy, I want this ride to stop..........!
A bottle for watering the garden with, a re-rate to follow. (33cL, no date stamp, The Beer Store, Morley)
allanbowers (93) - melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear dark burnt orange colour with a fairly big thin head.
Fairly lively with tastes of tea.
This isnt the hoppiest ipa I have ever drank.
I still havent had a yeastie boys beer that I dont like. keep them coming.
alectron (30) - - APR 20, 2013
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
The tea in here is too over the top for me. Tasted very soapy and gave me headaches. Simple not a pleasant experience for me. Friends of mine love it though...
DylansDad (295) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice beer. Unusual, a little eccentric, but it has a very classy, refined, yet refreshing and zingy buzz to it. It sure is difficult to get a solid foothold into this flavour as each mouthful brings out something different. I didn’t think it would be as good as it is. For me, the aroma gets a bit too out there by the last third of the glass. I don’t mean it is bad, it’s not, but after 2/3 of 330ml this beer is giving me a nice buzz and when I stick my beak into the glass, I’m expecting malt and hops not Earl Grey. But what would I know.
Pyobon (852) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Hazy amber with annoyingly ridiculously large fairly loose head. Lovely aroma - sweet oranges and tea. Excellent palate - medium body with refreshing carbonation. Tangy orangey foretaste with sweet malt to balance; then the tea and hop flavours develop providing a dry and reasonably bitter finish. Overall an unusual beer, but for me the tea worked well in the aroma, but rather less so in the taste
NBird (282) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A copper amber with med-lge head. Smells.. Oranges/peel and earl grey, a hint of citrusy hops. Tastes very fruity, citrus made sweeter by the earl grey dominating at the back where a little malt appears too. 2nd time - enjoyed.
SWCraftbeerfan (3) - Bunbury, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2013 does not count
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma at first is stunning,fresh hop driven goodness. Where this beer is let down is by the addition of Earl Grey tea.. Seriously I can understand the new trend of dry hopping with tea but Earl Gray? What were they thinking? Earl Gray is putrid in a tea, let alone a beer. Call me a purist but I personally believe there is no place foe Earl Gray in a beer. Nice beer otherwise.
hawthorne00 (2207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dangerous beach, that one. Bottle. Hazy amber with a large white head - the last of the bottle has tea leaves. Aroma of orange, grapefruit, tea. Not that keen on Earl Grey as tea, but it fits into the aroma rather nicely. Lightish bodied with highish carbonation. Taste is modestly sweet with a little honey and hay supporting sweet and bitter citrus flavours. Dry with blossomy citrus flavours and tea at the end. Liked this much better than the sample I tried at GABS, possibly due to it having gone a bit flat then. A well-executed curiosity.