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Brewed by Yeastie Boys
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Wellington, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

Brewed at Invercargill Brewery, New Zealand or Brewdog, Scotland. Labels clearly state where.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1420) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2016
33cl bottle. Pours a semi-opaque orange with a small white head. Smells of caramel, roses, bergamot, peaches and yeast, unlike any beer I have tried before. The taste is sweet and perfumey, with notes of roses and berries (not sure which, though) and feint bergamot. Incredible beer, unlike anything I have ever tried before.
Disclaimer: I am a big fan of Earl Grey tea, which is made using bergamot oil

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ShaneJ (820) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2016
Bottle from Plonk (June 2015). Clear bronze-amber, creamy white head, amazing floral aromas, rose petal, bergamot, lavender, with a candy-like sweetness balanced with a perfect level of bitterness. I love this beer, one of my all time favourites.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (4752) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2016
(Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a shaker, ABV 6.5% Orange coloured body, cloudy, with a small and thin white head on top, low retention. Aroma of light citrus, tea leaves, kumquat. Taste also of citrus, earl grey tea with its bergamont notes, kumquat, light spices. Medium body, soft carbonation. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (2618) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2015
33cl bottle shared with friends. Hazy orange with a medium white soapy head. Subtle bitter and sweet tones. Tea, herbs, caramel, hops, fruits and some grass. Liked this a lot!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tricksta_p (3336) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2015
Bottle at home. Aroma is quite herbal, very floral, vanilla, jasmine, bergamot, tea, lemon, soapy, potpourri, hoppy notes. Flavour is light sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied. Generally I adore Earl Grey IPA but this was something else, truly off-the-scale herbal and floral. Interesting, but not necessarily a drinking experience I care to repeat.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (13633) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle shared with Inoven. Hazy orangy color, average sized off-white head. Aroma is lightly malts, very herbal and floral and definitely some tea. Tastes about the same: some malts, a little more average on the herbs and flowers and tea. Lightly sweet as well. Average body, soft carbonation. Nice experiment, but I’m ok with an IPA without all these weird ingredients.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarcoDL (3980) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2015
Bottle. Golden color. Aroma of yeast, flowers and a little citrus. Taste of sweet buttery yeast, flowers, honey and grass. No earl grey unfortunately.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2975) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle from Wholefoods, Kensington, London. A hazy golden coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Floral, citrus, earl grey tea aroma. Taste is the same, floral, citrus, earl grey tea. Quite pleasant.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4204) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2015
I had this beer on tap in New Zealand a while back and liked it a lot, but this review is based on a 330 ml bottle purchased and consumed in the U.S. The beer pours with a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The white head is semi-durable and leaves patterned lacing. Aroma: surprised to find a detectable note of tea in the largely floral aroma. Flavor: surprised to find some tea flavors that blended nicely with the base IPA. I think both the tea nd the hops contribute the very floral flavoring. The aftertaste carries a long-lasting. distinctive note of Earl Grey tea with subtle, floral hops. The hop load and, more so, the bitterness, are low for a purportedly American style IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjsint (2260) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2015
Keg at the Cambridge Blue, Cambridge. Dark gold with a huge white head. Tea, vanilla, light citrus, potpourri, cotton. Slightly musty. Full spicy taste with sweetness leading the initial sip. Bitterness follows for a long balanced finish which is simultaneously floral, savoury and spiced. More sourness and musty flavours in the aftertaste, like the last teabag in the box. Incredible bordering on magical.


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