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Yeastie Boys
Brewed at Invercargill Brewery

Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Wellington, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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.


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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - FEB 1, 2013
Beery and bitter aroma, hints of tannic tea and orange peel. Glowing burnt orange in colour, oily white head. In the mouth there’s some odd things going on - the tea is a strong flavour, but there’s this soapiness that I can’t quite get my head around. It’s very astringent and tannic on the after taste. I honestly don’t know how I feel about this beer. I’m not a fan of tea, and so for me the tea-like characteristics of this characterful brew are not necessarily a positive. But that said, it does what it says on the bottle - it’s explosive and leafy, full of orange flavoured tea and citrusy hops. Personally, I find it most enjoyable when drunken on a very hot day. An alcoholic ice tea!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (4671) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear Amber pour with a frothy white head, aroma has ice lemon tea along a hint of grapefruit, taste has green tea, light lemon, spice, very crisp, nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1832) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2015
Keg at Spitfire. Pours clear amber. Nose is herbs, fruits, citrus, tea. Tastes fruits, tea, herbs, caramel. In a way I dont like tea in beer but this is quite good although the tea is quite dominant.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (7105) - Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Pours a clear dark golden color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have a bunch of herbal, green, tea like hops, pale toasted malts, a splash of grapefruit citrus, moderate bitterness tothe finish, a light ppeppery spice, a hint of lemon, decent enough.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (1686) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2015
330ml bottle. Orange golden colour, white foam head leaving lacing and aroma of floral fruity, earl grey tea, orange & mango. Taste is malt, caramel, grain with juicy fruits, fragrant earl grey tea notes and lingering tangy spicy earthy bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry bitter finish. Nicely drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (2151) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2015
Aroma: floral hops, grain malts, straw, Earl Grey / bergamot. Appearance: slightly hazy gold, massive, frothy,white head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: bitters continue, immediately floral hops, Earl Grey, bergamot, very dry and long finish. Overall: excellent IPA, fantastic idea with the team leaves. Bottle from Twenty One Wines, Brighton.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (2577) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2015
Keg @ Birmingham Beer Bash 2015. Pours hazy gold with lively white head. Grainy cereal, vanilla and a sweet spiciness. Didn’t know it was earl grey they used til afterwards. Alright but the spiciness doesn’t gel too brilliantly for me.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1484) - Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2015
On draught at the 28th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival. The aroma is distinctly earl grey tea. Somehow, the flavor is a nice balance of the hoppy IPA and the herbal and earl grey tea notes.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Soupoftoday (45) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2015
I usually dislike when people rate a beer when they have a fundamental distaste for the style. For example, if you don’t like hops than you shouldn’t rate an IPA low, just stay clear of it. But making a beer that tastes like your grandmother’s perfume is deeply off. Perfume is not something the human body should consume. I wish I had of read the label before I bought this. Tastes like floral perfume with only a hint of IPA. Dud idea. Sure taste is subjective but yeastie boys subjectivity is lame.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beercuts (14) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2015
Unlikely to be everyone’s cup of tea, this is a spectacular beer with a full on whomp of earl grey to it.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
waiake (466) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 11, 2015
from bottle intense floral citrus fruity aroma as poured cloudy orange with a lasting head the taste is really complex surprising maybe not assume earl grey citrus banana pineapple hoppy flavours bitter dry finish grew on me as it went down crazy beer


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