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

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RATINGS: 271   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.

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4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beersiveknown (5295) - - JAN 26, 2013
[email protected] from Regional Wines, wellington
Dark amberwith fluffy off-white head. Rich bergamot and tea notes on the nose. strong passion fruit and tannic tea flavours with a long bergamot finish. Really well balanced fantastic T-IPA!


4.2
BlackHaddock (7415) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2017
330 ml can: BB 15th Aug 2018. Drank at home a full year before it’s BBD. Obtained from my local Waitrose store. Nearly didn’t buy it because I have not really enjoyed other ’tea infused’ beers in the past. Really glad I did though, as this is a lovely beer, my can was brewed at BrewDog. Golden amber pour, off-white topping, looked good. Floral and perfumed nose, taste more fruity: peaches mostly it seemed to me. One of the best beers I have had this year so far (21st Aug 2017).

3.4
Fin (10621) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2017
Can courtesy of and shared with dad (cheers dad!) at Moira Furnace Folk Festival Saturday 19th August 2017 Golden with a white head. Quite fruity and a little floral from the off there is citrus flying around, dry finish good bitterness but the tea is subtle. Good beer. . A6 A4 T7 P4 Ov13 3.4

3.4
sebsky (171) - ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2017
330 ml can @home,bb 29/10/2018. Orange,slightly hazy. Yeast,bread and traces of citrus aroma. Taste is the same. Earl grey? Only in description. I was expecting more.

3
Erasmus_ro (3076) - Alabama, USA - JUL 31, 2017
Can, 20/07/17. Pours orangey amber with a small, slightly beige head. Aroma is quite fruity, some lemon. Taste is fruity, somewhat tea-like, slight citrus. Aftertaste has tea, maybe slightly bergamot. Alright though flavors don’t mesh too well.

3.1
neur0 (1324) - Hannover, GERMANY - JUL 15, 2017
(Dose) Es hat eine hell orangene Farbe, ist filtriert mit einer weißen Schaumkrone. Das Aroma ist himbeerig, mit Honig, grün und etwas grasig. Der Geschmack ist süß, leicht alkoholisch, etwas bitter und harzig.

4.2
radassace (342) - SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2017
330ml can. Pours slight hazy amber with an off white head. Nose is earl grey tea, marmalade, orange peel, sweet malts and ice tea. Medium mouth feel, light soft carbonation. Taste is bitter, sweet, earl grey, citrus, caramel malt, lemonade, ice tea. Super refreshing. Fairly bitter dry finish. Awesome beer !

3.5
Alengrin (5438) - BELGIUM - JUL 9, 2017
Can produced at Brewdog for this New Zealand craft beer company, bought at the shop of Craft & Draft in Amsterdam. Apparently an IPA spiced up with Earl Grey tea. Nicely lacing, medium thick, off-white, moussy head, gradually dissipating in the middle but retaining around the edge, over an initially practically clear, warm ’old gold’ coloured beer with peachy hue. Strong, extremely perfumey aroma of bergamot oil, patchouli, fresh tea leaves indeed but in this sweet and very ethereal whole actually less tea-like than I expected, peppermint, lavender, pine-scented air freshener, pink grapefruit flesh, chewing gum, vaguer hints of lemon zest, white bread, pepper, fresh ginger, pineapple and apricot. Clean but vivid onset, lots of ripe apricot, very sweet blood orange and mango flavours, sweet in general but with a vague sourish undertone, softly carbonated but still stinging a bit on the tip of the tongue, mellow and soapy, very soft and very slick mouthfeel. Smooth biscuity malt sweetness ensues, with this marmelade-like layer of sugary sweetness on top, evolving into an only very softly bittering finish, with some citrussy and piney hop aromas - yet immediately overwhelmed by this strong retronasal perfume, which, combined with that marmelade sweetness, results in a very sweet ethereal oil-like, almost ’heavy’ effect, not unlike sweet patchouli. I don’t like tea to begin with so I guess I knew what to expect, but still this is way less IPA than I was hoping for: the hop character is a bit lost here in that overly perfumey, sweet and ethereal tea element, which dominates this brew from onset to finish and all the way through the nose. It does show complexity, the malt portion is pleasant and smooth and the hops do provide some late, drying and spicy bitterness, but the tea effect reigns it all. Very weird and probably not my beer to begin with - I can understand how tea, like beer and other beverages, has become immensely popular in recent years and it only seems natural that creative craft breweries want to integrate this trend in some of their beers, but this section of the craft beer world is not entirely meant for me. Still technically very well executed though, feels like a fruited NEIPA with the tea replacing the fruit, and I do appreciate the sweet orange- and marmelade-like flavour which is very strong here, so I will still grant it a decent score for those reasons alone. I’m sure I know people who would absolutely adore this.

3.6
berkshirejohn (6533) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2017
33cl can from Waitrose, Bracknell. A good looking beer with a bright golden amber colour and a tight cream head; floral aroma with a hint of tea; dry in the mouth with lots of tea and a touch of peachy fruit; then a dry stony finish. Very pleasant and easy drinking.

3.5
Beerhunter111 (21501) - P´Castle, GERMANY - JUL 3, 2017
33cl can. Leicht trübes orange goldenes Bier mit einer mittelgroßen beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch ist floral bitter hopfig, grüner Tee. Geschmack ist sehr hopfig bitter, floral hopfig, grüner Tee, grasig, lange Bitterkeit.

3.3
Vighals (4086) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JUL 3, 2017
Gylden brun klar med fingerhøyt hvitt skum. Lukter godis, , blomster og noe kvae og trevirke. Middels fylde. Søtlig honning og karamell. Lite bitterhet, sitrus. Kan faktisk kjenne noe Earl gray te i smaken. Kort


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