msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
12oz bottle from Total Wine Brea. Pours clear golden orange with small white head. Aromas of oranges, sweet malts, citrusy hops, and some caramel. Flavors of candied sugars, some bitter hops, light citrus, and caramel. Mouthfeel is syrupy and has light carbonation. Pretty crappy IPA. drjay44 (3833) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2010
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thin head, over a very slightly hazy golden amber (SRM 8) body......nose is light pine, smidgen of pineapple.....taste is light pine, bit of citrus, bit of pineapple toward the finish, finishing with a light slightly astringent bitterness typical of Yerba.....mouth feel is very light, almost watery, carbonation is low. This is a very light IPA, with minimal hop tones and very light malt influence. An interesting experiment that was almost successful. BJCP 6/3/11/4/5 highibus (823) - Vail, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Oh my, well....really nice aroma. Something that I couldn’t quite make out. Nice light carmel color with white frothy head. But oh crap really medicinal/sweet from whatever this tea crap is they use. Not so pleasant. Has some decent qualities, but I cannot get past that lingering almost licorice flavor to enjoy the hops. jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 12, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark orange with a small white head leaving almost no lacing. Smell is mostly malt with a bit of tea. Taste is strong of tea and bitterness. The initial taste is sweet with tea and alcohol on the finish. Light bodied. Ernest (7822) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is light amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit), with light notes of tree bark, sage/thyme, licorice, sassafras.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately astringent.
While the herb makes the aroma more interesting than a typical IPA, the flavor is rather acidic and the herbs plus the hops yields a rather astringent mouthfeel that doesn’t beckon more sips. As with the black lager, it’s a little medicinal in the nose, but it’s not as strong here and works better with hops instead of roasted malt. It’s ultimately drinkable, but not terribly enjoyable...as is the case with most novelty beers.
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Nice-looking, apricot-colored beer with a healthy head. Nose is tea-like and herbal. Palate seemed a bit thin at first, but it thickened with a bit of warmth. Yerba mate comes through noticeably (earthy, woody, very herbal and slightly smoky), so you really have to like yerba mate to appreciate this beer. While it’s not my favorite beverage, I do drink yerba mate from time to time, and I enjoy it. Hops in this beer are fairly bold and plant-like. Somewhat fruity, too, with hints of tangerine, lemon and pear. Chalky and dry finish. Malts aren’t bad, but they are a little underwhelming. Bready and cracker-like, with just a mild sweetness. At first, I thought it was an OK beer, albeit odd. But as I got further down the bottle, the beer started to wear on me, and some of its stark and astringent flavors became a little too rough on the tongue. So my final take is that it’s an OK beer in small doses. Beaver (1846) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.ghawener (1609) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - JUL 10, 2010
The aroma is floral spices (yerba mate?) with some light hops and some metallic notes. Smells kind of like a gruit I made.
The flavor is a bit washed out with some chalky spices that have a good amount of bitterness in the finish with a bit of a weird metallic chalky aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very watery texture.
Overall, this really reminds me a lot of the gruit I made...interesting but I don’t really care for the strange chalky metallic spice bitterness.
Beer: The Yerba Mate clashes with the hops, an acquired taste. Food Pairing: Falafel. fear025 (214) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Aroma:Honey, and tea.
Appearance:Honey, tons of head with big bubbles. In fact, when left too long half full, the bottle foamed over.
Taste:There is some sweet flavors in the foretaste, but that fades quickly into oversteeped tea leaves.
Palate:This beer kind of dries out my mouth.
Overall:I was not a fan of this beer, it dried out my mouth and didn’t really taste very good.
notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2010
I’ve had some homebrewed tea-infused ipas that have been pretty good, so I decided to give this a try - hazy gold with a frothy lace - the tea is fairly strong in the aroma, but balanced fairly well against the earthy hops, crackery malts, and a mild funky and phenolic character that makes this smell more like a belgian ale than anything else - medium bodied, with low carbonation - the tea is also fairly strong in the flavor - some malt sweetness and moderate spicy hops try to balance this, but they both taste a bit stale - again, a lightly belgian-ish phenolic character, which makes things more interesting, and distracts a bit from the stale hoppiness - semi-dry, some mild citrus - an interesting but somewhat flawed beer.