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Yeastie Boys
Brewed at Invercargill Brewery

Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Wellington, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Tea Leaf IPA
Contract brewed at Invercargill
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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4.2
wilde_joost59 (220) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2017
From tap at Craft & Draft. Cloudy orange color, looks nice. Big white head. Citrus in the tasting, a very nice beer.

3.3
gunnfryd (15099) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 10, 2017
KØLF 020617. Deep golden color with a white head. Aroma is Aroma is fruit, malt, citrus, floral, tea. Flavor is fruit, malt, hop, citrus, floral, tea, grain. Medium body. A little bit weird beer.

3.7
Malrider69 (172) - Central Coast, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2017
Pours a straw colour with a thin, white head. The aroma is extremely floral and sweet. The taste in malt up-front then a slight bitterness and sweetness at the same time that is medium-lasting on the palate. Overall, an interesting beer and well worth trying.

4
IslandHaole (1286) - Misawa, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2017
I was quite surprised to find this at my local liquor store in Misawa Japan. Clear medium golden color with a light beige head. Floral hops and sweet malts with caramel and tea. Has a very sweet floral front, apricot and rose petals with a good bitter floral hop middle and lingering bitter follow. A very unique, interesting and quite tasty beer. I wish I could get this on a regular basis.

4.4
sephyrott (189) - - AUG 24, 2017
33cl can at Drayton Court. Eccentric beer, with really aroma to earl grey. Hoppy and slightly sweet.

3.8
PietS (325) - Bergen op Zoom, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2017
Sweet (malts and tropical fruit), spicy (some clove and maybe cinnamon?), hoppy, grassy, medium bitter. The tea flavour is not very prominent (luckily), you only taste is when you know it I think. Good, quite sweet, and not too bitter IPA.

3
Erasmus_ro (3130) - 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 (1411) - 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.

3.5
Alengrin (5554) - 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 (6588) - 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.


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