Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta

Posted: July 18, 2015 in American IPA, Reviews, Yeastie Boys

Time for a beer from New Zealand. I haven’t had many offerings from them, so let’s crack it open.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “When the team behind the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular asked us to create a special beer for their 2012 festival, we started by searching for musical inspiration from their Australian homeland. The tunes led us on a wild conceptual ride but we ended up settling on this hugely floral India Pale Ale that is ‘dry-leafed’ with a massive load of Earl Grey Blue Flower tea. Gunnamatta – the instrumental opening track of Paul Kelly’s album ‘Ways and Means’ – refers to a beach break on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula and had us thinking of good friends, cups of tea, surf, beer and rock ‘n’ roll! As Paul Kelly says himself: ‘Deeper water, leading me on.'”

Random: For the first time in almost a decade, I did not watch the All Star Game. My team is so awful that I gave up watching baseball in May.

This brew poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep mahogany color with no carbonation visible. The nose was fragrant with grass with pronounced black tea. The taste was even more grassy with lemongrass, black tea and flowers. It was really complex and it was one of the few beers that I’ve had that uses tea that I can say really came out in the beer and improved it. The body was thick and chewy and the carbonation was low, but that could be due to having an old bottle. The finish was bitter with black tea and flowers. This was $8.99 for the bottle at Half Time, which comes to $.75 per ounce, which is definitely pricey, but I’m glad I got to try it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


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