Yeastie Boys Digital IPA

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been trying to get a few more international beers than I have in the past, and this brew is from New Zealand. It also got me the ‘drink like a Kiwi’ on Untappd. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A new world India Pale Ale inspired more by our traditional forefathers than the modern pretenders, Digital IPA is defined by its heavy use of late kettle hopping and very restrained use of dry hopping – a technique, in contrast to our peers, that goes a long way to proving Yeastie Boys’ philosophy of ‘fresh is not best’. IPA as it was originally intended.”

Random: Our cat has been hogging pillow lately, so I wake up with a mouthful of fur since he wants to snuggle so closely.

This beer poured with a huge, fluffy, slightly off white four finger head. It took a long time to dissipate and left lots of spiderweb lacing on my IPA glass. The body was a dusky orange color with high visible carbonation. The nose had very little aroma to it. It had a bit of citrus and then some sweet malt. The taste was not what I was expecting. It had a lot of lemon and lemon zest and then went into a spice note. Specifically, I picked up white peppercorns. Then, it went into toffee and caramel malt. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. The finish was dry with sweet malt. This beer was $8.99 for the bottle, which comes to $.75 per ounce. This beer was definitely expensive and I thought it was way too much for a beer that was fine, but nothing that I would revisit.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta

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