Yeastie Boys – Gunnamatta Earl Grey IPA – Craft Beer Review
Founded by the self proclaimed “dynamic duo of New Zealand’s craft beer scene”, Yeastie Boys brewery has been making waves down-under since tapping their first brew back in 2008. With a clever name that works as tribute to the acclaimed 90’s hip-hop act, and that carries with it another, potentially distasteful, association for those less familiar with the processes of the brewing and baking professions, this kiwi duo are going for the big and bold approach.
The brewery has collected numerous accolades over the past eight years, most famously for their flag ship porter ‘Pot Kettle Black’. With Gunnamatta, the NZ pair have created a beer “Inspired by the pale ales that traveled from England to the East Indies and, perhaps more importantly, by the precious tea that returned on those same ships”, and for their efforts they have gone on to collect even more trophies.
Gunnamatta pours vivid orange with a thick, white head that lingers for a while before dipping to a steady rim. Strong aromas of mandarin peel and spices here, with background notes of peach. A bright, sugary burst of flavour across the tongue reminiscent of those rock solid sticks of glucose that as a child you’d inherently beg your mother to buy for you as the only sweet available from a trip to any 90’s Ireland pharmacy.
Hints of Earl Grey: the Blue Flower Tea used in the brewing process, makes an evanescent appearance on the back of the tongue. This unique quality only begins to appear after the initial brightness and high carbonation have dissipated. A light and extremely chugable beer, this IPA makes an ideal pairing to spicy Asian or Indian food, as it is suited to quench the heat as well as to compliment the flavours with its own aromatics.
The bottles are simply but nicely stylised, with enough detail to grab the attention right off the shelf without deterring those beer enthusiasts who have been duped in the past by breweries that focus more on branding and artwork that on the contents of their bottles. I am happy to say that the vivid, tingling orange contents of this particular bottle are far superior to most whose labels would endeavor to draw you in with all the bells and whistles of over artsy branding, but ultimately lackluster product.
Having previously devoted every ounce of his spare time to music, Tony is more commonly found these days in a kitchen than on a stage. With experience in writing on festivals and shows around the country he has recently turned his pen to more culinary exposés. With a particular penchant for craft beer he can often be spotted travelling from one bar to another in search of the latest brew to hit the market.