Country: NZ , brewed in Australia (Brookvale , Sydney)
Style: Double IPA infused with Earl grey Tea
Appearance: Pours a Hazy gold colour with some sediment and a thin white head that dissipates very quickly. Not filtered. Bottle conditioned????
Aroma: Very fresh and vibrant aroma. Lots of citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit). Earl Grey Tea is surprisingly forward, with a perfume-like almost floral Bergamot note. Sweet dark brown sugar and a slight yeastie funkiness (almost like a strong Belgian Blonde).
Taste: OK, I’d be lying if I said that I have ever thought of combining tea and beer together. The crazy guys at Yeastie Boys (what a name!), are clearly operating on some different wave length to most breweries!
With the market saturated with IPA’s lately, it’s good to see these guys trying something different.
Carrying on from their Gunnamatta Earl Grey 6.5% IPA, (which I have never tried), Royal Tanninbomb has been souped-up to 8%.
Beer starts off with tangy lemon/grapefruit. It then takes a strange and slightly confusing turn. The Earl Grey comes on strong; with a sweet, floral perfume like note that I am not completely sure what to think about. This floweriness seems to kind of stand out, rather than blend with the other flavours in this brew. It then finishes with a firm bitterness, but not the onslaught that most 8% IPA’s assault you with. In fact the piny-bitter hop flavour that I usually associate with IPA’s is not here, tasting more like a supercharged Pilsner (maybe lots of Saaz hops).
Every now and then I drink a beer that kind of leaves me stumped. This is one of those occasions. I feel this beer might not be everybody’s cup of tea (excuse the pun). I think I sit somewhere in the middle on this one. It isn’t a bad beer, it just does not completely make sense to me…. I think?
My mouth is so confused!