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Tasting Notes and Review of MateVeza Yerba Mate IPA

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Tasting Notes and Review of MateVeza Yerba Mate IPA

The Bottom Line

This is an unusual beer brewed with a caffeinated South American tea known as yerba mate. From the brewer: "Tropical hop flavor & aroma with a long, dry mate finish."

Pros

  • Great hop character
  • Interesting complexity

Cons

  • Might be a bit much for some beer lovers but certainly worth checking out.

Description

  • IPA brewed with a South American tea called yerba mate
  • 7% ABV
  • Caffeine equivalent of about 1/2 of a cup of coffee.

Guide Review - Tasting Notes and Review of MateVeza Yerba Mate IPA

This IPA pours with a medium to dense white head. The body is a cloudy, dark copper/amber color.

The nose provides no hint that any unusual ingredients are lurking in this brew. It is a blast of citrusy hops characteristic of American-style IPAs with just a bit of malt coming through that hints at a decent balance. At first, tasting it confirms the nose - lots and lots of flavoring hops. As they clear away a touch of malt comes through plus something else. A muddy, herbal quality mixes with the malt producing hints of milk chocolate and sweet, sharp fruit like gooseberries. With subsequent drinks, that herbal quality builds in the center of the taste and results in a long, messy finish as it competes with the hops for attention. For as much hops as are built into the front, this is not a particularly bitter beer. But it it quite tasty and certainly complex enough to hold my attention. I think I'll have another!
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