Organic Mateveza Ale with Yerba MateJuly 1, 2007
Available: CA, OR, WA
Do you want or need caffeine with your alcohol? Maté is a variety of tea grown in South America and adds a spicy and herbal note to this hazy gold organic beer with a clean white head. The aroma is herbal and spicy, with citrus fruits and a hint of licorice. It is tart, tangy and fruity in the mouth with a big punch of hop resins. The intensely bitter finish has hops, tart fruit, juicy malt and herbs.
- Roger Protz
The head here is eloquently low key in its proclamations, and followed by well-balanced aromatics. The taste is smooth, friendly and a tiny bit more non-hop bitter than expected; which is surprising because the hop character is noticeable, especially on the nose, but not really so on the palate. Odd, but very interesting and quite delicious.
- Fred Eckhardt
A session beer drinker’s dream: a CNS depressant and stimulant, all in the same bottle. Citrus, herbal aroma, with a kiss of honey. There’s more citrus again on the palate, with a quickly emerging earthy, somewhat tannic bitterness that crescendos on the finish. The tannins coat the palate and linger long after the swallow — which is easily satiated with another sip. (Could that be why it comes in a 22 oz. bottle?) A pale ale with grit.
- John Hansell
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style.
John Hansell is an equal-opportunity drinker. He writes about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher & editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast.
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