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Beer – #959 – Yeastie Boys – Royal Tanninbomb

Next up from the GABS (Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular)  pack the  Royal Tanninbomb  from the larrikins at Yeastie Boys and despite AUS trying to claim there they are local to NZ. This would have been I’d like to have tried on tap, amongst the hoi polloi at a festival shudder but I didn’t go and so  a bottle will have to do. And the bottle says YB in AUS made this beer, I’ll have to go with that because who knew?

doubled down five years later.

A 330ml bottle that has beer that is 8% ABV and that would be about 240 calories a serve size, this works out as 2.1 standard drinks in NZ. It carries 60 IBU things too.

Brewed by Yeastie Boys in the catchall style that is Spice/Herb/Vegetable and they are in Wellington, New Zealand- mostly

Another Aussie take over

In 2012, Yeastie Boys won the inaugural GABS People’s Choice Festival Beer with their Gunnamatta Earl Grey IPA. Royal Tanninbomb is the fifth birthday celebration of this ale.

An extra pale Double Earl Grey IPA, bursting with citrus and floral notes, the ‘Tanninbomb’ showcases the tea leaf’s classic dry finish.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Thats very sweet and floral on opening, notes of lemons and violets perhaps.

A very fizzy looking pale orange beer that poured without a head,  the aroma is really like a bath-bomb type thing, there is a lot going on, very fruity and floral.

oh my goodness, so much. In no order this is as dry as a grandmothers kiss at the finish.

It’s so full of floral notes and taste that it’s hard to pick one over another.

It’s also kind of very sweet too.

I don’t know if I’m stunned impressed or stunned appalled at this.

Impressed because it’s so bizarre and yet not outlandish, and appalled because it’s so much floral and flowers and that’s not proper in a beer.

Yet it is.  On balance I’m impressed, stunned and impressed.

You can’t but help having another sup to unwrap another flavour note, and this isn’t like a normal earl gray this is some crazy scientist version, unless the earl grey I’ve been having is some pretender, which is probable, which means I’m off to the tea shop tomorrow.

Different as chalk and cheese to the standard version this is the adult version not spoken about in polite company.  I feel initiated.

Flavours I’m picking include Orange, tangerine, violets, rosewater, and that dry finish doesn’t intrude except very late after the taste has made its way round a bit, then you notice the dryness as a bit of an ache.

A Man could get emotional about a beer like this.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. Startling and abrupt this is a beer that leaves nothing in the bottle, it’s all there in the glass, unfurling as it warms, a stunning display of flavours and substance improbable.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The GABS 6 pack from the Liquorland store.
  • Am I enjoying it? Yes
  • Would I have another? Yes, you’d have to to get to the bottom of it.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, what a show stopper of a beer, nothing left undone, unread or inferred, this is what it is on label and more.

Music for this:  ”  Future Lives ” and ” Mansions ”  on the Spotify    #NowPlaying

“The pedigree of the members who play on the latest Future Lives LP should grab your attention; you’ve got players from King of Prussia, Drive by Truckers, Japancakes and more. They’ve quietly announced their debut album, Mansions”


Any ale or lager made with herbs, spices or vegetables. The additive should be distinctive in the aroma. See beer description for flavor. Body, color, hop character and strength vary depending on the type of spice, herb or vegetable used.


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