Today’s beer review is a little treat from my manager at work. Yeastie Boys are originally from New Zealand but have expanded their brewing operation into Australia and of course here in the UK. In the UK they use Utopian Brewing as their brewers to help make their recipes come to life for us here. I’ve had a couple of their beers before and you might have seen a couple of their core range beers on the supermarket shelves. In particular the rather drinkable White Noise. This beer is one of their latest releases; Devil May Care. It’s a Belgian-style Golden Ale, so I’m not entirely sure what to expect. It comes in at a hefty 8.5% ABV too!
The beer pours a hazy golden colour with a thin white head. The aroma is remarkably similar to a classic golden ale but with touches of pineapple chunk and citrus peel. The bold, initial taste is that of caremlised pineapple and with a follow up of orange peel. A good balance of sweetness from the malts and bitterness from the hops. What is truly remarkable is how clean this beer drinks. It is not even remotely boozy and slips down very easily, barely touching the sides. Probably a good thing it’s in 330ml cans!
A quick note on the can art: A gorgeous can in my opinion. The devilish hands are writing ‘Sending thoughts and fears’ which connects well to the name and the ‘normal’ version of that phrase. I also enjoy the little band of constellations and symbols across the top.
Wow! What an incredibly interesting and tasty beer. What really impressed me is that it genuinely felt like a Belgian inspired golden ale. My first initial inhale was all classic golden ale and then of course the balance of sweet and bitter in the body. However, there was a slight sharpness mixed in that worked well and reminded you of the Belgian aspect. As I mentioned the standout attribute is the insane drinkabilty of this beer. An 8.5% beer has no right going down that easy! Yeastie Boys really have smoothed out most traces of booze which is very impressive. I would certainly have this again if the opportunity arose.
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- Hops: Nelson Sauvin
- Malt: Lager, Wheat
- IBU: Not Available
- ABV: 8.5%
- Gluten Free: No
- Vegan: Yes!