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Entries in Harvest Ale (3)

Sunday
May152016

YELLINGBO & KOOINDA CALL OF THE HOPS

Yellingbo Brewing Company, located on the outskirts of Melbourne, have bragging rights of owning their very own hop farm.

The brewery is owned by Brad and Gypsy Merritt, who are behind craft beer venue Oscar's Alehouse in Belgrave, Victoria. For their debut brew they teamed up with highly regarded Victorian brewery, Kooinda, to brew a harvest ale showcasing their home grown hops.

To show off they decided to use 33kg of wet hops, ie fresh off the bine (yep not a typo) without being dried or processed. To show off even more they used a stack of Victoria hops, not to be confused with Vic Secret, a scarcely used variety which has a similar origin and character to Galaxy. They also threw in some Cascade and Chinook for good measure. It’s 5.3% ABV and 51 IBU.

Hazy orange with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Medium body with moderation to low carbonation. Fresh cut grass and rockmelon aroma. Sweet, overripe rockmelon and a fresh cut grass hop flavour. It has a sweet caramel boozy flavour despite the moderate ABV. In terms of flavour and style it reminds me of previous Bridge Road The Harvest series. I find the malt characters a bit too sweet for me and would prefer some more IBU’s.

If you’re after an enamel stripping, resinous hop bomb you will be disappointed. This is harvest ale designed to highlight more delicate hop flavours. It’s a beer fruit salad with a dash of fresh cut grass.

 

6/10

Thursday
Jun122014

7 CENT BREWERY WET WILLIE WET HOP HARVEST ALE

7 Cent Wet Willie Wet Hop Harvest Ale. Three engineers, a dream and burnt couches. Taking their hobby to the next level three mates decided to build a microbrewery.

After a long day constructing the brewery, and fair to say many beers, they decided to throw some old couches on a bonfire. In the morning they inspected their handy work from the night before. Amongst the ash and burnt springs were one and two cent pieces that had been lost down the back of the couches for years. The grand total was seven cents, a clear omen on what the brewery should be called.

According to their website a “wet willie” is “the joyful act of lubricating up your finger with a liberal amount of saliva and jamming it into an unsuspecting victim’s ear.” However, I think the reference is more about the use of wet hops. This involves picking hops from the bine (yes bine, not vine) and throwing them into the brew in less than 24 hours.

Cascade and Chinook hops were sourced from their own hop plantation in Timboon. On the malt bill are Pale Malt, Rye, Medium Crystal & Special B. It’s 7.2% ABV and approximately 80 IBU.

Red amber colour, creamy head with large hop oil bubbles. Nice citrus and tobacco aroma. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Strong, smooth citrus and tobacco flavour. Slightly resinous, the hop flavours linger and there is a lasting bitter finish. It's like an ESB with some citrus flavour. It reminds me of Hargreaves Hill’s ESB. 

 

8/10

Wednesday
Jun112014

MOO BREW HARVEST ALE 2014

This is Moo Brew's 5th Harvest Ale and the first produced under the helm of new head brewer Dave Macgill. It’s a rye IPA which utilises rye malt from Tasmania’s Belgrove Distillery. On the hop front are Galaxy delivering citrus and passionfruit flavours whilst Ella hops adds some floral and slightly spicy characteristics. Being 7% ABV it’s bang on the most common ABV level for an American style IPA.

Light orangy amber colour with a creamy brown/green head with large hop oil bubbles. Citrus and rye aroma. Strong citrus hop flavour that lingers with a decent whack of bitterness. There’s a slight earthy and spicy character from the rye but also a bit of slick resinous goodness from the hop oils. The alcohol is well hidden and it has a lot more hop flavour than other rye IPA’s I’ve tried.

A good sign of things to come from Tassie's Moo Brew

 

8/10