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Entries in Young Henrys (7)

Friday
May302014

YOUNG HENRYS HOP VAN DAMME: DOUBLE IMPACT

Young Henrys Hop Van Damme: Double Impact. In the lead up to their second birthday Young Henrys approached a mile stone – their 500th brew. They decided to brew a special batch to mark the occasion. The result is Hop Van Damme: Double Impact, a pimped version of their regular Hop Ale which, as the name suggests, involved doubling the malt and hop bill. Not surprisingly the resulting beer is both hoppy and malty and comes in at 7.2% ABV.

Red amber colour, frothy head with bubbles of hop oils. Mild grainy malt aroma. Medium body, moderate carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel you often associated with beers with a high ABV. Rich, malty flavour leading into a sweet, boozy flavour. The mouthfeel is resinous with a lingering earthy hop flavour and bitterness. It’s a little too bittersweet and boozy.

I think I prefer the refreshing original Hop Ale over this.

 

7/10

Monday
Mar102014

YOUNG HENRYS / YOU AM I BREW AM I

Young Henrys / You Am I Brew Am I. Aussie rock band You Am I teamed up with Young Henrys and created this brew to celebrate twenty years of albums and touring.

Frontman Tim Rodgers is certainly no stranger to booze, but he is probably more a case of VB man than a craft beer drinker.

However, it was the bassist, Andy Kent, who developed the beer with head brewer Richard Adamson. The idea was to make pale ale that was an introduction to craft beer without being too confronting for You Am I fans.

Brew Am I is a new world pale ale comes in at 5% ABV and is brewed with ingredients sourced from a part of the world each member calls home. It utilises rolled wheat from Western Australia, malt from Victoria and hops from New Zealand. The kiwi hop variety used was Kohatu which is supposed to give floral, spicy and piney characteristics.

It looks like your standard commercial beer, bright yellow, crystal clear, high carbonation with an artificial looking head. It tastes like a VB with slightly better mouthfeel. This beer is a bit pointless. Purposely brewing craft beer to taste like a commercial beer to please the punters. They could have just brought along a few kegs of VB, saved a lot of time and effort and the fans would be just as happy.

 

5/10

Friday
Dec132013

YOUNG DOCTOR HENRYS WHITE NURSE

Young Doctor Henrys White Nurse Stout White Stout. It’s not a typo, you read correctly “Stout White Stout”. Apparently “stout” is a term which in the past was used interchangeably to mean “strong”. Evidence of this dates back to the 14th century when “Stout Pale Ale” was common. So stylistically this beer has nothing in common with the black, bitter, dark malt driven stouts we are familiar with other than being strong.

This beer was released under the name ‘Young Doctor Henrys’ as it was a collaboration between Young Henrys and Doctors Orders Brewing. It was originally brewed as a mid-spring seasonal for Sydney Craft Beer Week 2012.

The malt bill included Marris Otter and a stack of cereal adjuncts such as wheat, oats and barley. It was hopped with new world English hops as will as a mysterious hop combo dreamt up by the Doc. It comes in at 7.5% ABV, ~69 IBU and was barrel aged to add some further complexity.

I tried the hand pumped version at a Doc’s Orders tap takeover at the Harts Pub as part of Sydney Craft Beer Week 2013.

Opaque, honey colour. Fine head with a sweet booze aroma. Smooth, luscious mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Sweet malt flavour leading into a boozy taste with a salty and bitter aftertaste that lingers.

It gets points for mouthfeel and creativity. However, I’m not really a fan of the boozy, bittersweet and sharp salty aftertaste.

 

5/10

Tuesday
Jul232013

YOUNG HENRYS DARK SHADOW

Young Henrys Dark Shadow. Finally a beer from Young Henrys I like - a classic dark ale.  

It’s not like their other beers because it's actually brewed by brewer, Michael Wallace, the Champion Brewer of the Australian Amateur Brewing Championship 2012.  He was invited by Young Henrys to brew a beer of his choosing to enter into the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS) 2013.

Wallace decided to brew an ale version of his German Schwarzbier. He describes it as a black German-style ale AKA a ‘Schwartz Ale’. After GABS Young Henry’s distributed it under the name Young Henry’s Black Shadow.

Chocolate and coffee flavours with a medium body. Follows through with a roasted malt flavour, similar to roasted coffee, with a slightly dry finish. A solid dark ale.

 

8/10

Thursday
Jul182013

YOUNG HENRY'S MOTHER SHUCKA

Young Henry's Mother Shucka. Oyster stouts seem to be the dark beer of choice at moment. They are appearing on tap more frequently than ever before around the craft beer haunts of Sydney.

Young Henry’s Mother Shucka has hit the shelves around the same time as Murrays Auld Bulgin' Boysterous Bicep Imperial Mussel and Oyster Stout. Young Henry's, thankfully, uses a shorter name.

The beer name arises from brewer Oscar’s mum being known at the ‘Mother Shucka’ due to her saavy skills with a shucking knife.

Brewed with Maris Otter, English Chocolate and black malts and four dozen Sydney Rock Oysters that were thown in shells and all into the whirlpool. 

I tried this on the hand pump at the Royal Albert Hotel at Surry Hills, Sydney. It's jet black with a foamy, light brown head. It has the kind of manky sea foam you see at the beach when the surf has been rough except is has a sweet dark malt aroma.

Upon the first sip, the first thing you notice is damn this is sweet. Smooth but relatively thin body for a stout with virtually no carbonation. The low carbonation is probably because it’s been cask conditioned / hand pumped.

Did I mention it was sweet? Chocolate flavours with a sickly level of sweetness. It’s like someone diluted a stout with water then added some instant hot chocolate powder. Good name, rubbish beer.

 

2/10

Thursday
Jul112013

GRIFTER BREWING MR MIDNIGHT

Grifter Brewing Mr Midnight. Grifter Brewing’s entry into the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS) 2013, a Black Rye Witbier.

These guys are a new player on the craft beer scene using Young Henry’s equipment to make their brews.

Looks like a decent enough dark ale with a sweet malt aroma.

Medium body, roasted malt flavour followed by a nasty permanent marker-like flavour.

I had to abandon the schooner at the half way point. It literally leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

 

2/10

Wednesday
Jun122013

YOUNG HENRYS RED BARREL ROAD RED ALE

Young Henrys Red Barrel Road Red Ale. The boys at Young Henrys love doing collaborative brews with bands. It started with Peter Fenton from The Crow and they have subsequently created brews with PVT, Front End Loader and You Am I among others. This time around teaming up with the Hell City Glamours they have created a bourbon barrel aged red ale.

It’s definitely red, I’ll give them that. The mouthfeel is quite thin and it’s surprisingly sweet.  

There’s a moderate earthy malt taste and very little bitterness. The barrel aging doesn’t seem to have done much.

I’m not really a fan of red ales with their dirt flavours and low hop bitterness. Not even a bunch of rock stars can make it better.

 

4/10