Total Score: 6.55/10
Young Henrys (no apostrophe in the name as it turns out, not going to bother fixing my previous reviews even though the grammar-Nazi in me is fighting to correct those mistakes) are a decent bunch of New South Welshmen who brew a decent beer or too, and make no mistake Newtowner will be good too. Will it wow my socks off? For a 4.8% ABV Australian Pale Ale – probably not, but sometimes we need a quiet almost-session ale to make the day seem a little more awesome than it already is, so let’s give it a chance haters.
Poured from a 375ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Hazed light amber body with a white sea foam 2 centimetre head on top, it looks pretty standard for a TOAPA (The Other APA), OK lacing on the side of the glass, again standard stuff. The head drops back to a thin foam blanket. 6/10.
S: Biscuit and toffee malts upfront followed by some floral hop notes – this is going to be a balanced Pale Ale in the classic English vein methinks. Tiny hints of citrus and papaya come out as well, but overall it’s a middling aroma that I can take or leave. 6/10.
T: Flavour is an improvement but still for a TOAPA it’s lacking some bite. It is quite refreshing though… flavours as expected (biscuit/toffee malts, floral/citric hops). Finishes with some rather light by American and medium by Australian standards hop bitterness and a kiss of lemon in the aftertaste. This would be an excellent hot summers day beer actually. 7/10.
M: Mid to light bodied with a light, sharp carbonation – this mouthfeel works with this type of “summer” beer. 7/10.
D: So obviously for me their Hop Ale is the pick of the Young Henrys litter, though Newtowner works well, and I’m sure that people fresher to the craft scene than me would like it, it doesn’t do a great deal for me. Of course my palate is accustomed to being smashed in the taste buds by Double India Pale Ales on a weekly basis in every season so I’m not exactly a great judge of lighter styles anymore. Still I can recognise a good beer when I taste one and Newtowner is a good beer (that is quite comparable to their Real Ale in scale and flavour for better or worse). 6/10.
Food match: Had a simply grilled burger at Grilled earlier and this would have gone down a treat with that.