Total Score: 6.8/10
Hullo, what’s this? *said in my best Ringo Starr voice* Young Henrys Summer Hop Ale? *still in Ringo Starr voice mode* Well, I’d better give it a try then [still in Ringo Starr mode – in fact I’ll just save you some time and say: read this entire review with Ringo Starr’s voice in your head]. Look, I have a soft spot for Young Henrys Hop Ale – I drank a lot of it when it was being sold off on a crazy super-special price at my local Cellarbrations years ago. Then it came off the special price and my interest in Young Henrys waned somewhat from there. Buuuuut, I still think Young Henrys Hop Ale is a decent brew, it’s very much a woody/earthy take on the American IPA style. So here we are with their Summer (no doubt a typical West Coast IPA) take on their unique Hop Ale. “Here’s hoping they didn’t balls it up” said the fat controller.
Poured from a 375ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Wow, my beers tonight are going ka-razy with their heads… they’re probs both well out of date (again I popped into a Cellarbrations for this – they don’t seem to care much about canning dates there). Hazed pale amber body with a massive white sea foam head that collapses quicker than a house of cards leaving scrawling lace inside the glass. +1 for that lace-work. 7/10.
S: Bitter orange, piney hops, earthy notes, and the decay of some tropical hops in the background, definite hop fade and no canning date on the can but BB is 260918 which suggests this beer is nearly 4 months old now. Barely a hint of a malt base, though given the style, this is neither here nor there [but it is over there, in the corner right now, SEE?!]. 6/10.
T: Interestingly less bitter than my last review (All Inn Legbreaker IPA) with notes of: Orange, grapefruit and melon. Mid palate is like a western desert town for malt – bone dry with a tumbleweed passing through. Finish is mildly bitter with again that melon character coming through. Flavour-wise it’s a completely different kettle of fish… what is a kettle of fish anyway? Who puts fish in their kettle? [apart from fishermen wanting a cup of fish to go with their tuna sandwiches]. 7/10.
M: Almost medium bodied with a light carbonation – drinks similar to original Hop Ale. 7/10.
D: Not as good as regular Hop Ale, though I believe I’m drinking a 4 month old American IPA here – so really hop fade is an issue. That said: original Hop Ale had something going for it – it’s different. Whereas this is “meh”. 7/10.
Food match: Potato salad, BBQ meats, I just make this stuff up anyway.