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Northbound 08 Kölsch Style

Rating: 3.2

A first beer for me from the Northbound brewery based in Derry in the north of Ireland now, this one is their 08 Kölsch and it takes the number in its name from the measure of the beers colour as used by the European Brewery Convention. I believe this is my first beer to come from County Derry and is a German style brew that I picked up while in Ireland over the holidays. The beer will be my nineteenth from the north of Ireland and I believe that every one of them has been acquired from within the country so I don’t imagine this is one that I’m likely to find anywhere else either.

Northbound 08 Kölsch Style

Appearance (4/5): Quite a bright but very slightly cloudy beer with a one and a half centimetre head on top that is foamy and white with a few bubbles showing as well and a touch of lacing left on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (6/10): Floral smelling with some biscuit notes and bread malts coming through as well, the beer featured some touches of sweetness and a couple of background fruits coming through. There was a slight touch of citrus and the beer seemed fresh with various grassy hops and subtle hay notes coming through around the middle before grain and an earthy bitterness rounded things off but it certainly wasn’t the strongest smelling beer that I’ve come across lately.
Taste (6/10): Fresh tasting with some nice biscuit malts coming through alongside a subtle sweetness and a few earthy malts. The beer also featured some sugars and a bit of citrus with floral flavours backing them up but it wasn’t the most pronounced really.. There was some lighter fruits in the background with a bit of bread and some earthy bitterness towards the end too.
Palate (3/5): Quite fresh on the palate with a light-medium body and moderate carbonation coming through. The beer was slightly dry, particularly towards the end and I got some light citrus providing a slight tang to proceedings. Overall the balance seemed okay but the beer could definitely have been a little stronger.

Overall (12/20): This one was quite a fresh tasting beer with some nice biscuit malts upfront and a subtle sweetness throughout that was appreciated along with a few light sugars. My main gripe with the beer was that it seemed quite weak with too little coming through with both the nose and the taste really but it wasn’t a bad tasting beer really.

Brewed In: Eglinton, Derry, North of Ireland
Brewery: Northbound Brewery
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Kölsch
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: SuperValu (Lisnaskea)
Price: £2.99

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  1. August 18, 2016 at 20:50

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