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Six°North Hop Classic

Rating: 3.85

This one is another beer that I received as part of a Christmas gift in the form of a box from Beer52.co.uk, the beer is actually a Scottish one and surprisingly it wasn’t one that I was aware of prior to opening it. Brewed in Aberdeen by the Six°North brewery, the beer isn’t one that I’d seen before and I was quite excited to be trying a Belgian style IPA brewed in Scotland as it not everyday one of those comes along; it should be noted that since trying the beer, I’ve discovered that some Wetherspoons bars in Scotland apparently sell the beer along with one or two others from the brewery. First brewed back in 2013, this one is seemingly the most well-known of the brewery’s beers but I’ll definitely be on the look out for more from them going forward.

Six°North Hop Classic

Appearance (4/5): Cloudy yellow coloured and almost wheat beer like in appearance, there is a thick looking head that is foamy and white with some lacing stuck to the sides of the glass; it looks thick and sticky.
Aroma (7/10): The beer starts with some nice wheat and Belgian yeast note alongside some citrus that gives the beer quite a fresh, lively smell. Some flora notes follow on behind and there is a bit of coriander before some funky and earthy hops start to make themselves known with a few grassy notes and sourness seeing things out.
Taste (8/10): Wheat and some pale malts kick things off here with some nice funky flavours coming through as well. The beer was pretty sour and with some yeast and tart in there too that made it seem like a saison in places. There was some sweet fruits, citrus and orange in the mix around the middle before some coriander and floral flavours made an appearance alongside some bitterness towards the end.
Palate (4/5): This one was a fresh and well carbonated beer that was quite lively and crisp with a dry feel and a medium body. There was some nice sourness coming through from the middle onwards and some funky touches featured as well. There was a good balance to the beer with some floral bitterness right at the end.

Overall (15/20): Quite an enjoyable first beer for me from Six°North, it was fresh and lively with it seeming more like a saison in places with some wheat beer characteristics featuring as well but overall the beer was a good one. There was some nice Belgian yeast and funky flavours coming through alongside some nice fruits and citrus flavours with a subtle bitterness towards the end; good stuff and one I wouldn’t mind picking up again.

Brewed In: Aberdeen, Scotland
Brewery: Six°North
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Belgian IPA
Abv: 6.6%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Beers52.co.uk
Price: Gift

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  1. April 7, 2016 at 08:39

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