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Northern Monk Eternal

Rating: 3.8

Following on from their Eternal Darkness, this one is the second of two Northern Monk beers that I managed to sample at the Piccadilly Tap bar in Manchester on my recent visit to the city. This one is their more established, session IPA beer with the Eternal Darkness a limited release black IPA version but both come in at the same 4.1% abv. and both were keg servings that I tried back to back. After launching in late 2014, this was one of the first beer that Northern Monk produced and was one that I managed to spot a couple of times over my two days in Manchester and it appears to be available online for a number of sites too but as yet I’ve not stumbled across any of the brewery’s beers north of the border but I guess it’s just a matter of time before I do and I’m able to try a third beer from the Leeds based brewery.

Northern Monk Eternal

Appearance (4/5): Medium amber and fairly bright in the glass with a cloudy body, this one was topped with a three-quarters of a centimetre tall head that was foamy white and held pretty well over the opening few minutes whilst bordering of a creamy texture and leaving touches of lacing on the glass too.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a pungent smell on the nose initially with some strong pine hops and a solid bitterness coming through in the early going. There was some nice citrus notes and a few fresh, grassy hops alongside some faint sweetness off the back of some caramel malts and background fruits. There was touches of peach and mango together with a faint pineapple smell and some orange but overall it was about medium strength on the nose but enjoyable.
Taste (7/10): Fresh and very fruity with a lot more coming through than was the case with the nose thanks to a solid helping of grassy hops and some tropical leaning fruits such as peach, mango, apricot and pineapple, some of which featured with the nose too. There was some hints of caramel and a few sweet malts coming through as well but for the most part the hops and fruits dominate with a faint taste of grapefruit and further citrus flavours towards the end too.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and quite well carbonated with a very fresh, lively feel to it that was full of bitterness from the start and featured a nice tang from the citrus which also made it quite a dry, crisp beer with a sharp feel to it. The balance was a good one though and the beer proved to be quite easy to drink as well.

Overall (16/20): This one was a very hoppy and fresh beer with plenty of bitterness from the start and quite a lively feel thanks to the ample carbonation. It seemed to be more flavoursome than most session IPA’s out there with lots of pine and tropical fruits coming through to sit on top of the bitter base that stayed right through to the finish. I really enjoyed this one and could happily drink a few of them; great stuff and a definite step up from the brewery’s black IPA Eternal Darkness version.

Brewed In: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Brewery: Northern Monk Brew Co.
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Session IPA
Abv: 4.1%
Serving: Draught (Pint)
Purchased: Piccadilly Tap, Manchester, England
Price: £4.20

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