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Northern Monk New World IPA

Rating: 3.3

My third beer from Northern Monk now and like the two before it (their Eternal and Eternal Darkness offerings) this one is another that I managed to find when visiting England recently; I grabbed a can from a supermarket based in Newcastle train station right before heading home. The beer is one of the brewery’s core beers and was also one of the first the brewed back in 2013 when they were founded, originally brewing this one at Hambleton Ales until August the following year when their own brewing kit was ready. Also available on cask and keg, I’m reviewing a canned serving of the beer which happens to be a reworking of a recipe brewed by London’s Hodgson’s Bow Brewery in the 1700’s and uses newer US, Australian and British hops in the same quantities and using the same brewing process as was used back then; it should be interesting to see how times have changed at least.

Northern Monk New World IPA

Appearance (3/5): Cloudy and light-golden in colour, this one is topped with a thin, half-centimetre tall head that’s part foamy, part bubbly and white in colour. Retention isn’t the best though and it fades to a slightly patchy on that covers most of the surface but does leave a few gaps after a minute or so.
Aroma (7/10): Quite hoppy on the nose initially, much as I expected going in, and there is a lot of citrus notes in the early going with some pine backing it up but it’s not the strongest smelling IPA I’ve come across. There’s subtle tropical notes coming through around the middle with the pineapple being the most noticeable. It’s a fresh smelling beer with some nice bitterness and faint malts rounding things off nicely but it could definitely have been a little stronger.
Taste (7/10): Following on from the nose, this one starts quite fresh with some pineapple and grapefruit opening things up alongside touches pine and faint mango. Around the middle some subtle sweetness and a few pale, biscuit malts start to come through but there is also quite a strong citrus flavour that seems to dominate from this point on. There’s some floral touches towards the end that hints at some peach flavours and there was a good bitterness coming through as well to see things out.
Palate (3/5): Medium bodied and quite a sharp, bitter feel to this one with a lot of dryness, particularly towards the end of the beer. There was a faint sweetness in the early going but the citrus tang seemed to mask this completely come the bitter and perhaps the balance could have been a touch better but it was by no means a bad one.

Overall (14/20): Quite a nice tasting beer from Northern Monk if I’m honest but on the whole it ended up being a bit of disappointment given that it was a fairly weak and light offering, particularly the aroma in the early going. There was some strong citrus notes and the odd tropical fruit coming through but the balance of the beer wasn’t a great one and the bitterness seemed a touch sharp too. It’s definitely a drinkable offering from the brewery but sadly it’s not one that I’d go back to, especially given both their Eternal and Eternal Darkness offerings were much better than this one.

Brewed In: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Brewery: Northern Monk Brew Co.
First Brewed: 2013
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.2%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Sainsbury’s (Newcastle)
Price: £2.19

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  1. January 25, 2017 at 09:15

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