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Northbound 70 Magnum IPA

Rating: 3.05

A twenty-first beer from the north of Ireland now, this one being my second from the Derry based Northbound brewery and follows on from their 08 Kölsch offering that I tried back in January of this year. This particular offering is an American style IPA from the brewery that appears to only have been launched around May this year and is as such a relatively new offering from what is still a relatively new brewery. Whereas the previous offering from the brewery took the number in its name from the colour of the beer, this time Northbound have used the beers bitterness to name it since this bottle comes in at 70 IBU’s. Although this is my second from the brewery, it’s not one that I know too much about and when I grabbed this one it was the first time I’d spotted anything from Northbound since last picking up one of their beers back in January; hopefully it’s a good one though and I start to see a bit more from them going forward.

Northbound 70 Magnum IPA

Appearance (4/5): Fairly cloudy looking and sitting as a golden amber colour in the glass, this one formed a thumb-sized, foamy white head on top that was part bubbly and slowly receded over the opening thirty seconds to settle about half its original size and leave some touches of lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (6/10): Opening up with a somewhat subdued nose, there was a few pine hops and touches of apricot coming through in the early going before a hint of mango and some peach featured as well. Towards the middle it was the bread malts and a couple of earthy hops that were most noticeable before being followed by a mellow, fruity aroma nearer the end. It was a pleasant nose on the whole but one that I was expected to be stronger and I guess a bit more like an American IPA too.
Taste (6/10): Quite a fresh and bitter opening to the beer, this one opened up with some citrus flavours and a decent helping of grapefruit too. There was some slightly more subtle pine flavours and some oranges that followed around the middle, a bit of apricot sneaking in too before some pale malts and bread notes from the nose made themselves known. A few grassy flavours and the odd biscuit malt featured towards the end and overall the beer was quite tangy and fresh tasting.
Palate (2/5): Fresh and definitely a zesty beer, this one had quite a lot of tang to it and as a result it was also fairly dry on the palate. It was a light-medium bodied beer and there was some spice coming through in places and the beer seemed fairly well carbonated too with quite a fine feel overall, even seeming slightly refreshing at times but it was perhaps a little overdone and gassy too.

Overall (13/20): Quite a fresh beer and one that started fairly well with some nice hops and a couple of hints of pine coming through but it was a bit light in areas if I’m honest and not quite the hop bomb I was expecting given the name of the beer. There was some nice tropical fruits that came through to keep things interesting though and I enjoyed the citrus and orange bursts too, it’s just that beyond that there wasn’t too much else going one really save for some earthy touches and the fact that it was slightly gassy and over carbonated too.

Brewed In: Eglinton, Derry, North of Ireland
Brewery: Northbound Brewery
First Brewed: 2016
Type: American IPA
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Reilly’s (Lisnaskea)
Price: £2.29

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