This week (17th-26th August 2018) breweries across Leeds are hosting “Leeds Beer Week”. 2018 marks the third year of this initiative: it involves a variety of breweries/bars showcasing new and wonderful brews, hosting talks about beer and boasts other events within the city. ‘Northern Monk’ have created a beer that highlights the “go-to” areas for these events – they have laid out the approximate location on a map hidden beneath the label on the can. The last time I sampled a Northern Monk beer produced for a beer festival, it was “Hop City”, which was brilliant. Purchased from Grunting Growler.
Mandatory “Leeds Beer Week 2018” Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.99 (at time of writing)
- ABV: 5.5%
- IBU: 20
- Style: Pale Ale
- Serving: Can, 440 ml
- Descriptive comment: Triple Dry Hopped
The black base colour of the can with neon orange accents really jumped out. Etched into centre of the can, after your eyes have adjusted from the dazzling orange shapes, was the name of the beer in silver text. When opening the can, it started to froth over the lip and I had to quickly decant it. It poured a similar, but not neon, orange colour, with a huge white fluffy head, that settled to about 1.5cm in height. It was incredibly hazy. Aromas were light, with subtle orange notes. It had a great mouthfeel: very silky, with a well-rounded full-bodied texture. Within the first mouthful, the triple-dried hopping became evident: there were huge hop notes, with equally balanced citrus (orange and lime) flavours combining to create a very enjoyable beer. There was an extra orange sweetness right at the end of the drink, likely produced from the oils released during the addition of the final hops. Side note – this beer was vegan friendly, a feature often difficult to find within alcoholic beverages.
Diagnosis: 3.75/5. “Leeds Beer Week 2018” comes in at 5.5%, making it easy-drinking and one that I could easily enjoy a few pints of – unless there was something more exciting competing on the menu.