New World IPA (Northern Monk)

Let me start by having a moment to remember my fallen brother, the Portrush beer fest glass. You served me well since that tasty Portrush beer festival day in 2019 but you were no match for the kitchen floor after a swift tumble off the counter top after being thoroughly cleaned. Rest in peace and thanks for all the memories.

BUT… It’s not all sad news, the glass lived a full life and ended it by holding the New World IPA from Northern Monk. This little 330ml tin clocks in at 6.2% ABV and I’m thirsty so let’s not waste time here.

The tin is cracked and I pour it into the glass to reveal a dank hazy orange liquid. On the nose, I’m getting pineapple, citrus and tropical fruits which is pretty standard of this style of beer these days.

On the tongue, there’s a lovely biscuity malty sweetness to it which is pretty enjoyable. I notice that there’s a bit of bitterness to this as well but not so much that it takes you away from the main taste or anything.

I’m enjoying this as it’s fairly light in carbonation and it has a nice body to it with the taste lingering on in your mouth for a bit between sips. I always love that about a beer, the ability to hang out for a while instead of just being watery and basically doing a drink ‘n’ dash, leaving you unfulfilled.

Overall, I’ve had a good time with this. It’s a delicious little sipper and a nice beer to just hang out and chill with. Not too strong or high in ABV and sets you up nicely for the evening.

I’d give this 3.4 Friar Tucks out of 5

G’luck,
Seán

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