Saturday, 8 April 2017
Hop City by Northern Monk & Cloudwater
Beer Name: Hop City
Brewer: Northern Monk Brew Co., Leeds, England and Cloudwater Brew Co., Manchester, England
Date Sampled: 2nd April 2017
Serving Type: Can
Location Sampled: Home
There's no denying it... I'm gutted that I can't make it to Hop City. Hosted by Northern Monk across the Easter bank holiday weekend in their home city of Leeds, it is a hop heavy celebration of beer featuring some of the most forward thinking brewers from across the globe.. if you don't believe me take a look here!
Still, with the amazing range of beers available in the UK right now I can't stay sad long, especially after my local beer shop (The Beer Musketeer) managed to score some of this Hop City IPA. Brewed to be the official beer of this year's festival, Northern Monk have partnered themselves with Cloudwater and sourced the hops from YCH.
This IPA looks delightful; it's a rich ripe mango flesh colour and with it's haze it almost looks like a traditional cloudy cider.
The nose is chock full of fruits with peach, mango, apple and orange all present.
Thanks to the addition of oats and wheat this Hop City IPA has a lovely soft mouth feel.
And then the taste.. well I think it's great. The fruits are all still there up front but they don't linger long, instead hints of pine take this through into a pithy citrus bitterness followed by a very satisfying crisp dry finish.
With drinkers being swamped by juice bomb DIPAs it's important to appreciate each beer on it's own merits. This IPA is hugely satisfying and incredibly well balanced offering great depth of flavour in an incredibly drinkable package.
In may not be the most innovative beer in the world but if you stock my cool box with a load of this I'll be a very happy man!