Welcome back to Part 2 of my reviews of Northern Monk’s Trilogy MMXVII featuring the second beer from the trilogy – Yeast. To read about the first one, Malt, see Part 1 here.
Yeast – Verdant Collaboration
For the second beer in the trilogy we have a Sour IPA brewed in collaboration with Verdant. This one clocks in at 6.5% with an IBU of 25.
Right off the bat you can tell it’s a sour beer with a distinct punchy funkiness coming through easily. The second thing that struck me was how instantly recognizable it was that Verdant were involved, which is always a good sign. A lively pour settles down after a couple of minutes or so but does leave a nice little head.
On the initial taste it’s incredibly smooth, and a lot of big pineapple notes in my opinion. Could do with a bit more hoppiness for me just to elevate it but that doesn’t detract from the beer. I thought it was quite gentle with the carbonation which contributed to the smooth mouthfeel.
It’s a very session-able sour which is very fresh and crisp. I would happily sit and drink several of them, and the aftertaste lingers just long enough without outstaying its welcome.
Really delicious sour ale which is smooth, funky and very drinkable. Would definitely seek this one out if I saw it come on tap somewhere – 4.25/5.00
Check back next time for part 3 and my personal most anticipated beer of the trilogy, Hops! Cheers!