Beer Review: Neapolitan – Northern Monk

Been away for the last couple of days so apologies for no reviews! Returning to a favourite today with Northern Monk with a beer that immediately peaked my interest. This is their Neapolitan ice cream pale ale. Yes, you did read that correctly! I saw it in the super market a couple weeks back and didn’t pick it up, it hadn’t been restocked for a few weeks and I was kicking myself thinking I’d missed out on this bizarre beer. It was on the shelves last Tuesday however, and this time I did not hesitate to grab what might be the weirdest combination so far.

The beer is pale with a slight haze to it. As it is Neapolitan ice cream, I was looking for three flavours/scents: strawberry, chocolate and vanilla. The nose certainly has the latter of the two. There is a cocoa powder and vanilla blend on the aroma that is quite pleasant really. The beer itself has an initial sweetness, with the front of the beer tasting slightly of chocolate ice cream in all honesty. There is a slight sourness on the finish, which I think is from the strawberry puree used. Creamy mouthfeel however and smooth on the finish with very low bitterness.

A quick note on the can art: Another absolute cracker from Northern Monk. A landscape in the colours of Neapolitan ice cream is pretty funky.

Now this is a very interesting beer. Firstly I should say this beer isn’t my kind of thing, perhaps a bit too sweet for my liking. That being said, I would still argue it is not a bad beer. In fact I think it is quite clever and the chocolate and vanilla come through nicely. I think a proper tartness from the strawberries would have helped balance it a lot better, but unfortunately that flavour is lost. It also impressively disguises the 6.2% ABV because this does not taste like a beer at all. So much so my Mum was a massive fan, and goes to show how subjective beer is! I would certainly recommend anyone to pick it up for the novelty, it’s not everyday you can have an ice cream flavoured beer!

Score: 7/10

Thanks for reading! Cheers!

Additional Information:

  • Hops: Not Available
  • Malt: Not Available
  • IBU: 20
  • ABV: 6.2%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: No
  • Purchase Price: £1.95
  • Purchase Location: Morrisons

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