Beer Review: Mangoes on with Faith – Northern Monk

Over the last couple months, Northern Monk have released several new beers into both Morrisons and Tesco. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of their beers so naturally I’ve picked them all up. Today’s beer is called ‘Mangoes on with Faith’ and it is a mango pale ale. It’s a twist on the recipe of their core range beer ‘Faith’ which I reviewed many moons ago now. Additionally, it is a collaboration with artist Drew Millward. I believe he had a Patron series with Northern Monk in the past but they have collaborated again for this one off supermarket brew!

The beer pours a very hazy, bight straw gold colour and almost looks like a glass of juice. On the nose the aroma is simply pure, ripe mango. An incredibly appetising scent. The body is no different with a juicy, sweet mango to the flavour. There is a light hoppy bitterness to the finish but nothing to noticeable. Overall it’s lovely, smooth drinking and ideal for some of the hot days we’ve had recently.

A quick note on the can art: I’ve always adored the can art on all of Northern Monk’s beer but the collaborations with artists always take it to the next level. The artists style very clearly comes across while sticking to the format of the Northern Monk core range designs.

For a twist on the OG that is Faith I think this is pretty solid. The shed load of mango that was added definitely comes through, although perhaps more on the nose than the taste. It’s soft, smooth and juicy which is pretty much what I expected when I grabbed the can. My main gripe with the beer is the addition of lactose. I’m not impacted at all by it’s addition as I’m neither vegan nor lactose intolerant. And while I think lactose has a place in plenty of beers, I don’t feel it was necessary in this one and is excluding some drinkers. I’m sure it’s to get that creamy mouthfeel but I’ve had plenty of beers achieve that without the lactose.

Score: 7.5/10

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Additional Information:

  • Hops: Citra and Mosaic
  • Malt: Not Available
  • IBU: Not Available
  • ABV: 5.4%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: No
  • Purchase Location: Morrisons
  • Purchase Price: £3

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