Today’s review is another beer that I took up with me to bonnie Scotland last week! I’ve always liked Northern Monk and they dropped a few new beers into the supermarkets a couple of months back. This one is called ‘Faith in Futures’ and it is as double dry-hopped IPA at 6.5% ABV. It’s a collaboration with artist Insa but the beer is also a charity initiative. Each can sold includes a donation to a foundation of the same name which grants charity and community projects £5000. The same amount of money that Northern Monk was founded with!
In true Northern Monk fashion, at this point, the beer pours a very hazy straw-gold colour with a small head. The nose is rather light but nice fruity notes of mango and peach are present. The initial mouthful is incredibly soft. There is a light hop throughout with a creamy, smooth mango flavour on the body. A lovely orange peel like bitterness is on the finish to add a bit of balance.
A quick note on the can art: The artists that Northern Monk collaborate with produce some great can designs and this is no different. A luminescent rainbow of colours on the pattern really make the can pop!
As always the beers that Northern Monk put in the supermarkets, particularly the IPAs, are usually top drawer. ‘Faith in Futures’ has a good depth of tropical and citrus flavours. There is a good balances created in the body of the beer between the smooth mouthfeel and the crisp, bitter finish. Overall, it’s refreshing and slipped down easy while looking out to sea in Scotland. And helping give money to charity for drinking beer is a worthy cause I can easily get behind!
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- Hops: El Dorado and Citra
- Malt: Not Available
- IBU: Not Available
- ABV: 6.5%
- Gluten Free: No
- Vegan: Yes!
- Purchase Location: Tesco
- Purchase Price: £3.00