Brewdog – Monk Hammer Belgian IPA – 7.2%.
From Brewdog comes Monk Hammer Belgian IPA at 7.2%. An odd combination of subdued citrus aroma with an odd biscuity damp dank smell of hoppiness. Really quite interesting! The bitterness is a real hop bomb, it builds and builds, suggesting a weird belgian beer bitter that draws from yeastiness rather than hop bittering. The bitterness suddenly cleans itself away after a few seconds of aftertaste, this leads onto a spiced aftertaste with bitter grapefruit pith and lemon drops.
Great carbonation for the style and a clear beer with virtually no malty influence, seemingly drawing all flavour from the hops and yeast. The beer base is slightly acidic, completely off the wall and indulgent. ABV is a complete hidden mystery whilst drinking this marvelous beer. One of the most complex beers i’ve had the pleasure of drinking. A taste journey sensation. Definitely not a session beer, the intensity of the beer wipes out your palate completely for the night. There’s so much flavour variances going on here, its very difficult to explain. I’m guessing a bit of a marmite beer experience for most people. Experimental.