Cloudwater & Northern Monk – Hop City IPA – 6.2%
Hop City IPA at 6.2% is an exciting collaboration between Cloudwater Brew Co, Northern Monk Brew Co & YCH Hops. This IPA was pretty hard to get hold of, and now I know why! The label is quite iconic and oozes Northern Monk canning techniques….(removable label). Now for the beer. De-canning gives an aroma of ultra fresh citrus hop with a hint of sour yeasty influence. The pour is ultra haze, deep and golden with a lovely carbonation profile that supports a great thick white head generation, surprisingly good for a canned ale. The taste is fruity, with a hint of sweetness and low bitterness in the aftertaste. Somehow this beer remains amazingly refreshing and light despite the relatively high ABV . Mouthfeel is both full bodied and oddly light and fresh at the same time. The light malt presence lets the hop shine in this wonderful hoppy marvel of an IPA. More like an over hopped APA, but completely gorgeous all the same. WOW.