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Patrons Project 31.03 Smug The Enlightment

    Style: DDH TIPA
    Brewery: Northern Monk
    Origin: England
    Size: 44cl
    Alcohol: 10%
    Price: 53kr
    Systembolaget: 11627

    TIPA (Triple IPA) is currently one of my favourite styles. I love the big thick body, big flavours and warming feeling of the high alcohol. It’s like a comfy blanket in liquid form! I thought this skeleton covered can fit into the rock tasting and as it was from Northern Monk I was pretty comfortable that it would be a winner. Northern Monk is located in Leeds, England and has been running since 2014. This beer was produced as a limited edition collaboration with Arpus Brewery. Produced using malt, oats, wheat along with dextrose to add sweetness, body and to allow the alcohol to increase so dramatically. Vic Secret, Citra, Mosaic and Enigma hops were used for bittering and aroma. Luckily, I was proved right as this was pretty great!

    Hazy golden in colour, this formed a large beige head that held well. It was also evident that this was indeed a thick beer, with it coating the glass in a glossy sheen when swirled. A massive mix of passion fruit, mango, pineapple, sponge cake and peach all delivered in the aroma to produce a delicious sensation. The taste was a continuation of the aroma, with big tropical fruits mixed with a lovely malt base completely overwhelming the palate in a good way. The extremely thick body really awoke the senses, and they managed to pull a nice balance of bitterness and  juicy sweetness. The aftertaste was long, soft, fruity and easy, while the high alcohol content gently warming the chest.

    Oh, I liked this a lot. Northern Monk have been producing great beer after great beer for a long time now, and this was another winner. Although the price is fairly high, I would still be willing to pay it again as it was just so good. Bravo!