Brewery: Beer Studio
Opening in 2013, Beer Studio is located near Umeå Airport. As well as brewing beer, they are also well known for the soft drink side of the brewery, called Pop Art Soda. This beer was first released in 2017 and continues to be one of Beer Studio’s best-selling beers. This is the first batch from the updated recipe, and was brewed with Extra Pale Maris Otter and Carahell malts along with flaked barley. It was then finished with Mosaic and Azacca hops. This the third charity tasting Beer Studio has been a part of, and I was so happy to have this beer in the tasting as I think this is the best version of Monkey Mountain I’ve ever tried.
This poured with a hazy golden hue coupled with a creamy, thin head that held for a long time. A pleasant aroma of mango, pineapple and stone fruit emanated the glass upon inhaling, backed with a nice blend of malts. I’ve tried a number of Monkey Mountains over the years, but I was so surprised when I tried this version, as it tasted so fresh! The hints of pineapple and orange zest balanced delightfully with the bitter moss and pine notes. Even though it was full tasting, it was still very easy to drink, with a smooth aftertaste that lingered on the palate.
It’s always nice to find a beer that you’re familiar with has had an upgrade. The flavours seem to have been turned up and made more prominent than ever. Easy to drink and at 5%, this would be great to enjoy during a session with friends.