Craft Beer: Northern Monk's Patrons Project cranks out a pair of cracking IPAs
BREWERS do more than make beer – they bottle and can it too. And some spread their wings and do other things too. One is Northern Monk, a Leeds-based brewery which has been churning out beers for the past few years which have gone down mighty well with beer fans.
Their World Beer Cup-winning session IPA Eternal is a perhaps their most widely popular brew, but their Patrons Project has allowed them to branch out into all kinds of weird and wonderful areas beyond beer. The have collaborated with artists, musicians, film-makers, athletes – oh, and of course other brewers.
A few of the beers to emerge from the project have been brewed with the input of fell runner Ricky Lightfoot who obviously likes to chug down a nice craft beer or two when he's not sprinting down a mountain in Cumbria.
One such Northern Monk creation was a collaboration with our very own Boundary Brewing Co-operative. Their Yorkshire Farmhouse IPA packs a fair bit of flavour into the 440ml, even more remarkable considering it clocks in at a wonderfully sessionable 3.5 per cent.
It pours a light straw colour with a little bit of haze and a fluffy white head. There are some great peachy and tropical aromas and that gives a good indication of what's ahead. There's quite a fine carbonation to it and a slight creamy mouthfeel before all those flavours invade your palate. You get lychee, blood orange, a slight hint of orange peel and other citrus flavours.
I followed this light offering with an absolute juice bomb in another Patrons Project creation Milkshake IPA. The first thing that strikes you about this is the bold can design, due in no small part to the collaboration with street artists Nomad Clan. An eagle's close-up face glares at you through a pink neon triangle – and that's not even the most mind-blowing thing about the beer.
It pours into the glass like freshly squeezed orange juice, and tastes like it too. The glass is virtually opaque. The aromas are fresh and juicy and the flavours are intense. It has an expected thick mouthfeel and flavours of orange, mango and passion fruit. It's a real lip-licker and packs a punch at 7.4 per cent.