For the fifth beer in the North Sea Sessions series, Northern Monk have deviated from the NE-style pales and session IPAs of the series to-date, moving instead to an IPA/lager hybrid, but still with the focus on delivering a beer low in ABV, but high in body and flavour. They also teamed up with good friend and one-man lager creator of excellence, Reece of Donzoko.
From two initial ideas, one a Nelson Sauvin single hop pilsner and the other a West Coast session, they have created this West Coast IPA-inspired session pilsner. Over a simple grist of Bamberg pilsner malt and body-building Chit malt, they heavily whirlpool-hopped with classic US ‘C’ hop varieties Chinook and Centennial for deeply resinous, piney, and lightly citrusy results. They then fermented low, slow, and dry with Northern Monk house lager yeast, before dry-hopping warm with the distinct white grape and elderflower top notes of Nelson Sauvin.
The resulting beer is a super-sessionable crisp pilsner, with delicate citrus and sauvignon-like aromas, upfront bitterness, and a sticky mouthfeel, which finishes long and refreshing.