#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – Day 5
Beer: Patrons Project 5.02 light IPA
The Brewer: Northern Monk Brewery
We’re back in Yorkshire for day 5. I hope you’re all enjoying the blogathon so far and maybe even trying out one or two of the beers.
Let’s start with the obvious problem with this beer. It has an identity issue. I can’t even find it on Northern Monk’s website.
It’s labelled on the can as Northern Monk Patrons Project 5.02 light IPA and then goes on to mention Ricky Lightfoot and Helvellyn. Yet when you Google “Northern Monk Brewery Ricky Lightfoot”, it takes you to a different beer, numbered 5.04. Only when you scroll to review sites do you find 5.02 and even when you add the 5.02 into the search term, you don’t find an official page anywhere.
So, I’ll start with an apology that I have no idea how you get hold of it. Personally, I received it as part of a pack from Beer52, but now I’m wondering if they’re offloading old stock. I’ve even checked the best before date on the can to be sure (it’s ok, still good!)
Anyway, as I conclude the rant above, I open the can and before I get chance to pour, I know it’s lively. Probably annoyed at just finding out it’s being hidden away.
Gladly, not a drop is spilled and I pour away to get a lovely cloudy IPA with a great aroma.
In fact, I’d put it in the “New England IPA” category, described on VinePair as “purposely hazy or cloudy, which can give these brews a smooth, creamy mouthfeel”, and by CraftBeer.com as “the anti-IPA”.
If you’re into craft beers, you’ve probably had a few of these.
The really good news for anyone who manages to find this beer is that it tastes great (God, I hope the brewer has bothered to read this far).
It’s smooth (don’t worry, not “John Smiths” smooth), with a little sharp tang that makes it interesting.
There’s a nice, lingering aftertaste that makes you want to take your time over it and really savour the flavour.
Now…about that brand…
Where in the North?
Leeds is another cracking city that offers so much in terms of entertainment, sport, night life, shopping and so much more. If you’re looking for a central city from which to base yourself on a visit to the North of England, this is probably the one. I say that in the full knowledge that it is towards the southern end of what I would call “proper North”, but with its transport links, you can easily get to pretty much anywhere from Berwick to Liverpool without hassle and in decent time.
Or you could stay in Leeds, have a nice beer and just enjoy a great city.
Whilst looking up facts about Leeds, I decided I couldn’t pick just one. Could I leave the hippos out and keep the rooftop sheep in? Did I choose The Who over Houdini?
In the end, I thought I would just share this with you: http://www.wow247.co.uk/2016/01/22/20-facts-about-leeds/
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