Dark Arches by Northern Monk

Friday, 25 November 2016

Beer Name: Dark Arches Black IPA

Brewer: Northern Monk Brew Co., Leeds, UK

Date Sampled:  25th November 2016


Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

Well I commemorated Thanksgiving with an American brew so I could hardly let Black Friday pass without beer!

So welcome to South Coast Barbells and Beer's "Black Fr-IPA-day!"

I've got a lot of time for Northern Monk at the moment, especially Double Heathen which was very good.

Dark Arches is their Black IPA, a style which I've only started enjoying in the last few months. It's part of Northern Monk's seasonal range and they describe it as having "the colour of a rich porter but the punch of hops associated with an IPA."

It pours jet black, with a very pale brown head that does a decent job of hanging around. If you didn't smell or taste it, it definitely looks like a porter. But the second you move your nose towards it the hops are unmistakable. It has a citrusy grapefruit aroma with hints of pine that scream IPA.

It has a medium body with a nice level of carbonation, giving it a lovely mouth feel.

The taste is great, with the pine and citrus in the nose still evident, along with some roasted malts, a slight smokiness and then a slightly bitter finish.

Dark Arches is one of the better Black IPAs and, despite the relatively high ABV of 6.7%, is very easy drinking.

Northern Monk have done it again!

1 comment:

  1. Excellent pictures today and Happy Black Fr-IPA-day to you


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