Northern Monk Striding Edge - Alex's Beer Blog
Northern Monk Striding Edge - Beer Review
Style: light IPA
Hops: Simcoe, Amarillo, Mosaic and Citra.
Taste: Juicy, tropical, slightly bitter.
With this recent release, Northern Monk have seemed to tip the balance in a market dominated by high strength IPAs and DIPAs. Striding Edge has been marketed as a ‘Light IPA’, clocking in at an easy to stomach 2.8%.
Where it lacks in ABV, it certainly makes up for in taste. Once I’ve cracked open a fresh can, I saw it poured a hazy yellow colour with a strong foamy white head. Straightaway I got hit with the aroma: pleasant citrus, floral and slightly grassy, with the classic overtone of dank hops. As I began to drink I discovered how wonderfully smooth and soft on the palate this beer is. Plenty of flavour with waves of grapefruit and tropical fruit hop notes, but still with enough of a bitter edge to not make it overwhelming.
At face value, Striding Edge is an extremely pale beer that showcases the piney, citrusy bite of Simcoe, Amarillo and Mosaic hops with the juicy addition of Citra hops that bring a whole lot of tropical flavours to the mix.
Overall a really easy sessionable beer.
8/10 would drink again.