5% DDH Pale Ale
I love a good 440ml can, there's something especially tactile about a tall boy - especially if you have a good label. I like this label, all of the northern powerhouse series remind me of the doodles I used to do on paint as a child. Draw a crazy squiggle, use the paintbucket to fill in the gaps. Only this is a little more refined and the colour palette actually works nicely.
The smell on this literally hit me as I opened the can. It pours a very opaque gold, with some hop chunks spilling out at the bottom. The head was modest, but stuck around for a while hinting at a dense body.
Aroma is all pungent fruit, with some floral notes. Amarillo is especially orangey and comes through very strongly. There's also the usual suspects, tropical pineapple and passionfruit with almost savoury hop hits.
I'll be honest, there's a hell of a lot going on for a 5% number, usually you'd expect this from a 9% bomb. Flavour is soft, juicy and sweet. I get a certain plummy almost fig flavour in the aftertaste? It's jammy and seems to stick your mouth together which each sip. The body is bold and thick from the oat addition. Massively drinkable.
My good friend Joe picked this one up from Northern Monk refectory for me, you may have some trouble finding it now but keep your eyes peeled!