Northern Monk Brew Co.
21.02 SKGN // DREAM LINE FORMS: TWO // NEON RAPTOR // LOUGHRAN FAMILY MALT // INDIE HOPS // DDH IPA
7% ABV // 1.078 OG // 8 EBC // 20 IBU // 440ML
Not only did we get to invite the Neon Raptor team up for an overdue brew, we also got to brew with a new hop we’d been working getting our hands on for most of this year. Thanks to the team at Loughran Family Malt in Ireland and their close relationship with Oregon’s Indie Hops we sourced fresh 2019 Strata straight from the states, through to Loughran’s and over to the UK in less than a month from harvest.
To top it off, Strata is potentially the most exciting hop out there right now. It’s the perfect multi-hop blend of tropical fruit, citrus and dank pine varieties all rolled into one, and it grew this way organically. The raw pellets simply burst from the packet with passion fruit aroma so we could not wait to get them into a beer! Over a New England base accentuated with flaked oats and wheat malt, we used the Strata in both the whirlpool and the dry hop alongside Citra and Simcoe to compliment the ranging flavour profile of our lead hop and bring the dose up to 28g/l. The passion fruit shines through with notes of honeydew melon, citrus, ripe berries and plenty of distinct pine to finish off.