Northern Monk Brew Co.
8.07 REECE LEUNG // VAGUE // GIPSY HILL // DDH NEW ENGLAND KOLSCH
ABV: 6% ABV // 8 EBC // IBU: 18 IBU // OG:1.06 // 440ml
As always with our gold editions, we wanted to finish with a bang! Sticking with a lager style (as we have throughout the series), we settled on the clean, freshness of a Kolsch before adding some NE style adjunct malts and hopping to the mix for a real hybrid of a brew. Over a base of Bamberger pilsner malt and soft, slightly chloride-led brewing liquor, we threw in flaked oats and wheat for the silky mouthfeel they contribute.
For hopping we led with Azacca, a US dwarf variety which lends a spiciness and plenty of papaya, mango and tangerine character. Utilised solo in the whirlpool, we then added Australian Vic Secret and Citra BBC pellets to the mix for the 18g/l dry hop for a real fruit bowl of tropical flavours over a crisp, easy-drinking Kolsch base.