Up until now I’ve really liked everything I’ve had from North but this one, a Mango and Guava Pale Ale, is a little disappointing.
And that’s an odd thing to say given that I rather like this as a Pale Ale.
It’s eminently drinkable, its malt body all caramel and brown sugar syrup, waffles and honey, and its hops giving a sharp snap of bitter lemon bonbons and green hedgerow undergrowth.
The thing is that I just can’t find any of the mango or the Guava that this beer has been brewed with.
There’s nothing that couldn’t be mistaken for hops if you weren’t told otherwise.
This could be a well made Pale Ale with Citra and Ekuanot, maybe a dash of Mosaic, without any fruit being harmed in the making of it.
And so I have to mark it down as it just isn’t doing what I think it should.