Wednesday, 21 June 2017


I had that Northern Monk’s Neapolitan Ice Cream Pale Ale the other day. Bought a can from my local bottle shop, wondering what it would taste like. I didn’t enjoy it. I drained the can, but I didn’t like the sweetness and the creaminess going up against the crystalline edge of tropical fruitiness; it felt unintegrated, as if someone had dropped some hop oil into an ice cream. It wasn’t a bad beer, but it was a beer that I asked myself (as I did when drinking Beavertown’s Tropigamma on the train over to Lille back in November) why? Once again, ungenerously perhaps, I thought about the infantilisation of beer flavours, which had occurred to me several years ago when Logan Plant told me that Lemon Phantom Sour was based on ‘that great hangover cure Lemon Fanta’. Just a thought, has anyone done a beer based on Lucozade?