Sometimes a beer is just too good to be true. We all know that Northern Monk make some phenomenal beers - in fact, I don't think I've ever had a beer from them that I didn't enjoy.
Mango Lassi Heathen is a beer that has caught my eye in the past, hell they even released a double version of it - I really have know idea why I never tried it, until now. Mango Lassi Heathen is a 7.2% ABV Mango Lassi IPA, here's the official description if it from Northern Monk:
"We always thought that our ever so popular Heathen Citra IPA tastes just like mangoes. And then we thought... why don't we put actual mangoes in it? So here it is, a twisted rendition of Heathen, infused with mangoes and lactose for a mellow fruit IPA as luscious as your favourite creamy smoothie."
I'd heard nothing but good things about this beer. And to be fair, with Northern Monk's pedigree, I just knew it was going to be good. I couldn't wait to crack it open...
Mango Lassi Heathen pours from the can a beautiful murky, pulpy, golden orange, leaving a thin white head - it literally looks like juice. Astounding start! Aroma wise, there's not really much else to say except mango, mango and more mango - loads of it! Huge juicy mango aromas combine with a slight bitterness to leave your mouth watering. After one sip of this beer, I didn't want to put it down - the flavour was incredible. As you would expect there is LOADS of mango in there, it is practically juice. There's a creaminess too, along with a hint of sweet honey before everything is all balanced off with a touch of pine bitterness, to remind you that you really are in fact, drinking a beer. It all works incredibly, I actually couldn't believe how well it all worked.
This really is a beer that is exactly what it says on the can. A real mango lassi is sweet, rich thick and creamy - and this is exactly what this beer is...the mouthfeel is sublime, and combined with the flavours, there's really not much more you could ask for.
This beer is stunning. I immediately wanted another after finishing it (unfortunately for me, I didn't have one). The flavours that Northern Monk have managed to cram in to this beer are unbelievable and you really owe it to yourself to try it while you can. We're now rapidly approaching the end of the year, and I have no doubt that Mango Lassi Heathen will be in my top five when 2018 comes to a close.
Mango Lassi Heathen gets 5 out of 5 from me 🍻