Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Nor ' Hop Ultra Pale Ale from Moor Beer Company Beer Review. Nor ' Hop Pale Ale from Moor Beer Company is another beer which has been hiding in my cupboard since my brief subscription to Beer Republic ended. Moor Beer Company are a Bristol based brewery who were founded in 2007, so they're still relative newbies to the brewing world. For those that are interested in such things all of their beers including Nor ' Hop are vegan friendly so no critters were harmed in the making of this beer. The brewery must be doing something right though as they were named brewer of the year in 2017 by the British Guild of Beer Writers. It really feels like I should be in that guild at this point.
Nor ' Hop comes in a really pretty silver/grey 330ml can with lots of floral art work. It really is quite cool and stands out pretty well. The beer pours a nice hazy, clearly unfiltered, golden orange with one of the smallest heads I've ever seen on a craft beer. I always try to avoid taking too much care over pouring so I can check out the head, but this one really doesn't produce much at all. All of this is reasonably positive though as I'm a big fan of unfiltered beers. The 4.1% alcohol content isn't exactly inspiring, but at least it means you can have a few if it turns out to be tasty.
The beer has a really nice peachy aroma. There's some other hops and tropical fruit smells coming through too, and they seem to be blended quite nicely. This really is a pleasantly fragranced beer. My only worry at the moment is that it does seem extremely hoppy, which in fairness is what the name suggests, but it can be difficult to get the balance right. I'm also not really sure why they describe it as an 'ultra pale ale.' I've certainly had paler drinks without the word ultra been added, but I'm sure there's a good reason for this.
The texture genuinely is very refreshing, like a good fruit juice. Meanwhile the hops really are extremely well balanced creating a mild, but pure taste. I'd still say peach is the dominant flavour but there's also some grapefruit in there and maybe even some sweet almost candy like flavours coming through, it's a really pleasant taste. I can honestly say that I like this beer much more than I thought I would, it's refreshing, tasty, and just different enough to stand out from the other pale ales I've had over the last few weeks. I'm happy to give Nor ' Hop from Moor Beer Company a very good 8 out of 10. It's one of those beers you could drink quite a few of before you get bored.