The Beer of the Weekend: Moor Beer Nor’Hop

This week we have a beer by Moor Beer for Beer of the Weekend, originally called Northern Star (back when I first tried it) now renamed Nor’Hop.

In their quest to help the world come to terms with unfined, cloudy beer, Moor have often struck gold. The thing is that leaving the yeast in the beer gives the brewer one more tool in adding flavour. It also means that any flavours associated with the yeast are not bound by the finings and removed – this makes for a very flavoursome beer but the cloudy nature when served off the tap seems to put people off.

Now to suggest that the only reason Moor beer is tasty is that it contains the yeast would be missing the fact that the beer itself is also very well crafted. Nor’Hop is a fantastic adventure in hops but unlike a lot of its hoppy cousins this beer is low in alcohol 4.1%ABV, this leads to a very refreshing sessionable beer which should satisfy any beer drinker who really likes their hops.

Nor’hop has a lovely nose of tropical fruits, passion fruit, grapefruit and even pineapple. The taste is hoppy from the start with a little of the pineapple and grapefruit. This is balanced by a light maltyness and yeast flavour, the middle leads into a bitter lemon and grapefruit finish which is astringent and dry but curiously refreshing.

The look depends on how much of the yeast has settled out in the bottom of the bottle, but this beer should not necessarily be clear. In the case of many beers this can indicate that they are off, however Moor beer, like wheat beers, is supposed to be slightly hazy – this is the yeast which is left in the beer to give it that added flavour.

I will not go into the full details of how and why Moor Beer is left unfined as there is a far more extensive and detailed explanation on the Moor website. But I do think I need to say this, this beer is excellent, the hazy differentiates it from other beers and if you were to associate the taste of Moor Nor’hop with hazy beer then you would start to avoid anything which looks too clear!

Moor Beer brews a range of beers which are both bottled and available on tap, I have tried a large amount of their range and am yet to find a bad one. Both their darker more malty and fruity beers to their highly hopped lighter ales the Moor logo is a good sign that the beer is going to be very good. But why take my word for it? Moor Beer can be found worldwide, for more details of where you can buy a Moor beer see their website, or tweet them @drinkmoorbeer



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