Size: 440ml cans
Hops: Kveik, Magnum, Citra Cryo, Amarillo, Mosaic, Idaho 7
Mash Gang launched in late 2020 and have hit the non-alcoholic beer scene with a bang. Their experimentation is off the charts and they are arguably the most prolific of all breweries of such a young age. Plus, with great can art, these guys have it all.
Brewed at Northern Monk, Spiritual Journey is the big brother of I am Death Become Destroyer of Worlds (try getting that on a shelf label!), but with a shedload of extra hops at the end. The pour is excellent with a decent head on a straw coloured, hazy body. It is reminiscent of Holy Faith and Lervig No Worries. On the nose it is all tropical with a large hop bill helping to create stone fruit and pineapple aroma, but you don't get a sense that it is sweet. The taste brings that tropical flavour initially, but gives way to a big tannin-y mouthfeel create by a bucketfull of dry-hopping.
In the non-alc world it is most like the aforementioned Lervig No Worries, Northern Monk Holy Faith, plus Lowtide Pale of Two Cities or a COAST DDH with less sweetness. However, it is most like a lower ABV full strength beer by Whiplash Brewery, called Northern Lights, which we know it was inspired by.
At the time of launch, all the hype in the non-alc world has been about Athletic Brewing, but this just might be the best beer release this month, or even this year, its that good.