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Limoncello IPA - Siren Craft Brew

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Limoncello IPALimoncello IPA

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45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 304
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 21
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 09-22-2013

Brewed in collaboration with Mikkeller / Hill Farmstead .
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Photo of MkDross
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle into a tulip glass. A little over seven months old. On sale at Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO.

L- Coppery red color, half inch white head

S- Passionfruit, hoppy, citrus, almost like candy

T- Straight passionfruit, some lemon tones, nice balance of tart and bitter, no hint of alcohol for a 9.1% IPA. Very tropical and pleasant.

F- Finishes dry, which I like. It has a bright and vibrant mouthfeel, probably due to effervescence and slight tartness. The finish seems to dance upon the palate; very lively.

O- Insanely drinkable and reminiscent of a Brettanomyces fermented IPA, but without the blue cheese semi-funk that oftentimes finds its way into such beers. I honestly can't fathom why it's a poor seller and on sale. Non-hop-heads seem to find it delicious but a tad overwhelming (based upon my roommates' impressions; they were enamored over the aroma, to note). Add into the equation that it's a collaboration betwixt three outstanding breweries, from three different countries with wildly different brewing traditions, and you've got something special. I will buy this again, and I would absolutely recommend to anyone who is into IPAs or dry hopped sours (though I wouldn't call this sour by any means). Solid, well-balanced, delicious brew. (1,279 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
2.51/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Tried this at The Farmhouse in Burlington. Have to say I am not a fan and this was really offputting. Just kind of boozy and like drinking liquor. I guess that's what's intended, but who wants a bomber full of this? (215 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an oversized wine glass a slight hazed tangerine color with a nice large fluffy white head atop.Not alot of sourness in the nose more like a sweetish lemonade with a hint of grass.The sourness comes thru on the palate with pithy lemon rind and oils with a strong lactic finish.Not a fan of all things sour...(except for vinegar based bbq) but it's easy to see the quality of this beer. (396 characters)

Photo of hopley
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Siren / Hill Farmstead Lemon Cello is really tasty - very lemony and tangy but not overly tart at all - worth tracking down. I wasn't really excited to try this beer given the description, or the uncertainty around what it really is - but found the right Spring night to give it a try and was pleasantly surprised. (315 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at THG.

A: Served a clear golden color with a greasy head which left tons of slick and greasy lace down the glass.
S: Tons of fresh hops, juicy citrus, and light tropical notes. Citrus and lemon zest dominate.
T: Tons of fresh lemon juice, sour mash, lemon rind, and juicy citrus hops. Very sweet and juicy finish.
M: Medium-full body, soft and tingly carbonation, thick with alcohol, clean and slick.
O: I loved it. Tons of hops. Tastes just like a limoncello. (469 characters)

Photo of SFNC
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Wow, hard to be subjective. It looked good a nice semi-cloudy gold with a rich white head. Moderate lacing as I sipped. The smell is pure cat box with lemon Lysol sprayed to mask the odor. The taste is tart, the IPA charachteristics hidden beneath a quite tart lemon presence. I'm surpised the taste is not more bitter, it must have a good malt backbone. Mouthfeel is fine with slight carbonation. Overall, not one I will again revisit, which is a shame considering thelineage of this beer. (497 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Best Before 140116.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Lemony hop aroma (lemondrop hops?) with a substantial malt backing.

T- Sourness right up front and not much else. Basically tastes like sour lemon juice with hardly any beer character. There's not even a whole lot of bitterness, just lactic acid. One positive thing I will note: you would never guess this beer is 9%, it's hidden so well.

M- Moderate pucker with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I would like this more if there was some funk, some extra sweetness on top of the lemon flavor, or if it was more of a hop bomb but it is none of these things. A bit disappointing since I really like lemon cello and was looking forward to seeing it recreated in a beer. (1,031 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium honey in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine visible carbonation particles rising moderately quickly and moderate amounts of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and cracker malts underneath moderate to strong aromas of citrus/lemon zest, citrus/lemon juice, and a slight hint of sourness/tartness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet cracker and wheat malts with just a touch of grainy sweetness as well. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of tart lemon juice, citrus/lemon zest hops, citrus/lemon hops, and just a hint of sour earthiness. Light amounts of bitterness present in the finish but does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with just shy of moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with a light amount of acidity.

O: Really enjoyable and definitely evokes memories of drinking Limoncello when I was in Italy. Alcohol is well hidden making this one pretty easy to drink. I would gladly get this one again, but it was a little pricey. (1,337 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter at CB&D Baton Rouge.
A - amber-plum color with a small bubbly white head. Broken up lacing around the glass
S - you definitely get the lemondrop hops! Lemonhead candy mixed with a bready malt smell.
T - nice hop/malt balance. Some caramel malt. Lemonhead candy in the aftertsip. Slight tartness, soured citrus.
M - nice medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation.
O - really slick Imp IPA. The lemon is almost overwhelming. (440 characters)

Photo of markgugs
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead tall-stemmed tulip

Forgot I had this beer so better late than never...still looks great, a slightly denser orange color in the middle with golden-yellow edging. Big white head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves thick ropy lacing behind. The nose is odd to me, but that honestly could just be aging hops. The taste however, has become this oddly enticing hopped-up tart farmhouse, with that classic tangy limoncello Italian ice constant throughout. Very interesting. Almost like a high-ABV tart farmhouse hopped heavily with Sorachi Ace. I really like this! The mouthfeel is more on the creamy side, and makes for a very pleasant drinking experience. Solid brew, worth aging! (719 characters)

Photo of iong516
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Kinda all over the place but worth a try. Tart + funk + citrus + a bit sour. Wouldn't call it an IPA but some hops are there although hidden way in the background with everything else going on. A lacto yogurt creaminess is present in the mouthfeel. (251 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A very odd beer. Lots of lemon zest and citrus. Not very ipa like. Has a green apple tartness. It is very dry and saison like. Funky. Yeasty.

Not sure what to make of this one. (177 characters)

Photo of Buschyfor3
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle served in a tulip

A: Very cloudy pour; interestingly, the body is a darker amber-orange - much darker than I expected as limon cello, after all, generally has a light yellow tint; the pour produces a small, rocky, off-white head that disappears after about a minute; thin rings of lacing on the drink down .

S: Huge lemon aromas on first impression - fresh squeezed lemon juice and mounds of grated lemon peel; the pungent lemon is gradually joined by a souring, greek-yogurt like note (obviously the lactose touted on the label); the nose is predominantly sour/puckering - only a faint hint of candi-sugar sweetness at the tail end, but not enough to overcome the zesty lemon.

T: Like the nose, the first sip is dominated by all manners of lemon - fresh squeezed lemon juice, fresh grated lemon peel, lemon warhead candies, acidic and quite puckering; some of that funky sourness from the lactose finds its way through, moderating some of the bite with a creamy, plain greek yogurt note; not much sweetness in this IPA - no syrupy/sugary flavors, nor much suggestion of any malt backbone - this one is all lemon; the finish is drying and lingers long, the bitter lemon zest remaining on the tongue well beyond the swallow.

M: The oily/slick body is tempered by a very crisp carbonation that bristles across the palate.

O: An interesting twist on an IPA, favoring the bitter/sour interpretation of commercial limoncello liqueurs. If you love bright, puckering lemon flavor, then this beer will serve you well. Not difficult to drink, especially at 9.1% ABV, but I would have liked to see more balance and a touch more of a simple, sugary sweetness - like the limoncellos that I enjoy sipping from time to time. (1,736 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy dark gold with snowy finger of foam. 3.5
Lemon nose til your eyes water: zest, citronella, and Pledge, all. 4.5
Lemon curd on white toast, then scrapping grapefruit oil, a hint of hoppy kiwi, some tartness, and an aromatic oil end. 4.25
Lime end and waxy linger.
Hot, greasy, medium, creamy. 4.25

-- Actually hits the concept: that creamy but sharp and cleansing lemon taste. Hops get the job done. Almost a DIPA-radler? Fun, if not outright great. 4.25 (469 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i have to respect anything as different and challenging to my palate as this one is, although i was, in the end, happy to be sharing a bottle. its one of the most intensely flavored things i have ever consumed, let alone just beer. process wise, its weird as heck. lemon juice and zest in a soured base beer loaded with citrusy hops, i like the concept a lot. the beer is interesting, hazy medium rusty orange color, but the yeast in the bottom of the bottle is very dark (and plentiful). head is off white and long lasting. the nose is a punch in the jaw of citrus, its super lemon heavy, and boozy too. the sourness is more of a weird quick lacto funk than it is straight acidity, which is really strange with the fresh fruit complexion. the wheat malt base is pretty substantial, so the thing is a funny mix of heavy and light, especially with the effervescent carbonation it has. the hops arent the least bit bitter, but the finish of the beer almost makes me cringe, more than pucker because its not just sour. it certainly doesnt taste like any ipa on the market, and i think its a pretty liberal use of the term. the hops are heavily dosed and awesome, citrus forward, but i cant place the varietal(s) with all the other unique and bold flavors happening. never had a beer like this, probably never will again. stoked to have scored a bottle, thanks claystation, this was one of a kind, for better or worse. (1,414 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Hazy dark gold, with a one-finger white head that fades fast despite above-average levels of visible carbonation.

S: Big lemony tartness – fresh fruity rind. Plus light tangerine citrus and pilsner malts. But mostly lemon. Simple, but pretty nice and natural.

T: Lemony citric tartness, quite bitter/sour/tart that reminds of biting into fresh lemon. Light pilsner malts, a light wheat breadiness, and some hop bitterness in the hang...but most of the bitterness and sourness is during the body of the drink. Some citric acid burn after the swallow, and finishes fairly dry.

M: Medium tending towards a touch light body. Carbonation sensation on the low side, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

O: Wow…this has HUGE lemon flavor. I enjoy some citrus-forward beers and found this quite enjoyable. For those that don't look forward to that, this would probably best be avoided – there isn't much else going on. Not complex, nothing I'd always have around, but nicely enjoyable. (1,068 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

A-Cloudy orange, some carbonation and a one finger head

S-Lemon, grass, some soury notes, lactose is present.

T-Starts with lemon and other fruity juicy like flavors, lactose is very present. Mild acidic notes and wee bit of hops.

M-Medium to lighter, some carbonation and the lactose provides an interesting finish.

O-The is the definition of an interesting beer. (369 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazed golden color with a thin bone white head. Some nice lacing after each sip.

S: Not exactly what I was expecting. Kind of musky lemon meringue pie aroma. The lemon is there, but it definitely seems muted a touch under some cream and barnyard aromas. Interesting for sure, but I don't know if I'm onboard just yet.

T: And now I'm onboard. This is awesome. Tons of lemon pulp an peel with a creamy sweetness in the middle that really mimics the texture of lemoncello. Finish brings a touch of bready malt, but just a shade, meringue and some bitter lemon zest. A touch I grassy hops in there somewhere as well. This is incredibly well made. I really enjoyed it. (676 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

The aroma offers sweet lemon candy along with syrupy sweetness.

The flavor tastes of lemon drops and almost towards Altoid tangerine candies. There's candy sweetness in the front along with lemon juice without the tartness. Then on the back, the beer slightly bitters off like a fruity IPA.

The brew is well balanced with that candy sweetness in the front, but without being cloying on the back. (397 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at Skuter's tasting.

This one is from Siren, but is labeled as Lemon Cello IPA for the US market.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour earth, citrus zest, and lemon juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness and acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice citrus characteristics and an interesting sourness that make this one easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle. (760 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like lemon warheads, smells really tart, with some tart lemon juice, and no real hop aroma. It might be there, but the lemon really overpowers it.

This is the most lemon heavy drink of any kind I've ever had, beer or otherwise. Tastes strongly of lemon candy, sugar-coated lemons, and a bit of rind-like bitterness. This one is quite sour, both from the lemon and apparently the soured malt. Again, no real hop flavor here, it might be buried beneath the lemon additions, or it might be lemony hops seamlessly blending into this sugary maelstrom, who knows.

The beer has a body of medium thickness, with a lower amount of carbonation, and an intensely syrupy mouthfeel.

Tasted good at first, then just got overly cloying and sweet. Good in very small doses. (915 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev +2.8%

1 pint .9 oz into snifter

The beer captured the limoncello liquor very well. Tart limon with a bit of spice. No real recognizable parts of an ipa other than light body and not super malty. I would be curious how much of the citrus punch comes from hops. Overall a nice tart lemon zest flavor throughout. (308 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

This is an interesting beer that doesn't fit the style of an IPA. Pours a hazy pale gold with short head. Smell is zesty, sweet lemon over grassy hops with a touch of funk. The taste leads with a citrusy sweetness followed by a grassy and slightly pungent hop note. I am not sure if the grassiness is from the hops or the yeast. The beer finishes with drawn out lemon pith that grows more bitter as I drink the bottle. The beer is also tart from the lemon which covers up most of the malt flavor. Mouthfeel is helped by the effervescent carbonation but hindered by the slightly heavy body. I would call this a "dessert" IPA. It's sweet on the heavy side yet the tartness from the lemon is refreshing. An interesting beer but not excellent. (740 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

A lighter shade of yellow in color. Forms a modest, creamy, white head. Some minimal lacing. Aroma is mostly lemon, but it's not a bright lemonade type of lemon. It's more a strong "reduced" lemon quality along with lemon zest and a hint of citrus hops. The taste is also fairly strong on lemon, but there is a distinct sourness to this beer. Again the lemon flavor is not bright - more a cooked lemon flavor. And the sourness is a citric acid (as opposed to acetic acid) with a mild underlying sweetness and a bit of pith. I suppose there is a certain maltiness to the beer that doesn't make it taste as if I'm drinking straight up cooked lemon juice. Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Mild bitterness.
The beer reminds of the lemon version of Pipeworks Marilime Law. And much like that beer, this beer is an interesting twist on the IPA, but certainly not one I'd want to drink on a regular basis. (907 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A very lemony, but otherwise quite dry and tasty IPA. The beer has so-so bitterness, but the lemon flavor more than compensates for that. This a very easy to appreciate IPA, and frankly, I was stunned by the 9% abv. This drinks like an IPA in the 7% range, if that. A very nice, easy to appreciate IPA. (308 characters)

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Limoncello IPA from Siren Craft Brew
87 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.