Limoncello IPA - Siren Craft Brew

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Limoncello IPALimoncello IPA

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.82%
Wants: 21
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
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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 earljones199
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle

Pour is a beautiful hazy amber color with a ton of thick white head. Took a couple pours to get it all into a glass.

The nose has a lot of lemon juice and lemon zest on it with some citrusy hops coming through. Great smell Tons of lemon sharpness similar to fresh lemonade.

The taste is incredible and unlike anything I've ever had. Anyone thinking this will be like a shandy or some beer + juice hybrid will be mistaken. It has such an overwhelming amount of clean lemon flavor that has a great amount of sour/tart bite to it. The lemon takes the wheel in this beer with the sourness rides shotgun.

Mouthfeel starts with a big bite from the carbonation that just adds and compliments the taste so well.

Overall a very different and surprising beer that I've been waiting to try since I first got to try it at the Worthy Burger last fall. Drinking it I would never think it was 9.1%. Maybe the lemon sharpness covers it up but I thought it was in the 5%-6% range.

Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. A collaboration between Siren, Mikkeller and Hill Farmstead, this is described on the label as a soured beer that contains lactose, lemon juice/zest and tons of citrus hops. Oh yeah!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber hue with plenty of chunky sediment and light carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of sharp citrus with notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, acidic fruit, natural yoghurt, sourdough, earthy yeast, mild caramel malt and stewed hops. Tart, with a lingering sweetness in the background. Vaguely reminiscent of lambic/berliner weiss. Smells amazing.

Tastes of intense lemony goodness with a hoppy citrus character and a sharp bitter finish. Notes of lemon juice/zest, grapefruit, lime, peel, acidic citrus, natural yoghurt, sourdough, earthy yeast, caramel malt and stewed hops. Tart and highly attenuated, with a distinctly sour quality tempered by fruity sweetness. A strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with a tartness that dries the palate. Light carbonation but good body. Very astringent, followed by an aftertaste of acidic lemon, aromatic citrus, bitter hops and earthy yeast.

Stunning - a brew that pushes at the boundaries. A fusion of several styles that results in something new. It looks pretty good, but the aroma and flavour really bring it to life. Plenty of lemon and acidity, with intense fruit and aromatic hops alongside earthy yeast. Decent body, though increased carbonation would enhance the texture. An intriguing beer with no shortage of charisma - each sips suggests IPA, lambic, berliner weiss or fruit beer in turn. Complex and delicious; if you see it then don't pass up the opportunity to try it.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of iong516
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of azkkr
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Unusual, but quite an experience. Very refreshing, but handle with care (9.1 abv).

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Spelled Lemon Cello IPA on the label.

Appearance - Hazy pale yellow. Nice white head. Medium collar and some surface wisps.

Smell - Lemony. Wow. Some citrus hops. More lemon. Very light pale malt.

Taste - Sharp lemon. Hops before it, though. Citrus hops. Lemon flavor overwhelms it. Pale malt gives it some sweetness. Lemon turns pithy and bitter and kinda tart.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - So it's good. It's got an intense lemon flavor that gets to be a bit too much. It's a very creative take, though.

Photo of SFNC
3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured 9 oz. on tap into a becker nonic glass at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC.

A good creamy two finger off white head is presented. It sits on a slightly hazy apricot body color. Good thin puck always manages to stick around while drinking, with virtually no lacing.

Nose is a bit strange. Faint lemon. So where's the hop angle on this? A sort of juiced squeezed lemon sensation too which blocks out everything else.

First taste is just weird. This is buttery and slick, there might be some diacetyl issues going on here, but luckily it's not too large. Faint lemon palate finishes with a zesty finish. Lingering astringent fruit bitterness, lots of pith and bitter lemon peel.

Overall it's just a weird beer and has virtually no semblance of an IPA at all. It comes off as a sort of dried out juiced lemon beer, and luckily not of the dish soap variety. Interesting, but not something I'd want to have again.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

Photo of mdagnew
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured an bright amber colour. Slightly off white head poured thick and meringue like then faded slowly to good thick coating... very faint carbonation drifts slowly to surface... some decent patchy lacing...

Aroma - Big blast of lemon up front followed by spicy and peppery hops, light sugary sweetness, some grapefruit, quite earthy

Taste - Intense lemon and citrus hop bitterness to the fore followed by light spicy fruits (grapefruit and lime), the citrus fades to light sugary sweetness, some light metallic traces, faint saltiness, yeasty notes...

Feel - Very sharp and dry... medium bodied... dangerously drinkable as the 9% is nowhere to be seen

Overall - An excellent and very original IPA. Excellent on a warm spring day !! Highly recommended

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from HF.

I had the Grassroots version of this beer on tap a year or so ago, and I much preferred that to this bottle. Not sure of the bottling date, but if they were selling them at HF, I assume they were fairly fresh.

Hazy bronze color, with an inch or so of frothy white head; good retention and lacing. Aroma of toasty malts and lemon rind. This beer lacked the brightness and full flavor of the Grassroots version, coming off a bit more dull and bitter. The taste largely reflected the aroma, with bitter lemon rind being the dominant flavor, toasted grains, dry, woody, some astringency, solventy booze giving a definite kick. Not bad, but not great. None of that signature HF fresh hoppiness. Medium body, dry mouthfeel, decent overall, but not something I'd reach for again.

Photo of brianmandell
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Photo of Buschyfor3
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of Sam-VW
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep orange with small head which fades quickly. Some sediment in the beer.

S - Some lacto, citrus, slight touch of pine.

T - Initial hit of lemon zest and lemon zest, some hop bitterness and lactose at the end. Finishes with some citrusy hops and fresh pine

M - very smooth but finishes quite dry and tart. The alcohol is hidden very well.

Photo of Chico1985
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been enjoying some bottles of this over the past week or so. Marinated a porkchop with some 2 nights ago.

Appearance - Hazy orange with a white head. Retention is great, lacing is substantial.

Smell - Nice sour lemon kick, weird earthy/floral/vegetal/funky hop, a bit of a brett-like presence. Some lacto-yogurt type notes and toasted bread. Kinda reminds me of a lemonized version of some other Mikkeller IPA experiences (Crooked Moon Tattoo, American Style).

Taste - Lemon zest blast. Lemon meringue pie doused in lemonade then sprinkled with some lemon hard candies for good measure. Still a big lactic cream presence as well. Lime/various tart citrus, some earthy resin hop, spice, bread. Lemon and lactose mesh very well here.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and well-carbonated overall, lemon flavor wears out the palate, hop bitterness is there but not as punchy as one might expect in a DIPA. Flashes of alcohol here and there but not bad for 9.1%. 500ml would probably be best to split.

Overall - I've never had a limoncello before, but I assume this can be labeled 'mission accomplished' - this more or less drinks like an alcoholic lemon soda of sorts. The flavors presented are definitely an accomplishment, but it comes off as a novelty beer, something that would be good once in a great while. I would've liked to see a little less lemon and a little more hop profile.

Photo of bark
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The colour is deep gold (13 EBC), the liquid got some chill haze. The two finger white head sinks slowly, leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is fruity with strong herbal bitterness. Lemon peels, bitter oranges, dough and grapefruits. It is quite dry.

The taste is very lemon-juice-sour. Lots and lots of lemon juice and peels. It is dry, almost tart. Growing sweetness gives a bit of lemonade flavours. Medium body. The aftertaste is tart-sweet with distinct notes of lemon juice. The sweetness is somewhat sharp. The finish is short with dry notes of lemon cordial.

The carbonation is mild, the few large bubbles are fresh and long-lived. The liquid is dry and light.

I had a glass of this beer at the Stockholm Beer & Whiskey Festival in September 2013, and I remember it as sweeter and smoother. This beer is not bad at all, but a bit more “interesting” than “good”.

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