Lemon Cello IPA | Siren Craft Brew

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349 Ratings
Lemon Cello IPALemon Cello IPA

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Siren Craft Brew
England, United Kingdom

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The idea of creating a hugely drinkable version of the Italian sipping drink limoncello inspired the three brewers of Siren Craft Brew, Mikkeller and Hill Farmstead to craft a beer that doesn’t fit a strict style category: Lemon Cello IPA. Only hinting at the amount of hops used, this IPA has a malt base of pilsner and wheat to create a subtle crisp backbone that goes through a 24-hour souring process. Added lactose provides sweetness, while lemon zest and juice offer counterpoint and balance. To finish, all of the lemony citrus hops are added in by the bucketload, to create an unbelievable gem of a beer.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Skrip:
Photo of Skrip
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

carry over review from the first Siren batch.
12oz/500ml bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead pint glass.

A~ dark copper orange with a slight head and no lacing.

S~ straight lemon grass! slight pils malt characteristics and a little bit of caramel.

T~ whoa! lemon bomb! i'm surprised there wasn't actual lemon grass used in this cause thats exactly what it tastes like. must just be the lemon zest/juice playing with the hops. other than that really nice tart presence and super well balanced for the high gravity.

M~ extremely smooth, puckering and refreshing! seriously like no other!

O~ super solid! i could drink this all summer, all day long and get completely wrecked! isn't that always the plan? haha i love brews that incorporate a lot of lemon, kind of reminds me of the Widmer Brothers Lemongrass Wheat. definitely worth a shot, but not for everybody for sure. i hope this makes it to the states in bottles!

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Photo of Todd
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lemon, Citric, Puckering, Dry

Brewed in collaboration with Hill Farmstead and Mikkeller, Lemon Cello adds lactose, lemon zest and juice to an American IPA. Hazed amber with a creamy head, it has a big lemony nose with some bready malts. Crisp and dry with a creamy carbonation and a firm body. A massive smack of tart lemon juice up front becomes puckering sourness with lemon zest and oils. Leafy hop bitterness beneath with another layer of lemon, some pink peppercorn, wheat tannins, a dry finish and a lemony linger. For those who dig Limoncello, or citrus added to their IPA, this delicious punch of lemon is a must try.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #102 (July 2015).

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Photo of VTCombi
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

World class brew right here. So much flavor!

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Lemon dominates the nose. The taste is very fruit forward with lemons and hints of spices, There is a slight grassy bitter finish but not too noticeable. There are no hints of alcohol. Color is very hazy and golden. Overall, this is an incredible beer but more of a limoncello Pale Ale than an IPA. Good for sour drinkers and not so good for those who love their big piney IPAs.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

As many of the newer hop varieties on the market aren't content with only grapefruit character, some step into tropical, berry, herbal and even lemony worlds. An with that lemon character looming, its only time before a highly potent lemon character is crammed into a bottle of IPA- that time is now.

Hazy and light golden, Lemon Cello pours with common lemony appearances, capped with a fragrant cotton froth. Strong lemon aromas are candied and bracingly vibrant. To taste, the sweeter lemon-drop taste is laced with herbal citrus peel, leaf and a hint of sassafras tea.

With its stronger alcohols seeping into the middle, a solventy tone rises to greet the lemon along with an interplay of strong bitterness and equally bold sourness for a surprising tandem to awaken the palate. Its dry malt backbone drops its sweetness and gives the complex taste a creamy foundation on which to stand.

As bitterness, sourness and alcohol bite all rise together in finish. its medium-light body falls bone-dry in finish. This exposes a lot of confusing characteristics to the tastebuds that include furniture polish, battery acid, acetone and peppercorn. Though some would say it's "complex" others could cry "complicated".

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Photo of imscotty
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

A - Pours a cloudy yellow of lemony sunshine. A white head forms and lasts. Excellent lacing lasts and lasts.

S - Citrusy lemon for sure, but also a bit of barnyard hay and grass, light hops are present.

T - Really refreshing blast of lemony citrus and sour, but balanced with some floral hops. A slight hop bitterness, some pine and spicy pepper taste comes through in the finish. A very dry finish. A really unique beer.

M - Light, refreshing, well carbonated.

O - This is the perfect level of sourness to me, really refreshing without being overwhelming. I would love this on a hot summer day, but need to beware of the alcohol which is extremely well hidden. I do not understand some of the low reviews because I thought this beer was brilliant.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let me preface this review by saying this is a well-crafted beer. While this beer accomplished what I think it set out to accomplish, it falls short of being a drinkable beer. The lemon was overpowering. I did not enjoy drinking this beer but thought that the craftsmanship was excellent.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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1.92/5  rDev -49.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Guess2814
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sour! Taste a bit of the Citrus Hops in the after taste.. Not big on sour beers but a decent beer at best..

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured into a snifter from the 1 pint, 9 ounce bottle.

A lovely, two and half finger, fluffy head forms off the pour and sits without receding for quite a while. The body is a cloudy, hazed light orange. Carbonation is abundant and lace sticks to the glass's sides. 3.75

Tons of lemon and grapefruit, like the peels of these fruits, explodes from the bottle and from the snifter. There's thick maltiness lending vanilla and caramel and sweetness. There's some tropical fruit on this as well. Quite lovely. 4.3

This thing is a lemony, citric acid- laden beast. Grapefruit rind is a big presence and there's a bit of kiwi or some other tropical fruit. If I try hard enough, I can taste some malt and vanilla, but it's a workout. 3.6

Jaysus this brew is close to drinking like a soda with lemon juice. It's got some big effervescence, huge bitterness, and tartness reminiscent of a Berliner Weiss. 3.7

This could be considered a sour IPA if you wanted to apply an accurate label. It's got a great nose, but the citric acid and bitterness are quite the double whammy. Some may like this, but it was a bit over the top for me. 3.75

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4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Siren Craft Brew "Lemon Cello IPA"
on tap @ the General Lafayette Inn & Brewery on 11/7/14

Notes: IPA? It doesn't seem that bitter. Clear straw gold body beneath a frothy bright white head. Effervescent carbonation. Aroma is reminiscent of lemons but almost as if they were in some kind of cleaning product... chemical I guess I mean to say. It also displays some malt, and it's floral and perfumey. The flavor delivers the lemon more properly, and it's a touch sharp, or tart, with some grassy hops backing it. Kind of one-sided.

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Photo of blabaer
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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