Barrel-Aged Lemon Cello IPA
Siren Craft Brew

Barrel-Aged Lemon Cello IPABarrel-Aged Lemon Cello IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
10.2%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 7.81%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
40
From:
Siren Craft Brew
 
England, United Kingdom
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Barrel-Aged Lemon Cello IPABarrel-Aged Lemon Cello IPA
Notes: This unique between Siren, Hill Farmstead & Mikkeller is aged in bourbon barrels and fondly called "Whiskey Sour" in the UK.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 40
Reviews by BYOFB:
Photo of BYOFB
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a J. Wakefield O.G. teku glass.

A: Incredibly clear bright gold with lots of visible carbonation that persists after the pour. A half-finger of white head fades fairly quickly. Quite pretty.

S: Bourbon and lemon, vanilla and citrus zest hops. Some oak, very light cracker malts, and a touch of acetone. Hints of coconut, plus mild resin and grassy hops.

T: Lemons with a bit of fresh tasting citric acid tartness. The bourbon shows up next, but while obviously present it does manage to play nicely with the other flavors rather than drowning them out. Oak tannins, vanilla, and coconut. Just a bit of sweetness from the cracker malts. Big citrus rind flavors add fruitiness and bitterness, with some resinous hop bitterness again. Maybe some lemongrass and/or coriander as well. Bourbon, vanilla, and more lemon bitterness in the hang.

M: A light bubbly body, but not overly light or watery for style. It's definitely warming, especially with the bourbon flavors, but never overly hot. Good carbonation sensation.

O: I'm not often a fan of barrel aged IPAs, but this one works for me. I think I like it better than the base even. A nice lemon/barrel/bourbon/bitterness balance for my palate.

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Photo of bouncepass
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SABERG
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a recent purchased bottle, with a best before date of 4/2019, into the modified tulip glass.
A - Deep sunflower gold color, the carbonation trail runs upward to support a nice white cap. The frothy cap quick to
exit leaves no trace.
S - Lemon reduction, roasted pine apple, sweet hints of vanilla, tangerine, cinnamon , and honey all contribute to an intense aromatic experience.
T - Bold, lemon drop candy forward, then quietly the rest of the party shows up. With some warmth, the alcohol steps up
its presence. Chamomile, and honey, a touch of toasted oak and then more lemon zest to make sure you don't forget.
M - Medium in body, gently carbonated. The palate is fully coated as an IPA think 120 min from DFH in texture. A bitterness runs down the center of the tongue, and is quickly wiped aside by the tart lemon phase, sweet bourbon notes are the third phase. Lingering is a medley of all these elements, in combination it really is like a whiskey sour.
O - Well this is an experience for sure! A big sweet, lemony tart, bourbon kissed delight of an offering. A big 10% IPA that is invigorating on the palate, and enticing on the nose.
Well done

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pkalix
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a slight 'ammonia' aroma, but otherwise a wonderful concoction of lemon, BBA and IPA. i know- such a generic description... very interesting brew. slightly tart. slightly sour. slightly lemon.
no carbonation or head so 'look' is low.... but aroma is off the charts. this is a special brew! taste is quirky but excellent. need to experience this one to understand.

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Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle. Hazy golden. Smells intense. Bourbon, oak, lemon, citrus. Tastes very lemony. Bourbon and some citrusy IPA characteristics seem to battle each other. Slightly sweet and pretty sour. Medium heavy. Strong flavor all around. I don't see how the bourbon barrel helps this beer, though.

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Photo of bobv
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch head with no lacing throughout and a medium gold, slightly hazy, body. Nose of lemon, candied lemon, orange, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, and booze. Taste follows almost exactly with the booze coming forward. Medium mouthfeel and overall this really comes close to a whisky sour.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of user785335
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of SadMachine
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this beer is incredible, even more dramatic than the not barrel aged version, the whiskey on here is pretty subtle, but the vanilla and oak sweetness it lends are not, and with the new zealand nelson type hop complexion and the citrus, its pretty amazing beer, completely unique, i dont know of anything like this. we have learned to be wary of barrel aged hoppy beer, but the time in the barrels here doesnt seem to have any negative effects on the freshness of the hops, in fact, maybe the opposite, as the hops seem concentrated and intensified with the oak behind them. melon and lemon for sure, subtle white wine grapes, mango, and orange as well, very fruity on the hops, and nice with the sweet and tart lemon notes already in the beer. its crazy how well the alcohol is hidden, and while this feels thick and hearty and warming, it never feels boozy. the texture is almost like limoncello too, slick but bigger, a little syrupy, and long in the finish. hop bitterness is balanced by the sweet oak and a soft bourbon note, really complex and beautiful beer. they should keep this series up, i could see this being amazing in a gin barrel, and also doing quite well with a brett pitch in a white wine barrel. really awesome base beer, the barrel aspect is appropriate, and i ended up absolutely loving this one!

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Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skrip
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Other Half pint glass.

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

S~ LEMON!! so much lemon haha! lemon zest, rind, pits, everything! along with candied oranges, slight grass and a unique earthyness.

T~ follows the nose with more barrel character here. nice charr and vanilla sweetness. instead of lemon juice and zest its more of a lemon grass flavor, probably from the subdued hops.

M~ a little syrupy which kind of takes away from it a bit. decent carb and a little clawing.

O~ i could be wrong but i believe this is totally different than the last batch (labeled as Whiskey Sour). way better in my opinion! not too many brewers i can think of that have attempted the "whiskey sour." only other one that comes to mind would be Westbrook but this is more to style.

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Photo of kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Barrel-Aged Lemon Cello IPA from Siren Craft Brew
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 40 ratings