Total Score: 7.35/10
Siren Craft Brew called to me like a… siren? Yep, siren… with this Pompelmocello IPA due to its unique mix of grapefruit, sourness and lactose, yes lactose – in an IPA. I’ve done a few grapefruit infused brews now (of which BrewDog Elvis Juice was the best to my memory), however lactose in anything but a Milk Stout is new to me. What next: Milk IPA as a style? It does have a certain ring to it though. Trust the poms to throw out a random innovation like this, hopefully it works well because I do love adjuncts that give beers more body like lactose, oats and wheat… that makes me wonder if there’s a beer out there with all three of those, like some sort of a Tripel Karmeliet with lactose… well a man can dream right?
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Cloudy sunglow yellow body with a firm half centimetre chalk white head on top that dipped back to a nice lace blanket. Looks rather tasty and paler than I might have guessed, so yeah no real complaints here. 8/10.
S: What an expressive aroma! Right up front with grapefruit and potpourri… you might even say to the detriment of any other aroma if those fragrances weren’t so appealing. My only question is: Will it taste like potpourri? Because I tried tasting potpourri as a kid once (I know – the dumb things kids do) and it does not taste nice at all – try licking a bar of soap for comparison. 8/10.
T: Whilst the aroma smells sweet the flavour is straight-up sour pink grapefruit, with a tiny hint of honey malt sweetness, and a lonnng dry cracker finish. Almost undetected is a green hop bitterness in the aftertaste, but boy does that sourness come in spot on for tartness (borderline too sour for my palate). Very Berliner Weisse in flavour profile, the hops are struggling to come through (as does happen with citric-flavoured beers because hops usually have citric flavours already). 7/10.
M: Medium bodied with a thin but dense carbonation, and a touch of creaminess – but not as full bodied and creamy as most Milk Stouts I’ve had before. 8/10.
D: Lacking in complexity and especially one note with an overall sour slant (where is sweet/bitter and possibly the others: salty/umami). Overall it’s technically a well-made beer, and you can tell that from the very first sip, but I’m personally not wowed by beers that can hardly muster up two competing basic tastes (i.e. sweet/bitter/sour/salty/umami). That said the aroma was something unique, however I generally drink my beers. Nuff said. 7/10.
Food match: Not potpourri – notpourri! Or Honey glazed ham.