Where do I begin?
I loved Limoncello IPA, which was brewed in collaboration with Mikkeller and Hill Farmstead, and so I was a little nervous that Siren might have destroyed it by letting it lounge in bourbon barrels for a bit.
But actually what it’s done is rounded out the sharp bitter/sour corners of the original to make a beer that’s a little more comfortable to drink.
The smell is really zingy, boozy and surprisingly fresh, and the beer pours a rather nice amber.
Where the lemon was supercharged in the original, here it’s softened, it’s pointy bits tamed by whisky heat and a lovely woody toffee body.
Don’t get me wrong though, it’s still an immensely lip puckering drink, it’s just a little easier on your face than Limoncello was.
The finish is sharp and bitter but the sourness has been replaced by a Muscovado sugar syrup coated lemon rind.
Whiskey Sour is superb.
Source: Cotteridge Wines