Beer Review: Castillian Lemon & Honey Cheesecake – Siren Craft Brew

The other day my Dad said he saw a Lemon Cheesecake Sour IPA in Morrisons and asked if I wanted it. I instantly said yes because the only brewery it could have been from was Siren. Now, the reason I was so excited for it was because it was the first sour beer I ever tried. Peter, a sales manager who works for Siren, came and did a tasting for our pub when I first started working there. He gave us this beer to try, I fell in love with it and he promptly said it was a one off batch and that this was one of the last cans. Well, evidently it is back! Brewed with honey and sea salt it comes in at a relatively high 6.2% ABV.

Visually the beer pours a slightly cloudy marmalade colour, with a surprisingly large head to it. Absolutely, tonnes of fresh lemon on the nose. The front of the beer has a proper sharp, lemon sourness to it. As you keep drinking, there is a very clear honey sweetness present. The finish has that biscuit-like breadiness, sometimes present in sours, that actually compliments the rest of the flavours really well.

A quick note on the can art: I love Siren’s can art. Almost always really abstract and bright, they standout so clearly on the supermarket shelves.

It might be nostalgia talking but I love this beer. Incredibly refreshing and packed to the brim with well balanced flavours. The beer is also very drinkable, particularly when you consider the ABV. With the current weather, a couple of these would slip down very easy. My only real criticism with the beer is that I don’t get any hoppiness from the IPA aspect. In fact, I actually didn’t realise it was an IPA until I was writing this review and looking closely at that can. Other than that though a crackling beer that lives up to Siren’s high standards!

Score: 8/10

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Additional Information:

  • Hops: Simcoe, Citra, Amarillo, Centennial & Chinook
  • Malt: Malted Barley, Wheat
  • IBU: Not Available
  • ABV: 6.2%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: No
  • Purchase Location: Tesco
  • Purchase Price: £3

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