At the start of today Neck Oil from Beavertown was ranked Number 1 of all the beers that we have tested so far.
It’s not anymore….
BREWER: Siren Craft Brew, Berkshire
STYLE: Loose Leaf Pale Ale
VESSEL: 330ml bottle
I honestly thought the foundation of this review was going to be the strength of this pale ale. I was wrong….
What on earth have I just consumed?? Simply sensational does not do Yu Lu justice. I’m actually blown away and pretty speechless about how good this beer actually is. I also keep having moments of wanting to type ‘seeing as it’s only 3.6%’ but that makes no difference. Yu Lu is up there with the big boys regardless of strength. Ok, I need to compose myself here…
I do have to start with this 3.6% thing really but only because this is so weak it has dawn till dusk and dusk till dawn and back around again written all over it as a session beer. Some may find the citrus levels too much for a long stint but personally I’m more than ok with it because (not sure if I mentioned already) this beer tastes fantastic.
The nose and flavour are just so pleasant its untrue. Huge amounts of citrus hits but somehow they are not overbearing. Honestly there is a Lemon and Grapefruit smell and taste throughout but it’s not too much, it’s just right. The aftertaste is fantastic and hangs around longer than your giddy aunt trying to find her car keys.
Packaging wise, although I like the general direction Siren have taken to a point it has never blown me away. However Yu Lu looks pretty good in my opinion, the colours and scaling all sit together very nicely.
Tastes better than fantastic.
And you can drink it all night long…
Lionel, take it away….
Jymi’s Rating: 92%
Sometimes things come along in life and you just know that they are meant to be. And that’s the way it is with me and Yulu. This is an absolute belter of a beer.
Let us start with the packaging: what Siren have done so well, like many other breweries, is develop an outstanding image. It’s a brand that could only be Siren. It’s of note. It’s subtle. It’s well thought out. It thoroughly works.
Let loose from the bottle and you have something that is quite mesmeric. The colour in the glass is light and alluding. It’s not fully transparent but has a hint of a cloudiness that is just so alluring; there is no way that you can resist your first long pull.
However, before that you have the nose. It is nigh on perfect. Packed full of citrusy aromas that are backed by tropical notes that linger on your nasal cavity for such a good amount of time. I have to say that it really is heady.
Then to the drinking. Wow. You are met with the promised lemon and lime hints, followed by a light tea aftertaste. The length of this flawless brew hangs around for the time you want it to. Not too short that the party is over before it has started and not too long so as to leave an unwanted taste guest in your mouth. Honestly, Siren has brewed Yulu to near on damn perfection.
It is so rare to find such a gem. It is so unusual to have anything in this world that ticks all the boxes. Siren has done that with Yulu.
This is an awesome beer that is light and refreshing and packs such a punch at the same time. It has bags of charisma and is filled to the bottle top with character.
Sammy’s Rating: 94%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 93%
MOB review next weekend: GAMMA RAY by BEAVERTOWN BREWERY
THE PENULTIMATE WEDNESDAY OF THE MUSE ON BOOZE SUMMER OF GIN ROLLS AROUND NEXT WEEK – AND THE GIN WE HAVE IS BOODLES… AVERAGE REALLY