- Crisp and a clean biting fruitiness
- Sessionable and full-bodied flavour
- Beautiful lingering and bitter aftertaste
- Slight, very slight wateriness makes it smooth but almost overly smooth
When I went on my first Bumble BFF date with my friend Pete, we went to North Taproom: Sovereign Street and ordered two beers. He ordered a non-alcoholic Brulo beer and I ordered an alcoholic pilsner, at the time I wasn’t aware that Pete didn’t drink. It’s not really something you bring up right away I suppose. Either way, it was a cool moment where we were able to grab a beer together, even though he wasn’t drinking alcohol, and nothing was lost. It’s enough to endear me to Brulo.
Brulo are based out of Edinburgh but brew out of Belgium, they’re a phantom brewery i.e. they come up with the recipes and the Belgium brewery brews it for a fee. It’s pretty common in the nolo world, especially if you are in the startup phase of business.
I’ve reviewed Brulo before so I’m looking forward to diving into Lust For Life, it will be the first DDH IPA (Double Dry Hopped India Pale Ale) that I’ve knowingly tried and it’s a nolo, you can’t beat that! Let’s boogie, Lust.
Lust For Life First Impressions
Have you ever skipped stones on a beach? I hope so. If you haven’t, stop whatever you’re doing and drive to the nearest body of water and skip some stones and your life will suddenly be filled with meaning. Anyway…Imagine you find a stone that has been smoothed from years and years of being slapped by wave after ocean wave. You pick it up, run your finger over it and think it’s almost too smooth to be a good skipping stone. That is how smooth Brulo’s Lust For Life is.
Lust is a straw, light golden colour. It’s very clear and almost transparent. When I cracked the can, I could smell the hops from an arm’s length away. Sorry to everyone else who was catching the train that day! Or rather, you’re all very welcome. Lust has a grainy and hop-heavy smell whilst also giving off a light citrus/fruitiness with subtle honey-sweet notes.
A lot of average nolo beers struggle to have a full-depth, full-bodied taste. Lust says, ‘You need to get out more, there are plenty of nolos with plenty of depth.’ Lust is refreshing, cleansing and bitter. Its bitterness has this drying effect that is really pleasant. For taste, the fruit hits immediately, it’s nice and crisp like a very ripe and slightly sour apple. The taste develops into a burnt toast/firewood flavour before the fruitiness cuts through once again and hangs out in the back of the throat. It’s good and complex. It is, however, overly smooth – almost giving off a slight wateriness, which I consider a black mark against any nolo. The aftertaste lingers and leaves a nice and light bitter trail, it’s perfect.
Overall, Lust is a very light beer, light enough to almost be a lager. The lingering bitterness, surprising fruit bite, and after-taste are top-notch. Give it a whirl on its own, with salad, or with gyros. It will leave you wanting more – such is life, such is lust.
Where to Buy Lust For Life
You can find cans of Lust in online at the following…
Lust For Life Price
The price of Lust For Life varies depending on where you buy it from and how many cans you buy. I bought 2 cans from Wisebartender for £2.69 per can.
Nutritional Information, Ingredients & Calories
Lust For Life DDH IPA is a vegan and gluten-free, low calorie nolo choice. The ingredients for Lust For Life are:
|Nutritional Information||Per 100mL|
|Energy (KJ / KCal)||140 / 33|
|Fat (g)||0 g|
|Of Which Saturates (g)||0 g|
|Carbohydrate (g)||7.9 g|
|Of Which Sugars (g)||3.8 g|
|Protein (g)||< 1 g|
|Salt (g)||< 0.1 g|
Lust For Life is a DDH IPA brewed by Brulo. Brulo is based out of Edinburgh, Scotland but the beer itself is brewed out of Belgium as Brulo is a phantom brewery. I rated Lust 4.25 stars out of possible 5. Its positives were: it’s crisp, it’s clean, it’s smooth, it has a fruity bite to it, it’s sessionable and full-bodied, and that it has a fantastic after-taste. The black mark against Lust For Life is in its smoothness, it has a slight wateriness to it. Lust For Life can be purchased at certain pubs owned by North Brew Co and online at several webshops including Brulo’s own web-shop. I purchased 2 cans from Wise Bartender for £2.69 each. Lust is vegan, gluten-free and low-calorie, what’s not to love. Enjoy!