Brulo Lust For Life Non Alcoholic DDH IPA Review

What type of beer is Brulo Lust For Life?

Lust For Life is a DDH IPA. That means it is double dry hopped and is an India pale ale.

Double dry hopping can either mean there is twice the normal amount of hops but usually it means that it has been dry hopped twice, that is adding extra dried hops near the end of the brewing.

India pale ales are beers made with ale yeast, are top fermented and warm brewed. They are hop forward and if made alcoholic are usually higher in alcohol content than a lager.

The Ingredients

Brulo is a brewery that uses just the simple 4 beer ingredients when they can. As a purest, i really like that. You can taste the artificial bits when you see a big brand has “natural flavouring” in the list.

Brulo Lust For Life includes…

  • Water 
  • Barley
  • Hops
  • Yeast

Hops – Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic

In terms of the hops here, simcoe brings so tropical, citrus and earthy notes; citra brings mango and guava type tropical flavours and; mosaic big berry style flavours.

The Nutrition

The big draw back with the entire Brulo range is that they brew there beers with a lot of carbs and sugar resulting in a sweet beer with lots of calories.

Values per 100ml or 100g
Calories 33kcal
Brulo Lust For Life Nutrition Stats

I just don’t see the need to go this high in carbs and sugar. The amount of brilliant but really low carb non alcoholic IPAs out there is huge so i can be easily done. I think it is more a product of how they brew to get 0.0% whereas if they went down the 0.5% route the could use a lot less carbs.

See my full article on why some beers are 0.0% and some are 0.5% here

To read more about what isotonic is and how it affects beers, you can read about that here

The Look

There is the usual Brulo eyball and can styling, this time with cooling blues and greens. I would expect this to be extra refreshing from the can.

The beer itself is very pale just like the other Brulo DDH IPA

The Aroma

There is quite a nice nose of tropical fruits and citrus from the hops. I don’t pick up and of the malt side of things but in a DDH, that is to be expected.

The Taste

This is very nearly the best Brulo beer or maybe it actually is. The hops are flavourful of tropical fruits, berries and citrus. I don’t get any pine from them.

The bitterness is there but not overly so and the body is pretty good.

Even the mouthfeel is big but then we come once again to the big drawback of any Brulo.

This is just too sweet. 

They have the same brewing for all their beers which results in a frankly ridiculous calorie, carb and sugar level for a pale beer.

A DDH IPA should have ample flavour to allow you to get away with making it far more skinny in terms of the carbs.As it stands, this is a pretty decent beer partially ruined by an overly sweet taste

The Verdict

There is a good beer in here and it is a pity that Brulo keep trying to ruin them with their nutrition stats

The Score

6/10 – A winner in terms of the Brulo line up but massively down the whole non alcoholic beer pecking order 

Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page

Where to buy?

You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer

For UK readers, Light Drinks has this and others, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 5% off

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Is Brulo Lust For Life gluten free? 

No, Brulo Lust For Life is not gluten free

I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.

Is Brulo Lust For Life vegan?

Yes, Brulo Lust For Life is vegan friendly as is the entire range.

For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.

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