Brulo Non Alcoholic Mango Guava IPA Review.


What type of beer is Brulo Mango Guava ?

Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The S...
Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The Same

This Brulo beer is an IPA but with added fruit. So i guess it is a fruit IPA.

IPA stands for India Pale Ale. Legend has it the extra hops and alcohol strength (of the alcoholic ones), was added to preserve the beer on the voyage from London to India.

IPAs are top fermenting beers, in warm conditions with ale yeast. They come in many forms these days but are all hop forward.

Is Brulo Mango Guava IPA really alcohol free?

Yes, all the Brulo beers have an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 0.0%, which technically means less than 0.05%.

That is the level needed to legally be called alcohol free as opposed to the non alcoholic threshold of 0.5%. This is the UK and USA law but you will see 0.5% beers with “alcohol free” branding due to EU laws. For more on this issue you can read my article on it here

Also, for anyone saying that <0.05% alcohol still has alcohol, they might want to consider how much alcohol is in every day foods and drinks they consume without realising it. You can read my very surprising article on the alcohol in our common foods here

The Ingredients

When you start putting fruit into beers, the ingredient list can grow. Breweries like to mix the grains as well.

Brulo Mango Guava IPA includes…

  • Water
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Mango
  • Guava
  • Wheat
  • Hops
  • Yeast

Brulo have included 3 different grains along with the 2 fruits. How will they be able to combine them all into a taste beer?

The Nutrition

Fruit in beer usually equals added sugar. You have sugar from the fruit itself and to balance out any acidity from them there is often even more sugar needed.

Values per 100ml or 100g
Alcohol0.0%
Calories 37kcal
Carbohydrate7.8g
Sugars3.9g
Brulo Mango Guava IPA Nutrition Stats

Yes, very high levels on the nutrition information from Brulo. There are top decile figures and if you are going to consume that much calories and carbs in a non alcoholic beer, you want it to taste very good.

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

The Look

The Brulo eye and styling with a bright orange which puts you in mind of the tropical fruits within

The beer itself looks like orange fanta. Not old school orange fanta that was chemical bright orange but the new style, dulled down one.

The Aroma

It has an interesting nose on it.

You can smell the mango and guava and the hops adds some citrus but you can definitely pick up the bitterness and the fact the sugar isn’t getting it all its own way

The Taste

Yea, that doesn’t work for me, sorry.

The first taste you get is a big mouthful of mango which is lovely. Guava tastes a bit like mango and it is in the mix as well. 

However, a big truckload of bitterness comes and takes away the nice tropical sweet flavours with an overly hoppy and bitter taste which lingers too long after you swallow.

The body is ok, I wouldn’t say it’s particularly massive despite the massive carb load. Similarly the mouthfeel is on the better side of “ok” but only just.

You can forget trying to taste any grain, they are drowned out.

The Verdict

It is a pity, I thought this might be nice but the very bitter hops just didn’t match with the sweet tropical fruits.

I know you get tropical tasting hops which can be nice but I think this was overly bitter.

The Score

4.5/10 – Brulo are not on a good run with me. I can’t see me wasting the calories to buy this again.

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 buy this at Sober Sauce and get 5% off with code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE

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 Mango Guava IPA gluten free? 

No, Brulo is not gluten free

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

Is Brulo Mango Guava IPA vegan?

Yes, Brulo beers are vegan friendly.

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

Review Overview
SUMMARY

Brulo are not on a good run with me. I can’t see me wasting the calories to buy this again.

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