Brulo Sabro Galaxy Non Alcoholic DDH IPA Review


What type of beer is Brulo Sabro Galaxy?

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

Brulo Sabro Galaxy is a “DDH IPA” which is a double dry hopped, India pale ale.

DDH = Double dry hopped. This means that the beer could either have twice the amount of hops added compared to normal or that it has been dry hopped twice (over two charges)

An IPA is a top fermenting, warm brewed ale that its hop forward anyway.

The Ingredients

One of the Brulo plus points is that they tend to use the basic ingredients.

Brulo Sabro Galaxy includes…

  • Water
  • Barley
  • Hops
  • Yeast

Hops – Sabro, Galaxy

Once again they have just used the basics, which i think should be applauded.

In terms of the hops, both sabre and galaxy should bring tropical and citrus fruit flavours. It is becoming as fashionable to pick beers based on the hops as well as they style or brewery.

Is Brulo Sabro Galaxy really alcohol free?

Yes, all the Brulo beers have a quoted AVB of 0.0%, or less than 0.05% to be a pedant. 

<0.05% is the level needed to legally be called alcohol free. The next level up is non alcoholic with a 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

I come across people who say <0.05% alcohol still has alcohol which is technically true. However, they might want to consider how much alcohol is in every day foods and drinks they eat and never realise it. You can read my very surprising article on the alcohol in our common foods here

The Nutrition

If the ingredients is a plus point for Brulo, the nutrition is very much a negative.

Values per 100ml or 100g
Alcohol0.0%
Calories 33kcal
Carbohydrate7.9g
Sugars3.8g
Brulo Sabro Galaxy Nutrition Stats

As you can see, this nutritional profile is typical and nearly identical across all their range. These calorie, carbs and sugar levels are right at the top of the non alcoholic beer ranges and in their particular IPA subsection, they are stand out bad.

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 deep purple. Im not sure what to expect taste wise form the can.

The beer itself is very pale and thin looking. From the dark purples I was expecting a much darker beer.

The Aroma

The two tropical and citrus hops certainly give a bouquet of mango, guava and lemon. I don’t pick up much malt but that is going to be squashed by the double dry hopped aromas.

The Taste

Ah Brulo, it just always disappoints. 

The big tropical smells don’t really translate into the beer in terms of flavour. There is a weak tropical and mild citrus flavour along with some bitterness but for a double hopped IPA, the hopping feels weak at best.

Then you have the ongoing issue with Brulo, the very sugary taste. Just as you are searching for the hops flavours you get a nasty sweet taste that lingers for all too long.

There is enough body and mouthfeel but that is the least you would want from 7.8g/100ml of carbs

The Verdict

An underwhelming tropical DDH IPA from Brulo, which once again, is just too sweet.

The Score

3.5/10 – They need to triple hop this and cut the carbs and sugar in half before this is worth another try.

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 Sabro Galaxy gluten free? 

No, Brulo Sabro Galaxy is not gluten free

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

Is Brulo Sabro Galaxy vegan?

Yes, Brulo Sabro Galaxy is 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

They need to triple hop this and cut the carbs and sugar in half before this is worth another try.

1.8

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