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The design is dominated by a swirl of pale green over slightly paler yellow, which conjures various mental images. It is somehow psychedelic, and I imagine that is what Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead used to see on the backs of his eyelids.

It also resembles the writhing, inescapable face-tentacles of that High Priest of the Great Old Ones, Cthulhu, reaching triumphantly towards the heavens as the dying sun sets on mankind’s inconsequential existence.

And the name – Fruit Lupe – suggests a wolfy influence. Time to investigate, although I’d be happier if I could think of a lupine pun first. Howl I get on? Let’s find out…

The Pour

A firm but loose head forms inside the glass and lingers there, delicate like Greece’s finest filigree silver, or an ornate network of coral. It’s a shame to destroy such a fragile and intricate structure, but I’m thirsty and it looks delicious!

The beer itself is bright yellow and clear like a mug full of ghost canaries. Strangely, I’ve never had a spectral bird in my mouth before, so I’m understandably keen to get started!

The Aroma & Flavour

The fragrance is floral, spicy and fruity, like being thumped between the eyes by a morris dancer armed with a curried papaya. After one gulp, my mouth is left with an unusual butteriness, as though the little Lurpak man has blown his trumpet on my tongue whilst wearing shoes fashioned from tiny mangoes.

It’s the oddest yet most irresistible combination since Robson and Jerome.

Brass Castle Fruit Lupe
Lapping up the fruity goodness

In Summary

It’s smooth yet fruity, like a shaven werewolf marinating in a bath full of Skittles, but the lycanthropic link stops there.

I’d finish with another wolf pun, but I’d need to paws for a think. Instead, I advise everyone to huff, puff, and blow the froth off a Fruit Lupe or two!

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The Facts

Brewery: Brass Castle

Beer Name: Fruit Lupe

ABV: 4.8%

Beer Style: Pale Ale