BSG Glutenberg Double IPA

Reviewed by on April 18, 2018 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasseurs Sans Gluten

  • Origin: Montréal, QC, CA

  • Rated On: April 18, 2018

  • Best Before: June 16, 2018

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Double IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Montréal’s Brasseurs Sans Gluten have made likely the first gluten-free version of this style that I’ve encountered.  Aaaaah, the holy trifecta of millet, corn, and buckwheat!

This 473ml can pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few instances of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of bready and buttery caramel malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, some otherly mustiness, and fairly peppy leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, buttery hippie crackers, some orange, red grapefruit, and lemon citrus peel, a somewhat spicy alterna-grain funkiness, some mildly estery yeast, a hint of boozy-booze, and more earthy, musty, and resinous piney verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and sort of smooth, as the hops and hard to ignore weird graininess making it a chore to attain any sort of ideal here.  It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt and zingy hops in a lingering tête-à-tête.

Overall – yeah, as usual, I’m of two minds about offerings such as this.  On one hand, it’s good and hoppy, but with a bit too many astringent grainy essences that drop it to below the norm for the style.  On the other, for a G-F brew, this is among the best that I’ve ever had, essentially for the exact opposite reasoning.

Brady White

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