Glutenberg American Pale Ale

Reviewed by on April 11, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasseurs Sans Gluten

  • Origin: Montréal, QC, CA

  • Rated On: April 10, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Brasseurs Sans Gluten are a brewery from metro Montreal, who exclusively make gluten-free beer.  This part of their lineup is purportedly their hoppy offering – it’s still strange to me to see nutritional information on a craft-beer-esque looking label.

This 341ml bottle pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with a single, very skinny finger of loosely foamy off-white head, which dissipates quite quickly, leaving some string bean islet lace around the glass in its feeble wake.

It smells of somewhat sweet tropical, and bitter citrus hops, thin brown sugar, a soft spicy graininess, and an earthy leafiness. The taste is sharp, spicy grain, kind of metallic, gritty, and musty, but generally held together by some additional weighty dark sugar essences, some ethereal black pepper notes, and a decent leafy, muted citrus hop bitterness.  The bubbles are a bit frothy, and generally well behaved, the body a commendable no-frills medium weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes just off-dry, the hops persisting in their support of the sassy non-barley malt.

Interesting. At first gulp, I was almost put off. However, after a few more tentative acclimatization steps, I was settled in. This is fairly reminiscent of a sweet rye ale, and a well hopped one at that. The various alterna-grains, so depressing in my previous beer-based exposure to them, are brought together here to create something at least a bit more tasty and challenging than the average pale ale out there. The various unusual flavours can’t be discounted, but they are far from unpleasant, making this a keeper – if I was tied to a gluten-free diet – it has to be said.

Brady White

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