Glutenberg India Pale Ale

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

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasseurs Sans Gluten

  • Origin: Montréal, QC, CA

  • Rated On: June 9, 2014

  • Best Before: April 25, 2015

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Apparently Brasseurs Sans Gluten are now packaging their gluten-free offerings in tall cans, including this new to us IPA, a style not exactly well-represented in this particular offshoot of beerdom.

This 473ml can pours a crystal clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and weakly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some random droopy instances of hanging archipelago lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of mildly acrid generic citrus pith, dank pine and leafy forest floor detritus, and a somewhat normative bready caramel malt, one barely touched by some vegetative notes from the buckwheat, millet, and corn – wait, whut? The taste is much more variable – still heady orange and grapefruit hop bitters, sure, but now the malt is more bready, in a corn pone sort of manner, with some still prominent cereal and caramel notes, ones whose provenance is duly questioned by this scribe, a nondescript orchard fruitiness, and a further leafy mustiness. The bubbles are average in their bearing, manifesting in a generally playful frothy manner, the body a surprisingly sturdy medium weight, and more or less smooth, the still heady hops showing some gentlemanly attributes right about now. It finishes still fairly hoppy, those unspecified west coast big-C hops providing serious bang for the buck, with the more pertinent and relevant malt character starting to think it’s people.

Way, way better than a whole swath of so-called ‘American IPAs’ that I have come across in the past decade or so of my slavish hop worship. Sure, there’s a few, slightly weird notes from the guest non-barley grains, but hey, c’mon, I’ve experienced much, much worse from all those shady contract brewers out there. Whatever you have done (without detailing as such) to my poor little abused of late palate, good on ya, BSG, for getting this one oh so very right.

Brady White

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