Green’s India Pale Ale

Reviewed by on June 19, 2015 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Green's Gluten Free Beers

  • Origin: Stockport, England

  • Rated On: June 19, 2015

  • Best Before: April 17, 2016

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: English IPA

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

Green’s is an English company, who have their beer made at DeProef Brewery in Belgium.  Here, we have another rare gluten-free IPA, made with millet, buckwheat, rice, and sorghum.

This 500ml bottle pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with one very slim finger of wispy and bubbly beige head, which leaves a bit of isolated barrier reef lace in places around the glass as things very slowly sink away.

It smells of sweet, sort of musty orange and lemon fruit rind, a typically indistinct vegetal graininess, sickly yeast, oxidized sour white wine, and further dank, weedy, and leafy greens (heh). The taste is sharp wet pine needle and its fellow acrid forest floor friends, ethereal orange, lemon, and lime citrus, twisted yeast, sour grain (sorghum, mostly, I’m guessing, from experience), and more over-attenuated white wine esters. The carbonation is fairly pleasant in its probing and bounding fizziness, the body medium-light in weight, and not all that smooth, as the aforementioned yeast and sourness really don’t play well here. It finishes a bit off-dry, the muddled graininess facing an even more mixed-up hop bitterness and fruity astringency.

Yeah, this has all the indefensible hallmarks of throwing the ‘alternative’ grain kitchen sink at a brew, to see what happens. Neither tasty nor particularly enjoyable overall, and even though the hops seem to have brought their game, they’ve found that their opponents (or teammates, depending on how one looks at it), are kind of trained for the wrong sport, as it were, and not much fun to play with at all.

Brady White

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