Ground Breaker IPA No. 5

Reviewed by on September 2, 2016 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Ground Breaker Brewing

  • Origin: Portland, OR, US

  • Rated On: September 2, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Here we have another offering from Portland’s Ground Breaker Brewing, and once again, it’s made with 100% gluten-free ingredients, as well as the Santiam hop, which is a new one for me.

This 22oz bottle pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with a fistful of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy ecru head, which leaves some splattered snow rime lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of indistinct juicy tropical fruit, additional domestic citrus flesh (orange, grapefruit, and lemon), a nutty sort of caramelized malt, ephemeral sour grainy notes, and some decent leafy, floral, and piney green hop bitterness.  The taste is more mixed citrus and candy-like exotic fruit, a mildly sour, caramel-adjacent and grainy maltiness, earthy yeast, a faint black pepper spiciness, some sort of watery nut butter, and further gentle leafy, weedy, and piney hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly wan in its barely-there frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight (so, for GF, really freaking good), and actually quite smooth, with a small airy creaminess arising shortly after things start warming up a bit.  It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness of the hops (I’m guessing) predominating.

Overall, this is one solid offering, for something that was made with absolutely no barley or wheat – they’ve gone and constructed a Frankenstein-esque malt base, but one that works well enough upon which to pile a boatload of West Coast and further afield hops.  Yeah, I would drink this because I want to, not because I have to.

Brady White

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