Joseph James Foxtail Gluten Free Ale

Reviewed by on March 24, 2017 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Joseph James Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Henderson, NV, US

  • Rated On: March 24, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

I’ve been through Henderson, Nevada before, and recall no details of it, other than the boiling pavement on the way out to the Hoover Dam.  Now, I come across a gluten-free ale that hails from there – no meaning, no connection, no flapping butterfly wings, just an observation.

This 12oz can pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, very loosely (like the purported slots) foamy, and essentially fizzy dirty white head, which leaves absolutely nothing in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of over-perfumed department store shoppers, some rank buckwheat and/or sorghum graininess, stale (I know, it can’t actually do that) honey, a musty yeastiness, that white grape juice that’s been in the fridge for a bit too long, and some subtle leafy, floral, and mildly citrusy hoppiness.  The taste is acrid and somewhat off-putting sorghum ‘malt’, pithy black and white pepper spice, biscuity honey, well overripe apples, cooked organic (that’s not a compliment) rice, and some further leafy, earthy, and very soap-forward floral green hop bitterness.  The carbonation is adequate, I suppose, but that’s hardly relevant here, so I duly apologize to the local perky frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and not really smooth, I say without malice.  It finishes trending dry, but in a still messed-up, queered cider manner.

Overall, time and time again, you play with fire, ya get burnt – I don’t care how many sexed-up ‘American’ hops you throw at the base alterna-grains here, ain’t nothin’ saving this from assaulting my better beer senses.  Not worth the ‘lifestyle’ angle, and for the celiac beer lovers out there – move on, my friends, nothing to see here.

Brady White

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