Mikkeller Peter, Pale And Mary Gluten Free

Reviewed by on January 16, 2015 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Mikkeller

  • Origin: Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Rated On: January 16, 2015

  • Best Before: November 13, 2015

  • ABV: 4.6%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Keeping up with their recent initiative of re-tooling existing brews, this is gypsy-brewer extraordinaire Mikkeller’s gluten-reduced version of their recent Peter, Pale, and Mary offering (a pleasantly punny beer name in the first place), coming in at <20 ppm.

This 330ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale copper amber hue, with three pudgy fingers of puffy, bulbous, and generally fizzy ecru head, which leaves some sudsy layered lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of fleshy orange and red grapefruit, earthy yeast, white chalk, grainy pale malt, mild biscuity caramel notes, and further leafy, piney, and grassy hops. The taste is more somewhat acrid citrus pith, musty yeast, a muddled stoney flintiness, gritty, bready pale malt, and a steady pine forest floor bitterness – leafy detritus, spruce needles, and root undergrowth. The bubbles are pretty understated, barely a tickle to be had for my blue-balled tongue here, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, a nascent creaminess arising as it warms. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, lightly sweetened pale malt doing well to linger amongst the remainder of the hoppy citrus and pine cone day.

Sort of a barely dumbed-down version of the base APA – the hoppy character is just not quite so robust. However, for a gluten-avoiding project, this one still comes out all right – enough going on to keep any and all fans of hoppy pale ales interested and strung along.

Brady White

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