Minhas Lazy Mutt Gluten Free

Reviewed by on May 6, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Minhas Craft Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: May 5, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Alternative Grain

  • Rating: POOR

The Review

As Minhas insists on calling themselves a Craft Brewery, I posit that it makes them fair game for our little craft beer appreciation society.  Anyways, apparently this is a gluten-free offering, brewed at their Calgary-based ‘micro’ brewery, and the ingredient list teases with the tantalizing ‘fermented sorghum’ and ‘corn syrup’. Christ on a crutch, man. The depiction on the label suggests that this should instead be called Dead Dog ale, rather than the more pastoral ‘Lazy Mutt’.

This 330ml bottle pours a somewhat hazy, very pale golden straw colour, with one finger of loosely bubbly and crackling soda pop head, which dissolves before my eyes (I didn’t even need to stick my finger in it), rendering absolutely zilch in the way of lace.

It smells of oxidized cheap white wine, musty yeast, some stewed vegetal graininess, the most very wrong kind of dusty old barnyard, and spoiled apples. The taste is erp, uh, gaaaah, well, murp (hold it down son, you’ve had worse, right?) – the taste is wet, infected cardboard and nasty oxidation, incarnate, all affecting the not-used for a reason alterna-grain, the hostage-level stale fruitiness, even the pithy yeast. A sort of hollow, indistinct, and somehow warm doughiness arises, before being assimilated fully into a gritty stewed veggie morass. I feel like I should receive a medal, or something, just because I actually succeeded in keeping it down. Barely.

The carbonation is a tad fizzy, but wait a sec, and that problem solves itself, the body medium light in weight, with a filmy pithiness that has me scraping my tongue after only a few sips, so smooth, this ain’t. It finishes on the dry side, in a “the snow’s all melted, what’s left underneath” sort of way. Subtle, I know.

Given that the parity bar has been set pretty low for this pseudo-style of beer, I really feel for all those celiac suds lovers out there, but this is surely not the way to go. Unpleasant, warm where it shouldn’t be, and too difficult to get through a whole bottle even for research purposes. Avoid like the proverbial pizza-hating Noid.

Brady White



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