New Planet Blonde Ale

Reviewed by on November 20, 2015 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: New Planet Beer Company

  • Origin: Boulder, CO, US

  • Rated On: November 20, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Blonde Ale

  • Rating: POOR

The Review

OK, after trying some of New Planet’s recently introduced ‘gluten reduced’ beer a few days ago, we’re back to the sorghum and brown rice extract method of nixing gluten from the beer equation – uh huh.

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly fizzy off-white head, which leaves a few minor instances of sea plume ‘lace’ around the glass as it quickly sinks out of sight.

It smells like apple or white wine vinegar mixed with rubbing alcohol, with a heady dose of free-range berry sugar tossed right in, and an acrid vegetal graininess (my old nemesis, sorghum, back out of Cletus’ back 40 again, it would seem). The taste is sweet, musty, and kind of thin apple cider, more unpleasantly vegetal maltiness, some stricken earthy yeast, cheap dark sugar notes, and a hollow attempt at weedy, floral hop bitterness. The carbonation is fairly light in its incessant and pandering fizziness, the body on the wan side of the barest middleweight, and not really all that smooth, as the tart and pithy fruity nature just doesn’t lean that way. It finishes off-dry, the stale apple cider thing still a going concern, while the other goings on are of no concern.

Yup, the divide between the two processes for arriving at gluten-free (or reduced, I get it) beer ever widens. I can’t really tell apart all the alternative grain offerings, especially from this brewery, as they all pretty much are a variation on what I’ve detailed here. Oh, and how is it that New Planet is from beer haven Boulder, Colorado? How have they not been run out of town, or at the very least, um, better educated?

Brady White

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