New Planet Pale Ale

Reviewed by on May 27, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: New Planet Beer Company

  • Origin: Boulder, CO, USA

  • Rated On: May 26, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: American Pale Ale

  • Rating: POOR

The Review

New Planet Pale Ale is this contract brewery’s flagship brand, brewed once again at Fort Collins Brewery, with sorghum, brown rice extract, molasses, and tapioca, as well as three varieties of hops, unspecified.

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fat fingers of thinly puffy, weakly foamy ecru head, which surprisingly settles to one of the densest whipped-cream swirls that I have ever seen on a such a beer, which wafts off, though, at an accelerated rate, leaving some small patches of fuzzy lace around the glass.

It smells of sharp, heat-less alcohol, flat caramel esters, a musty medicinal essence, a bit of unmolested citrus, and an astringent, grassy, woodiness. The taste is sour, cider-soaked cardboard, a rather overt lye-like soapiness, some well blotted-out citrus notes, underripe apple, oh, screw it – there’s nothing really malty or hoppy at all about this so-called ‘ale’. The carbonation is rather obfuscated, and barely noticeable, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth in the vein of Pitbull or Justin Bieber. It finishes off-dry, the over-the-top musty sweetness seeming sort of proud of its persistence, amongst thankfully little else at this point.

Gah. This is the sort of offering that gives gluten-free beers such a bad name. Very, very few beer qualities overall, and mostly just a whole lot of stale cider, and weird soapy notes. Hardly something worthy of moving off of actual craft cider or wine for, if you are in the target demographic set, I’m afraid. Avoid.

Brady White

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