New Planet Seclusion IPA

Reviewed by on November 18, 2015 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: New Planet Beer Company

  • Origin: Boulder, CO, US

  • Rated On: November 18, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

All right, this seems to be a departure for New Planet, as the label (and their website) specifies that they’ve made this one with the normal gluten-rife ingredients, but have used some method or other (oh, sorry, ‘crafted’) to remove it.

This 12oz can pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly creamy ecru head, which leaves some splotchy hoar frost lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, lightly doughy caramel malt, a twinge of biscuity toffee, some pleasantly fruity (pears, apples, and melon) esters, a touch of earthy yeast, and decent leafy, grassy, and piney hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, a muddled pale orchard fruitiness, waning buttered biscuits, and a prominent leafy, floral, and wet pine needle hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite light-handed in its lackadaisical frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, the loitering hops not of the overly bitter sort. It finishes on the sweet side, both the lingering malt and fruit and floral-forward hops colluding as such.

Wow – I guess this is just another nail in the coffin of gluten-reduced beers made with ‘alternative’ grains, which just don’t cut the muster, I’m afraid. Seclusion IPA looks, smells, and tastes nothing like any other New Planet beer that I’ve had, and I mean that in the best way possible (for the former). If you’ve made gluten avoidance a lifestyle choice, then I highly recommended this, but I believe that celiacs still have cause to be very wary.

Brady White

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