New Planet Tread Lightly Session Ale

Reviewed by on November 23, 2015 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: New Planet Beer Company

  • Origin: Boulder, CO, US

  • Rated On: November 23, 2015

  • Best Before: Illegible

  • ABV: 4.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Blonde Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Tread Lightly Session Ale is another newish brew from New Planet where they explicitly state that they used grains with gluten (yay!), and then ‘crafted’ it out later, so they can’t (or didn’t feel the need to) verify or guarantee the gluten levels herein.

This 12oz can pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a fistful of puffy, loosely foamy, and well bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar alien script lace around the glass as it gently sinks away.

It smells of bready, rather doughy pale malt, a further toasted graininess, some decent apple and pear fleshy fruitiness, ethereal white pepper spice notes, and earthy, leafy, grassy, and slightly spicy hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, lightly toasted crackers, a certain pome fruit sweetness, fading table top ground pepper, and more leafy, weedy, and mildly grassy hops. The carbonation is adequate in its supportive and occasionally playful frothiness, the body a solid medium weight for the purported style, and mostly smooth, with a small airy creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, the grainy malt and muddled lingering fruit seeing just a little extra sass from the greenish hops.

Overall, not a bad brew, the session blonde ale metrics that they are apparently aiming for duly achieved. The inherent recipe has obviously been changed for this iteration, and from what I can tell, it’s for the better. Much, much better.

Brady White

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