DuffMan (6439) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can, shared with Robbie. This beer instantly reminded me of Scott’s Pale Ale from New Zealand, which is another beer that uses hop juice to mask the lack of body and malt structure in a gluten free beer. Certainly leagues better than the majority of the gluten-free brews on the market, but very unbalanced and ultimately unsatisfying compared to a grain-based pale ale.
pintbypint (2537) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 1, 2012
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
473ml can. 5.8% as per label on can. A pale yellow pour, white head. No lacing. Light nose with orange peel and faint pineapple. Taste is grassy and leafy, mild citrus, faint fruit, trace of hay or straw, nothing really dominant. Finishes with mild grass and citrusy hops. Light body, lots of carbonation. Overall unsatisfying, not enough there to contrast the strong hops. A nice idea, but to thin to carry the bitterness.
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2012
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Can. Yellow with very thin head despite steady bubbles. Smells something like beer. Thin unfriendly flavour with very harsh finish. Metallic.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can at work, from a Trois Mousquetaires glass. Pours clear yellow, thin, very short-lived white head, no lacing. Nose is HOPPY! What an amazingly pleasant surprise! Some nice hop aroma, earhty and slightly sour malt aroma, but Wow! This doesn’t smell NEARLY as bad as other Gluten-free offerings. Flavours are bright and hoppy, with an odd mouthfeel, almost oily. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t take this over most regular beers, but for a Gluten-free offering, this stuff is a Rockstar!
reebtogi (4038) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 18, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
473ml can pours a pale golden color with a finger of fizzy white head that reveals nothing as it settles. Aroma is dominated by light fruits and mild hops. Taste is light fruity sweetness with little malt and a dry hoppy bitterness in the finish. Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Not bad for a gluten free brew.
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can from the LCBO. pours yellow with minimal white head. Aroma is slightly sour with some citrus, hops, grains. almost cider-like. Probably a pretty good gluten free beer but not for me....then again my buddy who avoids gluten for health reasons quickly opened up a new bottle of stout...
DeanF (1662) - Nunavut, CANADA - FEB 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
As a salutation of solidarity to my gluten-free brothers, I rate this beer. Quite frankly, I have no idea what it means to be sensitive to "gluten", or any other thing out there - I eat them all, and in some countries they give me the runs, but little else. So the fact that such a problem exists, and persists, and is even important enough that brewers will make a beer that avoids your affliction, I feel for you. It has a typical head and yellow body, the aroma is heavy on the hops but also exhibits leather, meat, salt, soft hops. The flavour is very perfumatic hops, several layers of it, lending a plantiness to the whole experiment. I’d call it a weird beer, it lacks balance, but then again I’m not averse to gluten and cannot say what a gluten-allergic person might think of the thing. Amidst all my non-gluten beers, this one is all right. For sure.
GregClow (2847) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can from the LCBO. Bright, clear golden with a good sized white head that recedes to a thin cap pretty quickly. Aroma is oddly tangy (likely from the sorghum) with a fruity back note and a very slight herbal edge. Nice mouthfeel that’s closer to a "real" beer than most other gluten free beers I’ve tried. Flavour could definitely be more beer-like - the pear juice is quite prominent, and it’s sweeter than I’d like - but the hops take a bit of the edge off, and there’s a nice subtle bitterness in the finish. Some might consider the use of pear juice and demerara sugar to be cheating, but if I was gluten intolerant and looking for a beer substitute, I’d probably be more concerned with finding something decent & drinkable than I would be with the ingredients used to make it. And decent & drinkable is exactly what this beverage is.
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2011
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Canette 473ml sous le nom "Nickel Brook Gluten Free" et titrant à 5,8% d’alcool. De couleur dorée et claire. Nez de grains de céréales sucrés et de légumes bouillis, moyen de caramel butterscotch et d’alcool métallique, léger de fruits (pommes macérées, notes d’agrumes, traces d’ananas) et de houblon floral aux notes citriques et herbeuses (herbes mouillées). Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-fort et une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyen-léger goût fruité (pommes macérées, traces d’agrumes et de poires vertes) accompagné de notes de légumes bouillis sucrés lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de grains de céréales moyennement sucrées avec un léger goût de butterscotch et des notes de pain mouillé puis en finale l’on retrouve une légère amertume de houblon herbeux (herbes mouillées) avec des petites traces florales ainsi que des traces d’alcool métallique. Post-goût moyen-court composé d’une légère amertume de houblon herbeux avec un léger goût fruité (pelures de pommes, pépins de poire) et des petites traces d’alcool.
Lubiere (9731) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2011 A golden "IPA" with a thin collapsing white head. In aroma, rather strange butterscotch and coconut cream mix, not really hoppy, bizarre. In mouth, I have to admit this is half decent for a gluten free beer, subdued butterscotch, light British hops, caramel, but some off puting solventy notes. I’m not going to be too harsh given that for the genre, this is not too bad. Can from LCBO, June 2011.
Tried the cask version at Ottawa cask fest., June 26 2011., and that was a total miss, looking like pineaplle juice, aroma of floor polish, bizarre, strange and bilous mouthfeel, iodine, vomit, bad...4-2-3-1-4.