superspak (6200) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2016
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/26/2015. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-medium pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly drying on the finish from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good gluten reduced pale ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. johndoughty (5600) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle. Golden with a clear appearance. Small head and slightly malty flavour. Better than expected compared with my previous experience with this brewery. Bought from Marks and Spencers which the question why did they choseto import from a pretty obscure brewery when there are so many more to chose from in America? cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Bottle @ home. Fuck, didn’t realize that I grabbed a glutten-free piece of shit. Oh well. Clear, dark burnt orange appearance with a big bubbly, tan head. Pretty grapefruit and piney hoppy forward with some light woody notes in the nose. Grainy wood, a bit charred, grapefruity, piney hoppy flavor. Maybe the most hop forward, glutten-free beer I’ve had and actually pretty good. jmohno (1679) - Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2012 Nice glowing copper color with short head,quickly gone ,slight lacing.
Mild hop nose ripe fruit and ??? and some sweet carmel notes.Slight nutty. Fairly mild aroma but yet nice. Maybe a slight bit of yeast/yeast ester.
Taste is pretty good,its pretty hoppy,slickish-smooth, some toast/breadiness, mostlycaramel-with light nutty notes. Medium fullish body. Almost like an amber kind of. Pretty malty for a pale ale. Some sweet stickyness in finish,well balanced by good hop flavor and a smooth and mellow kind of peppery/pine bittering. Clean finish. A little on the mild side of bittering in the average pale ale but very sessionable. Pretty ok with having 5 more of these to randomly have but wouldnt really go out and get another 6er of it that soon. Very good for a minimal gluten beer. Block (3222) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2013
I liked this beer. It had a smooth body with a nice flavor. Sweet malts and enough hops to really balance it out.
mrmartin (786) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Dark Golden/Amber Pour clear with moderate carbonation. Thin white head.
Nose is hoppy, mild citrusy aromatics. Easy drinking pale. Light body. Clean bitter finish. Totally drinkable for the GF catagory but pales in comparison to standard pales and IPA’s.
Good option for gluten intolerant friends (i think my partner will stick to cider though) michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2014 You just know something is not right in the world when you find yourself rating a gluten free beer. But such is life at the moment. My previous view of GF beer has moved from, "Why bother?", to "Thank God for making this available". This looks to be one of the "better" GF beers, so here we go. Golden pour, decent white head that holds on barely long enough, and an aroma that consists of mild hop and...what...is...that...some grainy aroma that reminds me of malt. It’s not bad, just different. Taste is relatively dry, slightly astringent, very grainy. This is not sweet. Finish is moderately bitter and again, grainy. Ok, in the world of beer v.s. no beer, this is actually decent. In the world of "I can drink whatever I want", not so much. That said, I’ve had plenty of pale ales, among other brews, that are substantially less interesting than this. This, at least, has character and flavor, hop taste, a finish that lingers, and a little complexity. Oddly, I dislike most of this brewers other beers, and probably have rated several at about the level or lower. Overall, my new perspective stands, "Thank God this is available". This will keep me from cheating until real beer is back up for grabs. JanLaursen (3226) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle, 33 cl. Clear golden with a decent white head. Fruity hoppy and smooth caramely nose. Flavor is toasted and caramel medium sweet malty with notes of red berries, grapefruity hops, citrus. Medium bitter finish. High drinkabillity. If I had problems with gluten, I’d drink this one on a hot summers day. jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Nice golden color, just small head. Aroma is floral and citrus hops, a tough of caramel. Lightly bitter. Some pine, citrus, floral tastes, along with a toasted malt. Finish has an unusual taste, slightly metallic., but not unpleasant.
Very drinkable. Looking forward to trying their IPA. Beese (3288) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle from Great British Beer Festival 2013. Poured a clear amber with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus hops and some bready malt. Flavours of grain, golden syrup and pine. Finishes with a mixture of sweet toffee and bitter hop resin. Not quite as good as the IPA, but probably the best gluten free beers I’ve had to date. We need more in the UK!!