Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Year of Craft Beer, Vol. 65, New Planet Tread Lightly Ale (Gluten Free)

It's the second day of Gluten Free Week and tonight I have a brew from a Fort Collins, Co brewery called New Planet.

Beer Advocate is classing these gluten free beers as actual beers so I am going to review them as actual beers according to their style.  This one is considered an American Blonde Ale and I am going to have to say that it is spot on, except for the lightly malty palate which tastes a little more fruity than malty, but it is still really good!
The beer pours a very clear and crisp straw color with only a faint ring tiny bubbles for the head and the lacing is near non-existant.

The aroma is slightly of sorghum and a little difficult to describe, lets try earthen and soapy, but that is only very faint and doesn't detract immensely from the other aromas of honey sweet apple and maybe a tad of hops.

Throughout the sip it is mostly like a honey type of maltiness and apple that covers the tongue and the finish is very faintly soapy, medicinal or metallic with a sort of sour aftertaste.  It's not incredibly unpleasant but as you linger between sips the soapy is kind of weird.  Slight notes of black pepper.  It's not fairly complex, but this style really shouldn't be.

The mouthfeel is fuller than I thought it would be and lightly on the sweet side throughout the drink. It's slightly balanced but more sweet than not.  The end is mildly dry, sour, bitter and that sorghum soapy.  Carbonation is perfectly moderate.  I can see this with more carbonation, but I think that would detract from it.  Someone mentioned leaving the tongue a little slippery as well.  I agree.

Overall, I enjoyed drinking this beer and learning.  I would drink it again, but if there were alternatives I'd proably give them a go.  I'm going to say this is average, but for what it's worth, it is NOT easy to brew gluten free and they have done one hell of a job to get even an average score in an actual American Blonde Ale class and that deserves points right there.  It meets all of the criteria, but just has that taste, that sorghum taste.

3.25 out of 5.

Hey, have a great night and get out there and try your hand at craft beer, life is too short to be drinking the same thing your whole life!


No comments: