Saturday, March 9, 2013

A Year of Craft Beer, Vol. 69, Gluten Free New Planet Off Grid Pale Ale

Ah my lucky number!

Welcome back to Gluten Free Week!  Tonight's addition is an "American Pale Ale" from New Planet called Off Grid Pale Ale and from the smell of things to come it's going to be a hoppy one.  Here is a pic...
Funky weird.  I can reuse this bottle for homebrew, so score!

The beer pours a beautiful clear amber mahogany colour with a thin white head that fades to just a ring around the glass and leaves a little bit of lacing.  Not much, but more than some.

It has an aroma of light caramel and citrus, but mostly hops.  Actually, it's the aroma that carries this beer, it is really pleasant, but then...

But then you take a taste.  Geeze, something is not working here.  Soap, soap and more soap with a soapy slimy mouthfeel and a witch hazel finish.  I'm not exaggerating.  The sip starts of tart and astringent like a lemon peel and carries all the way through. There is a base of malty sweet and maybe apple,'s fairly disgusting.  Truth be told, I can't drink this beer.  I get absolutely no hop flavor at all.

Mouthfeel is light and slimy and totally reminds me of witch hazel or kerosene.  Carbonation is moderate to lively.

I gotta pour this one out.  Sorry New Planet.  I don't mean to disrespect but you have to work on this one.

Hey folks, you know, you don't live unless you challenge yourself with new experiences and this is totally one of those times where you are happy to have tried it just so that you know.  If you didn't then you wouldn't have all those other great beers to judge upon.  Give it a try, you might like it.  Odds are not in that favor though.  ha ha ha


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