Gluten Free Lager - Hambleton Ales
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United Kingdom (England)
2.75/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2011, so it's rather out of date. Picked up cheap from my local beer specialist. The label mentions the use of sorghum and brewing sugars, in addition to Goldings and Styrian hops.
Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden colour with visible yeast sediment and very high carbonation. Yields a massive head of white foam with excellent retention; this eventually subsides to a thick surface layer (two pours were needed to empty the bottle). Aroma of yeast with faint hints of citrus. Overtones of tart apples and artificial solvent - strangely sweet-smelling.
Tastes of light grain (not quite malt?) with a dry finish. The dominant note is a strange fruity solvent flavour, reminiscent of apples. Yeast esters are also present, and a whisper of citrus and bittering hops. Mouthfeel is light and dry, with prickly carbonation. Quite astringent, and coats the palate. Solvent-like aftertaste.
An interesting effort, targeted at a specific group. It looks pretty good, but the aroma is odd and the flavour isn't too nice. Excessive solvent notes - perhaps this is the side effect of brewing with sorghum/sugar. More aromatic hops might help improve the overall taste. This gets a pass - bonus points for innovation, but the flavour needs work.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2011 21:45:06 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.23/5 rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Bottle into Whitewater Brewery pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.
A: Pours a two finger head, very thin, devoid of cream, and of poor retention. Colour is a semitransparent darker yellow. So far so bad, lads.
Sm: Very light scent of barley, but strange. Not pronounced, but not necessarily bad.
T: Body is a simple barley note with a finish of slight tangy bitterness a bit of off-cream. Difficult to describe and certainly atypical. Bittering hops may be present, but not in the quantity you'd expect for the style. Built strangely and simply, balanced below average. Naturally, you have to factor in the demographic for this beer when reviewing it.
Mf: Thick, smooth, and wet. The thickness is jarringly unwelcome. Unsuitable to the style and the flavour.
Dr: It's far too expensive, and it's not a great beer. As far as you gluten-averse beer fanatics go, it may be worthwhile, but I wouldn't know. As far as I'm concerned, it's highly unlikely a good beer will ever be gluten free.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2011 01:59:31 | More by kojevergas
Gluten Free Lager from Hambleton Ales
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