Gluten Free Ale | Hambleton Ales

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Hambleton Ales
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kojevergas on 05-10-2011

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2.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the companion beer to Hambleton's GFL, and is 4.8%, not the purported 4.4% of "Toleration Ale", which I've not seen nor found evidence of on Hambleton's website. I had it out of a 500ml bottle in the Bull & Castle, Dublin.

A: Pours a three finger head of fair cream and thickness, but of moderately poor retention. Colour is a dark yellow, strange for an ale.

Sm: No real smell except (ironically) maybe faint wheat.

T: Open and finish contain decent cream. Caramel notes in the body alongside other hops. Light grapefruit on the finish.

Mf: Adequately wet and smooth, but a bit syrupy.

Dr: I wouldn't have it again, especially at six quid selling price, but it's alright for what it is, and as far as gluten free beers go may be a good choice.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2011, so it's well out of date. Picked up cheaply from a webshop. The label describes it as a tawney ale made using sorghum and brewing sugars.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear orange-amber colour with good carbonation. Forms a thin layer of white foam that disappears rapidly. Aroma of slightly fruity malt with a sweetish, somewhat 'cooked' character and a hint of citrus. Solventy notes in the background.

Tastes of dry, fruity malt with a stewed bitterness. Notes of sugar, caramel, tart apples, solvent and a hint of citrus hops. A cooked, slightly harsh flavour upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is tingly but thin and watery; also rather slick. Quite astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of fruity malt with a harsh bitter note.

Not brilliant. I appreciate what Hambleton are trying to achieve, but the end product isn't great. The underlying character has a sugary flavour instead of malt, and strange off notes (possibly higher alcohols?). Aromatic hops are present but not enought to rescue the flavour. Bitterness is unpleasant, with a harsh, dry finish. Unbalanced and a chore to drink. Unless you are actually gluten-intolerant, I'd give this a wide berth. And if you are, drink something else!

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Gluten Free Ale from Hambleton Ales
2.5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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