Gremlin | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by billshmeinke on 03-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by sweethome:
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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Provisions.

Hazy light yellow. Light white head.

Described as a beer designed to be a "light", drinkable belgian. It delivered quite well.

Nose of lemongrass and just a bit of brown butter. Soft entry - gentle on the palate. Nice little citric bite on the finish cleanses the palte perfectly.

The amazing thing about this beer is it's drinkability. Well flavored, but delicate, just so quaffable. I was shocked to note it was 7% abv. I could imagine knocking back a few of these on a warm summer day.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JosephThompson
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of augustgarage
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood; served in a tulip.

Liquid is a cloudy gold capped by a solid ivory plug of foam. Dense, super-fine lace climbs the sides in a series of rings.

Delicate yeast notes pervade the nose with light spice and floral scents as well.

Biscuity palate entry with mild hay-like hop flavors and clean yeasty notes throughout. Finishes dry and herbaceous with hints of coriander and maybe a touch of diacetyl.

Slick yet effervescent mouthfeel.

Straight-forward decent but not outstanding rendition of the style. It's a little lacking in character, but a good ale none the less. Curious how old this keg is?

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Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap as part of a flight at the Bruery Provisions Shop.

A - Pale gold with a soapy white head that fades to a bubbly ring and wispy haze.
S - Bready malt, coriander, orange peel, and some Belgian bubblegum yeast.
T - More bread dough, coriander, orange citrus, and Belgian yeast, with some candi sugar and ripe pear thrown in for good measure. Pretty tasty, but nothing too unique or Earth-shattering.
M - Slightly creamy mouth-feel, with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Goes down pretty easy.
O - A very nice, drinkable BPA, which is exactly what they were going for. Went well with the Goat Cheese we enjoyed alongside the flight.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed golden color with a couple of fingers of white head.

S: A good nose, but not overwhelming. Bread and cracker malt aromas with quite a bit of yeast. Some white pepper notes as well as a touch of earthiness. Just a bit of grassy hop notes to it as well.

T: Nice spiciness of pepper, white pepper, and mild coriander. Bready malts with a fairly mild sweetness. This beer is surprisingly dry. A moderate hoppiness which is mostly grass and a mild bitterness.

M: On the light side of medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Light and easy enough to drink, but I don't know if I would go back to this one.

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Photo of jaeone
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

340th review on BA

App- Looked very similar to lemonade in my glass. Thin head and no real lacing. A little cloudy as well.

Smell- Smelled a tad yeasty with a certain freshness to it. A little hops and a nice earthy note.

Taste- A well represented style. The yeast and the hops play well with eachother. Crisp overall and tasty.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a reaching high carb level. A nice summer beer that is crisp and refreshing.

Drink- Nicely done, a good solid beer that I would like to have during the summer.

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Photo of beagle75
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft service into a goblet at the Bruery tasting room in Placentia.

A: Clear, medium golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Refined toast that is bright and slightly vinous, with grassy hops and some lively yeast phenolics that provide a suggestion of Brettanomyces character, although no wild yeast is used in this beer's fermentation.

T: Begins nearly dry, with bright aromatic hops whose fruity character is aided by mild acidity. Aromatics turn toward herbaceous--even minty--in the middle, where characterful Belgian yeast emerges but does not overpower. Dryness reigns in the finish, with some low-key biscuit malt and residual yeast phenolics that leave the palate clean.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet on the palate but a little gassy, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: An appealing and approachable Belgian-style ale from a place that made its reputation on such beers, but has wandered far-afield in the last 15 months. It is nice to see The Bruery step aside from the full-steam trajectory of experimentation to produce this contribution that is neither extreme, nor collaborative, nor pre-sold on the internet, etc. It channels elements from some of its other Belgian-inspired cousins, both saison and non-, with the similar thread being the Bruery's stand-out house yeast strain. The early hop flavors also land pretty near to the recent (and fantastic) Cismontaps saison collaboration between Cismontane and Taps restaurant.

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Photo of Raziel313
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndrewSmith
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of HopHead84
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Stone.

A: Pellucid pale yellow with a mountain of white foam. Good retention.

S: Grassy, herbal, peppery, and floral. Esters are pronounced, imparting apple, pear, and a dash of lemon. Malt is grainy and lightly sweet. There's just a touch of banana.

T: Floral and lightly peppery with a biscuit malt foundation. Fruit notes are effusive, bringing to mind ripe pear and apple. Lightly grainy orchard fruit finish with a low sweetness. Dry at the very end.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice Belgian Pale. Love the name.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a clear yellow-gold with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that makes it very easy to drink.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the source itself, on to the beer:

Pale highlight yellow in color with a head that goes away quickly and very little lace hanging around. The smell takes some time getting used to. At first, it smells like...let me be blunt, it smells like shit produced by farm animals. Thankfully, that stench goes away, though in general it remains wild. It smells like a farm with tart apple.

It's a similar case with the flavor as well. Very wild and funky. Eventually, flavors of grass, apples, and pear emerge, the latter two providing extra adrenaline of saliva production to the palate. And I suppose a few kisses of tartness too. It's somewhat light in the body, with a refreshing and crisp carbonaiton that clenses.

If you like 'em funky, the Gremlin is for you.

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Gremlin from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 50 ratings