Tread Lightly Ale | New Planet Beer Company

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Tread Lightly AleTread Lightly Ale

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New Planet Beer Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Rayek on 05-22-2010

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Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of LXIXME
2/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of GilGarp
1.9/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance is straight apple juice. Same color, same perfect clarity, same complete lack of any head at all.

Aroma is strangely just like apple juice as well. Sweet apples and no hops.

Flavor is sweet as well. This beer is completely lacking balance. It's just an apple juice beer with really no other noteable flavors. Maybe a little vanilla or cream soda but otherwise one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is light in body and way too sweet. Very little carbonation, almost flat.

I really wish I could say something positive but this beer is really lacking on all fronts. Thank god I'm not gluten intolerant.

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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with a thin lacing of loose, soap-like head. The head has little retention. The nose is sweet and corn-like, almost grainy. The taste is grainy with a very corn heavy sweetness. There are little if any other characteristics. The mouthfeel is very light and well carbonated.

Surprisingly, this is one of the more unoffending gluten-free beers that the wife enjoys. It's not great, but it's drinkable.

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Photo of hmbeer
3.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

General thoughts: I quite liked this beer. It reminded me of the happoshu beers in Japan. It is gluten free so anyone with a gluten intolerance can enjoy. It was a bit too drinkable, I was on the 2nd one after 5 minutes. After the 2nd one it was a little too syrupy, but still good. Overall there are many beers I prefer to this beer, but as a gluten free beer it is awesome!

Appearance: Color is normal, the head is weak, bubbles are large.

Taste: Sweet, syrupy, slight citrus hints, hops are fairly well balanced.

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1.25/5  rDev -51%

Photo of BeerEngineer89
2.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured pale as they come. No head really. Smeels funny just like Labatt Blue without pilsner malt. Tastes like really watered down juice, but not offensive. There is slight honey and hop. Not malty, which feels weird. Almost like a slightly bubbly white wine. Not great stuff

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2.5/5  rDev -2%

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1.02/5  rDev -60%

Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very pale golden color with excellent clarity. Thin 1/2 finger white head that fades to a thin lace rather quickly. Lots of lively and visible carbonation. Looks like a macro lager to be honest.

Smells semi-sweet, touch of honey and plums.

Tastes like a semi-sweeter macro lager with a bit of a strange fruit and plastic aftertaste. Light thin body but kind of tastes like chemicals. Even for gluten free, and especially for gluten free at 10 bucks a 4 pack, I cant recommend this one.

If you wanna get drunk and not smell like beer though, this might be the way to go! Has almost no actual beer ingredients in it!

If you're gluten intolerant, this beers not terrible. It's drinkable, but it drinks like a coors light so

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Photo of tone77
2.84/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Another beer courtesy of the captain of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some grains, a bit musty. Taste is of sorghum, light apple, bitter, but not in a good way. Feels light in the mouth and overall, for a gluten free beer, it's not all that bad, but I'll pass on another.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Bright lemon with a feverish pitch of effervesce. Neat clarity with a sudsy white head that was weak on the hold and lace.

S: Very faint lemon malt. Extremely low aromatic appeal, have to really dig down to get some recognition. Yes the aroma treads lightly.

T: Sweet lemony lime hints with surprisingly more flavor then anticipated. Expected a watery euro-pale or light lager interpretation, but this had some malt sweetness and body to it. The lemony highlights were bright with a faint green hopping. Better then most gluten beers i experienced, but an macro-like blonde that tastes like sweetend extract rather grainy grains.

M: Fresh lemony, fairly crisp, pertty good substance wise, just again doesnt have that graininess and is rather syrupy and extract like per style.

O: Overall visually and aromatically its a light lager, the flavor more like a sweetened macro-like summer beer, fresh and lemony, better then most gluten-free, but falls way short of a good blonde. Lacks the grainy character and the natural hop aroma. If you are drinking this its probably out of necessity or curosity and not because you seek a traditional blonde.

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2/5  rDev -21.6%

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3/5  rDev +17.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -2%

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2.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Cwrw42
3.64/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a six-pack to take to a 4th of July BBQ, as my wife is intolerant to gluten. From a technical standpoint this ale very well made. In the glass it was crystal clear, with no sediment in the bottle and there were no noticeable off aromas or flavors. Gold, pale amber in color, there was a light aroma of hops and malt. Light in body with a slightly sweet flavor but, there was enough flavor from the hops and orange peel to balance the sweetness from the corn and sorghum.

Overall not a great beer but well made and very drinkable, definitely one that I would buy again as session beer to accompany a BBQ or pizza on a hot day.

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2.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of woodychandler
1.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I reviewed this, in bottle format, a little over two years ago. Subsequent to that, I picked up a CAN in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm) & since today in NBS (Week 602) and I just choked down a JB's A Capella, I figured that I would take the opportunity to divest myself of some of the Gluten-Free backlog.

From the CAN: "CRAFTED TO REMOVE GLUTEN. New Planet TREAD LIGHTLY ALE is fermented from grains containing gluten and crafted to remove gluten. The gluten content of this product cannot be verified and this product may contain gluten." What a cop-out!

I Crack!ed open the CAN and was surprised to get a spray across my fingertips. This was acCANponied by some foaming through the vent, which upon settling, revealed a brimful craft CAN. Normally, I would rejoice, but this gluten free jazz was really winding me up good, so I turned it upside down for an inverted Glug and a sound spanking. This produced two fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head that hung in surprisingly well. Color was marginally Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) with NE-quality clarity (just not light enough to be deemed "Straw") & I awaited the arrival of The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Mammon & Midas. I was not disappointed, but they were! One sniff and they turned tail and exited Stage Left. Nose had a faint lemony-biscuity scent, but it still smelled off somehow. Mouthfeel was thin and one rung above watery. The taste was lemon & biscuit, but with a cheesy tang that I could really do without. Finish was dry, but I was left with an unpleasant cheesy taste in my mouth. Ugh.

I had a colleague who has issues with gluten and she was always curious about beers that were gluten-free. I usually eschew them since I am not gluten-intolerant and prefer to leave them for people who are. In the interim, I am purging my massive backlog of bottles this summer and lo and behold! this one popped up.

From the bottle: "Part of profits go to trail restoration."; "Ale made from sorghum and corn extract".

I have come to realize that there are no lees in these bottles, so there is nothing standing in the way of an aggro pour. Booyah! Two fingers of foamy, fizzy, bone-white head with poor retention, but at least there was nice lacing in its wake. Color was straw-yellow (SRM = 1 -2) with NE-quality clarity. I must say, when the beer that I am taking in is clearer and lighter than what I am flushing out, I am left highly dubious. It is also interesting that just a few beers in on this misadventure, and I am able to recognize the presence of sorghum on the nose. It is much like my sensitivity to corn as an adjunct/filler in AALs, having reviewed so many in the early days of The CANQuest (TM). But I digress ... It has a sharp sourness that really penetrates the sinuses, a cross between apple vinegar and being in an over-chlorinated pool environment. I do not find this at all pleasant. Mouthfeel was thin and watery. The taste was, once more, a tart apple cider-like flavor. I understand that I am not the target audience for these beers, but I am not sure that I would foist this on my colleague without some advance warning on what to expect. Would someone with Celiac taste this differently? I do not know, but I certainly hope so! Finish was dry, tart, slightly vinous, refreshing in an odd way, but not enough to be redeeming.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.15/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean pale yellow with a white head. In the aroma, clove and a small sweetness. In the taste, dry to sweet clove and honey notes. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry clove-ish like aftertaste. Eh! It's ok, but I like grain.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Apparently this "Tread Lightly" stuff is now being branded as simply "New Planet Blonde Ale". I like it, more to the point than before. Anyway, it pours a clear straw topped by a half-finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises soapy and funky wheat (I take this to be the sorghum), dry corn tortilla, and a dash of flowers. The taste holds notes of funky lemon zest, light cracked wheat, sweet flowers, and a kiss of honey. There's an odd and vague fruitiness pervading. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a frankly odd beer, one that just doesn't taste quite right to me to be in any way enjoyable.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with no head to speak of.

S: A mild pepper note as well as some "malt", rice, and cardboard. There's definitely some apple and crappy tofu aroma. A little bit of soap and water in there, too.

T: Apples and water, soap, and more of the wonderful crappy tofu character. There's plenty of wet cardboard with a mild sweetness and a general sense of blandness.

M: Light and watery with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Rather crappy; just like all the gluten free beers I've had.

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1.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of Tone
2.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of grass, hint of citrus, hint of hops, and slight metallic/grain aroma. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable tartness as well. Tastes of strong sorghum, hint of citrus, and a hint of hops. Overall, the sorghum is very strong in aroma and body. The orange helps, but it is hard to drink a sorghum beer.

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Photo of Lee_Hancock
2.5/5  rDev -2%

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