India Pale Ale
Glutenberg Craft Brewery

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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Glutenberg Craft Brewery
Quebec, Canada
American IPA
Ranked #3,594
Ranked #26,420
3.59 | pDev: 15.6%
Apr 15, 2023
Oct 06, 2013
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
Notes: A true little bomb of flavours, it presents a perfect harmony between citrus aroma, hop freshness and bitterness. This beer guarantees a soft contact with taste buds, releasing apricot and soft caramel notes. Its exacerbated dry side makes its bouquet of flavours shine and ensures its good aromatic persistence.

76 IBU
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This isn't my favorite nor is it something I would need to buy but after trying and finishing the sample pack I definitely would say I'd still drink this again, it's bitter and generally does a decent job considering the gluten free angle
Apr 15, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Oct 02, 2022
Rated: 3.69 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

May 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can. Straw in color with a good sized white head and lacing. Smells of grapefruit, orange, pineapple and pine. Flavor follows the smell, lots of flavor going on. Smooth and easy to drink, enjoyable.
Apr 09, 2022
Rated: 3.22 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Feb 03, 2022
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
16oz can EB date 5/11/22 into a 20oz pint glass.
L: Pours pale straw cloudy yellow with a 1" semi soapy head with decent retention then in 10 min to a thick skin. Medium carbonation with large chunks of dark sediment swirling. Some skeletal lacing.
S: Lightly floral, mild hops, grains, pineapple, a hint of corn.
T: Tart and lightly sour, lemon, lemon zest, bitter hops. It is tangy, fairly hoppy and citrus zest lingers.
F: Snappy & bright semi-slippery med-full bodied mouthfeel with a medium length finish. Moderately drying overall.
O: For a gluten-free IPA it is higher in calories (320 per 16oz can), hop forward and is effectively tangy and rather lemony. I wish it didn't have the sediment chunks. It's has commanding taste and drinkability (I enjoy it more towards the end of the glass) and it is very good in it's style.
Oct 29, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

May 08, 2021
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Reviewed by BalancingBrooms from California

2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Slight haze straw colored with thin white head. Nose is of lemongrass, sight pale malt. Taste follows the nose, lemongrass with sharp bitterness, and some herbal notes. Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Not bad for a gluten free beer but one note and some lingering chemical note.
Mar 19, 2021
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

1.95/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
Had one of them "alternative lifestyle" freaks over my house lately so I bought a four pack of these as sort of a peace offering. It says it's best before 2/28/21 and here it is a whole 21 days before that.

Nice can. The labeling is plain without seeming tacky.

Regular pour.

Aroma is fine. Bright, contemporary hops.

The flavor... oh my. It's fine up front, when the hops dominate, but the middle and especially the finish taste like a combination of inorganic chemicals and putrified grain.

I remember like a good while ago, maybe 15 years, there were some gluten free beers with names like "Dragons Soul" that were actually pretty solid because they were their own thing, very spicy and yeasty. They didn't try to ape contemporary styles of regular beer. Apparently that wasn't profitable and so now we're left with abominations like this.
Feb 08, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by trocketsauced from New York

Nov 01, 2020
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
16oz can, best before 01/OC/20, served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy pale gold color. Thin white head with some strands of lacing.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple.

Taste: Mostly grapefruit up front, then a little bit of cooked grains, and then a bitter finish. For obvious reasons, there is no malt backbone to this beer, so the starch/non-fermented sugars to counter the hops are different, and they're a bit muted. This is definitely a very hoppy beer.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, soft mouthfeel - it works rather well. Not that sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A wee bit unbalanced on hop bitterness, but, definitely full of aroma and flavor for something gluten free. If I ever was celiac, this would be a beer I would be willing to have. However, one is enough. I don't find myself wanting more than what I have here. Went well with chili.
Sep 10, 2020
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

2.62/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25
The pour is sunflower yellow. The taste is grains, corn, faint citrus, mineral water, & grassy hops. Moreover, it was interesting to try a beer made with water, millet, buckwheat, & corn but this was a rough drink to take down. Cheers! C
Sep 01, 2020
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Rated by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Aug 26, 2020
Rated: 3.49 by carrcolind from District of Columbia

Aug 07, 2020
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
DATE: February 15, 2020... OCCASION: watching The Irishman--well, at least its first half anyway... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... pours a hazy, dense, bubbly brown orange body that hoists a thick, creamy white head two fingers high.... approximates a barleywine with a inch-wide hedgerow of white frost... hoppy--pine, pineapple, lemon zest, mango, a touch of bread, some bubblegum and punchy spiciness... the caramel notes are especially appreciated, given its lack of true malts... its body is bright, light and drinkable--not much texture, but that aids its relaxed 6% ABV... fruity, punchy and more than a match in its genre--the lemon, pineapple, pine and spice sweeten the deal, with apple and sweet bread balancing the juicy floral strength that comes from a brew that subverts the holy foursome by missing its malt... I appreciate this beer's goals, and it hits the target in its genre...
Mar 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance - The beer is poured a hazy orange amber color with a small white head. The head fades rather fast to leave a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma of the brew is light overall, consisting of some citrus and tangerine along with a bit of lemon and grain as well.
Taste- The taste of the brew follows the nose of the beer rather well, but is more intense in nature. There is a whole lot of tangerine, caramel and bread from the start with some grapefruit developing as the taste advances. Toward the end of the taste profile there is a bit of lemon and grain that come to the tongue and leave one with a rather citrusy but clean taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel - The body of the brew is on the slightly more chewy side with a carbonation level that is average. The feel is rather nice overall and makes this a easy drinking brew.
Overall - While nothing extra ordinary, this gluten reduced brew was rather nice. If you have some sort of allergy to gluten, then this would be a good go to.
Jul 25, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by robotic_being from Florida

Apr 04, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by KingforaDay from New Jersey

Jan 10, 2019
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Blessed that I do not have to drink Gluten-Free (GF) beers, I don't.
But if I was not so blessed, I would go back to this IPA as a thirst quencher.
In fact, those brewers who tend to over- hop their ales can learn from Glutenberg because they seem to have figured out how using different grains tames the hops. (Speaking as a malt head, of course.)

Glutenberg iPA Looks nicely different, tight bubbles and lace. Smells are more typical as I do not drink enough GF to discern. Tastes are very well balanced as suggested by Glutenberg figuring out how to blend GF grains so the flavor does not rely on hops (or mask the lack of malting knowledge leading to the overuse of hops.) GIPA sits in my mouth just fine.

My first from Brasseurs Sans Gluten, I went on their website and was totally impressed. Artfully done site reflect their mission to make GF as well as the others. That significant ambition aside, they are doing a great job for a young brewer in penetrating the U.S. market (23 states) and figuring out the art and science of GF brewing. They have their Glutenberg standards and some seasonals. If they figure out the Belgians, they will have done the world an even greater service. As things now stand, they have a gastronomique series that someday I hope to taste; presumably on a trip to Montreal.
Jan 09, 2019
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Tallboy from a four pack purchased at the LCBO; best before Jan 11 2019 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a medium golden hue; relatively clear in complexion, but with some flecks of suspended sediment. One finger of foamy white head settles atop before steadily disintegrating over the next five-plus minutes; a wide, fat collar of soapy froth is left surrounding a smooth cap. Nice lacing, too - looks better than some of the 'real' IPAs I've reviewed recently. The aroma's not too far off either, with lemony citrus rind and perfumey-floral hop resins overshadowing the oddities of the grain bill. It does have that weird vegetal note that I get from some GF beers, with hints of pear as well as a corny cereal grain note. Consider me cautiously optimistic...

Tastes a bit strange - and yes, I always say that about GF beers - but the first sip was my least favourite, with it growing on me thereafter. There's a fair bit of corn sugar sweetness, with citrusy grapefruit and orange flavours combining together with notes of orchard fruit akin to pear, sweet apple and canned peaches. Pine resin and earthy, herbal hop notes build up towards the finish, which is moderately bitter; these notes linger on into the aftertaste, but they are not as persistent as that odd vegetal, almost medicinal note. Medium in body, with low-ish carbonation levels that weakly nudge the palate; it mostly feels soft and quite smooth, verging on silky. Exceptional drinkability - the quicker you sip, the less you need to put up with the aftertaste...

Final Grade: 3.62, a B grade. Speaking as a hophead, this Glutenberg brew has a distinct advantage over their Blonde, in that its hops help to tip the scales against (if not totally integrate/mask) its underlying grainy, vegetal weirdness. That element does, unfortunately come through in the aftertaste, but other than that I found this IPA to be quite enjoyable, and not just 'fine for what it is'. If GF beers should, for some unspeakably awful reason, become a necessity for me, I think Glutenberg IPA would quickly become a go-to.
Oct 19, 2018
Rated: 1.88 by Jangle_bojangle from Canada (ON)

Sep 21, 2018
Rated: 3.7 by AccipiterofBeer from New York

Aug 13, 2018
Rated: 3.44 by mothmanscott from Georgia

Jul 13, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Jul 10, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by adam36 from Illinois

Jun 12, 2018
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
I only tried this because my girlfriend has a gluten allergy.

Drank directly from the can.

The aroma is surprisingly impressive. Lots of citrus and piney hops balanced out by sweet grains and corn.

The flavor is decent for what it is. If this were a regular beer I'd call this a disgusting ass-bomb, but being that it is gluten free, it's not horrible. Very sweet and grainy up front. Lots of corn. The middle is medicinal, almost like cough syrup. Then the finish is oily and bitter.

The feel is light bodied with moderately low carbonation. Kinda oily.

Overall, this is a beer that I do not enjoy in the slightest. However, having had very few gluten-free beers I have to say this is not bad for the style. It's not good. But it's not bad. If you have gluten allergies I'd say this is definitely worth a shot.
Jun 02, 2018
Rated: 3.1 by dandy14 from Brazil

Oct 24, 2017
Rated: 3.21 by Mebuzzard from Colorado

Aug 22, 2017
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: brilliant gold with rapidly rising bubbles refreshing a 3/4" white foam collar with fair retention

S: smells of grains and light earthiness. There is a corn and wild rice note with some spicy hop aromas

T: flavors start with mildly sweet fruit, dark sugar and grains and finish dryer with an assertive bitterness that has a vague tea-like flavor

F: light to medium light and the carbonation is medium high. It lacks the texture found in barley and wheat based beers but the maltodextrine form the corn helps give the beer a fuller texture

O: a full flavored gluten-free beer that can compete with the gluten-reduced beers
Aug 14, 2017
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Reviewed by TappaKeggaBrew from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75
At first taste, I thought, "This is a decent, English-style IPA. As I got into it, however, and the tastes really developed on my palate, I realized something wasn't quite right.

Overall, it's still a decent drink, but the gluten-free recipe falls a little short - the flavors just don't match up to a traditional beer.
Jun 30, 2017
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Reviewed by DoubleMalt from New York

3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Very surprisingly good considering the grains used to brew this beer. The beer was unfortunately lacking a head and carbonation was very light, thus the low ratings for look and feel. Nice hoppiness drinkable. It exceeded my very low expectations. I suppose if you have a gluten intolerance, and still want to drink an IPA, this could be a go-to-beer.
Jun 22, 2017
Rated: 3.91 by Tarheel219 from Pennsylvania

Jun 20, 2017
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Reviewed by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
It pours clear golden with a light head. Aroma is hoppy and piney. The taste is fairly bitter and with more pine and floral notes. The body is fairly light and carbonated. Not much gives away that this is a gluten free beer.
Jun 03, 2017
Rated: 3.44 by Giggy from Michigan

May 29, 2017
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Reviewed by Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Okay, as an IPA this isn't a great beer, but as a gluten free beer it certainly is. It's remarkable achievement is to avoid the sour fruitiness of almost all other gluten free beers that is wildly out of place in an IPA. This one has a fair amount of bitter hop flavor, and body that is a little thin for the hops, and a degree of slickness in the body. It's a godsend for celiacs and others who can't tolerate gluten and pretty much the best you can do in the category.
Mar 04, 2017
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Reviewed by NeoIndian from Canada (QC)

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I bought four pack of India Pale Ale (Green) thinking it should be a good taste but then its bitter taste which is not mentioned upfront. Plz if you dont like bitter taste like me than dont touch it ot in other words spend the money in good one.
Feb 23, 2017
Rated: 3.35 by 80x2HopHead from Vermont

Jan 20, 2017
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Reviewed by ordybill from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is slight citrus with very little hops. The taste is light citrus mild hops and little bitterness.
Jan 11, 2017
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A: Pours a clear dark yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate dark golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/orange and herbal hops over the top of light aromas of non-traditional malts/grains (maybe buckwheat).

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of non-traditional malts/grains (buckwheat and sorghum) that is common amongst gluten-free beers. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/orange and herbal hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially crisp with a bit of thinness/wateriness in the finish.

O: Better than a lot of other gluten-free beers as it seems to get the hop profile correct and manages to impart the flavors/aromas and bitterness. There is still that slightly off/different flavor of the malts/grain bill which is not my favorite and lacks a bit of a malty sweetness but it is a better example of a gluten-free IPA.
Nov 06, 2016
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
I have been meaning to get at my remaining gluten-free beers for some time and with today being another installment of New Beer Sunday, I am making mine New Gluten-Free Beer Sunday. I picked up a mixed 4-pack of Glutenberg CANs in support of The CANQuest (tm) during my most recent New England foray and I am curious to give them a whirl.

From the CAN: "100% Gluten Free - 100% Great Beer"; "Ingredients: Water, Millet, Buckwheat, Corn, Black Rice, CANdi Syrup, Corn Maltodextrin, Quinoa, Hops, Yeast."

I feel as though I am really drinking healthy with these beers! They just keep getting more & more interesting in terms of their ingredients. The uniqueness, coupled with the relatively low ABV, makes me feel like I CAN do this all day. Except for the idea that they seem to act as a diuretic. Man, I usually do not have to go this often!

Onward! The tank is empty, so I am ready for a refill. The Crack! was loud, but at least I did not have to wrestle with the tab to get it open. I gave it an aggro Glug to start the party off right, resulting in two fingers of puffy, foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a definite grapefruit-citrus scent & I found myself hoping for the best. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not anything to get excited about. The taste was really good as the grapefruit-citrusiness worked well (for the first time) with the sour bitterness of the buckwheat. Sure, I could still recognize the buckwheat flavor(s), but they were not leading the pack as they have in so many other G-F beers. I wonder how AmeriCAN hops would fare against molasses/treacle. If there are this many ingredients that will work for someone with celiac, I just wonder if a mix-'n'-match of ingredients & styles might not be in order. The bitterness on the finish seemed a bit weak for an AIPA, but how CAN I really CANplain when I am not the intended audience? I have had MUCH worse AIPAs than this, guaranteed.

If the Red Ale and the APA were 1- 2, then this one should be CANsidered 2a with the Blonde a really distant third. YMMV.
Oct 02, 2016
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