India Pale Ale | Glutenberg Craft Brewery

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Glutenberg Craft Brewery
Quebec, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by Tarheel219:
Photo of Tarheel219
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can, the apparently new format for this GF brewery's offerings in Alberta, and perhaps elsewhere, including this new to us IPA, a style not exactly well-represented in this particular subset of beerdom.

This beer pours a crystal clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and weakly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some random droopy instances of hanging archipelago lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of mildly acrid generic citrus pith, dank pine and leafy forest floor detritus, and a somewhat normative bready caramel malt, one barely touched by some vegetative notes from the buckwheat, millet, and corn - wait, whut? The taste is much more variable - still heady orange and grapefruit hop bitters, sure, but now the malt is more bready, in a corn pone sort of manner, with some still prominent cereal and caramel notes, ones whose provenance is duly questioned by this scribe, a nondescript orchard fruitiness, and a further leafy mustiness.

The bubbles are average in their bearing, manifesting in a generally playful frothy manner, the body a surprisingly sturdy medium weight, and more or less smooth, the still heady hops showing some gentlemanly attributes right about now. It finishes still fairly hoppy, those unspecified west coast big-C hops providing serious bang for the buck, with the more pertinent and relevant malt character starting to think it's people.

Way, way better than a whole swath of so-called 'American IPAs' that I have come across in the past decade or so of my slavish hop worship. Sure, there's a few, slightly weird notes from the guest non-barley grains, but hey, c'mon, I've experienced much, much worse from all those shady contract brewers out there. Whatever you have done (without detailing as such) to my poor little palate, good on ya, BSG, for getting this one oh so very right.

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Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dertyd
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of mademers
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of medicinal, some citrus. Taste is of vegetables, some medicinal qualities, light citrus, very little bitterness. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall, thank God I am not gluten free, this beer is not good.

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Photo of KingforaDay
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can with no date poured into a tulip.

A - Half a finger of off white head that quickly recedes. Golden copper color.

S - Not much here. I get some mild citrus. Some burnt cracker and bread.

T - Much of the same. Not much hop presence. Some citrus followed by some cracker and burnt bread. Finishes very strangely. I get more sweetness combined with this dirty earthy flavors. Not great.

M - What you'd expect. Medium bodied and moderate to light carb.

O - This is a decent beer. Especially for a gluten free option. Very balanced. Would prefer some more hop presence though. And maybe for them to work on the finish.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a bright clear golden color ale with a medium size head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light citrus hops with some cereal notes really coming through. Taste is also dominated by citrus hops notes with a fair amount of bitterness and some cereal notes easily identifiable. You can actually taste that this beer is not brewed with barley but it is still quite enjoyable. Body is a bit light for style with medium carbonation.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass and delicate lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular. Slight hints of buckwheat or millet become noticeable as the beer begins to warm up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of orange citrus hops and a light to moderate amount of associated bitterness. Notes of sorghum-like vegetal flavors are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer smells like a West Coast IPA and for the most part tastes like one too, except for the vegetal flavors in the finish. It is very good for a gluten-free beer, especially since most of the vegetal flavors are masked.

Serving type: can

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of bbeaucher
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my personal favorite gluten free beer. I was a glutenous hop head before needing to go gluten free.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of DaveR514
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been enjoying a case of some of Vermont's finest IPAs of late, so admittedly my bar for the style is a little high right now, and any comparison with a gluten free product was not going to be fair -- so I didn't expect much from this beer, nor were my hopes very high for a Quebec made IPA, but I was pleasantly surprised on both fronts.

Cracking open the can immediately released a blast of hoppy pine and citrus that put a smile on my face...

Though perhaps a little thin in the mouth and with the flavour dropping more quickly than what I look for in leading IPAs, it was nevertheless very pleasant. I'd call it crisp and dry, bitter and fruity, and certainly with much more hops that I could have hoped for. In fact, Glutenberg's India Pale Ale should probably more accurately be described as an American-style IPA.

This beer is widely available in Quebec, and is relatively affordable, so while I won't grab one out of my fridge if it's sitting next to a Headdy or a Scuplin (which can only be found south of the border), I won't hesitate to pick up a four-pack at the grociery store when I feel for an easy drinking and satisfying IPA -- glutten free or not.

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Photo of 80x2HopHead
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Giggy
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeoIndian
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of MattSlem
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bizarre vegetal flavor, the black rice maybe? My least favorite offering from Glutenberg.

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India Pale Ale from Glutenberg Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 71 ratings