India Pale Ale
Glutenberg Craft Brewery

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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IPA - American
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3.62 | pDev: 16.02%
Glutenberg Craft Brewery
Quebec, Canada
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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carrcolind from District of Columbia

3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aug 07, 2020
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Jun 10, 2014
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saturday at 10:22 PM
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SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Aug 26, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Apr 03, 2014
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aug 22, 2017
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.62/5  rDev 0%
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
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
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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metter98 from New York

3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Apr 08, 2015
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timmy2b from New York

3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jul 18, 2016
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Electros from Canada (ON)

3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jul 10, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Neat tall boy can for gluten free IPA, it looks like there might be a smudged date, which may say 02/2015, or 12/2015, which would be canned date or best by date respectively. I really hope it's not from February as i just bought this a few days ago, but that's what happens with gluten free I guess.

Chugging pour forces a nice creamy large frothy 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice thick frothy soapy lacing, crystal clear light honey tan color.

Nose isn't' bad, some nice grassy hops out front, a touch fruity and a little orange rind, an interesting but strange herbal grassy gristy thing underneath, a little minty and tall grass.

Taste brings more of that weird minty herbal thing, a little like bubblegum but not in a good way like the rubbery part of it, gristy vegetative plant matter thing, into fair bitterness, grassy herbal hops with a faint fruity orange peel thing, a rice flavor as well like a rice and plant matter gruel or something. Finish is a little sticky, fair bitterness with more grassy earthy hops, and more of that weird vegetal plant matter and rice gruel flavor.

Mouth is a little creamy and mushy like, nice carb at least, med bod.

Overall, well for people that can't have wheat or grains I could see this being OK, but for regular beer drinkers this is very weird flavored, it's hard to drink, the hops aren't bad, but the base plant matter is just strange and hard to get past.

Dec 06, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
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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TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.16/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served from the can in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

Finishing off the GF sampler with the IPA. Let's do this. It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises leek, arugula, light lime rind, and a touch of flaky biscuit. The taste is a blast of inner rinds, mixed greens, tobacco, and Angostura bitters. Blecch. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, not the worst of these offerings, but a pretty unpalatable IPA nonetheless. Kinda glad this sampler pack is behind me, gotta say.

Sep 06, 2015
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TappaKeggaBrew from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +3%
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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tone77 from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24%
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.

Jun 11, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From 02/07/15 notes. 16 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright golden-yellow color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Nose is decent, some nice citrus, pine, fruits, bready, grains, and dough. Can't place my finger on it, but the taste is a bit weird. Not infected or anything, but bland and bready. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall this was ok but a gluten-free beer, but a little bit weird in the taste. Glad this exists for people with real gluten allergies but I think it is safe to say that most good beer needs gluten.

Feb 10, 2015
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dertyd from California

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 24, 2015
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cam477 from Canada ()

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 06, 2015
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harrisjohnson from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 31, 2016
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KingforaDay from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 10, 2019
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jan 30, 2016
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Giggy from Michigan

3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 29, 2017
India Pale Ale from Glutenberg Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 82 ratings