Review: Off Grid Pale Ale, New Planet Beer

Off Grid Pale Ale
New Planet Beer Co. — Fort Collins, CO

  • Style:  Gluten free Pale Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV:  5%  
  • Ingredients:  Sorghum, Brown Rice Extract, Molasses, Tapioca Maltodextrin, Caramel Color, Yeast
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Calories:  170 per 12 oz.
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle 

Description:  "Off Grid Pale Ale is a wonderful interpretation of the classic pale ale style. It has a distinctly deep amber color and great character and body. Three varieties of hops provide a wonderful aroma and a citrus and spicy hop flavor. This smooth gluten-free ale is made from sorghum and brown rice extract, molasses, tapioca maltodextrin, caramel color, hops, and yeast." — New Planet Beer Co.

Random thoughts:  I'm drinking New Planet Off Grid Pale Ale as part of my series on gluten free beers. I'm not celiac—and am thankful.

The tasting:  Deep amber in color, crystal clear, with a white head that dissipated very quickly. Aroma of caramel, molasses, and grassy hops. In flavor, I first noticed the distinctive sorghum, which I recognized after tasting Redbridge. Some brown rice is also present. Make no mistake, this has the taste of a gluten-free beer. Grassy and citrus hop bitterness is prominent and it helps to mask some of the off-flavors. Off Grid Pale Ale is medium bodied, lightly carbonated and has a smooth mouth feel. If finishes with grassy hop bitterness.

Rating:  2 star.  Drinkablebut not sure I want to.  Hands down, I liked this better than Redbridge. But I still don't want to drink it. Based on the two I've tasted, I'm not into the flavor of sorghum-based beers.

Rating (if I was Celiac):  3 star.  Good I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  Hop bitterness is a good thing in sorghum-based gluten free beer. I wonder if an IPA would be even better? Kudos to New Planet for providing another gluten free option. I expect celiac beer lovers appreciate it as well.

Have you tasted New Planet Off Grid Pale Ale?  What's your favorite gluten free beer?

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