Name: New Belgium Glutiny Pale Ale
Style: Pale Ale
“It’s mutiny on gluten that’s demanding we brew up something hop lovers can rally behind without flavor being held prisoner. Join the Glutiny.“
I reviewed a gluten free beer in the past if you may remember, New Planet Pale Ale, which is 100% gluten free, since it uses sorghum in the brewing process. New Planet and a few other breweries specialize in 100% gluten free beers which strictly use gluten free grains like quinoa, millet, sorghum and rice. While many of these beers are good, they take on many of the characteristics of the grains with which they are brewed and don’t taste like the traditional beers we have grown accustomed to enjoying which are made with malted barley. A new trend taking the craft beer scene by storm is removing gluten from the beer during the brewing process with the use of an enzyme. The enzyme breaks down gluten into smaller fragments. The beers are then finished beer in a lab using the industry-supported R5 Competitive ELISA method to check the gluten content. New Belgium has two beers brewed using this method in a beer series which they are calling Glutiny: Glutinty Golden Ale and Glutiny Pale. I was able to get my hands on a bottle of the Pale Ale, so let’s see how it turned out.
The beer pours a clear amber with a about 3/4 of an inch of light white head. The nose has nice floral notes with some malty character and some light citrus notes. The beer has nicely malty bread flavor and some solid citrus hop flavor that you would expect from a good pale ale. The beer is probably medium to light bodied, but has some good character especially for a ‘gluten free’ free beer.
The beer honestly reminds me a bit of session IPA, since it is very light to medium bodied, which could be attributed to the gluten reduced processed, but without knowing enough about the process behind it or tasting a large variety of these types of beers it is hard to say. When I compare this beer to some of the strict gluten free beers I have had in the past, I will say I enjoy it a lot more. That being said New Belgium does not guarantee the beer to be 100% free of gluten, however the beer does fall within the FDA guidelines of less than 20 parts per million required to be labeled as gluten free. Now, I do not have a gluten allergy, so I can drink this beer free of any worry, so I don’t want to recommend this and say drink away if you do have such an allergy. I do think that these is a solid Pale Ale that I would drink regardless of the gluten content, so if this works my gluten intolerant readers out there give it a try.