New Brew Friday, the Gluten Free Edition

If you read my last post you’ll know the hubby is (reluctantly) delving into the world of gluten free beer. In his honour,  I am dedicating this new brew edition to his very first attempt at finding a new go-to brew.

Harvester Coffee Pale Ale

May I present for your consideration Harvester Brewing Coffee Pale Ale, part of the brewery’s Experiment-ale Series.

Coffee Pale Ale pours a very clear gold colour with lots of bright white airy head and good carbonation. There is a nice amount of coffee bitterness on the nose.

So far so good, it looks like a beer and it smells like a beer but does it taste like a beer? No, no it does not.

While receiving a respectable 3.5 average on UnTapped one user (presumably not the one bestowing 3.5 stars) described this beer as paint thinner and somewhat sadly I think we get where he or she is coming from.

There is an overwhelming astringency to this beer that derails other attributes. The hubby did say as it warmed it got slightly better but I never made it past the first sip.

Perhaps it is best not to think of gluten- free beers as beer because in many ways that seems to just set the brewery up for a fail. The quality of craft beer is so high right now that removing traditional brewing grains from the equation means you are no longer comparing apples to apples. It is kind of analogous to thinking of alcohol free beer as beer.

Despite the first swing at the plate being a miss, we will not be undeterred. I am interested in trying more from Harvester Brewing because they seem like a great operation dedicated to making the transition to gluten free as painless as possible and they hail from the land of beer aka Portland OR so I imagine we will mine some gold from their line-up.


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