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New Belgium Brewing's New Glutiny Beers
The Golden Ale is fairly light in taste and alcohol, at only 5.2% ABV, with a nice, malty flavor – just like beer, imagine that! At 20 IBUs, bitterness is not a factor, just enough to counteract any overt sweetness, leaving a moderate dryness on the palate. Oats in the mash contribute to a faint creamy smoothness.
The Glütiny Pale Ale clocks in at 6% ABV, still reasonable. Hops definitely dominate this aroma and flavor, primarily a grassy essence with a touch of pine and fruit, from the Chinook, Equinox, Cascade and Crystal hops.
Till recently, most gluten-reduced beers have been made strictly with ingredients that don’t contain gluten (makes sense, huh?!), such as quinoa, rice, sorghum and millet instead of malted barley and, sometimes, wheat. More recently, scientists have discovered an enzyme that will break down gluten. This enzyme can be added to a barley-based beer during the brewing process and reducing the gluten levels to below the mandated 20 ppm to qualify it as “gluten free.”
As New Belgium explains on their website, “We add this enzyme in the brewing process and analyze the finished beer in the lab using the industry-supported R5 Competitive ELISA method. This creates a beer with all of the barley malt-derived flavor without all the gluten.”
Note to celiacs, New Belgium also states: “This product is fermented from grains containing gluten and crafted to remove gluten. The gluten content of this product cannot be verified, and this product may contain gluten.”
One of our coworkers here at the Navigator magazines is gluten intolerant and thus has tried every gluten-free beer he can get his hands on. He declares these the best he’s tried so far!
These New Belgium beers are on store shelves in the Richmond area, so give them a try!
Also available locally year-round for gluten-intolerant beer aficionados are Stone Delicious IPA and Triple Crossing Element 79 golden ale, available at the respective breweries. You can also check out Ardent Craft Ales and Garden Grove Brewing – both of these Richmond breweries regularly offer gluten-reduced beers using non-traditional beer ingredients (as in, not barley or wheat but alternative ingredients).
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