A Review Of Ipswich Ale Brewery
Brewed in Massachusetts
The taste test tonight is from a brewery not yet reviewed on BestGlutenFreeBeers.com. It’s Ipswich Ale Brewery out of Massachusetts. They currently brew one totally gluten free offering called the Celia Saison.
This farmhouse ale has a 6.5% ABV and 30 IBU. It’s offered year round in 4-packs of 12 ounce bottles. Ipswich Brewery does have other (glutenous) beers, so if you’re giving them a try, be sure to get your hands on the Celia.
The Taste Test
Celia Saison by Ipswich Ale Brewery
The Celia Saison surprised me upon pouring. It has a thick, cloudy light orange color. As I poured it, I couldn’t help of think of the consistency of juice. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Saison pour so thick. It’s because this ale is unfiltered. It looks cider-like–but not the kind of cider we drink as an alternative to beer–but the old fashioned non-alcoholic cider your Grandma used to make in her kitchen.
The Celia didn’t foam much, only a thin head of bubbles. The aroma is mild and citrusy. The carbonation is tingly, but not sharp. Like a champagne that’s been out and mellowing for awhile. The Celia has a medium body and a carmely, sweet and sour taste. It’s fruity and flavorful, a little bit bitter, but the taste of the sorghum is definitely present, which may turn some off of the brew.
The Celia Saison is brewed from sorghum, hops, Curacao orange peel, yeast, and irish moss. That would explain the citrus profile of the ale! I’m guessing they utilized the Irish Moss in place of filtration. It can act as filter agent, lessening chill haze.
Have you given the Celia by Ipswich try? What did YOU think?