My First Epic Brewing Ale
I found this beer at a local home-brew supply shop a few days ago wen I was shopping for gluten free yeast to make our next (GF) beer at home! To be honest, I was sold at Glutenator. I don’t know why. ;) I’m intrigued by the inclusion of sweet potatoes and molasses.
I must say that this is the foamiest gluten free beer I have ever poured. Usually I’m annoyed by excessive foam, but my sub-conscience resonated with it this time as a familiar quality of real beer. As I right this now, it still maintains a nice head perched next to my Macbook.
The first thing I noticed about the beer was it’s amber color and sharp smell. It made me excited to drink it.
The taste is unique, I must say. I think it largely comes from the qualities of the molasses. I think it also comes from the absence of sorghum. Epic Brewing does not use any sorghum in this gluten free beer recipe. It seems to be a point of pride that they display alongside the product description on their website.
From Epic Brewing Company:
Recommended Food Pairings
Glutenator: Lighter foods including salads, chicken and fish
The carbonation of this beer is on point. It’s thirst quenching and refreshing. The brew has a bitter sweetness to it (hops and/or molasses?). It’s almost a bit floral to me as well. Perhaps this comes from the choice of hops. Overall, it’s a very interesting and compelling taste.
It’s not heavy. It has a complex favor profile, but is still medium-bodied and very drinkable. It’s very smooth. Epic Brewing boasts that the lack of sorghum gives the beer a clean finish, and I would have to agree. It’s flavors linger in your mouth, but they don’t really change the way that some beers do as they move across the palette.
At the end of the day…
I watch my housemate ponder silently over the brew across the table. I can tell she has mixed feeling about it. She doesn’t seemed sold. I like it though. It’s unique enough to keep me intrigued, it’s just hoppy enough to keep me happy, and has enough bitter spark to keep me coming back for another sip.