Ignition Switch Belgian-Style Pale Ale
Brewed by Neff Brewing
Did you know that there is a dedicated gluten free brewery in Tulsa, Oklahoma? It’s called Neff Brewing and they opened their doors in late 2018. Today I’m reviewing one fo their flagships, the Ignition Switch Belgian-style Pale Ale.
This specialty pale is packaged in a 12 ounce cans that proudly display the words “Brewed For Everyone” on the top rim. The label matches the same space-theme branding you see across their other products. It also states that the beer is naturally gluten free, vegan, and contains no major allergens.
The Ignition Switch ABV is 5.3%. It’s alternative grain malt bill includes millet, buckwheat, rice, and quinoa. (So it’s safe for those of you who need to avoid oats.) Now let’s see how this baby pours…
The Taste Test
Ignition Switch Belgian Pale
The Ignition Switch poured with a cloudy marmalade orange color and a nice head that stayed for about a minute. When it fades, it leaves a ring of bubbles around the edge and some islands floating within, resembling Neff Brewing’s exact logo. (It’s a moon/planet.)
It smells fruity and spicy…like orange and clove. The taste is complex, and almost confusing, There’s a lot going on in both texture and flavor. Lots of bready malt and carbonation on the front, with the sweetness and mouthfeel of a belgian in the middle. Then it finishes with a bit of spicy, hoppy dryness on the throat, all while holding the malt character on the tongue. What an interesting blend of styles!
The Ignition Switch Belgian-style Pale seems to be the sort of beer that balances as it warms, when the edges of all its texture qualities begin to soften and blend more fluidly. This is when the magic of this hybrid style really takes hold.
In a world (or at least country) inundated with pale ales (ranging from pleasantly mild to wonderfully intense…hel-lo PNW pale ales!) it is a refreshing change to taste one that breaks the mold. I think the Ignition Switch is a wonderful accompaniment to the winter season.
So far, I’m impressed with the diversity of Neff Brewing’s gluten free beers. I hope to one day visit their taproom so I can taste everything else on the launch pad too! Oklahomans are lucky to have such a gem in their midst!
Now…if only every state could get their own dedicated gluten free haven…#oneday.
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