Sometimes I find out about a new gluten-free beer far in advance and eagerly anticipate their arrival in my area to taste it. That didn’t happen with this beer. Instead, I recently received a phone call, “I’ve got a new gluten beer for you to try”. And just like that, a totally gluten-free IPA, that I have never heard of before showed up on my doorstep.
All the way from Salt Lake City, Utah, Uinta Brewery is a well-respected micro-brewery, that has recently added two gluten-free beers to their offerings; Free Form IPA and Free Form Belgian-Style Blonde Ale.
Uinta considers this brew “well-rounded” and I don’t disagree, but I’d almost classify this as a “lite-IPA”.
The illustration on the Uinta Free Form IPA bottle has a pair of swimmers jumping into the water on a seemingly hot summer day, and it fits well, because the light, yet flavorful flavors of this brew immediatly made me thing that it would be very refreshing to drink on a hot, summer day. I’m a fan of IPA’s, but I’ve got to say that I ralrly think of them ad refreshing, but somehow this beer really fits that description.
With great flavor and no sign of the dreaded sorghum that plagues many true gluten free beers, the folks at Uinta have done a great job on this brew, and a good-service to the Celiac community.
Brewed with just millet, buckwheat, hops, and yeast, Uinta has done an amazing job of giving us a very drinkable IPA with just Millet, Buckwheat, Hops, and Yeast. (Despite the name, there is no wheat, or gluten in buckwheat).
Look: Cloudy with a pale yellow color, and a whispy, thin white head, with decent lacing.
Smell: Earthy, bready tones, with the unmistakable citrus tones of a hoppy beer
Body: sharp and light with a good mouth feel.
Taste: unlike the cloudy look, this IPA is crisp with a sharp middle that turns unto a slight bitter aftertaste. I detect a full bodied bready taste with a bit of apricot, grapefruit and a slightly bitter, yet smooth finish.
Overall: Light-approach to a IPA. Well-balanced, very drinkable IPA.
Brewed by Uinta Brewing Company. Salt Lake City, Utah
Alcohol by volume: 4.0%
Ingredients: Water, Millet, Buckwheat, Hops, and Yeast.