Daily Drop No. 1 – O’Brien Gluten Free Pale Ale

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Today on the Daily Drop, I’m tasting O’Brien Gluten Free Pale Ale from Rebellion Brewing. This is the first commercially-produced gluten free beer in Australia. It’s over 11 years old, and that’s saying a lot about a gluten free beer – it’s lasted the test of time. I know what you’re thinking… a gluten free beer? I know. But wait for it…

Pale Ales in general are supposed to be a light golden colour and sit between 4-6%. They’ve generally got a moderate hop flavour, especially more with American pale ales than with English pale ales. Pales are great for summer evenings and days at the beach, as well as BBQs and bowling nights. It’s hard to go wrong with a good solid pale ale, so let’s dive into O’Brien Gluten Free Pale Ale.

Appearance

The look in the glass is quite nice, with nice sparkly champagne-esque bubbles. The colour is par for the course and it couldn’t be more inviting.

Aroma

Very low hop presence, floral and tropical fruit bouquet with subtle hints of peach, mango and dragon fruit.

Mouth feel

Crisp carbonation, slightly acidic.

Flavour

Mild pale ale body, with fruit and floral notes starting to shine. Hop bill is on point for the style, with a bitterness only strong enough to counter the sweetness of the body. Tropical fruit notes carry through to a slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall

At first whiff of the glass, the floral and tropical fruit aromas are well balanced which is a nice surprise, but a bit softer than I expected, and very fruity. You can really smell the peach and dragon fruit, and even some soft spring flower aroma, almost like lillies. The mouth feel is really refreshing and gives confidence that it is a quality craft beer. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a gluten free beer, and to be fair this is a solid drop. For the style, I’m impressed. I had to keep reminding myself that this is a gluten free beer.

Perfect for

Lazy summer afternoons, entertaining picky BBQ guests, short happy hour session.

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