|Look who’s hiding now!|
Back in April we posted the results of a blind beer tasting that featured Bard’s gluten-free beer “hidden” among a flight of six lagers, the balance of which were all barley-based beers. The results were quite interesting.
Today we’re at it again, and this time we’re focusing on pale ales. When Kelli and I hosted something of a mini-college reunion with our housemates (and their families) from college recently I saw a golden opportunity … they were basically a pre-assembled (and willing) panel of beer tasters.
As with the previous lager tasting, I was curious how a quality gluten-free beer would stack up against barley-based beers brewed in a similar style when the tasting was blind and participants had no knowledge of which beer was gluten-free and what beers they were tasting.
The “rules” were identical to last time, with one important exception—this time I told them that 1 of the 5 beers in the tasting was gluten-free, and I asked them to pick which one they thought it was. Then, as usual, I asked them to rate the beers from most to least favorite (on a scale of 1, most favorite, to 5, least favorite).
The beers were:
- Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
- Ithaca Flower Power IPA
- New Planet Off Grid Pale Ale (the gluten-free beer in the bunch)
- Full Sail IPA
- Dogfish Continuously Hopped IPA