Friday, December 22, 2017

Golden State of Mind Gruit Ale

Ale Industries (Oakland, CA)
"Golden State of Mind is a unique creation. We have called it a "California Tea Beer" due to its construction using local California ingredients, from the oats, barley, and wheat to the fresh coriander, chamomile, and sweet orange peel. This gives Golden State of Mind its smooth, dry, bready malt character with earthy, spice notes and hints of citrus."

Technically this is a Gruit in that it was brewed without hops. Apparently, this is how they flavored ales in the Middle Ages (as early as the 10th century), using herbs for flavoring instead of hops.
While it looks like beer, it certainly doesn't smell like "beer", and the taste is unique. Fresh, crisp, sweet with some spiciness and absolutely delicious.
I will definitely be seeking out more gruits.

4.4% IBU, 0 IBU