Friday, March 7, 2014

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada pale ale beer gluten free low celiac bier IPA craft brew micro bottleBeer: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Style: American-style Pale Ale
Brewing location: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, Chico, CA
Originating country: USA
Alcohol by Volume: 5.6% 
Ingredients: Yeast: ale yeast; Hops: Magnum, Perle, Cascade; Malts: two-row Pale, caramel; water
Format tested: 12 oz. bottle purchased in Los Angeles, CA
Beeradvocate rating: 91/100
Ratebeer rating: 96/100
Test kit: E-Z Gluten

  • It is the best selling pale ale in the US, and the second best selling craft beer after Sam Adams Boston Lager
  • The brewery is solar-powered with 10,000 photovoltaic modules covering its rooftops and parking lot
  • Sierra Nevada is the largest buyer of organic hops in the US

Test result photo

Sierra Nevada pale ale beer gluten free low celiac bier IPA craft brew micro test

Test result
Very high positive at 20 parts per million (ppm), meaning it is well over 20 ppm. Though standards vary from country to country, according to the FDA, "In order to use the term 'gluten free' on its label a food must meet all the requirements of the definition, including that the food must contain less than 20 ppm gluten." It is said that products with a gluten content below 20 ppm are suitable for people with celiac disease.

My experience drinking Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Like many people, this beer was my first introduction to American craft brews. It was around before all the others, set the benchmark and it still leads the way. I can still remember the first time tasting it. A sticky malty texture, hints of citrus and extreme bitterness in the finish. It was a unique style and I loved it instantly. The prominence of the Cascade hops is what defines this American classic. I am not sure where I fall in the gluten tolerance spectrum; I am gluten intolerant but not celiac. I definitely know what it feels like to be “glutened” i.e. gluten exposure, but I have not deliberately pushed my gluten consumption limits with any food or beer. I consumed this 12 oz. bottle and felt no gluten effects.

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