Beer Review: Goldfinch – Black Isle Brewery

The quest for gluten free beers for my Dad had taken a break, mainly because I couldn’t find any in the stores. However, I am pleased to announce it is back in the form of a new brewery! This beer is Goldfinch from Black Isle Brewery (no prizes as to where in Scotland they are from). It is their gluten free session IPA and the first of a couple of beers that I have from their core range.

Visually, the beer is a nice and hazy amber colour and a good carbonation gives it a big, white head. Very citrusy on the nose, predominately of grapefruit I think. It’s telling you straight away it’s going to be a hoppy beer. And as expected that first taste is instant hop. As the beer goes down that hoppiness slowly dissipates but does leave a faint lingering hop in the back of the throat. While the hop level is punchy the beer is not too bitter. There is a slight but very pleasant bitterness that is moreish to an extent.

A quick note on the can art: Like a lot of breweries they’ve gone for a standard style and colour swap across their core range. Allows it to be easily recognizable.

This beer is super interesting because not only is it gluten free and vegan, but also organic. And that goes for all their beers I believe as Black Isle is an organic brewery. They grow a lot of their own hops and even feed the sheep the residual mash. Very glad to have picked up a a couple of these. Dad doesn’t like this one as much as Origin from Northern Monk mainly because this is a very hoppy beer. For my taste this is hitting that hop limit but the balance against the low bitterness is done really well in my eyes (and taste buds). Very much looking forward to the others from Black Isle.

Score: 7.5/10

Thanks for reading! Cheers!

Additional Information:

  • Hops: Not Available
  • Malt: Not Available
  • IBU: Not Available
  • ABV: 3.5%
  • Gluten Free: Yes!
  • Vegan: Yes!
  • Purchase Location: Flavourly.com

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