Goat's Leap from Somerset brewery Cheddar Ales is a 5.5% gluten free IPA. At the time of writing I believe pretty much all Cheddar Ales beers are gluten free, but as ever please check the small print before taking my word for it. I decided a while ago that I wanted to write a piece about gluten free beers so I went out and bought a shed load of them, and this is the first of that selection. I'm not usually a huge fan of IPA's so I was a little unsure about this one to start with. But anyway Goat's Leap pours a clear amber/red with a pretty healthy looking white head.
Goat's Leap has a nice, inviting fruity hops and caramel aroma which immediately made me feel better about the beers style. The texture is just below medium bodied, making it quite a refreshing pint, while the taste is really nice. There's some floral, fruity notes with just a hint of caramel, and a really nice subtle bitter finish. I drank this pint on a not particularly warm October evening and really enjoyed it, but I think as a summer beer it'd be even better. I'd actually go as far as to say Goat's Leap is one of the most pleasant IPA's I've ever had. Don't get me wrong it's not an overly exciting beer, and it doesn't do anything spectacularly new, but it's really pleasant, and seriously drinkable. I'm going to give Goat's Leap from Cheddar Ales a very good 8 out of 10.