Ceria is a new company from an industry legend, Keith Villa. Not many people have PhD in brewing form the University of Brussels. It sounds like a fantasy degree doesn’t it.
You might know the previous company he founded, Blue Moon? That was something of a success story.
Ceria claim they are dedicated to offering a more health conscious choice to other craft breweries.
What type of beer is Indiewave?
Indiewave is an IPA
You’d have to be under a rock not to have been drinking IPAs recently.
IPAs are a hop heavy, bitter beer with citrus, pine and tropical flavours depending on the hops used. They can have a high ABV (when alcoholic).
They have became very popular as they usually don’t lack hoppy flavour. More and more nuanced varieties have sprung up such as…
- West coast
- New England (Hazy or Juicy too)
Is Indiewave really alcohol free?
This can of Grainwave clearly states is has 0.5% ABV – alcohol by volume.
I have discussed the differences in labelling and laws in this article. There are differences across the world in what is non alcoholic (usually less than 0.5% ABV) and what is alcohol free (typically 0.0%).
In reality, for most people, 0.5% and 0.0% are basically the same. The extra alcohol is tiny and a lot of foods contain similar levels (see that surprising article here). It may make a difference special groups like pregnant moms and Muslims how might be trying to avoid any alcohol at all.
I have written a number of articles on if alcohol free beers are halal or haram. You can start here for some reading
So what ingredients will Indiewave have in store. Grainwave had quite a few including the annoying “natural flavours” whatever they might be.
- Malted barley
Hallelujah! This is the list i love to see. It should include yeast too i suppose but including yeast, it is the 4 main beer ingredients. Under German purity laws, most of their beers only contain these 4 ingredients and they are some of the best in the world.
I always think, if you cant make a great beer from grains and hops then there is something a bit wrong. I am now very eager to see what this tastes like.
With only the 3-4 ingredients, how have Ceria played the nutrition card. Are they going for a super skinny beer or something with a bit more body but added carbs.
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A bit so so. Relatively high on the calories for a non alcoholic beer but not hugely so and certainly a lot less than basically all alcoholic ones. The carb count is a bit under say, a Heineken 0.0 (review here).
I have a soft spot for breweries trying to get a really low calorie beer. The negative is, the less carbs and sugar, the harder it is to create body and mouthfeel. A lot end up tasting quite thin.
If you go for a bit more carbs to create that body, you have better make a really great beer to justify the much higher calories that comes with it.
The can art and styling is identical to their other beer, Grainwave, except for the blue trim has been changed to a green trim. The green actually stands out better vs the blue and makes for a more distinct can.
The beer is a really dark, hazy, unfilitered colour. Almost purply orange. If it was alcoholic you would expect it to blow the doors off.
The head was massive and it stayed a long time, i was impressed by that.
Yep, it smells like a big IPA. Loads of citrus and pine. I cant really talk myself into any tropical notes and the hops overpowers much of the natural malted smells.
It looks and smells like it shouldn’t lack flavour anyway.
Oh hello, that has all sorts going on. I need a few gulps to assess it all!
In terms of an IPA, you want a decent hit of hops and you certainly get that. Not too much tho, over hopped beers are hard to drink. Big Drop Paradiso is one i found just overpoweringly hopped.
There is just enough citrus and pine here to make sure it is an IPA but not go overboard. But the hops isn’t the whole story.
The colour should have been a give away but there is really beautiful, deep malt and caramel flavours going on too to mellow the bitter hops further. The malt is strong in this one, hmmm.
In terms of body, that is not found lacking at all. They have included a relatively high amount of carbs and an unknot amount of sugar giving a moderately raised calorie count of 28kcal/100ml.
Note tho, that whilst some skinny non alcoholic beers go down to 10kcal and below, alcoholic beers average in at about 43kcal/100ml so this is still a good saving.
There is a smoothness and creaminess to this that nearly all non alcoholic beers lack. The nearest are the big German wheat beers as they have a lot of carbs and sugar too to make them isotonic.
The citrus is more orange than lemon but unlike Grainwave, it adds to the beer and doesn’t overpower it.
I love this beer. It isn’t the lowest calorie or lowest carb beer out there but the flavours are bang on, the body is huge and if you give an ardent non alcoholic beer denier one, they wouldn’t know it was 0.5% ABV.
9.5/10 – brilliant beer. Seemingly most prefer Grainwave to Indiewave but not for me. This is the standout winner of the pair by a margin.
Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page
Where to buy?
Amazon.com has these and you can check out the latest price here
You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer
You can buy this at Sober Sauce and get 5% off with code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE
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Is Indiewave gluten free?
Indiewave is not gluten free unfortunately.
I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.
Is Indiewave vegan?
Indiewave is vegan friendly and all beers make by Ceria are vegan.
For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.
Brilliant beer. Seemingly most prefer Grainwave to Indiewave but not for me. This is the standout winner of the pair by a margin.