What type of beer is NEIPA The Cosmic Turtle?
The NEIPA stands for New England India Pale Ale.
A New England IPA is a style of American IPA that features an intense, tropical fruit centric, hop aroma and flavour. It’s heavily dry hopped to the point of being hazy and has a fuller body, smoother flavour, and less perceived bitterness than typical IPAs.
NEIPA The Cosmic Turtle Ingredients
I love looking at the ingredients of a beer and seeing just how different you can make a beer with the same basic ingredients. You sometimes come across some very different and weird ones.
Im not a fan of “natural flavourings” you often see from the big boys. The flavour should be from hops and grains, surely.
NEIPA The Cosmic Turtle has…
Nothing too earth shattering then but lactose is a slight anomaly. It is the sugar in milk and is added as it doesnt ferment and brings some sweetness, body and mouthfeel to the finished beer.
You would think having a milk sugar added means this is not a vegan beer but seemingly Lowtide are claiming it is vegan. I don’t see how tho.
NEIPA The Cosmic Turtle Nutrition
Lowtide have a habit of making it difficult to find out their nutrition stats. They aren’t on the bottle and usually not on the website. Some of the retailers can have them and this one is via Dry Drinker
In the past when you cant find any Lowtide nutrition data, like Atomic Blond, which is flavoured with apricot, you know it is because they are high in sugar and calories.
The fact you can get these mean they are happy with them!
NEIPA The Cosmic Turtle’s nutrition stats are…
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Low and behold that nutrition stats are amazing. No surprise that Lowtide are publishing them then. You can be if the calorie count was coming in at 40kcal and sugars at 3.5g you wouldn’t be able to find it anywhere.
These states put this particular cosmic turtle in the top 5 non alcoholic beers in terms of calories and carbs. No mean feat.
For a full article on the calories, carbs and sugar in non alcoholic beers then read my article on it here
Is NEIPA The Cosmic Turtle really alcohol free?
The UK Gov state that only beers with an ABV of <0.05% can be called alcohol free but here is Lowtide calling this beer alcohol free at 0.5%. I would guess they are using EU laws that allow up to 0.5% to be called alcohol free and not just merely non alcoholic. Clear as mud, eh?
Anything 0.5% ABV and below is definitely non alcoholic tho in whatever language.
A glass of orange juice will likely have a higher ABV so i wouldn’t get overly worked up over 0.05% vs 0.5%
You can read my entire article on how to tell how much alcohol is in a non alcoholic beer here
If you would like to find out why breweries like this go for a 0.5% beer rather than a 0.0% beer then read my full article on that here
Really funky and cool can art as you would expect from Lowtide. NEIPA is of course the type of beer not some magical turtle to my knowledge.
The beer itself is on the lighter side of amber, a reasonable head but that went quickly. The usual for non alcoholic beers.
A nice mix of citrus hops and malty cereal. There isn’t a lot to smell, but then again most beers don’t have and especially non alcoholic ones.
You can tell this is a low calorie, low carb beer. It is on the thinner side but whereas some ultra low beers are thin, watery and have limited flavour this actually packs a decent punch. Well played Lowtide.
IPAs are better suited to low calorie as you can pack in lots of hops and bitterness for flavour which also helps with depth.
Now, I’ll not go overboard. This isn’t the biggest and most hops packed beer ive ever drank but for the calories and carbs in, they’ve done a pretty good job.
Im trying to benchmark it in my head. I think it is just a bit short of the likes of Run Wild and Infinite Session IPA but probably not by much. I think Pine Trail just pips it too for having a bigger beer but this is a decent session beer.
Lowtide have done very well with this. Ultra low calorie and a reasonably full hoppy beer all things considered. I would certainly buy again
8/10 – This is a very decent beer and if you want low calorie there is only a couple better.
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
You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer
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Is NEIPA The Cosmic Turtle Gluten Free?
No NEIPA The Cosmic Turtle is not gluten free.
I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.
Is NEIPA The Cosmic Turtle Vegan?
Yes and this is confirmed by the company
Yes, every beer we make is suitable for vegans. -is their statement. This beer contains lactose which is an animal milk sugar so I’m not sure how they manage it.
For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.
This is a very decent beer and if you want low calorie there is only a couple better.