We’ve dived into the non-alcoholic choices of Gruvi previously, with blended and typically lackluster reception (see critiques of releases from 2020 and 2021). At present we go to with them as soon as once more, with a latest spherical of principally restricted releases. Let’s see how they’re coming alongside on this journey.
All are 0.05% abv.
Gruvi Golden – In a blind style check, this is able to unquestionably go for a summer season lager. It’s shiny and refreshing, with the signature hops and malt and a pleasant bitter grip on the palate. Not a lot else so as to add, because it’s an excellent, mild lager substitute; nothing too intelligent however satisfying whereas sitting within the solar. B+ / $28 per 12-pack
Gruvi Juicy IPA – This brew is equally satisfying and as balanced because the Golden, with extra chunk within the citrus rind bitterness and a daring and shiny hop profile. The producer’s tasting notes embody pineapple, however I get extra of the grapefruit, calling to thoughts fashionable citrus-forward IPAs like Sloop Juice Bomb and Lagunitas IPA, with a really good lengthy end. The Juicy IPA holds its personal as their non-alcoholic counterpart. A- / $32 per 12-pack
Gruvi Mocha Nitro Stout – The nostril could be very noticeable and distinct as I’m hit with a waft of contemporary shitake mushrooms and seaweed. It might be unconventional however not disagreeable. If I wasn’t in search of mocha notes, I most likely wouldn’t have observed them, though some pure darkish chocolate notes present by means of. The load and bitterness of stout is unquestionably current. It’s going to most likely fulfill most stout followers in search of a no-alcohol various. The end shouldn’t be as constant and has the faintest trace of should, however not sufficient to distract from its stable presentation. (Some crema would have additionally been good, however now I’m simply being persnickety.) B / $32 per 12-pack
Gruvi Dry Purple Mix – The Dry Purple really begins with crimson wine that has been “de-alcoholized,” and the expertise is as what you’d count on whenever you take away that added complexity of aged, fermented grapes. The colour is a deep ruby crimson. The nostril has a musty woody character of unsweet dry prunes and unripened raspberry. The palate follows swimsuit, with a dry mouthfeel at first sip. The flavour is akin to extremely concentrated unsweetened crimson grapes with a brightness within the fruit that appears to combat exhausting to not cross over into grape juice territory. It’s nice sufficient however it could most likely do greatest in a wine-based cocktail, corresponding to a sangria. B- / $25 per 4-pack of 250ml cans
Gruvi Sangria – The segue into this expression is apparent primarily based on the impression of the Dry Purple Mix. Carbonated fruit notes current as a sweet-tart embellishment to the muted musty crimson grape base. The Sangria might be a extra forgiving wine various because the wine itself shouldn’t be the primary attraction however as an alternative presents that dry and malty texture alongside a frivolously sweetened fruitiness. B+ / $25 per 4-pack of 250ml cans