LinusStick (3052) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The label on this beer is more interesting than the contents.After opening the bottle and pouring this into my pilsner, I stared at the label and felt like I should be with Frodo Baggins enjoying a pint. The sweet smell of apples (?) suprised me. I took a sip and noticed heavy carbonation and again, apples. I have never tried a Sorghum lager so I am assuming this is why I canít place this taste. This is a nice change of pace, but Iíll leave this one to the hobbits.
argo0 (12515) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(12oz bottle, bottled 5/30/06) Clear apple juice body topped by small but frothy off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, bread, herbal tea, peach. Taste is medium sweet, bread, lime, some nectarine. Light body. Not saying that itís particularly good, but itís much better than New Grist, another sorghum beer, which I tried immediately before this one.
Dogbrick (10034) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2006
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This beer is a clear gold color with a thin and fizzy ivory colored head that burns out almost immediately. Very little lacing to be found. Aroma of grain and malt. Light-bodied with a sweet flavor which mainly comes from the sorghum. There is some malt and sour fruit as well. The finish is syrupy sweet with honey and sorghum. Didnít enjoy this one too much.
ClarkVV (4648) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 2006 bottle drunk on 10/5/06
Fizzy, eggshell colored head shows poor to medium retention, while the utterly clear body is full of large, aggressive bubbles. A warm butter colored bodied also has slight copper and pale gold tints. Little/no lacing.
Slightly sourish nose is full of what smells like corn, though I suppose itís the sorghum. Unusual flavors of vanilla wafers, plant stalks and light hay emanate from the liquid as well, nothing very attractive or particularly cohernt, however. Nor is the aroma exactly leaping from the glass.
Chewy sorghum grains are mostly dry, with a breadiness and light sourdough hints towards the finish. Corn meal, grits and/or pretzels all come to mind, while bits of dry hay are still notable, paralleling the aroma. I guess those are the hops.....Very fizzy, heavily aerated texture with just too much butter/corn/plant. I just had a sorghum beer and it was nothing like this, so you canít blame the grain. No alcohol apparent, seemingly poor extraction and filtering wreak havoc here. To the drain with you.....
thedm (5214) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 18, 2006
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop marked bollted on 9:43 BT001 05/30/06 poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a transparent typically carbonated orange colored body and a fair lacing. The funky aroma was dirty. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The strange off flavor contained notes of mild spice. A horrible one that I would not buy again. Just too weird for my tatstes!
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a pee yellow with no head at all. Aroma is strange:condensed milk, raspberry, but not as creamy smelling as that sounds. Flavor similarly weird. Just sorta sweet. Lots of berries, blue and black in particular. Finishes with that pretty predictably apple skin bitterness, and a whole lot of the flavor (hands around for a while). Mouth feel not too bad, like skim milk. Not sure how to react to this beer. Defiantly not what I was expecting. Worth having once, but I personally donít think I would get it again. Unique.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 14, 2006
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2009 Pours golden with a fully receding beige head. Aroma of sweet grain, cider, toffee, and molasses. Taste is lightly sweet and ever so slightly bitter, with a buttered bread finish. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and a lingering finish. This beer fared a bit better on a rerate, but itís still not an easy drinker.
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2006
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a brilliantly clear, full gold color and is topped by a frothy, large bubbled, initially half-finger thick, quickly disappearing, pale off-white colored head. The aroma has a certain beery quality to it, but is also mixed with a sweet spiciness akin to something like cinnamon or something I am not quite sure what. Definitely has an exotic grain character to it; something I would describe as an earthy grain aroma.
The taste is quite light, this must have a very low final gravity, at least it tastes like it. Almost to the point of being thin. The thinness is not helped by a unbalanced sweetness that is just asking for more hop bitterness. There is some bitterness here, it just is not sufficient to balance the sweet grainy quality. Lightly spicy & herbal hop notes are also here, more than in a macro lager perhaps, but not by much. This does a pretty good job of mimicing a malt & adjunct lager, it perhaps has a touch of earthy grain character, which might be out of place, but it is even less that what is in the aroma. I understand the market they are going for here & I applaud the purpose of this beer, but I really wish this had been something like a stout (which would be easy to do by the way). This tastes amazingly bland and crappy just like your favorite macro lager, an interesting concept and hopefully it foretells of interesting things to come.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ
Arayaga2 (1946) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2006
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Well, Iíve never had sorghum beer before, but this stuff smells and tastes exactly as bad as I expected it would. Yet another reason I am glad I donít have celiac. Grassy, and sweetly putrid, and surprisingly expensve at $2.50/12oz
PhillyBeer2112 (2679) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I finally get to try a sorghum beer. I appreciate that this beer was low hopped so I could focus on the grain character. Its pretty different - sweet and caramelly with notes of molasses and maple syrup. A bit on the thin side, and overall plain and sweet enough to just deter me from wanting to drink it. If I couldnít have glutens, I wouldnít be real happy about having to drink this as a go-to beer. Iíd ask them to just dump in a bunch of hops to mask the rest. Copper color, and a bit lifeless in the glass.