Cornfield (5497) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2005 When I read of this beer a few months ago, I thought, "What a noble cause. Hereís someone trying to help out beer drinkers who develop an allergy to gluten." Then I bought a sixer of this overpriced brew at a Whole Foods. After reading the inanities on the package (see austinpowersí review), I was sure that this was just a gimmick. On to the beer - - It pours a hazy straw color with (initially) a bubbly white head and (initially) lively carbonation. Both soon vanish. The aroma is wheaty and corny and oily with little of any sign of the advertised "pleasant hop aroma." This flat drink has an acrid, tinny flavor with a little grainy sweetness and a whisper of light hopping. The aftertaste was metallic and sugary and I had to brush my teeth before having another beer. I would NOT let this warm up. Now Iím not sure if this is a gimmick or a sorry joke.
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sfontain (811) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2005
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pale yellow with a small, white, fizzy head. Aroma is very buttery (Iím suspecting diacetyl) and lightly hoppy with a hint of spice (cloves or something). Flavor is also buttery, very slightly sour, with a nasty, burnt charcoal hop flavor through the finish. Thin. At around $10 per six-pack, this beer is crap.
sloth (2500) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear gold/straw color with a medium sized snow white head atop it. Lace and retention are moderate. Nose is citrusy, lightly grainy. Light body, crisp, somewhat creamy. More of ale like mouthfeel than a lager. Is this due to their using sorghum as opposed to barley? Light citrus flavors, spicey and backed by light pale malt flavors. Never expierenced any DMS like others mentioned in their ratings. Finish is dry, quick with a pleasing little bite. If the word sorghum was,nt on the label you would think this was a regular beer brewed with barley. An interesting beer but not worth a repeat at $11 a sixer.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2007 I have no idea why this beer has eight words in its name. The "interview" with the beerís creator on the side of the six pack was idiotic and gave me the impression that this was not a serious craft brew because it only said one thing about the beer (itís sorghum, not barley!) and instead yammered on about how the guy lived in Hawaii and thought the dragon name was cool and funny. OK. Now to the beer. I really enjoyed the brewís noticeably different flavor. These guys hit the nail on the head in brewing a beer that is to my taste. Light hop aroma, very little hop flavor. Lightly sweet lager but with enough body youíd think it could be an ale. Most of all, the substitution of sorghum for barley is nothing short of shocking. Iíve never, ever seen a US brewer use sorghum (someone correct me if Iím wrong). That stuff gives a slightly wheaty flavor thatís noticeably sweet and light with some straw flavors. Utterly delicious, and lightly carbonated, too. If those are traits you like in a beer, then Bardís Tale Beer is for you. Note to Brewer: a name modification (Dragonís Lair Lager?) and a blurb on the sixpack that indicates the seriousnees with which you apparently DID take this beer will probably help sales. Best of luck to you! Itís magnificent.
DocLock (7912) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2005
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours gold with little head. Some hops and malt aromas. The taste is grainy, with some thiols detected. Medium palate. This one was expensive, and a disappointment.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - APR 5, 2005
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
12oz bottle, no date found...pours golden with no head. Smells strongly of butter, carmel, and yes, some of that DMS too...but Iím not totally put off by it...until Iím about halfway through the glass, as it has warmed and began to stink. And it shows up in the flavor as well...although Iíve no idea what Sorghum tastes like...Iím not sure that this would appeal to somebody that likes macro lagers...too funky...in a bad way.
Ernest (6258) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2007 Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (cereal, caramel, wort), with light notes of DMS and plastic. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation. Very raw and crude. Maybe a touch better then the state it was in at GABF 2004, but still...damn. Hard to stomach. One word: Redbridge.
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 20, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very light gold color with a thin white head. The aroma is light apples with some lettuce. The taste is thin with bread crust and some dirt. This is a little bit harsh in the burnt and toasted character. Not too bad when you consider it is gluten free.
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at Lees Summit, MO (brewery???) Pale gold, moderate head (It looks like beer!) Slightly bizarre cabbage/rhubarb aroma. Flavor is much better than the aroma, as I get some more sorghum flavor. Rather grainy, but surprisingly full-bodied for something without barley. Some of the same cooked vegetables in the flavor, but if you gluten intolerant, a suitable option. Kiss of hops in the finish. Vegetables fade and a decent pale lager remains. Bonus points for gluten free beer that has body and still resembles beer, straigten out some fermentation troubles and thereís a real winner here.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden color, white head. Fruity aroma, some apple, mild hops. Flavor is lightly sweet initially with some spicy hops. Lighter to medium body. Not bad at all, I was kind of surprised, it was very decent.