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RATINGS: 432   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
An all-sorghum beer. New Grist, a beer for Celiacs brewed from sorghum and gluten-free yeast grown on molasses. New Grist is the first “official” gluten free beer in the U.S., although it cannot technically be called “gluten-free” until established governmental guidelines are determined for all products claiming “gluten-free” status. In the interim, this Celiac-safe beer can be called “barley-free,” and is a welcome product to those who need to live on restricted diets due to intolerance to gluten, a protein found in common brewing grains such as barley, wheat, rye, oats, spelt, kamut and triticale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2009 Strange stuff. Very clear and yellow; almost headless. Soft caramel candy nose. Light, syrupy and watery texture. Heavy caramel-like sweetness throughout. Very mild bitterness in the background; not nearly enough to balance it out, IMO. Very subtle mead-like elements were kind of nice. As were some faintly spicy-smoky aromas. Hints of honey, butter and creamed corn. Not too shabby, as sorghum beers go.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Unusually experimental for this brewer, and I applaud that effort. Spritzy and sour with a dry finish like the free champagne they give away at New Years Eve parties. Some light grass or wheat-like notes, with touches of honey and lemon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Gold color with no head. Interesting honey-like aroma. I’ve never really smelled sorghum, but I’m guessing that’s what this aroma is. It’s hard to describe this taste without having some references with the ingredients. Honey is still predominant with a somewhat sour finish. A little winey, like a Chardonay. I would really love to be able to compare this to a sorghum beer from Africa and see how close it is. A nice and very different treat.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
frankenkitty (1984) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2006
This appeared almost as ginger-ale with a white ring. Aroma was vinous and stale, but not offensive. Flavor was very much like an effervescent white wine or cheap champagne with a sourish finish. Really not that bad... if I needed to be gluten-free, I’d give this a chance.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Pours clear copper, filmy soapy head dies off to nothing. Aroma is funky, sour, pulpy and floury. Gross. Taste is appalingly sour. Mixture of metallic and alcoholic flavors dominate. Too carbonated. Medium sweetness throws the beer out of balance even more. Drain pour for sure.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2005
My second gluten-free brew, and this one is much more drinkable. Golden bodied with a thin white head that vanishes quickly along with the carbonation bubbles, this is a thick pour. The aroma is grassy and buttery with a nutty bitter edge. The flavor is creamy and buttery, sweet with a straw-like grassiness. The finish remains buttery with a slight bitterness. I hope the industry continues to work on brews for those who can’t tolerate barley, wheat, rye, etc., because so far I haven’t been too impressed.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2005
12 oz bottle: If I saw someone just pour this out of a bottle, and didn’t know it was beer, I’d thought someone was pouring me a ginger ale! Lots of white fizzy head at first, then it dwindles to nothing in no time! Butter cream apple cider aroma and flavor! Thin, fizzy, and overall un appealing! And that’s all I have to say about that! I’m out!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Pours a pale, almost hazy yellow that rises up to create a short fluffy head and the body ends up looking like apple cider. Light sweet aroma. Taste starts off with a fizzy carbonation and then lemon and sugary sweet, not thick but it tastes like there’s a syrup running thru it. Finish is dry and odd. I guess there is the taste of sorghum within - I evidently don’t like that flavor very much.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is clear medium yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (cereal/corn), trace hops (flowers). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation. Had I rated blindly, I totally would have guessed this was an ordinary adjunct heavy beer (smells just like sweet corn). Sorghum isn’t exactly an ordinary adjunct, but even so, knowing what it is hardly affects my rating...it’s hard to enjoy in any way as a novelty beer or otherwise. Sweet, simple.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
Sweet, buttery diacetyl and fruit in the aroma. Clear blonde body with a low white head that recedes to ring. Full on diacetyl flavour almost obliterates the underlying fruitiness. Very dry medium body with sharp pointy carbonation. Obviously not one of my preferred beers of the festival. Bottle sampled at GABF 2005.

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