hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2007
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle... Clear golden lager with a small, fizzy, white head. Nothing much to the aroma... maybe some grain. Tangy, grainy flavor... a touch too sweet. Thin, dry mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Finishes tangy and a tad salty. Better than expected, for what thatís worth.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 The beer pours a very pale and clear orange with a thick but very short-lived head consisting of very large bubbles. The aroma has some hops but mostly sorghum. I can now identify the smell of sorghum after homebrewing my own gluten-free beer. This beer smells remarkably similar to my own creation. It has a strange acidic note to the aroma - reminiscent of citrus (no doubt from the cascade hops). The flavor is very light. There are some tastes of toasted bread, distinct note of yeast, some hops, and a very light honey-like sweetness develops around mid-flavor. The beer finishes very light, not very bitter, and has almost no after-taste. There is a strange dryness on the back of the tongue (though it is not as prominent as in my gluten-free homebrew). Overall, it is palatable, but very weak in flavor. It is neither hearty nor full-bodied - but it is better than other commercial sorghum beers (Iím thinking in particular of New Grist Sorghum beer). Not a bad session beer - on a similar level as industrial macro-brewed lagers. I am still interested to see gluten-free products aimed at beer-lovers - i.e. full of flavor and in varying styles. It seems that sorghum could be roasted to different levels of darkness to produce gluten-free porters and stouts (and molasses and maltodextrin can be used to improve the mouthfeel and "maltiness" to make it more closely resemble barley or wheat beer). But its a start that a large player like Anheuser-Busch is making gluten-free beer more available.
Folsom530 (3) - USA - FEB 7, 2007 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
As this product is gluten (wheat) free, those intolerant of wheat (i.e., barley) products, can now drink beer. Note, the absence of gluten does not mean it is suitable for all diabetics.
The appearance is a nice amber with a durable collar of foam. The taste is a bit different than a normal lager as this beer is made with sorghum instead of barley malt. Itís definitely interesting and worth a try. This style and flavor is very popular in parts of Africa for a long time now. American palates are probably not used to this kind of taste. If you give it a try, especially with meats for dinner, it doesnít pair all that bad. I certainly do not feel "duped" after having tried it!!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Golden-straw body with abundant carbonation and a sudsy white head. Aroma has a lightly spiced cinnamon and cereal character, plus apple notes. Flavor is papery with light spice and some cider qualities. Mostly dry and moderately bitter. Spritzy, over-carbonated mouthfeel. I was curious to try a gluten-free beer. I feel duped having purchased an A-B product.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Ah, this is a lame attempt here. Faint aroma, pale(?) color, faint lacking taste. Nothing special here.
SSSteve (3633) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
a clear orange beer with a small white head. sweet grainy aroma with a flowery hint. palate is light a crisp. flavor is of a lager but with a sweeter flavor. i keep tasting pink bubblegum.
Suttree (4866) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2007
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 Well, letís see. Um, its, ah gosh I dunno, See the thing is, this is so boring its hard to concentrate on rating it. Its barely there. Some aroma, but really faint. Same with the flavor. I use the term loosely, because while it registers in my mouth, it was difficult to pull any specifics out.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 3, 2007
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pulled this from the bottom of the 99Ę bin at the supermarket. Another AB stealth beer. 12 oz bottle. Clear light amber with a white head. Toasty malt and light grapefruit nose, some light floral notes. As promising as the nose was, the flavor disappoints. I really donít know what sorghum is, but if that is what Iím tasting then I donít like it. Some decent citrus hop bite. Better than expected, but thatís not saying much.
bigcat03 (203) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - FEB 3, 2007
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Hy-Vee poured into mug - Pours amber with a small white head; A pale that actually looks drinkable!?! Pale malt and a grainy vanilla note to the nose; It doesnít smell like crap either? Man, Must be having a good day at the brewery. Wait.....wait....noooooooo! Spices and grassy (I guess) hops on a very herbal and bitter initial taste; And to sink the rating further? More really bitter grassy hops on the aftertaste; A medium body that redeemed some of the score; WAY too lively carbonation; Oh Redbridge, you were so close to pale lager greatness...
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 The aroma is light and mildly sweet with a faint perfumed soap aroma. Those good soaps that are just for show mind you, not the ones you wash your butt with. It actually smells of in a non-beer kind of way. The bosy is a light amber/copper color with a diminishing white head that starts a thumb thick, fades, but then holds. As pale lagers go it looks pretty inviting.
That perfumey sweetness is there int he fore. It tastes a little like patchouli and potpurri mix. Yes, I have tasted both. It finishes with a sort of apple and flower finish. Has a moderately biting carbonation and detactable hops. This is not a bad beer at all. I actually think this puppy would sell well if marketed as a ladies (or guys) who hate beer. That being said....itís good for what it is. My raped tastebuds are screaming for more.