probstblueribbon (2631) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 fl oz bottle from Bear World (Watertown), served almost cold in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear light amber with a fair, fleeting light tan head.
Aroma: Light, slightly peppery grain, hints of warm spices somehow, vaguely earthy and British, a little pome fruit, wee hints of caramel/toffee, weak but not bad.
Palate: Medium body, fairly aggressive carbonation.
Flav.: A bit tastier than the nose admits, light sweet, slightly fruity biscuit, hints of caramel and wee hints of spices, some old apple juice notes, not bad; dry with basically no bitterness and a slightly astringent, vaguely fruity finish with some minerals.
For a gluten-free beer from the “big guy”, this is quite drinkable.
BVery (5153) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2011
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle. Crystal clear yellow-gold pour with a fizzy initial head that dissipates to a very thin ring. Kind of a nasty grain nose. Thin fizzy palate. Taste is metallic and grain. Not good at all.
BucannonXC5 (666) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was caramel amber. Just about ¾ inches of head. Light lacing on the top that dissipated very quickly. No film on the sides.
Smelled iron, cereal notes, grains and corn. It really wanted to be a red, but it lacked a lot to do it.
Couldn’t figure out the taste, but my sister-in-law described it as sorghum. It had a syrupy finish. Some berries were in there, too.
Medium body. Average carbonation. The syrupy feel really wore on me. Slick texture I’d say. Abrupt finish.
Not a bad beer, but I obviously wouldn’t seek it out at a bar.
jcweaver (748) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle. Pours clear golden with a small, white head. Little aroma, just a hint of grain. Watery with mostly a sweet, grainy flavor. Possibly a hint of tart fruit in the finish.
DavidO (10) - Potomac, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2011
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Perhaps the worst beer I have ever sampled. My wife is on a gluten-free diet and this is now they only beer she can drink - a pity.
There is almost no aroma to this sorghum beer. It’s only non-negative attribute is its appearance, a clear amber to brown liquid with flat head. The taste is sour with an acrid after taste. Avoid unless you must be on a gluten-free diet.
LetsGoState (546) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2011
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2012 This beer starts at a disadvantage by being gluten-safe. That being said, the taste is a sweet grainy malt with some tart apple. Overall not bad considering my expectations.
seymour (1259) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 10, 2011
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Tasted on tap at Grant’s Farm, St Louis, Missouri, USA. I wanted to learn what on earth a gluten free beer might taste like, since we all know beer is essentially fermented malted barley and/or wheat (which are packed with gluten.) Answer: in this case, not downright awful, but a pretty flat, mass-produced fizzy beer-like beverage. But then, isn’t that the case with most AB products? It seemed to me they use more quality German and American hops to cover up the lack of malt-sweetness, which possibly makes Redbridge a bit better than their flagship light lagers. Bizarre.
Block (1131) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad. Light. Has a weird tang to it. Not unpleasant just different. Better than the alternatives offered at the time.
DasBierChef (1080) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2011
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
The best part about this beer: It had no flavor. Because I can’t imagine a gluten free beer from AB-InBev would be tolerable.
jb (1951) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Apples and a sugary nose. Palate is also a bit sweet, a bit light on the hops. Bland, but this is by far the best gluten-free I’ve had. My wife was listening to a comic do a routine on gluten free. Something like ’I don’t know what gluten is but I suspect it is delicious.’