Patrickctenchi (2500) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2013
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Clear amber with a huge, beige head.
Strong sorghum aroma.
Taste is medicinal, herbal bitter, plastic....more sorghum.
Really, really bad.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A hazed golden ale with a thin lacing off white head. In aroma, light fruity malt with nice floral hops, berries, OK. In mouth, a crisp beer with oily mouth feel, floral hops, well done for a gluten free beer. On tap at Brooklyn Pour 2013.
crossovert (5642) - Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Another crappy sorghum beer. It is pretty hoppy and herbal but sorghum dominates.
BrewBoxer (1552) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2013
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Saratoga rce way . Pale color. Not too boozy considering the abv. Weird aftertaste
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
onceblind (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Clear beautiful copper with a rocky unstable head. Aroma had a lot of earthy malt syrup, spicy pine resin, and something I can only describe as varnish. Had decent body but was over carbonated and had too much boozy phenols going on. Also had a little sour tone going on, and I donít mean that in the good beer-nerdy way. Flavor was rough to get used to. Spicy peppery tones mixed with bitter pine hops, a touch of lemon rind, and earthy syrupy maltiness. Finished with boozy phenols like varnish from the nose. I really wanted to like this beer, I wanted this to be the first GF beer I actually enjoyed on its own merit. But as it was, it was a chore to finish my bottle.
redwun (1) - - FEB 7, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very good beer. wife went GF we tried this i was amazed at how good it was. To they person who said this is undrinkable you obviously donít know good beer. Its a pale ale bitter thats they way they are supposed to taste. this one might be borderline india pale ale. verry very good !! New planet pale ale is good to not as bitter .
yankeefan21 (129) - New York, USA - NOV 27, 2012
1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I have been hesitant to rate this beer because I want these guys to succeed. Unfortunately, this beer is absolutely undrinkable. It kind of sort of SMELLS like beer and kind of sort of LOOKS like beer, but thatís about as close to beer as this gets. Outside of that, itís like trying to drink watered down hop paste [and I mean the kind of paste you use to glue things together] with that delicious glue aftertaste. Itís possible Iím just really sensitive to Sorghum flavors in the way some people canít eat cilantro [which I find to be delicious] because it tastes like soap to them. I donít know. If my friend had a gluten allergy and wanted beer, Iíd tell them to try pouring some isopropyl alcohol in puddle water with a few drops of lemon juice before I could recommend this.
Erk (1) - - OCT 6, 2012 does not count
0.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Ugh! Itís just nasty. The description on the bottle card is definitely required, because it takes some serious imagination to make this beer taste good. First sip had me reeling. This is the type of beer that requires a six pack of budweiser prior to consuming to make it flavorful. Noone in thier right mind, celiacs or otherwise would find this appealing. It has 6.8% alcohol by volume, making it completely worthless.
Perhaps I should try it warm? I donít know. But I bought the bottle, chilled it and genuinely tried to like it. Mostly because it is a very local craft brewery with a good idea. Honestly though, I cannot give this any sort of good rating. Iím sorry
Ernest (5904) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2012
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (cereal, horse feed, corn syrup), moderately hoppy (resin), with notes of alcohol (fusel - insecticide), varnish, rubber, and paint.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Truly disgusting, as is sadly the case with most true GF beers. The abundance of hops doesnít save it, and it is obvious they were used to try to cover up the unpleasant cattle/horse feed odor...granted, thereís not a lot else you can do I suppose, but the fact that itís a relatively high-gravity example means thereís a lot of that nasty "malt" smell to cover up. So then thereís the fusel alcohol and industrial phenols and the really dirty aftertaste. This is really only suitable for those who would be ok drinking Listerine for a buzz. I can appreciate the effort to make a reasonably enjoyable GF beer, really I can...but this completely failed in the execution. Honestly the only passable examples I can think of are some of the Greenís line and Redbridge. The Widmer Omission beers are great but suspect as to whether theyíre completely GF (the Brunehaut stuff is ok too, but similarly suspect).
Chad9976 (1021) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Steadfast Beer Company was started by my friend (and beer monger) Jeremy Hosier, as a way to fill a hole in the craft beer market - that is, the lack of GOOD gluten-free beers. There are few offerings available on the mass market, and the ones that are there are usually disliked by mainstream beer drinkers and celiacs alike. Why not brew a gluten-free beer with actual taste? Thatís the idea behind Steadfast Beer Company, and their initial offering - Sorghum Pale Ale - is definitely the most robust and best tasting beer of its kind Iíve ever had. Itís a gluten-free beer that can hang with real craft beer.
I poured a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Beautiful crystal-clear dark amber/copper hue. Little carbonation visible, but forms a good sized white foamy head which retains and laces fairly well.
Smell: Prominent hop flowers and citrus notes likely due to the dry-hopping. Thereís a subtle sorghum scent, but itís akin to apple cider and spice and not the usual "sorghum funk" found in most brews of the type.
Taste: The palate begins with light bitterness and a slight cider-like flavor. The hops develop more in the middle, combined with a more refined, slightly juicy flavor of citrus, and a resiny, peanut shell-like taste at the end. Thereís a hint of real apple cider and candy apple-like flavors on the second half. Itís slightly confectionary and definitely sweet, yet the hops never give up the ghost. The aftertaste is clean for the most part, but reminiscent to the flavor of eating peanuts, combined with so hoppy pine needles.
I originally wasnít too crazy about this beer when it first debuted, but I was drinking a protoype batch at the time. Iíve have it many times since then and itís improved every time. Steadfast Pale Ale drinks and tastes like a REAL beer now more than ever (and itís likely to improve with each additional batch). I think the average craft beer enthusiast can probably tell itís a gluten-free beer, but all the annoyances and distractions found in others of the type (including Dogfish Head I might add) are very subtle if not undetectable (and if they are, theyíre very easily overlooked).
Drinkability: Weighing in at 6.8% ABV, Steadfast Sorghum Pale Ale is pretty hefty for a pale ale, but has the easy drinkability of the style. The mouthfeel isnít too thin and has a definite crispness and a smooth finish and mostly clean aftertaste. I drank this on a hot summerís night and found it to be surprisingly refreshing for such a hoppy and potent brew. This is a must try for anyone sensitive to gluten that still wants to drink GOOD beer.