ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Fresh bottle consumed on 3/4/07henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Clear golden-peach body is lightly bubbly, producing an off-white head that is small and shows moderate retention, little/no lacing.
Sorghum is easily distinguishable in the nose (gives a light buttertoffee/graham cracker/vanilla sort of aroma/flavor) and provides light sweetness, while citric hops are actually apparent, though lightly so. What I dont find is any DMS or diacetyl OR acetyldehyde. Wow, that’s a first. The sorghum gives a slight roundness to the aroma as well, that, while perhaps not so appropriate for a pale lager (which should be all about crispness), is still pleasantly surprising when taking in to account that this is a Bud product. And hop bitterness and light yeast apparency do add enough dry/crispness on the finish to make it passable. Medium strength of aroma, no alcohol noted.
Big sorghum flavor emulates the nose, with more residual sweetness than you usually get from AB. Buttertoffee is strong, with light dough and biscuits towards the finish. Gentle hop bitterness helps control the malt, some very light lemon and orange flavors, with a touch of grassiness. Carbonation is moderate, and while not tight or engaging, is at least not overly aggressive. The only slight flaw that I noticed was a bit of a metallic flavor on the end.
The 12 ounce bottle poured a clear amber beverage with a fizzy white head that was completely diminishing and left almost no lacing on the glass. The aroma was surprising enough malty even though there is no malt involved in brewing this beer. There were also subtle fruity notes of grape and apple with grassy overtones. It had a medium body with lively carbonation and a watery texture. The flavor started off lightly bitter and stayed that way through the somewhat short finish. Not much here but for those individuals that are allergic to gluten this is not such a bad alternative. Headbanger (4020) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2007
12oz bottle-Body of a light amber with a decent white head. Aroma of malts and hops.Taste of hops with a big dry finish.
Not bad for AB I think is better than Lakefronts Sorghum brew. hayduke (5619) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
I only paid $7.95 for a six-pack of this at my local North Coast Coop here in Eureka, CA. IF you need gluten-free beer this seems like a good price for something so specialized. It poured a clear amber with a nice white head that left almost no lacing. Nose of malts and hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat rich and fniish is dry. For an AB product this is actually pretty decent. JFGrind (2064) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2007 Sampled @ the WXPN/World Cafe Live mini-brew fest. The local A-B rep had some trouble describing this beer except to tout it was "gluten free and had a big buzz on the internet". Rep said it retails for $28 USD a case in the Philadelphia area. Other than being the first sorghum based beer I ever sampled there is not much going on here. If Redbridge gives people an beer option who are allegic to gluten and usually don’t enjoy beer than more power to A-B.
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Probably the most expensive AB beer i’ve ever bought. Pours a clear copper color with not much head. Malty aroma, with a hint of brown sugar and a touch of hops. Thick. Like Ritterkruez said, syrupy. Light hops, somewhat dry. Not too bad for AB. Ritterkreuz (179) - Seneca Falls, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Just a touch on the syrupy side, with the hops becoming more evident as it warms. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Off golden copper w a small white head
No real aroma
Pal is lt a thin water
Yuck yuck yuck
Aweful JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Pours a nice amber color with a small white head. Interesting aroma - mix of malty sweetness and hops. Flavor is more of the same, but good. I likes it! Dissolve (1) - USA - FEB 17, 2007 does not count
My overall score may be somewhat high, but when you have celiacs disease and it can cost upwards of $40 to find a six pack of beer (including shipping), I will definitely rate this one higher. I found out I had celiacs in the summer of 2006 and along with that found I had no beer to drink. It may not be good to those of you who can drink regular beer, but to those that cannot find sorghum beer in their area other than this, it’s more of a reflection of angelic voices. I don’t know how many bottles I have drank in the last month, but while it lacks some of the better qualities of some craft beers, and it is sweet (being that sorghum comes from sugar cane) it is a highly tolerable beer and much better than some of the others I have tried. I see it more as a savior for those that have celiacs disease. After a few, it tends to grow on you.