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Original Sorghum Malt Beer - Bard's Tale Beer Company

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Original Sorghum Malt BeerOriginal Sorghum Malt Beer

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BA SCORE
64
poor

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 2.57
pDev: 28.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bard's Tale Beer Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Minkybut on 11-01-2010)
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3.25/5  rDev +26.5%

It has a very unique, "sour-vanilla" flavor.

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2.75/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev +16.7%

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3/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +26.5%

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3/5  rDev +16.7%

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3/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.03/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with PD 09/05/2012 printed on the bottleneck, so I'm entirely sure what they're trying to say there. Patented on date? I don't know. I acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's, so I am confident that it's fresh. "The original sorghum malt beer". "Contains no wheat, barley, rye, or oats". No abv listed on the bottle anywhere, so for now it remains a mystery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours the typical clear golden orange with good clarity. Two fingers of head that fizzles away quickly. Not much lacing to speak of. Looks okay.

S - The smell is hardly comprised of anything at all, really. Some mustiness, green apples, and a bit cidery. "Ricey" if that makes any sense to anyone.

T - Taste follows the nose - mustiness, cidery green apples, and a bit of earthy yeast presence noticeable. Lightly vinous / grapey / wine-like at times, also.

M - Feel is crisp, clean, & semi-dry. Wine / cider like on the finish like the other sorghum malt beers I've tried. Light-medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, similar and on par with the others that I've tried - less than memorable and not very good. Not a beer I would have again, that's for sure, but it's a viable option for our gluten-intolerant friends.

Bard's ---3/5.

Photo of ibaconi
3.15/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had no idea what to expect. I was looking for a gluten-free beer for my retail shop. So far, any gluten free product I've sampled (all in the world of breads) rates somewhere between poor and awful, so I was quite surprised by this beer. It's certainly nothing to write home about, but it's decent. Slightly better than some of the popular comercial beers... Budweiser springs to mind.

Has the appearance of sparkling apple juice, including the lack of head. The flavor is fairly flat, but certainly not offensive. There is a vegetal quality to it, but this is not unpleasant, just unusual. This beer certainly doesn't leave me craving another, but then neither do most of the popular commercial beers. Could use a bit more hop.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.21/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

355 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO as a single; listed at 4.7%. I don't have celiac disease, so I mostly review these beers out of curiosity and a lack of other things to tick - I've certainly never had a GF beer I wanted to drink more than once. Served well-chilled.

This one pours a deep golden-yellow colour, with one finger of fizzy, bone-white head that snaps and crackles as it fades away before my very eyes. A very thin collar and an island of film supported by the carbonation are the only visible remnants... this is a flat, dull-looking beverage reminiscent of apple juice. The aroma is fairly mild, consisting of some vegetal sweetness, apples, and floral hop notes.

I was expecting a bomb, but I am actually pleasantly surprised by this one. It has a grainy malt flavour, with some pear fruitiness and sour apple notes. That boiled vegetable flavour I find in these GF beers is still noticeable, but the floral hop bitterness in the finish helps mask it, and dries the palate out with each sip. Quite light-bodied, almost watery, with fairly mild carbonation. I'm not big on the mouthfeel, but otherwise this is drinkable enough.

Final Grade: 3.21, a C+. Bard's Original Sorghum Malt Beer is probably the most beer-like of the handful of GF brews I've so far imbibed - it's light, refreshing, and a little fruity, reminding me more of a blonde ale than anything. All other things (e.g. price) being equal, I'd take this over most cheap lagers, but in the real world there's no real reason for me to bother with this one again. If you're a beer drinker who needs to start avoiding gluten for one reason or another, this seems like a passable option and I'd probably recommend it in that case.

Photo of DaveBar
3.38/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO as a single to try. 355ml bottle served at 8deg C in a draught glass.

No statement here on Advocate so on the bottle... 4.7%

A- Pretty good. Opens well, pours golden clear like a Bud

S- Nothing there

T- Nice carbonation. Light tasting. Easy drinking. Mild all around

M- Average at best.

O- Nice easy drinking beer. This is one for a hot day working in the yard. If the price point was better I would buy again

Food Pairing

This nice light flavored beer pairs well with... Hamburgers

Enjoy

Photo of FLima
2.78/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nice golden copper color with a thin head with low retention.
Light sorghum malt aroma with hints of caramels and guaraná soda.
Flavor of sweet Sorghum malt with tangy fruity notes, hints of strawberries and caramels.
Light body with good carbonation.
Interesting flavor, good option for who is allergic to gluten, even though tastes more like English ales. It could be hoppier to better counterbalance its sweetness.

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2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -2.7%

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2.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

This beer is not a bad tasting beer but there is not much significant about it either. I give 3/5 for carbonation and does not hold a head too well. As far Gluten free beers go this is a decent alternative to beers that taste like vegetables or ridiculously strong or spicy beers. Overall I give it 3/5 A good alternative to New Grist.

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Original Sorghum Malt Beer from Bard's Tale Beer Company
64 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.