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Green's Discovery Amber Ale - Green's Gluten Free Beers

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Green's Discovery Amber AleGreen's Discovery Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
62
poor

47 Reviews
THE BROS
74
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 54
rAvg: 2.39
pDev: 26.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Green's Gluten Free Beers visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wl0307 on 12-19-2005

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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 54
Photo of CWiggins
2.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This free sample bottle was provided by a local distributor, and since I work in the beer/specialty foods retail business, it only seems fair to taste this product to describe it to customers.

It pours a dark, hazy amber, with an ecru head that just doesn't let up. Seriously, the foam on this beer began one-inch thick and continually covered the surface of the brew until it was fully consumed. Pretty impressive. The smell is mainly of fresh fruit, particularly apple, but there is a grainy aroma as well as a hint of alcohol. The flavor is dominated by a grainy sweetness, followed by a slight sourness. A bit of dry hops is noticeable at the finish, and the sweet fruit-like essence is still tasted through the aftertaste. It's a little to carbonated for my taste, but the medium body is nice enough.

Not as bad as I imagined it might be, I still don't have any room in my beer diet for a gluten-free brew. If you have to partake only gluten-free beers, I would there are much worse products on the market. (1,013 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
2.74/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Product of Belgium

Poured into a pint glass, it was a dark amber color and is very clear; its topped with a thick head fluffy head that quickly thinned out but had some good lacing to it; there is very little carbonation. There is a slight fruity aroma mixed in with some alcohol but not much more. It has a very light body but is very crisp and tangy overall, it reminds me of green apples and there's a slight sweet touch to it in its aftertaste. It smooth and easy to drink and really simple...

After letting it warm up a little bit the apple taste mellows out, but just a bit, the aromas were a little weaker, the aftertaste gets a bit of an alcohol kick... other than this it seemed to be the same, but I like it a lot more after its warmed up. (751 characters)

Photo of giblet
2.2/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

poured from a one pint nine oz bottle. freshness date to march 2009. poured decent with good head and carbonation. smells of fruits like green apple. taste was not good. more like a over carbonated cider to me. i did not care for the mouthfeel or taste. $5.69 for this bottle. i will steer away from Greens. not sure why my bottle says product of Belgium and on here it says UK.

giblet (386 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
1.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Into a NB chalice glass, this beer forms a nice head which lasts a bit longer than the Dubbel. The color is dark reddish-brown. Nose is faint, very lightly fruity, but otherwise not much there. Bleagh. In the mouth, it's a thin, sourish beer, with no trace of hoppiness. I couldn't finish it.

There's nothing to recommend this beer. (333 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
2.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark amber, with limited, dull-wood highlights and a muted head that leaves some thick lace on the glass. Very faint aroma -- just some mild, maple-like sweet notes, sour fruits, and savory spices. On the palate, the beer balances between sweet and tart, with pronounced thinness, especially toward the finish. Some grainy flavors and fruity sourness round things out. The bitterness toward the end is substantial and has some good length. The feel is a bit hot. Overall, this is certainly nothing to shout about as a beer, but it is an OK gluten-free beer with a touch of Belgian influence. (604 characters)

Photo of avalon07
2.53/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: This beer had an amber color (though it was a little browner than most beers of the style) and had a cloudy texture. There was a decent amount of head that lasted awhile.

S: Didn't really have that much of a smell, though I did get a whiff of malt and a bit of hops.

T: This is where it lost me. The alcohol taste is overwhelming. It's not masked well at all. There's a hint of malt, but mainly it's just very difficult to drink.

M: There's an OK amount of carbonation, but the finish (predictably) is harsh. Medium-bodied.

D: This beer is not without its good qualities, but with everything, it comes down to the taste. Green's is simply too rough on the palate. (670 characters)

Photo of erosier
1.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice brown color with a short but kind of thick tan head that laces the glass a bit on the way down. The aroma is very strange, mainly of sour berries. The taste was not that unlike the aroma. It was very lambicy and very sour berry flavored. The mouthfeel was very sharp which made for not a very drinkable beer. If this beer tastes like what all gluten free beers taste like, then bring me the gluten. (411 characters)

Photo of Suds
2.68/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one is a murky, deep brown color with a frothy tan head. The aroma is laced with fruit and a malt-like edge. There's also a little sharp twang, and a little alcohol. The smell is actually quite pleasant, if not inviting. The only distraction is the acidic, sour smell that accompanies these gluten free beers. The taste has a bit of the acidity as well, but not as intense. There's a nice sweetness that's present. Not much in the way of hops here. A fruit (apple and pear?) quality is present throughout the flavor. I would have liked some roasted qualities in this beer, but they never really show up. The mouthfeel is sharp, but substantial. The finish is sharp and distinct. The beer is certainly different, but could be pretty refreshing. Not great, and 'good' may be pushing it, but it's better than I expected. (822 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
2.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hmmm...it looks like a decent strong ale, but its all downhill from there. Sour, acidic scent with an ironic twist of malt. Slightly sour taste, with a very bitter aftertaste. Hard to put a name to it, but it reminds me of bad sourdough.

Low carbonation, it feels almost too slick, like a stout. Not something I would revisit on a regular basis. (346 characters)

Photo of rowew
2.43/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 500 ml bottle, best before date of 3/7/09, ABV marked - imported by Merchant du Vin.

Appearance: Hazy reddish brown, average head, good retention.

Smell: Slightly sour, some cooked vegetables.

Taste: This has the same little funk to it that I have tried in New Grist, but I'm not sure what causes it. Otherwise, it is a nice medium body, average carbonation. Still has quite a bit of DMS flavor.

Overall impression: Definitely not near the top of gluten free beers - I'd rather have a red bridge. Along with the high price, this makes this a definite pass next time. (585 characters)

Photo of largadeer
2.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dirty copper in color with a frothy off-white head. Excellent head retention.

Smell - Fruity, medicinal, mineral. Odd and not entirely pleasant, but not bad either.

Taste/mouthfeel - Dry, a bit tart. Granny smith apples, apricots, husky grain. Medium-bodied with very high carbonation. A touch astringent in the finish. Decent for gluten free beer, but I think I'd rather have a cider. (400 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
2.36/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a deep cloudy walnut hue. The head retention is amazing, it will probably outlast you if given the opportunity. Dense light nutmeg coloured head, chunky as it settles, forming shapes like hoodoos.

The aroma is almost completely nondescript, except for some faint musky spice emanating from it in intermittent clusters.

I'm not quite sure what to make of my first sip. The subsequent ones remind me of another ale I'd tried years ago made of millet and buckwheat. Yeasty, with tart acidic grains that more than make up for any bitterness whatever hops were involved could provide. The hops in this ale don't really settle in until well into the aftertaste, leafy and herbal. The initial taste is clean, then picks up a grainy sourness, which rounds out somewhat on the finish. Wow, my gut is not accepting this flavour profile very well, very acidic, almost lends a caustic, corossive feeling. If you were gluten-intolerent I'm not sure you'd want this biting into your stomach lining either...

The mouthfeel is thin yet rounded, most of the texture comes from the flavour.

Well then, it's been a while since I've encountered a beer that has come across so hostile. Perhaps it is a lack of familiarity with these particular ingredients, both regarding the palate and digestion, however I am not feeling the love. In fact I'm only halfway through the bottle and I'm still on my guard, and ready to toss it overboard at the slightest sign of trouble. An expensive niche market ale, and I am not in that particular demographic. (1,538 characters)

Photo of Brad007
1.39/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Color: Mild amber color with a very thin head that almost isn't much of a head.

Aroma: Bubblegum/fruit aroma that is also somewhat mediciny.

Taste: Fruity and cloying. Sour. Not much taste to be had here. Carbonation resembles that of a soda. Mediciny.

Mouthfeel: Undesirable. Mediciny. Just not drinkable.

Verdict: While the premise of this ale is noble (to give folks allergic to gluten a beer of their own), the taste and quality of it is not noble. (458 characters)

Photo of theopholis
1.54/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Body is a dark, fairly clear amber with ruby highlights. Head is a large, light tan affair that settles semi-quickly and leaves some lacing.

Smell - Somewhat medicinal in aroma. Some maltiness. Lots of esters.

Taste - Strong medicinal taste/ Bleh. Barely tastes like beer. Taste like cooking sherry with a bacterial infection. I'm dumping it.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Good level of carbonation. No objections here.

D - Ughghgh. Unless you are gluten intolerant, I do not recommend trying this beer. (525 characters)

Photo of elricorico
1.76/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured into a tulip glass, it developed four fingers of foamy tan head on top of a dark brownish red body. Head starts to collapse relatively soon, but leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell has a certain candy sweetness to it, like a grape flavoured hard candy. The smell is not especially strong and doesn't have a lot of depth to it, but it doesn't smell bad.

Oh my goodness, the taste is certainly not what I expected. I think this is the worst beer taste I've had. There is a harsh, medicinal, artificially sweetened cinnamon on sour grapes taste. The description doesn't exactly match the real thing, but that is the best I could do.

Mouthfeels is thin but sticky with average carbonation. By this point I don't want to have anymore, I'm just finishing the review.

Awful, shouldn't even be called beer. (806 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
2.28/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It looks like regular beer, except for the thin soda-like head. Light amber, smells faintly sweet. Tastes thin and watery with little backbone or body. A brief crisp grain character of some sort flashes across the tongue, and then it's gone. Thankfully this was a free sample, because if I paid the 5.99 per half liter bottle they were asking, I would have returned it. (369 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.3/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

($5.99 - 500ml bottle at Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA)

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber body slim, off-white head.

Smell: A cutting, highly off-putting industrial chemical aroma.

Taste: Good gracious, me. What have I gotten myself into? Sharp herbal, almost medicinal flavor with a hint of sweetness before it plunges into a sour, harsh finish. Afterwards, there's a lingering, mentholyptus-like sting on the tongue and in the throat.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Those poor, poor celiacs... (527 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
2.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Green's Discovery Amber pours a stiff two fingers of tan foam over a dark amber brew. It's ruby when you hold
it up to the light. The nose is odd- a bit funky and winey as well. Carbonation is hard to guage, but the head
eventually collapses to a disk of foam. The taste is interesting- there's quite a bit rich tartness up front with a
very firm grassy and herbal hop finish. The aftertaste is intense, grassy and medicinal. Mouthfeel is a bit
astringent as well- it may be due in part to my buckwheat allergy, but there's also a very strong cleansing
effect as well. I could not finish this brew, but if you do have a problem with gluten, and you like that grassy
hop flavor, you might like to try this one. (711 characters)

Photo of Zorro
1.79/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

An odd beer selected mostly just because it is odd.

A clear cola brown colored beer with a decent rocky head.

Persimmon wine is the first thing I smell here. Yeast and fruit scents persimmon and a little apple, REALYY smells more like fruit wine than beer.

The taste begins sweet and a little astringent and stingy, like a slightly green persimmon. Beery aftertaste with a fruit flavor. Carbonation really attacks your tongue here like a soda machine WAY out of adjustment. This is pretty piss poor beer and tastes closer to watered down BAD cider.

Mouthfeel is light and pretty much seltzer water.

SUCKS that sums this beer up in on easy to use five letter word. It doesn't taste like beer and frankly it is worse than that damn Babycham cider I drank. I would like to cut this some slack and grade it on a curve but... 1+1 doesn't equal 3 period. (853 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.71/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Billed as a non-malt brew, derived from millet, rice, buckwheat, and sorgum. I'm always game to try a non-malt beer, but have yet to find one that competes with malt counterparts in any serious manor. This beer fares well; bringing a deep amber, brown color with nice carbon dioxide and head retention. The aromas bosted raw syrups (sorgum) with a lack of substantial maltiness. Lowly hopped, but has a fermetation twang, which leaves the beer very one-dimensional. Tastes cola-like sweet, with just a hint of hops, but not enough to offset the caramel, cloying taste. The texture is light, evaporative, airy, but a bit un-refined. A residual sweetness persists through the aftertaste, and cannot be overlooked. Not an unpleasant experience, but lacks a lot of fundimental solidarity that beer lovers love in beer. (814 characters)

Photo of tiffanya
2.58/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was looking forward to trying a Belgian-made gluten-free beer; my previous experience with gluten-free beer is limited to Bard's Tale, which is reminiscent of Moretti...that was not a bad experience by any means.

Appearance: amber beer, off-white head

Aroma: Hints of over-ripe apple, grain. As it warms, there are hints of medicine or astringency.

Taste: Hints of caramel grains, with flavors of boiled apples and baby aspirin. Unfortunately, it gets stronger in the unappealing direction of baby-apple-food-aspirin astringency as it warms.

Mouth-feel: Thin to medium.

Overall impressions:
Didn't make it through a full glass, which was split with a friend--we both ended up pouring it down the drain. If I served this to celiacs, I'd make sure it was ice-cold before serving to keep the astringency-medicine flavors at bay.

I'd be interested in hearing what folks who are used to drinking gluten-free beers have to say about this one. That is, are these flavors things that they're accustom to as having limitations on foods they can eat as celiacs?

After trying this one, I'm extremely thankful that I am gluten tolerant. It's back to the gluten beers for me!

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Update - sampled 1-year vintage. Astringent-medicinal flavors have largely disappeared. Much better!! (1,279 characters)

Photo of wl0307
1.41/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Contract-brewed for a UK brand, "Green's" (Charles Cooper Ltd.), which offers a range of 5 beers, all gluten free and wheat free... The website (http://www.glutenfreebeers.co.uk) stresses that: "it DOES NOT contain any of the following allergens or products thereof: Glutens, Crustaceans, Eggs, Fish, Peanuts, Soya beans, Milk, Lactose, Nuts, Celery, Mustard, Sesame seeds, Sulphur dioxide and sulphites"... Well it does sound like a considerate move to meet the demands of a specific group of people and quite respectfully so. I can take everything but don't mind trying a special beer of this sort.

A: copperish-hued, with an off-white frothy beer head with o.k. retention
S: lightly dusty upfront, sour caramel maltiness and sweet calcium pills, plus a tinge of sour fruitiness a bit like unripe kiwi-fruit+apple juice(?)... I can't quite make of it, as the aroma is so timid and strange...
T&M: strong chemical taste of maltiness, thin-bodied sourly-sweetness all over the place, like juice-drink with a touch of bitterness in the end. The body is not just thin but dispersed... The mouthfeel is soda-fizzy and very thin-bodied.
D: I repect the idea behind production of this beer, but I fail to appreciate its taste and aroma AT ALL. Since I'm not allergic to gluten and stuffs, I'll be sure to keep away from it for the rest of my life. Yet I've got a question here: surely gluten/wheat-allergic people deserve better beers than this?! (1,448 characters)

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Green's Discovery Amber Ale from Green's Gluten Free Beers
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