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3R Raspberry Ale - New Planet Beer Company

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BA SCORE
65
poor

91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 30.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Planet Beer Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LittleDon on 08-21-2010)
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Reviews by Nerudamann:
Photo of Nerudamann
3.45/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - somewhat caramelish color with a slight red tint, clear, with about half a finger of foam that dissipates very quickly.

Smell - fruity smell, almost like a lambic or frambois. Past that, it seems to have a bit of a malty tinge to it.

Taste - typical of a sorghum beer, but I think that the raspberry addition actually helps the taste, as I usually don't like sorghum beers. A bit of a musky hint to it, sweet all around, but not too sweet. Texture is more toward the watery side.

Overall - of the two of their beers that I've tried so far, I like this one the best. The raspberry taste really helps to balance out the taste of the sorghum, which I personally don't usually like.

Nerudamann, Aug 15, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
2.05/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Small white head with a hint of pink in it, quickly dies without leaving a single trace of lacing above a clear copper golden colored beer.

Aroma is light corn syrup, light cherries extract, with just a light hint of raspberry juice hiding in the back.

Wheat raspberry extract taste, it as more of a sweet corn syrup, some cherry juice, and maybe a little sweet malt as it warms.

To carbonated for me and not enough raspberry but that might be a saving grave as it smelled and tasted like raspberry extract added in after the beer was done.

A slightly dry aftertaste with just a slight sweetness to it.

I'll have to pass on drinking any more of these.

LXIXME, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Brenden
2.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I suppose Ii should have expected this color, a clear pale pink that with the bubbly activity looks like a white zinfandel spritzer. The small pure white head looks loose, but a strong foam settles in and leaves better lacing than expected.
An interesting aroma offers mostly fruit, sugar and corn. It's difficult to coax much more out of it. A bit of diacetyl is noticed and hops are exceptionally light. What seems to be the interplay of yeast with the sorghum and corny sweetness makes for a somewhat strange smell underneath.
The taste is similar but, thankfully, the raspberry has more of a place overall. The corn puts me off, but at least what little hops presence there is helps to even it out. There's a tinge of alcohol as it warms.
The feel is light and spritzy but not completely devoid of just a little smooth heft; it seems the sorghum does offer somrthing to the body. It is crisp and refreshing.

Brenden, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
2.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

355ml bottle. A bit of obfuscation by the importer on label, in that they don't specify an origin for this offering - thankfully the specified website solves that lingering question.

This beer pours a pale, orange-tinted amber colour (strange, but I'm not judging, not just yet), with one finger of thinly foamy, somewhat soda-pop bubbly off-white head, which leaves pretty much nada in terms of lace around the glass as it rather quickly blows off.

It smells of leafy, fairly vegetal raspberries, followed closely by an astringent grainy maltiness, more 'back of the barn' (thank you Cletus Spuckler) than yer typical beer input, and a sort of sour, unpleasant mustiness. The taste is more nasty sorghum graininess than anything, as the fruitiness of the raspberry not so subtly fades away, readily replaced by an additional candy corn/corn syrup ickiness, and some further back-forty vegetal esters.

The carbonation is pretty laid-back, and ashamed, I'm assuming, the body on the light side weight-wise, and kind of thin and watery as well. It finishes on the sweet side, as the substitute grain shows some potent, if not exactly welcome, staying power, the titular fruit exhibiting a bit of late-game chutzpah.

Raspberries have a certain sense of resiliency to them, but even they seem incapable of overcoming such ill-fated products as these - such a typically enjoyable fruit shouldn't have to put up with the nasty side-effects of a sub-standard (dictated, unfortunately) malt co-star. Not entirely awful, but still very much like putting lipstick on a pig.

biboergosum, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of tdm168
2.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light pink color with absolutely no head. It's very bubbly. Looks like cherry 7-Up. The smell is musty with faint raspberries. The taste is light with raspberries taking the forefront. There's also a slight bitterness in the finish. There's some diacetylic notes as well which are unpleasing. It's very light with a lot of carbonation.

My wife has a gluten allergy so I'm always buying new gluten beers for her to try. This is the latest. It's alright, but light and it's not fulfilling. The butterscotchy, diacetylic notes are what throw this one off.

tdm168, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of PaBeerLover
4.5/5  rDev +67.9%

PaBeerLover, May 14, 2012
Photo of Lanstrum
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Lanstrum, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of CheneeCox
1.34/5  rDev -50%

CheneeCox, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of rfreed
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

rfreed, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pink/rose color with a very small head. Smell is mild, some hints of raspberry. Taste is unusual, a bit wine like, sorghum is present, as well as some raspberries. Just a touch of tartness, no real hop presence. Feels light and carbonated in the mouth and overall is a little different but not bad.

tone77, Apr 24, 2012
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2/5  rDev -25.4%

WaterCzar, May 05, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
2.59/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 4, 2014.

It looks decent anyway with its golden pour, great clarity, and smallish head. But that is about where its positive qualities end.

The aroma does have a touch of raspberry intermixed with pale malts but they seem stale. Buttery note. Paint thinner.

The body is average for the style in the light to medium range.

The raspberries in the taste seem artificial despite what the label says. There is a corn malt character going on too. I had a hard time liking the way it tasted. I had a hard time liking this beer in general.

puboflyons, Jan 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev +11.9%

Std73, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of HideYaBeer
4.25/5  rDev +58.6%

HideYaBeer, May 05, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jaydoc, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of DrunkenMonk
1.75/5  rDev -34.7%

DrunkenMonk, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of metter98
2.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberries are present in the nose along with strong notes of sorghum syrup.
T: Much like the smell, the taste starts out with tart flavors of raspberries but these quickly transition to tangy notes of sorghum.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little slick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The raspberry purée helps to take a bit of the edge of this gluten-free beer but you can still smell and taste a lot of the sorghum, particularly in the finish.

metter98, Feb 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +30.6%

Scott_McCool, Apr 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +21.3%

StoutHunter, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Yoda22
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Yoda22, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of DaveHS
2.48/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours the color of sparkling apple cider with no head, just lots of tiny bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

S-Sorghum, sweet raspberry. Smells like extract. Hope this isn't as sweet as the aroma indicates.

T/M-First thing. This beer is in dire need of carbonation. Mouthfeel like a limp handshake, and that just makes a bad first impression. The flavor profile is interesting, if not a bit sloppy. Tastes like Captain Crunch (with crunchberries), blended with a cheap corn lager. If I tasted this blind with no prior information, I'd probably think it was Blue Moon mixed with Magners, or some other cheap cider. The finish is slightly metallic, a recurring theme in my experience with sorghum based beers.

O-There really aren't enough good options out there for people who need gluten free. That being said, you can do better than this. The Green's line, or the St. Peter's Sorghum are both superior to this.

DaveHS, Jul 13, 2011
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2/5  rDev -25.4%

ygtbsm94, Jul 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev +11.9%

smartassboiler, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of Tertullian007
1.5/5  rDev -44%

Tertullian007, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
2.85/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I had purchased this a while back, thinking that perhaps an article on gluten-free beers might be in the offing. When I could not find a taker, the beers got shunted to the side. They will now be part of The Great Bottle Purge of the Summer of 2014.

From the bottle: "Ale made from sorghum and corn extract".

Knowing the effect that raspberries have in conjunction with alcohol and the taste that sorghum imparts, I have a good feeling as to what this is going to be like. That said, I remain open minded. I utilized a somewhat gentle pour, which resulted in no head. Agitating it, I got a quick finger of fizzy pinkish foam that Color was a pinkish-amber (SRM = N/A) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the light sourness of sorghum along with a light tartness from the raspberries. Mouthfeel was thin and watery and I am noticing a trend among these gluten-free beers. It must be like fat-free was to flavor in the late-1980s when that trend occurred. I realize that this is not a trend for a segment of the population and those people have my sympathy, but as a beer drinker of some note and frequency, this is not making it. The flavor was actually decent as the sorghum and raspberry worked well together, kind of balancing the equation. Not too tart, not too sour, but it still lacked Ooomph! How do I quantify Ooomph!? I just did not feel like I was drinking beer. I really felt like it was flavored seltzer water or an odd brand of soda pop. Finish was surprisingly dry and kind of refreshing, between its fizziness and its fruitiness. Again, seltzer water was not out of the picture.

woodychandler, Jul 27, 2014
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3R Raspberry Ale from New Planet Beer Company
65 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.