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3R Raspberry Ale - New Planet Beer Company

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31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 93
Avg: 2.73
pDev: 30.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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:
Beer added by: LittleDon on 08-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 93
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.03/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am one who usually doesnt buy Gluten Free beers, but since my fiance has Celiac's Disease I end up buying a lot of Gluten free beers and Ciders. As one who has tried a good number of Gluten free beers, this one has to be the best I have tried so far; even when compared to the Deschutes Gluten Free Northwestern Ale. This beer pours with no head whatsoever, and has no lacing. But the aroma that comes off this is great! The smell of tart Raspberries and sugary malts come through on the nose. This beer really reminds of a good Raspberry Pale Ale that's not Gluten Free or Sorghum based. This also has a great taste of Raspberries and some slight bready maltiness. The mouthfeel has a medium thickness and medium carbonation. Overall, if I wouldn't of known this was a Gluten Free beer, I would of thought this wasnt Gluten Free. This is was definitely a very tasty beer, even for being Gluten Free. I definitely could drink this all night.

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Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a light pink and orange hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Fruity raspberry aroma

T: Slightly tart raspberry and fruity flavor. Crisp and clean and finishes slightly dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting gluten free raspberry brew – worthy of a try.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark golden amber with a tinge of red and a fairly thick, if not persistent, pale tan head. Raspberry dominates the aroma, which does have some sorghum to it. Flavor has firm sorghum and raspberry notes, and is slightly sweet - pretty good for a non-gluten beer. Texture is smooth and has average body but plenty of fizz. One of the better gluten free beers I have had.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.47/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light pinkish-amber hue with a very thin layer of quickly-dissipating ivory head. Not especially appetizing, but not bad, either.

Smell: nice raspberry aroma. There's a bit of the plastic-ey sorghum aroma here, but the acidic raspberry does a good job of masking it. Let's face it: as a gluten-free fruit beer, this brew faces a lot of adversity. Considering that, it's got a pretty good aroma.

Taste: plenty of raspberry with that unmistakeable sorghum sourness. Here, however, it works: we expect a fruit beer to be acidic, and indeed its sweetness helps cut that sorghum bite. Even without considering its gluten-free provenance, it's actually decent for a fruit beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied with a decent level of carbonation. It's not over-attenuated and it actually has a decent texture.

Overall: maybe in my old age I'm getting more forgiving of gluten-free beers, but I feel like 3R works. The raspberry does a good job of cutting the sour and plastic effects of the sorgum, and overall I think this is a decent fruit beer in its own right (even putting aside the gluten-free aspect).

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.45/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.26/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On behalf of my non-gluten allowed wife...

Pours a clear, light pink, with a small soapy head. Looks like a rose' without the champagne bubbles.

Smell is slightly off, almost sour, like a lambic with hints of unidentified berry aromas.

Very light in flavor like most GF beers. Clean and crisp with a dry fruit finish.

Thin, light, with low carbonation.

For someone who cant drink regular beer, this is a drinkable solution, but not one that mimics the characteristics of beer much. It is more of a watered down, fruit wine with a few bubbles.

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Photo of mactrail
3.19/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A nice, dry pink champagne.

Quite beautiful to look at, in a globe on a white countertop. Essentially no head, and it really does look just like a pale champagne with nice bubbles on the bottom and a hint of the skins.

Doesn't actually taste bad, you just have to recallibrate your taste expectations. I like the many flavors of malt, so a beer made from corn syrup doesn't do much for me. Quite tart, which maybe has something to do with the raspberry puree. The touch of fruit flavor is quite nice. Quite flat in the mouth after the first couple of sips. A bitter tangy aftertaste which doesn't taste particularly hoppy, but could be the contribution of the orange peel as well.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a wacky pinkish color. Head is nearly nonexistent. Body of the beer is crystal clear. The head leaves slight but complete lacing rings.

S-Raspberry lemonade and buttered toast. The raspberry is not tart in the nose, just sweet and artificial. However, I must say I find the nose to be semi-intoxicating.

T-The flavor is not as nice. Syrupy raspberry. Grenadine and sorghum. Finishes lightly corny. The ending flavor notes are a bit off; ;most tastes like snap peas. For a Raspberry Gluten Free beer, this is far better than I expected it to be.

M-Light and watery with seltzer-esque carbonation. Goes down easy enough. Kinda surprised that it is 5% ABV. I would have expected it to be only 3.5%.

O/D-For what it is, I find it to be pretty successful. Celiacs in need of a Fruit Beer should seek this out. Its honestly not that bad.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy light red with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, and some slight raspberry aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild tartness on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but it's drinkable and light.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.98/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A gluten free beer...my first one.
Pours a light, dull off red/pink. Looks clean and crisp, but not rich. Small head was expected.

Very faint berry aroma, and light biscuit, but a bit more earthy.

Nothing bad about the flavors, just not great. Raspberry is light, and for a pilot beer this is expected, too. Earthy and raw tastes. Again, nothing strong. Very light.

Easy drinking. Could perhaps replace pink lemonade during the summer. Good option for those gluten intollerant.

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Photo of LittleDon
2.93/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip shaped glass.

Light pink in color and clear. Like a watermelon Jolly Rancher. Small filmy head that slowly dissipates. Little carbonation. Unmalted grain aroma with some berry notes. Crisp up front with very light fruit and some grain. This continues through the middle and everything suddenly disappears in the end. The only thing I get at the finish is a bit of mineral qualities. Dull cough syrup aftertaste. Barely present, but still there. Some bitterness appears on the back as the beer warms.

An odd beer. All was well, albeit a bit boring, until the end. I was expecting more flavor, be it raspberry or malt, but everything faded rapidly after a reasonable start. From the website, it's brewed with corn and sorgham, which may explain the flavor profile.

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Photo of Brenden
2.88/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.85/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
2.8/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of yankeej13
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours out a real light almost rose color. No head of foam nor no carbonation what so ever.

S- Has a very bitter sour raspberry smell that has been watered down a bit. Smells almost like its expired with the smell it produces.

T- Right up front you get a very bitter raspberry and a flavor that disappears in the mid palette and leaves your mouth with a semi sweet hint to it.

M- Ok drinkability, sour, bitter nothing else really to say.

Overall- I wasn't a big fan of this what so ever, don't like fruit in my beers to begin with but especially not a watered down one.

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Photo of metter98
2.71/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of NStLincoln
2.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A dead ringer for Cherry 7-Up.

Smells of cherry grenadine mixed with sweet corn.

Light and fruity. Corn forward with some light raspberry.

Not bad if it's a hot day and you have Celiac disease, if your GI situation is healthy there are better raspberry wheat options.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.64/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.62/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Tone
2.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of strong raspberry, grain, and slight corn. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong raspberry, strong grain, and hint of tartness. Overall, this is exactly what I'd expected from a sorghum - raspberry beer.

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Photo of DaveHS
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: The pour is a pink color, almost like cherry 7-Up with a very short lived foam.

S: Definitely some butter along with cardboard and paper, smells almost like a paper mill. There is not much raspberry to it along with some mild sugar and grass, perhaps some straw and water.

T: The flavor is similarly poor. Lots of wet cardboard and paper with a mild raspberry flavor. A bit of sweetness as well as some grainy sugar and a touch of metal.

M: Watery and light with a medium carbonation.

O: It's no Indian Wells Raspberry Ale, but it's not something I'd like to drink, either.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to womencantsail for this gem. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin ring of bubbles. Transparent pink body. No lace and poor head retention, but a nice color for the style I guess.

S - Smells like a mix of Fruit Roll-Up wrappers, raspberry lemonade, cough medicine, buttery notes, corn syrup.

T - Taste is pretty similar - raspberry-flavored cough medicine, plastic, some strange salts and seltzer flavors.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body that has surprising heft for the listed 5%. Dry finish. Actually not overly offensive here.

D - It's pretty bad, and makes me feel even more sad for those who suffer from gluten intolerance, but it's no Indian Wells. Still, it's not entirely unpalatable if you're desperate.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
2.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wow, was hoping for a lot more than what this beer gave me. Reddish, pink pour with very small head; minimal to no lacing. Flavor is more reminiscent of a wine cooler than a beer, very tart, somewhat sour. Not totally terrible, but nothing I would buy again.

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3R Raspberry Ale from New Planet Beer Company
69 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.