3R Raspberry Ale - New Planet Beer Company
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3.08/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
12-02-2012 22:41:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.68/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-01-2014 18:30:21 | More by metter98
2.48/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
08-28-2011 18:21:14 | More by womencantsail
2.63/5 rDev -1.9%
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, following 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.
07-30-2013 03:02:31 | More by biboergosum
2.38/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
12-18-2011 18:26:15 | More by MasterSki
3.13/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
11-28-2010 01:59:50 | More by mactrail
2.85/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
07-27-2014 04:42:18 | More by woodychandler
2.98/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
10-07-2010 03:52:33 | More by Mebuzzard
2.05/5 rDev -23.5%
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.
08-11-2011 21:21:03 | More by LXIXME
2.78/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
12-21-2011 22:45:09 | More by tdm168
2.6/5 rDev -3%
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.
11-30-2011 04:23:46 | More by Tone
1.78/5 rDev -33.6%
355ml bottle poured into tulip 28/10/13
A just a hint of pink in golden liquid, bubbles throughout but just a short lived noisy film that leaves no lace
S this is going to be a rough ride, smells like cheap tequila, musty moldy basement, a hint of raspberries but its overwhelmed by the nasty musty grains, reminds me of a cardboard box left under the snow all winter
T some wet moldy cardboard, sour rotten raspberries, sour corn, somehow this ones worse then the nose, just tastes rancid
M thin, almost watery, a few bubbles, I didn't really want to move this one around my mouth all that much as I didn't want to spread the flavor around
O nothing really goes well with this one, I couldn't finish the glass
almost drinkable but I couldn't quite do it, tastes and smells awful, I feel sorry for celiacs having to drink stuff like this
10-29-2013 17:23:44 | More by wordemupg
3.48/5 rDev +29.9%
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).
03-14-2012 17:45:01 | More by flagmantho
3.4/5 rDev +26.9%
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.
04-24-2012 19:51:03 | More by tone77
1.58/5 rDev -41%
Pours a clean pale pink color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet raspberry, yet somewhat faint. In the taste, a faint and small sweet raspberry. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry, small raspberry like aftertaste. EH! sweet raspberry, quite faint, and well, I kind of hated it.
02-07-2012 14:08:11 | More by OWSLEY069
3.5/5 rDev +30.6%
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.
03-04-2012 16:16:32 | More by Cyberkedi
3R Raspberry Ale from New Planet Beer Company
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