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3R Raspberry Ale - New Planet Beer Company

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3R Raspberry Ale3R Raspberry Ale

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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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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 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 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 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 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 LXIXME
2.05/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 wordemupg
1.8/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

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

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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 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 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 OWSLEY069
1.6/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of jera1350
1.75/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Peach colored with a fizzy light pink head that dissipates almost immediately. No lacing.

Raspberry and rubbing alcohol make up the nose.

Holy hell, this is bad. Light raspberry up front, then comes the bland sweetness in the middle and finishes up with a harsh rubbing alcohol/cheap vodka taste. Fake cheap raspberry vodka aftertaste.

Thinner feel and very dry. The carbonation is lower, but feels pretty soft.

I can't force myself to drink anymore of this. Just wanted to try it out of curiosity. What a mistake. Absolute drain pour. Horrible, horrible liquid. Stay away!

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Photo of Sean9689
1.95/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

As always, bad beer of the night honors go to Masterski.

A - Pours a reddish/pink color, some bubbles, that's about it.

S - Fruity candy, fake sugars, cough syrup, kool-aid.

T - Worse then he nose. Big medicinal cough syrup, fake fruity candy, harsh off-putting finish.

M - Light body, low carbonation, harsh finish.

O - This one is a drain pour, to say the least. I wouldn't give this beer to my worst enemy, because I think they'd suffer too much before they die of horrible beer OD. Do not drink.

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Photo of thecheapies
2.23/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Taking sips from my girlfriend's glass.

No lacing, some fizzy bubbles from the pour. A kind of pretty peach color, at least. Transparent clarity. Lots of rising bubbles. 2.5

Super-duper sweet raspberry syrup aroma and some background buckwheat. But, seriously, it smells mostly like raspberry-flavored sparkling water. No detectable hops, I can almost say the same about the malts. 2.0

Ugh, that corn extract or whatever is right there. I don't give a hoot about sorghum or gluten-free, but if this is what one with this condition can drink I feel bad for them. As for THIS beer? Super sweet raspberry candy, like a Jolly Rancher, with strange corn and grain notes that are almost syrupy and darker, like buckwheat or molasses and a hint of white grape juice. No need to get further into it. 2.5

Fizzy and thin and sticky and wrong. 2.0

Warning: this beer is for folks who have a gluten allergy. If you do not have this condition, avoid this beer. The End. 2.0

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