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Off Grid Pale Ale - New Planet Beer Company

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Off Grid Pale AleOff Grid Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
63
poor

80 Ratings
THE BROS
56
awful

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 2.54
pDev: 27.95%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Planet Beer Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-13-2011)
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2.8/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 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. I had a colleague who has issues with gluten and she was always curious about beers that were gluten-free. I usually eschew them since I am not gluten-intolerant and prefer to leave them for people who are. In the interim, I am purging my massive backlog of bottles this summer and lo and behold! this one popped up. They will now be part of The Great Bottle Purge of the Summer of 2014.

From the bottle: "Ale made from sorghum and brown rice extract"; "Portion of profits go to alternative energy efforts."

I am being driven nuts by these gluten-free beers! I realize that I am not their intended audience since I do not have Celiac, but they just make me feel like drinking a beer after I drink one. I popped the cap and got a gusher for my troubles. Once i got the cap completely free, I gave it a good aggro pour and produced two soapy, bubbly fingers of light-tan head with very limited retention. What an irritating mess! Color was a tea-like deep amber/light copper to copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was really odd on this one. It had a slightly burnt sour sugariness to give it a molasses-like odor. Mouthfeel was lighter and thinner than ever! This bordered on ethereal. The taste was sharp, slightly bitter, more in line with an APA, but not quite achieving it. I have to say, other than the 3R Raspberry, this was probably the best of the lot thus far. Finish was semi-dry, which was also a change, as though some residual sweetness had remained from the brewing process. A very curious beer in a very curious style.

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2.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sorghum are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is a little tangy and has lots of flavors of sorghum, which seem to resemble rancid cider. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has strong aromas and flavors of sorghum, but seemed a little one-dimensional and something that would take getting used to before it might be considered to be enjoyable.

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2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

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1.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, just called "New Planet Pale Ale" 'round here. Not 'round back, where they apparently keep the sorghum.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fat fingers of thinly puffy, and weakly foamy ecru head, which surprisingly settles to one of the densest whipped-cream swirls that I have ever seen on such a beer, which wafts off, though, at an accelerated rate, leaving some small patches of fuzzy lace around the glass.

It smells of sharp, heat-less alcohol, flat caramel esters, a musty medicinal essence, a bit of unassailed citrus, and an astringent, grassy, woodiness. The taste is sour, cardboard-infused cider, a rather overt lye-like soapiness, some blotted-out citrus notes, some underripe apple, oh, fuck it - there's nothing malty or hoppy about this so-called 'ale'.

The carbonation is rather obfuscated, and barely noticeable, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth in the vein of Joseph Stalin or Justin Bieber. It finishes off-dry, the over-the-top musty sweetness seeming sort of proud of its persistence, amongst thankfully little else at this point.

Gah. This is the sort of offering that gives GF beers such a bad name. No beer qualities whatsoever, just a whole lot of stale cider, and weird soapy notes. Hardly something worthy of moving off of cider or wine for, if you are an actual celiac, I'm afraid. Avoid.

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2.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a clear coppery amber with an effervescent one finger white head that dissipated immediately to small patches and loose bubbles. Aroma of grassy hops and faint bready malt, slightly medicinal. Flavor is hard to describe; molasses and sweet/sour vegetables (presumably the sorghum) with moderate estery medicinal elements. Light bodied with slight carbonation. Well, I now suspect that without barley malt, beer would have never been invented or stuck around so long. Very interesting flavor, but ultimately too medicinal to be satisfying. Another good reason to be glad I'm not gluten intolerant; this is a one and done.

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Off Grid Pale Ale from New Planet Beer Company
63 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.