Off Grid Pale Ale - New Planet Beer Company
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Reviews by Nerudamann:
3.13/5 rDev +23.2%
Poured from a bottle into stein glass.
Look - clear caramel color, with very little foam that seems to be almost khaki-colored.
Smell - slightly hoppy, and very sucrose-like and fruity in the smell, almost like an off-brand fruit soda.
Taste and Mouthfeel - very hoppy in the taste, but mostly in bitterness and tang. I can taste the sorghum, unforunately. I've never really liked sorghum beers, but this is more approachable than the others I've tried. Very bitter in the aftertaste. Texture is pretty well on the watery side.
Overall - not great tasting, but somewhat interesting in the taste. And like I said, it's a better sorghum beer compared to others that I've tried.
08-14-2011 04:23:29 | More by Nerudamann
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2.3/5 rDev -9.4%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):
A gluten-free beer “made with sorghum, brown rice extract, molasses, tapioca maltodextrin, caramel color, hops, yeast.” A portion of the proceeds benefits “non-profit organizations promoting alternative energy education.” It pours a rich, bright amber with an off-white head. Toasty, soapy and vegetal notes in the nose. Creamy mouthfeel. Tart bite up front with notes of crab apples and skins, along with some acidic hop bitterness. Oily stick. Lots of tannic activity that sticks to the palate and steals the show. Misplaced background sweetness akin to fermented molasses. The finish is bone-dry, very husky and unpleasant. While the effort here is admirable on multiple levels, overall, this is a tough one to consume and a beer that could use a lot of cleaning up.
07-28-2011 14:30:47 | More by BeerAdvocate
2.55/5 rDev +0.4%
Small light brown head leaves almost no lacing on a clear copper colored beer.
Big roasted almost burnt caramel malt nose.
Taste like roasted almost burnt caramel malts.
Dry roasted aftertaste on a medium body.
Very strong taste but not quite a good one, if this had been toned down some it might have had a chance.
07-31-2011 20:29:22 | More by LXIXME
1.8/5 rDev -29.1%
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, weakly foamy ecru head, which surprisingly settles to one of the densest whipped-cream swirls that I have ever seen on a 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 giving up moving off of cider or wine if you are an actual celiac, I'm afraid. Avoid.
09-25-2013 03:48:46 | More by biboergosum
3.1/5 rDev +22%
pours a moderate amber with a thin lacing of head. The nose is earthy and hoppy but moderately so. There is very light caramel ad crystal malt in the forefront with an earthy, citrusy hop finish. There is a lemony aspect to the flavor as well. The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated.
This smelled better than it tasted. It's so oddly hoppy that it's unbalanced. This is an odd brew all around. I didn't enjoy it.
12-29-2011 22:13:59 | More by tdm168
2.78/5 rDev +9.4%
P- Als of Hampden
A- clear amber color with a one and half finger head. A decent lacing on the mug as well.
S-molasses and caramel malts. aslight vinegar smell as well.
F-a tart molasses flavor with wate/vinegar maltiness.
M- a sour aftertaste that lingers and doesnt get better in the mouth. Light bodied.
O- No no no, will not have another one of these. It was nice to give it a whirl but i got spit out by the vortex.
04-05-2012 22:54:16 | More by Dodo2step
2.81/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
07-22-2013 03:58:03 | More by LiquidAmber
3.1/5 rDev +22%
New Planet Gluten Free Pale Ale has a fairly thick, off-white head, some thin lacing left behind on the glass, and a clear, caramel appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of this etched tasting glass. Aroma is weird and medicinal- sweet, strange, and like a health food store. Taste is odd as well- the same medicinal health food taste, with the molasses, sweetness, and a decent hop bite at the end. Mouthfeel is pretty watery, and New Planet Pale Ale finishes not too dry, mediciny, and bitter. Well, for what it is, I’ll rate it at the low end of good. It’s okay to me, but I can see how it would really gag other drinkers.
04-02-2013 13:41:54 | More by RonaldTheriot
2.44/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
02-22-2014 16:15:12 | More by metter98
1.48/5 rDev -41.7%
A-Pours clear, fizzy amber with no head, just lots of tiny bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Seems undercarbonated, but we'll see.
S-Like no pale ale I've ever smelled. More similar to iced tea, or watery, flat cola. The adjunct rice aroma, though subtle, finds its way through.
T/M-Very strange. Tastes like tannic, overly strong iced tea. The bitterness is unpleasantly dry, and I would not have immediately associated it with hops had I not known this was a pale ale. Almost no carbonation. Gets less palatable with each sip. Terrible metallic taste on the back end, like gargling pennies.
O-Stay away. Drain pour.
07-12-2011 23:15:17 | More by DaveHS
2.8/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
07-27-2014 15:39:39 | More by woodychandler
3.33/5 rDev +31.1%
Pours a clean orange-ish with an off white head. In the aroma, dry hops and a note of clove. In the taste, dry pine hops, small clove, a bit sticky sweet. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice hop presence, still a bit sticky but the best gluten free I have had.
02-06-2012 19:21:48 | More by OWSLEY069
Off Grid Pale Ale from New Planet Beer Company
63 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.