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Green's Discovery Amber AleGreen's Discovery Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green's Gluten Free Beers
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bottle re-fermented and naturally gluten free, the ‘Original’ and first beer produced by Greens. Serve at cellar temperature.

Added by wl0307 on 12-19-2005

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2.48
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Photo of breberle
4.48/5  rDev +80.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As this is a gluten-free beer, I am rating as compared to others in the style.

Has a nice, dense head that retains body remarkably well. Taste is complex and different than expected, a nice interplay of hoppy bitterness and sweetness in the finish.

Best gluten free beer out there in my opinion. Unfortunately that isn't saying a whole lot, but this one still holds its own regardless. C to C+ if this was not gluten free.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +52.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/28/2019. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a fluffy cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, clove, honey, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and dark malty notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, clove, honey, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of peppery yeast spice and herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, honey, brown sugar, light caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and dark malty flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good gluten free Belgian amber ale. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and dark malty flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of americanbeerbuzz
3.67/5  rDev +48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this beer in lieu of other gluten free beers and not as compared to a beer with Gluten.

It has style. The nose is good. The foamy head and clamoring lace is not what I am used to seeing, but again this is a different beer.

The flavor is distinct and reminiscent of a Belgian style sour ale. It is not overtly sweet and definitely not tasteless. I would say this is a great alternative beer.

Cheers.

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Photo of speter
3.55/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness-dated bottle now identifies it as Amber Ale.

A: Pours a deep tawny amber with a two-finger tan head that clings to the side of the glass. Some lacing, but the foam shimmers as it goes down the side of the glass after each sip.

S: Rather sweet, with the yeast and millet being most prominent. I'd like to have more hops, personally.

T: This is the second Green's product I've had, and I like it better than the first. The taste is clearly not barley malt, but to my mind, it's no odder than some of the products out of Dogfish Head (Midas Touch, Theobroma, etc.), and millet and sorghum beer is a legitimate category. In spite of the complex grain bill (millet, buckwheat, rice and sorghum), the taste is a rather uncomplex sweet from front to finish. The hops make their presence known only in the finish, which is refreshingly dry. The aftertaste is almost malt-like, and this seems to be the case moreso as the beer warms up.

M: Light body and heavily carbonated. Even after this had been in my glass for some time, I could easily raise at least a finger of foam.

D: If you've got celiac disease, or have a friend who does (as is my case---I keep buying these for my friend, who fails to show up to the party), this is a great gluten-free beer. If you don't have celiac disease, but you're a true BA, you ought to try it, but keep things like Midas Touch or Chateau Jiahu in mind when you evaluate it.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.23/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

A new line of gluten-free beers are being unleashed into the US market as we write this. We have a few friends that suffer from a gluten intolerance, so to see different flavors is very exciting for all.

No worries about the head: Right out of the gate there are three fingers of foam that don't want to budge. Hazy rusty-brown color glows a bit in the light. Semi-pungent grainy aromas of raw sugar cane, tart cherry and lemon rind. Very smooth with a trained crispness that hugs the medium body. Curious grain flavors emerge with layers of complex flavors: Rice and millet give nearly neutral flavors, while the buckwheat and sorghum stomp over the taste buds with their noticeably unconventional characteristics. Nuances of ripe cherry and lemon peel from the fermentation add to the complexity. Finishes a bit on the sweet side with a lingering sorghum aftertaste.

Now we're talking. Bursting with flavor and so complex, we nearly forgot it was gluten-free. Well that might be pushing the truth a bit--either way it's a beer every beer geek should try at least once.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.18/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep amber and slightly hazy ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry fruits such as figs and raisins, some sweet malt but alcohol ester. Taste is also dominated by some dry fruits characteristics and some sweet malt but is just too boozy at the end of the day. Body is somewhat too thin for the style with good carbonation too much alcohol was apparent.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.09/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a hazy/slightly chunky amber/light brown with a bit of a white head. The aroma is grainy and a bit sweet, nothing special. The flavor is sweet, yet has enough hop bitterness to balance, along with a bit of a carbonic bite. Overall this beer wasn't too bad, I wouldn't buy it again, but if I couldn't have barley or wheat this would do the trick.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.04/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

DATE TASTED: October 18, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Victory HopDevil nonick... OCCASION: finally warming up after camping last night in sub-30 degree temperatures... APPEARANCE: opaque, muddy-brown body that deters a closer inspection--normally, I am a fan of most things brown, but this is a strange occurrence in a glass; as expected, a healthy, creamy, chunky, bubbly brownish head that holds its consistency... AROMA: pleasant, aromatic flowers--akin to dryer sheets--with candied sweets creating an inviting lightness; the millet and buckwheat must be soft, in place of the normally bolder malts .. PALATE: dry, thin at the start and lively at its finish; crisp, abrupt, with a short, earthy exhale ... TASTE: tart, sharply so, with enough bitterness to please the hophead, though they are respectful in their impact; the lack of malt leaves the balance in question, with buckwheat building the base to almost a classic Belgian pale ale composition--that is to say, fruity too, with raspberry, cherry and lambic elements ... OVERALL: having little expectation for such a beer--one whose label proudly sports its nutritional information--I was pleasantly surprised by its odd wedding of earthy visual and flowery gustatory qualities; judging this purely by the bar stool, I enjoyed the experience; judging it from the couch, a healthy alternative to other brews; a shout-out to Uncle Mark for re-gifting this beer-of-the-month choice...solid ...

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Photo of largadeer
2.83/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dirty copper in color with a frothy off-white head. Excellent head retention.

Smell - Fruity, medicinal, mineral. Odd and not entirely pleasant, but not bad either.

Taste/mouthfeel - Dry, a bit tart. Granny smith apples, apricots, husky grain. Medium-bodied with very high carbonation. A touch astringent in the finish. Decent for gluten free beer, but I think I'd rather have a cider.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.78/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a dark brown body with slight reddish hues. A decent, off-white head with fairly decent retention and lacing until the finish.

S: A sweet, toasted malt smell; slight roasted toffee notes, but also some slight sour and winey notes that were not that pleasant, but nothing too overbearing.

T: A bittersweet, slight roasted toffee and malty taste. A slightly earthy aftertaste that was meant to balance but almost seemed like a slightly different beer in the aftertaste.

M: A fairly smooth mouthfeel; slightly overcarbonated, but nothing overbearing on the overall experience; could have been a little bit smoother.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combination; nothing really substitutes the experience of a sweet, barley backed pale ale, but this one some close. Overall. fairly drinkable, but I'm not sure if the gluten-free ingredients quite get you to the desired style.

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Photo of DannyS
2.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass. Must be Pint day today.

A - Murky, rusty brown with a head that starts off big and frothy, but peters out into a little island of foam on top.

S - Smells almost like wine more than beer, with a slightly grainy, grape, musty backing. I'd probably mistake this for mediocre chardonnay if I were blindfolded.

T - A bit of sour taste in its absent malt profile, slightly sweet backing, and no hop bitterness. Tastes like a failed lambic mixed with half-fermented wort. Funky aftertaste.

M - Watery, with medium-low carbonation. Also not very filling.

D - The ABV is a tad high, but if this is the kind of brew that you have to drink for health reasons, it's palatable enough for a bottle. Probably not more than that though.

Overall - It's an admirable effort, and I admit that with my total lack of food allergies I'm not the target market. If you're like me and can enjoy standard beers without runing your intestines, steer clear. And hell, even a celiac friend of mine was told by her doctor that Bud and Bud Light were fine for her to drink, so one's best bet would be to ask your doctor.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
2.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Product of Belgium

Poured into a pint glass, it was a dark amber color and is very clear; its topped with a thick head fluffy head that quickly thinned out but had some good lacing to it; there is very little carbonation. There is a slight fruity aroma mixed in with some alcohol but not much more. It has a very light body but is very crisp and tangy overall, it reminds me of green apples and there's a slight sweet touch to it in its aftertaste. It smooth and easy to drink and really simple...

After letting it warm up a little bit the apple taste mellows out, but just a bit, the aromas were a little weaker, the aftertaste gets a bit of an alcohol kick... other than this it seemed to be the same, but I like it a lot more after its warmed up.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Billed as a non-malt brew, derived from millet, rice, buckwheat, and sorgum. I'm always game to try a non-malt beer, but have yet to find one that competes with malt counterparts in any serious manor. This beer fares well; bringing a deep amber, brown color with nice carbon dioxide and head retention. The aromas bosted raw syrups (sorgum) with a lack of substantial maltiness. Lowly hopped, but has a fermetation twang, which leaves the beer very one-dimensional. Tastes cola-like sweet, with just a hint of hops, but not enough to offset the caramel, cloying taste. The texture is light, evaporative, airy, but a bit un-refined. A residual sweetness persists through the aftertaste, and cannot be overlooked. Not an unpleasant experience, but lacks a lot of fundimental solidarity that beer lovers love in beer.

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Photo of Suds
2.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one is a murky, deep brown color with a frothy tan head. The aroma is laced with fruit and a malt-like edge. There's also a little sharp twang, and a little alcohol. The smell is actually quite pleasant, if not inviting. The only distraction is the acidic, sour smell that accompanies these gluten free beers. The taste has a bit of the acidity as well, but not as intense. There's a nice sweetness that's present. Not much in the way of hops here. A fruit (apple and pear?) quality is present throughout the flavor. I would have liked some roasted qualities in this beer, but they never really show up. The mouthfeel is sharp, but substantial. The finish is sharp and distinct. The beer is certainly different, but could be pretty refreshing. Not great, and 'good' may be pushing it, but it's better than I expected.

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Photo of CWiggins
2.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This free sample bottle was provided by a local distributor, and since I work in the beer/specialty foods retail business, it only seems fair to taste this product to describe it to customers.

It pours a dark, hazy amber, with an ecru head that just doesn't let up. Seriously, the foam on this beer began one-inch thick and continually covered the surface of the brew until it was fully consumed. Pretty impressive. The smell is mainly of fresh fruit, particularly apple, but there is a grainy aroma as well as a hint of alcohol. The flavor is dominated by a grainy sweetness, followed by a slight sourness. A bit of dry hops is noticeable at the finish, and the sweet fruit-like essence is still tasted through the aftertaste. It's a little to carbonated for my taste, but the medium body is nice enough.

Not as bad as I imagined it might be, I still don't have any room in my beer diet for a gluten-free brew. If you have to partake only gluten-free beers, I would there are much worse products on the market.

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Photo of cdizinno
2.62/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle with expiration date of 05/04/09

A: Cloudy dark mahogony and slight head

S: Very medicinal and a bit like apple cider

T: Apples amid slight citrus flavor. Very bland.

M: Light bodied and it does remind me of a decent cider.

Notes: It's decent but I wouldn't get another for the price.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark amber, with limited, dull-wood highlights and a muted head that leaves some thick lace on the glass. Very faint aroma -- just some mild, maple-like sweet notes, sour fruits, and savory spices. On the palate, the beer balances between sweet and tart, with pronounced thinness, especially toward the finish. Some grainy flavors and fruity sourness round things out. The bitterness toward the end is substantial and has some good length. The feel is a bit hot. Overall, this is certainly nothing to shout about as a beer, but it is an OK gluten-free beer with a touch of Belgian influence.

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Photo of BDTyre
2.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hmmm...it looks like a decent strong ale, but its all downhill from there. Sour, acidic scent with an ironic twist of malt. Slightly sour taste, with a very bitter aftertaste. Hard to put a name to it, but it reminds me of bad sourdough.

Low carbonation, it feels almost too slick, like a stout. Not something I would revisit on a regular basis.

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Photo of tiffanya
2.58/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was looking forward to trying a Belgian-made gluten-free beer; my previous experience with gluten-free beer is limited to Bard's Tale, which is reminiscent of Moretti...that was not a bad experience by any means.

Appearance: amber beer, off-white head

Aroma: Hints of over-ripe apple, grain. As it warms, there are hints of medicine or astringency.

Taste: Hints of caramel grains, with flavors of boiled apples and baby aspirin. Unfortunately, it gets stronger in the unappealing direction of baby-apple-food-aspirin astringency as it warms.

Mouth-feel: Thin to medium.

Overall impressions:
Didn't make it through a full glass, which was split with a friend--we both ended up pouring it down the drain. If I served this to celiacs, I'd make sure it was ice-cold before serving to keep the astringency-medicine flavors at bay.

I'd be interested in hearing what folks who are used to drinking gluten-free beers have to say about this one. That is, are these flavors things that they're accustom to as having limitations on foods they can eat as celiacs?

After trying this one, I'm extremely thankful that I am gluten tolerant. It's back to the gluten beers for me!

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Update - sampled 1-year vintage. Astringent-medicinal flavors have largely disappeared. Much better!!

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Photo of biboergosum
2.54/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml bottle, made with millet, buckwheat, rice, and sorghum.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of rather puffy, somewhat rocky, and duly foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent landscape of splattered lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of a pale, quite thinly rendered mirror-world toasted grainy malt, sour fruity red vinous notes, a bit of bready yeast, and some rank weedy, grassy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, gritty, well, hard to describe musty, and earthy, something, but it ain't barley or wheat, that much is certain. I don't know if the spoiled red wine character is from the alterna-grains or the hops, which are kind of herbal and metallic in their own right. A soft, almost funky yeastiness sort of wafts in and out of the scene.

The carbonation is moderate, just a gentle probing frothiness, with a spiking zing here and there, the body a so-so medium weight, on the back of a sugary, barely tempered cloyingness. It finishes still kind of sweet and medicinal in a musty, ill-kept fruity manner, like stale cider.

I try, and I try, but I cannot find a reasonable answer for those celiac beer-swillin' Albertans out there. A whole different beast, this particular offering is, and despite what it says on the label, really doesn't resemble anything from any Belgian brewery that I've come across in the gluten-tolerant world. I just can't imagine being shuttered into this market segment, sorry to say.

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Photo of metter98
2.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at Tony Roma's, EWR Terminal A, Newark, NJ

A: The beer is rather clear dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of acidic fruits are present in the nose along with some hints of sourness.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of acidic and sour green apples. The acidity lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely isn't watered down, but the acidic nature seems like it is an acquired taste.

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Photo of avalon07
2.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: This beer had an amber color (though it was a little browner than most beers of the style) and had a cloudy texture. There was a decent amount of head that lasted awhile.

S: Didn't really have that much of a smell, though I did get a whiff of malt and a bit of hops.

T: This is where it lost me. The alcohol taste is overwhelming. It's not masked well at all. There's a hint of malt, but mainly it's just very difficult to drink.

M: There's an OK amount of carbonation, but the finish (predictably) is harsh. Medium-bodied.

D: This beer is not without its good qualities, but with everything, it comes down to the taste. Green's is simply too rough on the palate.

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Photo of shadow1961
2.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Green's Discovery Amber pours a stiff two fingers of tan foam over a dark amber brew. It's ruby when you hold
it up to the light. The nose is odd- a bit funky and winey as well. Carbonation is hard to guage, but the head
eventually collapses to a disk of foam. The taste is interesting- there's quite a bit rich tartness up front with a
very firm grassy and herbal hop finish. The aftertaste is intense, grassy and medicinal. Mouthfeel is a bit
astringent as well- it may be due in part to my buckwheat allergy, but there's also a very strong cleansing
effect as well. I could not finish this brew, but if you do have a problem with gluten, and you like that grassy
hop flavor, you might like to try this one.

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Photo of Dave1999
2.46/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours cloudy red in colour with a huge white foamy head which I've found to be distinctive of the Green gluten free beers.

Smells a little hoppy but also a bit like dish water.

Tastes quite bitter for an amber ale. Has hops along with a bit of yeast and malt.

Feels decent enough on the tongue if not a bit thin.

Overall a pretty bad beer gluten free or not.

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Photo of rowew
2.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 500 ml bottle, best before date of 3/7/09, ABV marked - imported by Merchant du Vin.

Appearance: Hazy reddish brown, average head, good retention.

Smell: Slightly sour, some cooked vegetables.

Taste: This has the same little funk to it that I have tried in New Grist, but I'm not sure what causes it. Otherwise, it is a nice medium body, average carbonation. Still has quite a bit of DMS flavor.

Overall impression: Definitely not near the top of gluten free beers - I'd rather have a red bridge. Along with the high price, this makes this a definite pass next time.

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