Green's Discovery Amber Ale | Green's Gluten Free Beers

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Green's Discovery Amber AleGreen's Discovery Amber Ale

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Green's Gluten Free Beers
England, United Kingdom

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.

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Photo of Evilyak
2.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured amber with a decent head. That's where the goodness ends.

Smells yeasty, but not in a good way.

Bitter and dry. Wine notes.

Mouth is crisp, and that wine flavor lingers.

I finished a glass but would not bother with a whole bottle.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.04/5  rDev +23.1%
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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev +53%
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 hardy008
1.38/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Cloudy dark amber with a one finger off white head, with decent retention and lacing. The aroma has sour, borderline spoiled fruit, with an odd artificial smell. Not much of a description, but it's the best I can do with this aroma.

the taste is as bad as the aroma. Sour, maybe spoiled fruit, with an artificial chemical or medicinal type of flavor. This is just awful.

Light bodied with average carbonation, and a medicinal aftertaste. Just terrible. I think I made a big mistake by buying more than one beer from this brewery. Not looking forward to the rest, if they are this bad.

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Photo of metter98
2.53/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Dave1999
2.46/5  rDev -0.4%
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 biboergosum
2.54/5  rDev +2.8%
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 breberle
4.48/5  rDev +81.4%
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 generallee
2.28/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into Imperial glass.

Appearance: The body has a deep brownish or prune like color with dark reddish highlights coming through a very murky haze. On top I got a tall quick fading off white head. It fades out completely leaving just a little light lacing at the top of the glass.

Smell: There is a light roasted sweetness with some odd fruity wine like notes. This is backed up with some mild herbal and somewhat musty hop character. Overall it’s just odd.

Taste/Palate: From the odd aroma to the odd flavor it brings some light roasted and dark grain sweets to the forefront. From there a dry and slightly tart grape or wine like character moves in with a light herbal tea like hop presence. The palate feels about medium with light carbonation.

Notes: For me this beer just does not blend together well in my opinion and I would defiantly not recommend it.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.78/5  rDev +12.6%
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 speter
3.55/5  rDev +43.7%
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 BeerNinja007
2/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this 500mL bottle for $5.98... I think it came from Johnstown Beverage in Johnstown NY. Best Before date 05JAU2012. Nutrition info on the label as well... not sure I've seen that before, very interesting (I wish more brewers would do that, maybe it'll catch on). Served cold in a chilled pint glass. The label assures me that this contains no eggs or crustaceans (among other things) and that is a relief.

This semi-hazy umber brew gives a fizzy white head of large airy bubbles that settles fairly quickly to a minimal layer. Smell is very unique, tannins, ginger?, juniper berries?, semi-sweet, herby, earthy... reminds me a lot of the Lammin Kataja Olut Sahti I had a few weeks ago. Mouthfeel is thin with a sugary viscosity and bubbly rolling carbonation. Taste is bitter dry tannins balanced by an unidentified sweetness, flavors same as the smell. Like a fizzy Sahti. Holy crap there's a ton of flaky sludge at the bottom of the glass.

Appearance, mouthfeel, sweetness are clearly more like soda pop than beer. This is a strange brew. Not bad if you're looking for something weird, but no good at all if you're a no-glut person jonesin' for a real beer. More like a root beer than an English Strong Ale.

For all you high school kids studying SAT questions at home, here's an analogy for you: This stuff is to beer as tofu is to steak. I will avoid it in the future.

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Photo of dwarvenfriend
1.97/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Very dark caramel with a lot of cloudiness. Lots of lacing on a big head.

S-Lots of Sorghum with a little hops. Can smell the rice on this.

T-Unpleasant bitterness and malt that does nothing for me.

M-Unwanted bitterness lingers and continues to stay with me.

D-I could continue to drink but there are other things that I would much rather drink.

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Photo of Sjokvistarn
2.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours medium dark brown into the glass with a small lingering head, pretty hard to see through and you can almost "see" the acid.

S: Pretty interesting smell with loads of yeast and dried grapes that almost gives you a sense that it's champagne in the glass in front of you.

T: Can't really live up to the smell, or perhaps it lives up to it a bit too well? Very bitter with heavy tastes of yeast, dried fruits, peach and prunes. In my opinion this tastes more like a cider than a beer?

Not to impressed with this really, I was hoping for more as I have heard good things of it, but it really tasted and felt like a cider to me. Sorry, not for me.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.23/5  rDev +30.8%
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 americanbeerbuzz
3.67/5  rDev +48.6%
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.


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Photo of DannyS
2.77/5  rDev +12.1%
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 TheEremite
1.29/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I previously thought Caoina light was the worst beer in the world. I was way off. This "beer" tastes like a bad lambic blended with dish water. This is a total dumper. It was a gift and I didn't even have the stomach to finish it in front of him. At least it was free.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.09/5  rDev +25.1%
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 cdizinno
2.62/5  rDev +6.1%
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 bbarrows
2.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from bottle into a wine glass at ~45 degrees.

Appearance- Dark brown and cloudy, no head

Smell- Reminds me of apple cider

Taste- Very light sour apple, no other distinctive flavors

Mouthfeel- Thin, little carbonation

Drinkability- I wouldn't want another

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.18/5  rDev +28.7%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.38/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Burnt orange and brick red. So far, there's no hint of the haziness that is supposed to be the result of natural clearing methods (tannins rather than isinglass or other gelatins). The beige crown is impressively attractive. It has a wonderful texture and is gracing the glass with quite a bit of lace. Since subsequent pours absolutely plaster the glass with chunks of foam, consider the score bumped.

Steely caramel dominates the nose. Also present are a musky, earthy, overripe fruitiness and something that can only be described as lacquer-like. It doesn't make me want to dive right in, but I'm not disgusted either. This might be decent beer, especially given the circumstances.

Discovery almost pulls it off. The start of each mouthful is acceptable... and then things head downhill in a hurry. It's the height of irony that a brewery whose modus operandi is 100% natural ingredients can create an ale that tastes so artificial. It's good to know that no celery, peanuts, crustaceans, eggs or sesame seeds have been used during brewing.

How about... spicy rye bread soaked in turpentine, mushy apples covered in caramel, bitter orange marmalade and a handful of roasted peanuts (sorry... this is peanut-free beer). It's hard to get the description exactly right when the flavor profile is so bizarre. This is one case where a less aggressive beer would have been a better beer.

What limited ingredients Green's GFB allow themselves to use aren't conducive to a good mouthfeel. Not only is it thin for the style and the ABV, it isn't expansive or creamy in the least. A few more bubbles probably would have helped.

It's too bad that those who are intolerant of gluten are unable to enjoy beer like the rest of us. Some of them might enjoy Green's Discovery, but I'd think that most would make an attempt to discover other, more drinkable options.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
1.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased this while working a bad shift at a bad place. And drank it for lunch. Because I'm classy like that. Out of the bottle this beer was a chestnut brown color with an off-white head. The aroma astringent, yeast and sour fruit. Very odd. The flavors were no better, bitter and sour at the same time. Hints of generic fruit sweetness at first quickly followed by a strong herbal/medicinal note and then a bitter grainy finish. The mouthfeel was thin, the carbonation medium. Had trouble sucking this one down and would never recommend it even to a Gluten-free dieter.

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Photo of froghop
2.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a cloudy dark amber with a small light biege head, good lacing.

smell is alcohol, malt, touch of caramel, and some hops.

taste is thick, funky, and malt, with a strange aftertaste.

overall i would stay away from this one. i am not impressed at all.

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