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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green's Gluten Free Beers
England, United Kingdom
glutenfreebeers.co.uk

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,233
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
60
pDev:
26.91%
Bros Score:
3.23
 
 
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Photo of spycow
1.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of metter98
2.53/5  rDev +1.6%
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 BEERchitect
2.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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 biboergosum
2.54/5  rDev +2%
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 Phyl21ca
3.18/5  rDev +27.7%
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 largadeer
2.83/5  rDev +13.7%
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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev +51.8%
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 ChainGangGuy
1.3/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

($5.99 - 500ml bottle at Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA)

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber body slim, off-white head.

Smell: A cutting, highly off-putting industrial chemical aroma.

Taste: Good gracious, me. What have I gotten myself into? Sharp herbal, almost medicinal flavor with a hint of sweetness before it plunges into a sour, harsh finish. Afterwards, there's a lingering, mentholyptus-like sting on the tongue and in the throat.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Those poor, poor celiacs...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.38/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Hopheadjeffery
2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of Zorro
1.79/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

An odd beer selected mostly just because it is odd.

A clear cola brown colored beer with a decent rocky head.

Persimmon wine is the first thing I smell here. Yeast and fruit scents persimmon and a little apple, REALYY smells more like fruit wine than beer.

The taste begins sweet and a little astringent and stingy, like a slightly green persimmon. Beery aftertaste with a fruit flavor. Carbonation really attacks your tongue here like a soda machine WAY out of adjustment. This is pretty piss poor beer and tastes closer to watered down BAD cider.

Mouthfeel is light and pretty much seltzer water.

SUCKS that sums this beer up in on easy to use five letter word. It doesn't taste like beer and frankly it is worse than that damn Babycham cider I drank. I would like to cut this some slack and grade it on a curve but... 1+1 doesn't equal 3 period.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: copper amber with a slight haze, medium frothy white cap with poor retention

S: a little cider in the aroma along with grains, earthiness, and a trace of toast.

T: a touch of cider, apple, sorghum, buckwheat, with the grains becoming more prominent in the middle. The beer finishes dry

F: medium body and medium to medium high carbonation

O: a drinkable gluten-free beer but the variety of rich grain flavors leave you wishing for barley.

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Photo of avalon07
2.53/5  rDev +1.6%
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 wl0307
1.41/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Contract-brewed for a UK brand, "Green's" (Charles Cooper Ltd.), which offers a range of 5 beers, all gluten free and wheat free... The website (http://www.glutenfreebeers.co.uk) stresses that: "it DOES NOT contain any of the following allergens or products thereof: Glutens, Crustaceans, Eggs, Fish, Peanuts, Soya beans, Milk, Lactose, Nuts, Celery, Mustard, Sesame seeds, Sulphur dioxide and sulphites"... Well it does sound like a considerate move to meet the demands of a specific group of people and quite respectfully so. I can take everything but don't mind trying a special beer of this sort.

A: copperish-hued, with an off-white frothy beer head with o.k. retention
S: lightly dusty upfront, sour caramel maltiness and sweet calcium pills, plus a tinge of sour fruitiness a bit like unripe kiwi-fruit+apple juice(?)... I can't quite make of it, as the aroma is so timid and strange...
T&M: strong chemical taste of maltiness, thin-bodied sourly-sweetness all over the place, like juice-drink with a touch of bitterness in the end. The body is not just thin but dispersed... The mouthfeel is soda-fizzy and very thin-bodied.
D: I repect the idea behind production of this beer, but I fail to appreciate its taste and aroma AT ALL. Since I'm not allergic to gluten and stuffs, I'll be sure to keep away from it for the rest of my life. Yet I've got a question here: surely gluten/wheat-allergic people deserve better beers than this?!

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Photo of Suds
2.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Brad007
1.39/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Color: Mild amber color with a very thin head that almost isn't much of a head.

Aroma: Bubblegum/fruit aroma that is also somewhat mediciny.

Taste: Fruity and cloying. Sour. Not much taste to be had here. Carbonation resembles that of a soda. Mediciny.

Mouthfeel: Undesirable. Mediciny. Just not drinkable.

Verdict: While the premise of this ale is noble (to give folks allergic to gluten a beer of their own), the taste and quality of it is not noble.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is weak but does have a tasty malt component and a hint of brandy. It pours a dark brownish amber with a thick but not persistent head. Flavor is more like cider than beer, mainly apply and rather on the thin side. Texture is fairly smooth and a little jazzy.

I guess ya gotsta have barley or wheat to make a truly flavorsome beer. Still, they get an A for effort.

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Photo of birchstick
1.92/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A - poured brown with way too much head
S - smells almost like wine. A lot of dark, sweet fruit
T - this was very unlike any other beer I have tried. It started with a little sweetness, which was soon followed by an awful blend of spices and odd tastes. It left a very bad aftertaste as well.
MF - went down quickly without much carbonation
D - I am very open minded and try to give beers and styles a benefit of the doubt if I don't like it at first, but this one I couldn't even finish. If I could only drink gluten-free beers, I might consider it again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.23/5  rDev +29.7%
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 allengarvin
1.81/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Into a NB chalice glass, this beer forms a nice head which lasts a bit longer than the Dubbel. The color is dark reddish-brown. Nose is faint, very lightly fruity, but otherwise not much there. Bleagh. In the mouth, it's a thin, sourish beer, with no trace of hoppiness. I couldn't finish it.

There's nothing to recommend this beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.36/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a deep cloudy walnut hue. The head retention is amazing, it will probably outlast you if given the opportunity. Dense light nutmeg coloured head, chunky as it settles, forming shapes like hoodoos.

The aroma is almost completely nondescript, except for some faint musky spice emanating from it in intermittent clusters.

I'm not quite sure what to make of my first sip. The subsequent ones remind me of another ale I'd tried years ago made of millet and buckwheat. Yeasty, with tart acidic grains that more than make up for any bitterness whatever hops were involved could provide. The hops in this ale don't really settle in until well into the aftertaste, leafy and herbal. The initial taste is clean, then picks up a grainy sourness, which rounds out somewhat on the finish. Wow, my gut is not accepting this flavour profile very well, very acidic, almost lends a caustic, corossive feeling. If you were gluten-intolerent I'm not sure you'd want this biting into your stomach lining either...

The mouthfeel is thin yet rounded, most of the texture comes from the flavour.

Well then, it's been a while since I've encountered a beer that has come across so hostile. Perhaps it is a lack of familiarity with these particular ingredients, both regarding the palate and digestion, however I am not feeling the love. In fact I'm only halfway through the bottle and I'm still on my guard, and ready to toss it overboard at the slightest sign of trouble. An expensive niche market ale, and I am not in that particular demographic.

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Photo of WynnO
1.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of thekevlarkid
1.76/5  rDev -29.3%
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 Jerseyislandbeer
3.03/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hardy008
1.38/5  rDev -44.6%
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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Beer rating: 2.49 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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