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

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Green's Discovery Amber AleGreen's Discovery Amber Ale
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:
#44,579
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
60
pDev:
26.91%
Bros Score:
3.23
 
 
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Photo of americanbeerbuzz
3.67/5  rDev +47.4%
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 DannyS
2.77/5  rDev +11.2%
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 -48.2%
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 +24.1%
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 +5.2%
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 -3.2%
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 +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 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 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 froghop
2.36/5  rDev -5.2%
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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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 WillieMoe
2.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Pours a dark reddish brown, with a foamy, fast dissolving head.

S-Has a burnt woody smell, with the presence of cidery alcohol underneath.

T&M- There's a hint of cider in the back of the taste. I also detected some other fruit,maybe cherry in there as well. A little on the harsh tasting side as the alcohol is a bit too prominent for my liking. Is sort of thin and harsh going down. There is a bad sour finish to it.

D- This is not something I can say I overly enjoyed drinking. I would not recommend this one. I'd rather have the Green's Quest if I had to go gluten free.

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Photo of CWiggins
2.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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 vickersspitfire
2.74/5  rDev +10%
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 giblet
2.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

poured from a one pint nine oz bottle. freshness date to march 2009. poured decent with good head and carbonation. smells of fruits like green apple. taste was not good. more like a over carbonated cider to me. i did not care for the mouthfeel or taste. $5.69 for this bottle. i will steer away from Greens. not sure why my bottle says product of Belgium and on here it says UK.

giblet

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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 geexploitation
2.61/5  rDev +4.8%
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 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 erosier
1.82/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice brown color with a short but kind of thick tan head that laces the glass a bit on the way down. The aroma is very strange, mainly of sour berries. The taste was not that unlike the aroma. It was very lambicy and very sour berry flavored. The mouthfeel was very sharp which made for not a very drinkable beer. If this beer tastes like what all gluten free beers taste like, then bring me the gluten.

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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 BDTyre
2.61/5  rDev +4.8%
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 rowew
2.43/5  rDev -2.4%
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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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 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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Beer rating: 2.49 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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