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
Ratings:
60
Reviews:
51
Avg:
2.49
pDev:
26.91%
 
 
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 51
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 theopholis
1.54/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Body is a dark, fairly clear amber with ruby highlights. Head is a large, light tan affair that settles semi-quickly and leaves some lacing.

Smell - Somewhat medicinal in aroma. Some maltiness. Lots of esters.

Taste - Strong medicinal taste/ Bleh. Barely tastes like beer. Taste like cooking sherry with a bacterial infection. I'm dumping it.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Good level of carbonation. No objections here.

D - Ughghgh. Unless you are gluten intolerant, I do not recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of elricorico
1.76/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured into a tulip glass, it developed four fingers of foamy tan head on top of a dark brownish red body. Head starts to collapse relatively soon, but leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell has a certain candy sweetness to it, like a grape flavoured hard candy. The smell is not especially strong and doesn't have a lot of depth to it, but it doesn't smell bad.

Oh my goodness, the taste is certainly not what I expected. I think this is the worst beer taste I've had. There is a harsh, medicinal, artificially sweetened cinnamon on sour grapes taste. The description doesn't exactly match the real thing, but that is the best I could do.

Mouthfeels is thin but sticky with average carbonation. By this point I don't want to have anymore, I'm just finishing the review.

Awful, shouldn't even be called beer.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It looks like regular beer, except for the thin soda-like head. Light amber, smells faintly sweet. Tastes thin and watery with little backbone or body. A brief crisp grain character of some sort flashes across the tongue, and then it's gone. Thankfully this was a free sample, because if I paid the 5.99 per half liter bottle they were asking, I would have returned it.

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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 shadow1961
2.49/5  rDev 0%
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 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 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 tiffanya
2.58/5  rDev +3.6%
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 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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