Reviewed by Brady White on May 30, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide
- Brewery: Bard's Tale Beer Co.
- Origin: Utica, NY, USA
- Rated On: May 28, 2014
- Best Before: Bottled February 26, 2014
- ABV: 4.7%
- Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature
- Style: American Pale Lager
- Rating: OKAY
This 12oz bottle pours a clear, medium tinted golden amber colour, with a half finger of loud bubbly, and mostly fizzy dirty white head, which disappears in a near instant, leaving neither lace nor impression on this reporter.
It smells of semi-sweet, vegetal malt, with an alien earthiness that must be the sorghum, there, English, white grape juice, stale applesauce, and a wet cardboard essence right where one might be expecting something, oh, I dunno, hoppy? The taste is more or less just an extension in the same odd graininess – quite sweet, still, and ‘malty’, and well, like brown sugar, overripe mixed grapes, free-radical butter, mild plastic band-aid covers, and bitter tea leaves, is the best I can come up with. The carbonation is average, and a tad prickly, even, at times, the body a somewhat agreeable medium weight, and as smooth as the tugging cloyingness will allow. It finishes with a lingering thin molasses/reduced brown sugar sweetness, buffered somewhat by the unfamiliar earthy, strangely astringent character from the earlier acts.
While displaying more beer-adjacent characteristics than many of the other barley and wheat-free beers I’ve thus far subjected my gluten-loving and -tolerant self to, I can’t get over the weird edge that the sole use of sorghum (I assume) imparts here, in its starring role. A good try, and probably acceptable with a strong dose of cognitive dissonance, but not for me, not for me.