New Planet Raspberry Ale

Reviewed by on March 21, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: New Planet Beer Company

  • Origin: Boulder, CO, USA

  • Rated On: March 20, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

New Planet is a company from Boulder, Colorado, who make gluten-free beer, and have it brewed by Fort Collins Brewery up the interstate in Fort Collins.  Their Raspberry Ale is made with sorghum and corn, and flavoured with natural raspberry puree.

This 355ml bottle pours a pale, orange-tinted amber colour (a bit strange, that), with one finger of thinly foamy, somewhat soda-pop bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of stringy webbed lace around the glass as it rather quickly blows off.

It smells of leafy, fairly vegetal raspberries, followed closely by an astringent grainy maltiness, more ‘back of the barn’ (thank you Cletus Spuckler) than yer typical beer input, and a sort of sour, unpleasant mustiness. The taste is more dank sorghum graininess than anything, as the fruitiness of the raspberry not so subtly fades away, readily replaced by an additional candy corn/corn syrup stickiness, and some further back-forty vegetal esters.  The carbonation is pretty laid-back, and inwardly ashamed, I’m assuming, the body on the light side weight-wise, and kind of thin and watery as well. It finishes semi-sweet, as the substitute grain shows some potent, if not exactly welcome, staying power, while the titular fruit exhibits a bit of late-game chutzpah.

Raspberries have a certain sense of resiliency to them, but even they seem incapable of overcoming such ill-fated products as these – a typically enjoyable fruit shouldn’t have to put up with the nasty side-effects of a sub-standard (prescribed, unfortunately) malt co-star. Not entirely awful, but still very much like putting lipstick on a pig.

Brady White

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