Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Redbridge Gluten Free Beer


Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

American Amber / Red Lager

4.00% ABV

Commercial Description:
Redbridge is a hearty, full-bodied lager brewed using imported Hallertau and domestic Cascade hops. It is brewed with sorghum and has a well-balanced, moderately hopped taste.

General Pricing:
12 oz bottle: ~$10.00 6 pack, ~$40.00 case

Paul, a good friend of mine has developed a gluten intolerance. We discussed alternative Gluten Free beers and I bought a 6 pack of this for a party that he was attending. I had this that night and was pleasantly surprised. It was not an excellent beer but it did taste and look like beer which was more than I expected. At any rate I kept one to review. So let’s put this Sorghum beer through the ropes.

The beer pours clear pale copper with orange hues and a white to off white head.

The nose is interesting. It really does smell like a beer but there are also some none typical aromas. There is a very different grassy aroma along with the typical hop aromas and some sweet notes that I can’t put by finger on.

Not a bad first sip. There are some oddities at the end of the finish but other than that it’s pretty much a regular tasting beer.

The taste starts out with a light sweetness up front. That is followed by a cleansing effervescence over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is extremely easy drinking with an effortless swallow. So far a normal beer experience. The finish is where this experience gets different. There is a unique sweetness in the finish that must be from the sorghum. It’s not bad just very different from the typical beer. The final aftertaste is just a hint of that sorghum sweetness.

All and all this is not a bad tasting beer. I’m not sure if I would buy this again for me but I certainly would buy it and have with a friend. Actually I could get use to this if I was gluten intolerant.

We are at 57 degrees and it’s not as smooth as it was. It’s got a little bit of that lager harshness and it’s not as easy drinking or refreshing either.

I’m use to tasting the differences in malt flavors as the beer warms and opens up. These differences however are unique to this sorghum beer. It is sweeter and more pronounced but very unique. I really can not compare this sweetness to any other beer.

Since this is my first sorghum or gluten free beer I don’t think I’m going to give it a letter grade. But, if this was a regular amber lager I would give it a C maybe even a C+. It’ really was not a bad tasting lager.

1 comment:

  1. Hey John,
    Check out Daura by Estrella Damm. It has more of a real beer taste since it is made with barley malt.