I went there to buy wine glasses (two, $1.99 each) and of course I got sucked in by the really-not-a-very-good-deal-economically Mix and Match Six Pack. Jeremy and I just tried two of them:
New Planet Raspberry Ale This stuff is the first “gluten free” beer I’ve come across, which makes me feel sympathetic toward the celiac disease people. I also feel sorry for me, because I bought two of them, because it had “raspberry” in the name. The first thing I noticed about the first sip was that it had bits of something…solid in it. It sorta felt like little blobules of raspberry, but when I poured it into a glass to see if this was kind of an Orbitz* thing, and there were no more bits. That doesn’t bode well. Okay, so the rest of it, ignoring, if possible, the blobules. It has a very metallic odor, but there’s some sort of burnt sugar smell, too. The flavor is overwhelmingly a rotten fruit one. It starts out rotten/pesticide-y, then goes to a weak flavorless flavor (“Like making love in a canoe,” says Jeremy, “fucking near water”), then ends up kind of sour/artificial sweetener.
Einstök Icelandic White Ale The beer you drink while listening to Scandinavian heavy metal! Pleasantly tangy and bitter, with a kind of salty flavor somewhere in there. Strong and good and I want another sip, but it’s Jeremy’s bottle. I give it Two Hands Worth of Heavy Metal Horns. Jeremy says it’s “smooth, rich, with a nice salty note”.
*Remember Orbitz? The most ill-conceived of all ill-conceived beverage ideas? Remember how it looked like formaldehyde with unnaturally-colored balls of Something floating in it? And the balls of Something were kinda gelatinous and didn’t really taste like anything? And how nobody bought it, certainly nobody bought it more than once, so after a few months there were all these discounted pyramids of Orbitz sitting in Kmarts around the country, and the gelatinous balls started sinking to the bottom? Sad.