Anderson Valley Highway 128 Session Series: Blood Orange Gose

Posted: February 27, 2016 in Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Gose, Reviews

This beer got a lot of attention when it came out. It was rare to see a bad review and everyone championed the flavor as well as the low ABV on it. But, it was really hard for me to find, so this is the first time that I’m getting to sample it. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 4.2%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Blood Orange Gose is a tart, refreshing wheat ale that is kettle-soured with lactobacillus and brewed with sea salt and coriander. However, unlike traditional versions of the style, ours features liberal additions of blood oranges during fermentation. This imparts tangy citrus notes that complement the champagne-like flavors, creating a complex and sessionable ale perfect for any occasion.”

Random: All three cats are asleep on the couch. Normally, at this time, they’re all chasing each other around the house, sounding like a herd of elephants.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and a bright orange color. It had moderate carbonation. The nose was fragrant and had the most authentic blood orange scent that I’ve ever smelled on a beer. Some tartness was apparent on the nose as well with regular, pulp-free orange juice. The taste had some sourness, blood orange juice, and a touch of salt. Again, regular orange juice came through too. The body was light with high carbonation. It had a long finish with blood orange juice and salt. A single can was $1.69 ($.14 per ounce). This beer was amazing. It went down way too easy and had a lot of flavor. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0


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