Archive for the ‘Gose’ Category

Westbrook Gose

Posted: August 24, 2017 in Gose, Reviews, Westbrook Brewing Co.

This was a brewery that I visited last year and although I really enjoy their beers, the tap room was a bit boring. It didn’t have many rare beers on tap and the room itself didn’t have much character. At least they had cornhole to play outside, although when I went to the brewery, it was way too hot to even think of going outside. Anyways, let’s talk about this beer.

westbrookgose

ABV: 4.0%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is our interpretation of Gose (pronounced ‘Gose-uh’), a traditional German-style sour wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt. Once nearly extinct, this very refreshing style is making a comeback.”

Random: This was first released in April of 2012.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a big crown on top of the cloudy, bright yellow body. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some sourness with white vinegar, grain and salinity. The taste was really flavorful for the ABV. It had some lemon along with white vinegar and a touch of pilsner malt. The body was incredibly light, without being watery. It had a lot of carbonation as well. The finish was lengthy with tartness and white grapes and a dash of sea salt. A can of this cost me $2.99, which came to $.25 per ounce. This beer had so much flavor while being incredibly light. This is a new go-to beer for me.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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This is the first beer that I’ve gotten to try from Toolbox. I’m not sure if they got distribution recently, but let’s see how it was.

palomarita

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the pastemagazine.com, “”Enter: Toolbox Brewing. Based out of North County San Diego, Toolbox Brewing opened in September of 2014 with a modest list of beers spanning a wide variety of styles, including wild and farmhouse ales. Eventually those beers grew to become so popular that six months later, on the cusp of their first bottle release, they officially became the first (and only) brewery in San Diego County to go 100% wild. Co-owned by Amanda Elder and Spencer Peters, with hometown homebrew hero Peter Perrecone captaining brewing operations, their lineup of regular beers on tap now consists entirely of ales brewed with wild yeasts and bacteria—those scary-sounding bugs mentioned above. The result is a regularly-rotating tap that consists entirely of funky farmhouse ales and tart wild ales. Their claim to fame is their fruited series of sours, in which they add incredible amounts of fruit to a base sour blonde ale with incredible results.

Random: “Timber Creek Lodge” is another trashy show on Bravo, but I can’t stop watching it.

The beer poured with less than a quarter finger and was pure white. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was ever so slightly cloudy with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of fresh lime juice with some fresh citrus segments and wheat as well. The taste a bit more depth. I picked up notes of clementine, lime juice and orange with lemon. There was a hint of tropical fruit as well. It had significant salinity and was decently tart. It had a lot of bright flavors, which paired well with the light body and a lot of carbonation. The finish was very quick with lime. A bottle of this was expensive at $15, which came to $.89 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot. It was a perfect summer beer that you should try to get your hands on.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

So, I’m off for the rest of the week before I start my new job. It’s really rainy here and I got an oil change this morning. I also got Val’s watch a new battery and am trying to take a stain out of the marble tile in the bathroom downstairs. I also did the dishes and have a load of laundry going. Val has already yelled at to me relax, which I seemingly have any issue doing. So, I’ve parked myself on the couch to bang out a few reviews.

readysetgose

ABV: 4%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This tart and salty ale smells of fresh lemon rind and coastal sea breeze. Wheat malts give this beer flavors of freshly baked bread and coriander.”

Random: If not for anything else, this beer gets points for the punny name.

This beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw yellow in color. There was a lot of carbonation that was visible in the body. The nose had sea salt and coriander up front with lemon zest. The first thing that struck me was that it wasn’t nearly tart enough for the style. It did have the sea salt and coriander not, but just needed that tartness. The body was heavier than normal for the style with high carbonation. It had a quick and unremarkable finish. A can of this was $1.37, which came $.11 per ounce, which was really affordable, but just needed more tartness. There are many other goses on the shelf that I would reach for before this one.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

No matter what time of year I crack open a gose, it reminds me of barbecues and warm weather. It’s almost Spring time, which means that I need to start planting. We planted bulbs last fall, so I’m hoping they start to bloom. I think some of the deer and squirrels dug some of them up, but I’ll just have to plant more again this Fall.

watermelongose

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A traditional German style beer brewed with sea salt and coriander. Tart and refreshing, our Gose is sure to blow any picnic out of the water….melon.”

Random: This beer uses white wheat and pilsner malts.

The brew poured with a one finger, thin, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a surprisingly clear, straw yellow color. There was a lot of carbonation visible as well. The nose was sour with watermelon rind and sea salt. I also picked up wheat. The taste had a lot of sea salt, which took some time to get used to. After that, it went into notes of watermelon extract, watermelon rind and lemon juice. The flavors were a bit disjointed. The body was very light and had lots of carbonation. It had a surprisingly lengthy finish with the same sea salt and watermelon rind. This beer was easy to throw back because it was so thin, but it needed a bit more refining to become a go-to for me, even at $1.83 a can ($.15 per ounce).

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sole Gypsy Tears

Posted: March 28, 2017 in Gose, Reviews, Sole Artisan Ales

I was looking for a light beer to drink while watching a sportsball event at The Pour House, so I settled on this. Let’s see how this was.

gypsytears

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A FOOD INSPIRED BREWER IS BORN. Joe Percoco is a food nut. He has always strived to learn everything possible about taste. At very young age, before being able to work officially, he traded time in a bakery for pastries, sips of wine and an old Italian man’s stories. After working as a cook at multiple restaurants for actual pay, Joe began investigating where food came from by working on an organic farm in the Appalachian Mountains. He learned to drive a 70 year old tractor, how to raise pastured animals, and everything there was to know about growing a good ingredient. Not only did he learn about ingredients, but through cultivating the land with his hands, he also became aware of how sustainability keeps nature at its finest for the production of clean, beautiful food.”

Random: I could go for some berries and whipped cream.

The brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was pink and hazy. I couldn’t see any carbonation in the beer. The nose was fragrant with blackberries and raspberries. There was a lot of yeast and a touch of sourness. The taste had even more berries. It also had a lot of yeast and wheat. I didn’t pick up much tartness on this, which was odd for a gose. The body was very light and the beer drank a lot more like a witbier than a gose. The body was thin with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with fruit. The beer was easy to drink, but it had none of the salt or the tartness that a normal gose has. I wouldn’t rush back to this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

One of the things that surprised me about Hilton Head was how many themed restaurants they have. They didn’t have many chain restaurants, but all of them had a theme. This one was Rat pack era Italian food. When we got there, I fully expected the food to be terrible. I was more than pleasantly surprised with my meal as well as my beer choice.

seaquench

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our session sour quencher brewed with lime peel, black limes & sea salt”

Random: This is their seasonal release in August and September. I had this in August, so now you can truly gauge how long my backlog is.

This beer poured with very little head that was pure white and dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with no carbonation visible because of the cloudiness. The nose was surprisingly pungent for the ABV with sour lemon, fresh cracked black pepper and lime wedges. The taste was even better. It had a significant amount of bright lemon with the same cracked black pepper. I never thought that those two things would go together in a beer, but colored me impressed. It followed up with some salt and lemon juice with lemon pith. The body was light, without being watery. It had generous carbonation that made this an easy drinker. The finish was quick with lime juice. This beer paired well with the linguini and clam sauce that I had and the weather in South Carolina. I will definitely be grabbing this again this summer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Goses are one of the more popular beer styles lately and after getting over the shock of what they tasted like when I tried my first one, I’ve really been getting into them. From living in Jersey for so long, I also have a certain affinity for cranberries.

cranberrygose

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Coming to our year-round lineup in May, this fruit-filled take on the German-style Gose takes you from bog to barrel in one sip. Brewed with cranberries from the Bluewater Farms in Massachusetts, coriander and a splash of salt. The result is a refreshingly tart and effervescent cranberry concoction built to fuel your warm weather-inspired wanderlust.”

Random: I’ve been impressed with Long Trail’s increase in offerings lately. I hope it keeps up.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright pink color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of brine and salt up front. There was a hint of cranberry, almost like a room spray. It didn’t have enough on the nose. The taste started with a lot of salt and then went into a tart, lemon note. There was a slight cranberry note, but I wish it had more. It also had a muted wheat note as well. It had a very thin body with just enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy with salt and lemon juice tartness. I got this bottle for $2.00, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. I was very excited to give this beer a shot, but it was just lacking cranberry flavor. I won’t be revisiting this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0