Founders Mas Agave

When I stopped at the beer store, the manager recommended this beer because he said it tasted exactly like a margarita. I’ve tried a few “cocktail beers” that have said that as well and completely missed the mark. Let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 10%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We love cocktails. Like, really love them. If you ask us, few are more refreshing than the tart and tangy margarita and our latest barrel-aged beer pays tribute to that perennial classic. We took an imperial gose brewed with agave, lime and sea salt and then aged it in tequila barrels for just the right amount of kick. Consider it a party in a bottle. Más Agave!”

Random: This is available from May through September, just in time for the hot weather.

This beer poured with a half a finger of thin, pure white head. It dissipated rapidly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy reddish-orange with no visible carbonation due to the haziness. The nose was filled with everything that you would expect from a beer that marks itself as a homage to a margarita. It had agave, lime and a touch of salt. The taste had the same notes, lime, tequila, agave and had some coriander. I picked up salt as well, because what margarita beer would be complete without salt? There may have been a touch of caramel sweetness at the end from the barrel. The alcohol on this was undetectable and the body was light for the ABV with a nice amount of carbonation. The finish was quick with lime and salt. I loved this beer. It’s one of the few beers that sets out to imitate a cocktail and completely succeeds. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Dogfish Head SuperEIGHT

One of the biggest beer headlines in the past few weeks is the merger between Boston Beer Company and Dogfish Head. I’m not sure what effects that will have, but it’s definitely interesting. In celebration of that, I ordered this beer to review.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We have a saying here at Dogfish Head, ‘Analog beer for the digital age.’ Whether it’s a blissfully inefficient brewing process, high-quality (and often obscure) ingredients, or simply the handcrafted care that goes into the making of an off-centered ale, you’ll find it’s at the heart of everything we do. That same spirit can be found in our latest collaboration with the analog creators at Kodak. They’re bold. They’re storytellers. And well, they’re our kind of people. Which is why we’ve teamed up with them to ‘develop’ a one-of-a-kind partnership that’s full of creative chemistry. It all started when Dogfish founder & CEO Sam Calagione learned during a Kodak podcast that if the pH of a beer is low enough, it just might be able to develop their Super 8 film. Challenge accepted. Insert SuperEIGHT (the beer). This sessionable super gose is brewed with eight heroic ingredients: prickly pear, mango, boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, kiwi juices, toasted quinoa and an ample addition of red Hawaiian sea salt! Okay, so technically that’s nine, but it ‘gose’ without say that there’s going to be salt. These unique ingredients give this beer a vibrant red color, with delicious flavors of berries and watermelon, along with a tart – yet refreshing – finish. But that’s not all … it also effectively develops Kodak’s Super 8 film. From the can to the stop bath, there’s a whole lot of science and alternative processing that takes place to bring the imagery to life. And it’s so totally worth it.”

Random: This beer is an April to December release.

The beer poured with a small, white head. It was about half a finger high and dissipated quickly. The body was slightly cloudy and a reddish-purple color. There was not much carbonation visible. The nose was very fragrant with lots of fruit. I picked up a lot of berries, specifically raspberries and blackberries. There was kiwi and then some watermelon as well. The taste was also quite fruity. It had a lot of raspberry and blackberry with a little bit of salt. I didn’t pick up the kiwi or watermelon. I also wish that it was a bit more sour. The body was on the heavier side of the style with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick and fruity finish. I wish this beer had more tartness, but good for a beginner.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Founders Green Zebra Gose

Val and I headed to Fishtown during Philly Beer Week for a Founders brunch at Kraftwork. They had a special that was key lime pie eggs benedict, which sounds slightly awful, but was really amazing. The mix of the lime juice and peel in the hollandaise was to die for.

ABV: 4.6%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Subtly sour and a little sweet, this ale is a refreshing take on a nearly extinct German style, gose. Watermelon is the highlight of this lightly-hopped treat and gives it a hint of satisfying juiciness. The soft mouthfeel and dry finish comes courtesy of the addition of sea salt, a traditional gose ingredient. Green Zebra was initially released as our Artist Series beer in 2017.”

Random: It’s also my birthday today.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. It left a small crown on top of the bright orange body that was very cloudy. The nose had a lot of watermelon Jolly Rancher candy up front, which was followed up by some grain and lemon as well. There wasn’t much else on the nose. The taste started the same with a lot of watermelon Jolly Rancher candy. The salt came through and balanced it out, along with some wheat as well. There was a touch of lemon peel at the end. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick, slightly mouth-puckering finish. I thought this beer was good, but had too much watermelon.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

SingleCut Chrissie

Summer is the best season to have a gose. It’s really hard to swallow super heavy beers when the temperature is over 90 degrees. I’ve been searching out some low alcohol beers to get through the summer lately and a gose is a perfect beer. The low amount of salinity really helps to cut through the tartness. A gose also pairs really well with food. Any sort of barbecue, even a simple burger, will pair well with a gose.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “‘KIM’ NOW HAS A SISTER, named “CHRISSIE” – Tart and bright with a lemon verbena infusion, and lagered for a clean crisp finish. The ultimate thirst-quenching crusher.”

Random: It is weird to see a gose in a large format. Normally, you see either single bottles or cans of gose.

The beer poured with a half a finger of thin, pure-white head. It dissipated quickly and left almost no lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and bright yellow. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose started with a lot of tart lemons and lemon zest. Lemon verbena came through next. The taste started with a lot of lemons and lemon verbena. I picked up some white vinegar as well. There was a slight amount of yeast too. The body was light with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with lemons. I picked up the bottle for $7.99, which came to $.36 per ounce. I liked this beer a lot, I just wish it had more flavor than just lemon.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Anderson Valley G&T Gose

Tonight’s selection is a beer that I was very excited to try. Val doesn’t drink much, but she tends to go for gin cocktails if she does. Her signature cocktail was a gin drink with strawberries and was really, really good (mine, by comparison, was a bourbon drink with blood orange juice). Let’s see how this beer was.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Reminiscent of a classic cocktail, our G&T Gose showcases botanical flavors and aromas of lemon peel, juniper, lemongrass, and grains of paradise. With a juicy lemon-lime tartness and slightly peppery finish, we’ve given the gose style a unique spin that we’re sure you’ll enjoy.”

Random: The brewery suggests pairing this beer with herbed goat cheese. I think that would definitely be a solid pairing.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, pure white head and was thicker than I thought it would be. It took awhile to dissipate, but didn’t leave much lacing. The body was a clear, straw yellow with a lot of carbonation. The nose was fragrant with notes of lime, tonic, juniper and lemon-lime soda. The taste was reminiscent of a a slightly more tart gin and tonic. It had lemon and lime juice as well. It also had a white vinegar note. The body was on the light side and had lots of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with lime and juniper. A can of this was $2.00 and came to $.17 per ounce. I thought this was a really unique beer and a great alternative to a cocktail. This would be a great addition to a summer barbecue.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Union Old Pro Gose

Tonight’s selection is another beer that I picked up during a DC trip. Union puts out some solid beers and I’d never tried their gose. Goses have been increasing in popularity every year and they are super-drinkable especially in the Spring and Summer. Let’s crack this open and see how it was.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A dash of salt. A touch of tart. That’s what makes this unique German-style wheat beer a seasoned professional at serious summer thirst quenching. With its glowing golden color, peach & citrus nose followed by a prickly mouthfeel that leaves a gentle tartness and a dash of salt on the palate, the Old Pro never fails to bring you back for another sip.”

Random: This beer came in at 10 IBUs.

The beer poured with a three finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left no lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly cloudy and bright yellow. I couldn’t see much carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was tart with lemon juice and lemon zest. The taste had significant tartness and lemon balm. It had some citrus segments, specifically lemon and lime. There was a light salinity to it as well. The body was on the lighter side with generous carbonation. The finish was quick with tartness. A can of this ran me $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This was a solid gose that I would have no qualms about bringing to a barbecue.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Victory KSQ Kiwi Gose

Awhile back, Val and I took my parents to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square for a concert. Before we went there, we stopped at Victory for a late lunch and this was the first beer that I had.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Kiwifruit (often abbreviated as kiwi) or Chinese gooseberry is the edible berries of several species of woody vines in the genus Actinidia. The most common cultivar group of kiwifruit (‘Hayward’) is oval, about the size of a large hen’s egg (5–8 cm or 2.0–3.1 in) in length and 4.5–5.5 cm (1.8–2.2 in or in diameter). It has a fibrous, dull greenish-brown skin and bright green or golden flesh with rows of tiny, black, edible seeds. The fruit has a soft texture and a sweet but unique flavor. It is a commercial crop in several countries, such as China, Italy, New Zealand, Chile, Greece, and France.”

Random: The Kennett Square brewpub is perfectly done and the food is amazing.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of very thick, pure white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was very clear and yellow in color. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with lime juice and brine. I didn’t pick up any kiwi in the nose. The taste had a significant amount of salinity, along with lemon and lime juice, which made for a nice balance between sour and salty. There was some kiwi to it, but it was in the background. The body was on the lighter side and the carbonation was significant, but pleasant. It had a quick and citrusy finish. I enjoyed this beer a lot and it paired well with wings.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0