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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

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Avery El Gose

Posted: January 21, 2018 in Avery Brewing Company, Gose, Reviews

Avery was one of the breweries that we visited while we were in Colorado. The tap-room was really nice and each bar in the brewery had different selections, which was very cool. Given that we went during GABF week, it wasn’t even that crowded. They also had a restaurant that had really good food. I had a chicken sandwich with collard greens while I was there and it was amazing.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A timeless, traditional tart gose (goes-uh) with its zesty and salty disposition is brightened by a tangy citrus twist. A bier for every día!”

Random: This is a year round offering from Avery.

This beer poured with a three finger, slightly off-white head. It took awhile to dissipated, but only left limited lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and straw-yellow in color. The smell was relatively mild. I picked up notes of wheat, lemon and orange segments. The taste had a bit more complexity to it. The start of the sip was big notes of citrus. I got lemons, orange segments and freshly squeezed lime juice. The salt did not come out until the end of the sip. There was some wheat as well, but it was muted. The body was on the watery side with plentiful carbonation. It had a quick finish with citrus and salt. The can was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. I thought this was a decent gose and I wouldn’t refuse one if it was handed to me, but I’ve definitely had better examples of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Val and I went to Colorado last year and it was really not what I expected. I have no problem with pot being legal, but I absolutely hate the smell of it. Pot was everywhere in Denver, literally everywhere. It was even coming into the car when we put the AC on and drove to the airport. Needless to say, Denver was not my favorite place. The mountains were absolutely beautiful, but it just wasn’t a place I’d want to go back. At least the beer was decent. Let’s talk about this one.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to traderjoes.com, “The aromas of fruit salad and hops from this golden-colored India Pale Ale will ring your bell, not to mention its fresh, hoppy flavor that lacks excess bitterness, and delights with just a touch of pineapple.”

Random: This beer came in at 40 IBUs.

The beer poured with a huge, four finger, slightly off-white head. It took forever to dissipated and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and straw yellow in color with moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with pineapple and wheat and nothing else. I expected some sort of hop presence and it was completely absent. The taste had old pineapple juice with syrup and a light pine cleaner note. The body was thin with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with old pineapple juice. I don’t recall how much this beer was, but we picked it up at Trader Joe’s. This was a complete miss for me.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Today’s beer is one that Val picked out. She loves the beers from this brewery and we’ve also gotten a few drink mixes from them, although it took us months to realize that it was the same company for a good few months. I’m not as big of a fan of them, but I do like the idea of mixing beer and tea. Let’s crack this open.

ABV: 3.8%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Amber Ale paired with Organic Darjeeling Hibiscus, Strawberry and Lemon Juice.”

Random: The brewery currently has 4 offerings. I believe Val has tried them all. I’ll get through reviewing them all soon.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger head. It was tan in color and went away slowly. It didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was a murky brown color with a reddish tint. There was no carbonation visible because of the cloudiness. The nose was filled with old black tea and berries. There wasn’t much beer to it. The taste was filled with lemon juice and the same black tea up front. The taste had more of a floral note than the nose, along with some berry potpourri. The body was uncomfortably thick with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tea. A can of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This beer just wasn’t it for me. The tea didn’t balance with the other flavors and there was no real beer flavor. This was a hard pass for me.

Untappd Rating: 1.5/5.0

Val and I have started watching the reboot of “Will and Grace.” It’s pretty good, although not as great as I remembered. We’re only two episodes in, so hopefully it will get better. Anyways, let’s get to the beer of the night.

ABV: 7%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “After spending the cold winter training our palettes on malty winter brews its time to get out on the field and play some ball with an IPA that’s both refreshing and complex. The lemony-herbal aromatics of Sorachi Ace hops spring out of a nice, light bodied wheat & honey malt base. You can always rely on a solid hit from Steady Eddie.”

Random: This beer came in at 80 IBUs.

The beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was bright orange in color and cloudy. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with fresh grace, lemon grass and cilantro. Sorachi Ace is by far my favorite hop, and this beer had a lot of it. The taste also had notes of cilantro, lemon grass and grass clippings. Then, green onion came through with some light malt and wheat finished up the sip. The body was on the lighter side with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with lemon grass and cilantro. A can of this was $2, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot and this would make for a good food beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Bronx Brewery. It’s been awhile since I had a beer from them and Val picked this one out for me.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A refreshingly sour and cloudy ale brewed with cucumber & basil giving this traditional beer a cool & peppery finish. Our head brewer, Damian, spent a few years living in Germany because his dad was piloting F-15’s for the Air Force (call sign: Hash Brown). So it was only fitting that we brew one of Germany’s traditional styles with a Bronx take. This Berliner Weisse beer is brewed with Pilsner, Vienna and wheat malts and balanced with Caliente hops to add a refreshing fruity backdrop. Cucumbers and basil are then added in the late stages of the brewing process to give it a cool, minty and peppery finish. We hope you enjoy our Bronx spin on what the Germans like to call the champagne of the north.”

Random: This uses Caliente hops.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and straw-yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose started with lemon juice and some lemon zest. I didn’t pick up a lot of cucumber or basil on the nose. The taste had more of a presence of cucumber, but manifested like pickle brine since the lemon juice note was so prevalent. The basil kicked in at the end of the sip. The body was light with generous carbonation. It had a quick finish with lemon juice. A can of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. The price wasn’t bad, I just wish it had some more basil.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I’ve started watching “American Horror Story: Cult.” I’m not a huge fan of this season, but I’m only two episodes in. I think it has to do with the prevalence of clowns in this season. I’ve never been a huge fan of clowns, especially not creepy clowns. I always appreciate how they tie things from previous seasons into the storyline though. I still believe that the first season was the best of all of the seasons. Let’s talk about something slightly more pleasant, like beer.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A West-coast style Pale Ale with balanced malt profile, kettle and dry-hopped for hop intensity.”

Random: This beer comes in at a relatively high 62 IBUs.

The body poured with a huge, four finger head that was cream-colored. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was lemon yellow in color and very hazy. On the nose, I picked up a lot of grass and lemon grass. It was intensely herbal. There was citrus to it as well. The taste had a lot of lemon grass. It transitioned into rosemary and cilantro with lemon flesh and lemon zest. The body was light and refreshing with high carbonation. The finish had a lot of cilantro and other green herbal notes. A can of this ran me $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer and it paired perfectly with food. I would highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0