Toolbox Paloma-Rita

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.


ABV: 4.5%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the, “”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.

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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