This is the third Gose in Anderson Valley’s repertoire, coming in at 4.2% alcohol by volume. I’m a big fan of the previous two, so picking up this one was a no-brainer. They say:
Born from our passion for experimentation, our Briney Melon Gose boasts a thirst-quenching tartness that is perfectly balanced by subtle watermelon flavors and aromas. Gentle additions of sea salt create a refreshing harmony between the acidity and fruity sweetness leading to clean, dry finish.
Appearance: Brassy golden color, very clear, crisp fizzy white head that broke quickly.
Smell: Wheaty, lactic tart that’s slightly salicylic (aspirin), with watermelon rind. Very clean.
Taste: Tart, earthy watermelon rind character, the sour hits right at the back of the tongue. There’s a touch of saltiness but it reminds me more of pickled watermelon (in other words, the “Briny Melon” applies well). I don’t think it’s as up-front sour as their regular Gose, but the melon is well highlighted.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, puckery at the back, with a bit of an earthy finish.
Overall: Good. Not my favorite of Anderson Valley’s Gose lineup, but the watermelon is handled very well and in that regard might be my favorite watermelon-infused beer.
Uinta Brewing Ready Set Gose
I’ll be honest, I’m always skeptical when considering a beer from Utah, which I know isn’t fair but that whole 3.2 thing makes me give them a bit of side-eye. Fortunately they usually abolish that skepticism.
This Gose came in a can and is 4% abv; I cannot find any direction information on their website so it might have been a limited edition.
Appearance: Hazy golden yellow, topped with a fizzy white head that started at one finger and fell gradually, with decent legs.
Smell: Lactic acid tang, not unlike yogurt or sour cream, with peppery hints of coriander and sourdough bread crust.
Taste: Coriander and celery seed bitterness that is strongly reminiscent of a summery, juice-fruit witbier in the back (and makes me thing “summer weather” and sun). It’s more “wheat ale” than the tart levels in the aroma would have you believe, though there’s some earth sourness at the sides of the tongue. Perhaps a touch soapy in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light, almost crisp with an earthy finish coating the tongue.
Overall: Hard to say, I’m missing the bright tartness that I want in the style, and it feels heavy-handed in the the coriander spicing. It’s okay though very average for what I find in a Gose, going more “wit” for me.
Oakshire Brewing Gose to 11
Another Gose from can! This one I’m pretty sure was a one-off, or at least one that had already been released and is no longer in production (at least for the time being). Oakshire brews tasty beers though, and being a Gose in a can pretty much guaranteed that I’d pick it up. Like Uinta’s it’s also 4% abv.
Appearance: Hazy honey orange color, with a white fizzy soda head that initially built up but broke to none.
Smell: Lactic acid tart with sea salt, and a raw wheat character. A hint of coriander—maybe—but it’s much more subtle than I’d expect.
Taste: A juicy lactic tartness that’s soft and pleasant; salty prickliness at the sides of the tongue. Lemony at the back of the mouth. Again, no real coriander that I can detect. Neutral wheat base that stays out of the way.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a pleasant acidic finish.
Overall: Very nice, though I’m missing the coriander spicing.