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The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy GoseThe Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose

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1,487 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,487
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 39
Gots: 234 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: scottfrie on 09-24-2013

With a bright, golden color and tight creamy head, the earthy wood undertones in our Gose develop into a light mineral aroma with a hint of lemon zest and tropical fruit. Before boiling, the wort is kettle soured with lactobacillus, imparting an initial refreshing tartness that gives way to a subtle fullness. Flavors of guava and peach are followed by a slight sea salt dryness and lemon sourness that is enhanced by coriander and post-fermentation additions of salt. The finish is dry, effervescent, and lemon tangy, reminiscent of a fresh sea breeze.
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Ratings: 1,487 | Reviews: 199
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Photo of JonathanTaylorThomas
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

For its price and incredible taste, this has to be one of the very best sessionable beers out there. Other breweries could certainly learn something from Anderson Valley with this beer.

Photo of kevanb
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

The beer pours a very clear golden straw color with a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass where a nice, thick finger of white foamy head rests that has decent retention and yields a few soapy spots of lace. The aroma is pleasant, light lemon tartness, pale wheat, sea salt and coriander, simple but inviting. The flavors mirror nicely, plenty of lemony citrus and tartness, while the wheat is soft and anchors the beer well allowing the saltiness and the touches of spice play with the citrus, decently balanced. The mouthfeel is fine, very carbonated and prickly though it coats well but the finish is quenching, though lightly dry.

Verdict: A nice gose from Anderson Valley and probably the best option for a year round, widely available gose, though Troublesome from Off Color certainly gives this a run for its money. Still enjoyable during winter but this is definitely one of the best warm weather options out there.

Photo of TheAdamConners
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

I just tried this Gose beers this summer. This one is pretty good too me. Excellent thrist quencher after a long days work.

Pours a amberish yellow with nice swirling into the glass. Pour finishes with a 1/2 finger white head that dissipates quickly. To me the taste is wate...boom sour! The sour is very present, but not the only thing you taste. Really can't get over how easy to drink this one is. A 32 oz growler is gone within a few min. Good thing is it's also extremely light on alcohol, so quenching your thirst shouldn't kill you.

Photo of Beaver13
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours hazy straw yellow with a big fizzy white headthat goes to a thin film and laces the glass some.

The aroma is lactic (slight butyric) wheaty malts and salt.

The flavor is sweet lactic fruit with some salt and tartness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, nice tart lactic fruit with a bit of salt. One of the better goses I've had. A nice refreshing summer beer.

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, high carbonation, gold yellow in color, clear

Smell: salt and wheat

Taste: big wheat, slight sourness, pilsner malt, and salt--especially on the finish

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with prickly saltiness, medium-high carbonation

Overall: A solid, sessionable gose. Really appreciate the creativity in this one. I have had better in the style that have the salt a bit more pronounced, but this is a good beer that I wish I would have gotten a six pack of.

Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A funky, sour, and sweet aroma with lots of fruit and funk. Scent of lacto funk along with pale malt hints of wheat, cracker, and yeast. Big mix of sour and sweet fruit aromas with hints of lemon zest, orange, pear, peach, and guava. Also some hints of coriander, salt, and some honey like sweetness. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a pretty funky, sour, and sweet Gose taste with notes of fruits and funk. Good upfront dose of lacto funk giving some nice sourness. Pale malt with notes of wheat grains, cracker, and yeast. Mix of fruit notes with some lemon zest, peach, guava, orange, pineapple, and pear. Some notes of slat come through along with some coriander. Also some sweet notes of honey. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a high level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and spritzy with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good take on a Gose. Good mix of fruit flavors and funk.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed golden body with bright white head forming thick fine speckled lacing around the sides of my glass. Aroma sharp citric wheat notes, acidity evident even in the nose. You can pick up a touch of lactic acid tartness in a really tart yogurt, or light note of apple cider vinegar is available in the nares. Flavor a mix of tart cider, citric lemon notes, lactic acid found in greek yogurt finishes with an approachable level of brine saltiness finishes bone dry amongst all the tart and salty characters being tossed around. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied the lingering salt and lactic acid tartness really dries that palate out I'm talking a salty dry quality that makes it down the back of your throat. Overall, a solid canned gose in the US of A pretty cool to know that there's more adventurous brewers like Westbrook and Anderson Valley willing to do just that.

Photo of timontheroad
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a bit hazy, almost Amber golden color. Kicked up a small head that quickly faded to nothing. Aroma is of wheat, citrus and sour apple. The taste just reaches out and slaps you with its lemony tartness, followed by a bit of saltiness. The mouthfeel was very light with a lot of carbonation bubbles that just make you want to drink more. Overall, this is one of the most refreshing beers I've ever drank. I see lots of them in my future.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow with a fizzy white head on top. Quick to dissipate it doesnt leave much lacing on the glass. Decent amount of visible carbonation.

S: What an aroma here. Lots of funk sitting upon a sour wheat base. A hint of baby diaper but nothing that detracts. A mineral quality comes through. Focus is really on the wheat base.

T: Real mellow and balanced light wheat flavor with just enough sour funk to keep you sipping. Certainly a dose of salt in this one. Nice fruitiness to it and again that wheat base rounds out the flavor.

M: Nice little tartness puckers the mouth up on first sip. Salt interacts interestingly with the tongue and lips making them feel slick. Finish is crisp and very refreshing.

Overall I'm a fan of this one and would recommend it to anyone who likes sour beers. Great sour wheat base with a dose of saltiness.

Photo of samtrillo
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale straw yellow with one finger head that quickly dissipates to nothing.

S - Pale cereal malt. Sourdough bread.

T - Whoaaa, never had a Gose before and wasn't sure what I was in for.
Lemon sweet is the obvious flavor component. Gave it to my girl friend and she said it tasted a little like apple cider vinegar in a good way. A bit of apple and pear in there. I like it.

M - Light body and smooth finish where you get the notes of salt. Sweetness lingers a little to long.

O - My first in this style and I really liked it. Here's to more.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a teku.

The pour produces an inch and a half of feathery, pale white foam that quickly dissipates into a thin layer of lace atop the body. The body is a pale straw color with some golden hues. It's somewhat hazy looking and there seems to be little carbonation.

A lot of tartness, lactic acid and funk on the nose here. I catch a hint of salt, but it is very subtle. The underlying wheat base peeks through ever so slightly as well.

There's something berry-like to the tartness here and perhaps a hint of apple cider, then a good amount of salt emerges. Beneath it all, just as in the aroma, is a wheaty base and only the slightest of pale malt flavors. I really enjoy the flavor of this.

Drinkability is huge with this beer. It's so light and refreshing that one could easily throw one back without taking notice of the bevy of sensations going on. There are champagne-like qualities, a pronounced tartness, and a dry, salty finish. It's quite a ride.

This beer is just great. AV can't produce enough of this. I wish they'd send some to New Mexico already, I don't know what the hang up is there. I'm going to go ahead and say I like this better than Westbrook Gose and I feel this is more true to style.

Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz snifter at the Underground. Awesome regional dialect take on the 'holy trinity' of the father, the son, and the holy ghost.

This beer appears a hazy pale golden yellow colour, with a thin cap of thin, soapy off-white head, which leaves a few remote specks of random islet lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of grainy pale malt, tart, somewhat oxidized white wine, a touch of sea salt, and sort of mealy, dry peach and apricot. The taste is more mildly tart, vinous generic fruit - pale red grapes, mostly - some free-standing grainy white sugar, more neutered orchard fruitiness, fading pale malt, subtle saline solution, and weak leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation is pleasantly soft and innocuous, the body on the far side of medium weight, and fairly smooth in its bearing. It finishes almost completely dry, the white wine, salt, and isolated fruitiness allowing for little else.

Another one of those styles, that even when rendered properly, does little for me. Perhaps this would be refreshing on a summery patio, but why then introduce this into Alberta in the middle of our first (of many) deep freezes of the current winter season?

Photo of tastybeer
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks nice initially but head fades very quickly leaving just pale straw colored beer with no lacey glass decoration.

S: Sweet, tart, fruity, ripe and juicy, with some funky wild yeast. Lemon and spice with fresh light crackery grains.

T: Flavors are lemon, spice, yeast, and saltine crackers. Mildly tart, engaging, and refreshing. Very easy going down.

M: Dry and smacky in the mouth. Slick and super smooth.

O: Very refreshing. Great future beach beer.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a half finger of white head. Retention is sub-par, resulting in a broken layer of suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Salty with light citrus and hints of Bazooka Joe bubblegum.

Taste - Hmm. Certainly a lemony tartness throughout and with a salty finish. The subtle flavors are harder to describe, but there's a faint underlying malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with crisp, bitey carbonation. Dry, champagne-like finish.

Overall - It's good. Think I liked their Blood Orange Gose slightly better. These brews are just so dang tart that it's tough to put down more than a few at a time.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Anderson Valley Brewing Co. "The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose"
$6 for a snifter @ The Brass Rail, Oldsmar, FL

I'd love to know the story behind the name of this beer but I had it on draft so there was no can or bottle to read - I'll have to look it up. (Note to self: You have to visit this place where the old timers talk funny).

Anyway, gose biers can go several ways. The balance of tartness is the most important, and keep in mind I'm not basing this on anything historical, or on any known beer - because there is/was no existing beer, and there was no measurement at all for pH until at least 1909, and then it was just getting started. The second part is the saltiness. The third is the spice. Beyond that you have malt and hop, but it's these three things that need to fall into line to make the beer work, and I think Anderson Valley has pulled that off. It's salty, then tart, then woody/earthy/spicy. Then you repeat. It doesn't have a lot of depth to it, but it is complex. And refreshing. And at only about 4.2% ABV you can drink a lot of it.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

This is a very tart beer.....I get that it is a Gose....but whammy. The beer pours crisp clear yellow with head that is not lacing. The scent and taste is like a sweetart. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with big carbonation. Overall I will not have this again. Don't like the style.

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is lemon zest, lemon and sea water. Good.
The taste is super tart lemon without the bitterness, slightly salty, clean finish.
The texture is crisp.
Great sour flavor.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden body. Small white head. Retains well. Thick collar and some lacing.

Smell - Wheat. Mild acidity. Not a strong aroma.

Taste - Wheat is again the strongest. Mild sourness. Saltiness is also mild.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Drinkable for what it is, but not a tremendously interesting beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed bronze with a pinky of fast falling cream colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Tartness, a little bit of breadyness & grassiness.

T: Tartness, sourness,a touch of lemon & grassiness up front. More tartness as this warms, some lemon notes as well. Finishes tart with some pear, lemon & dryness

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation

Easy to drink but a little shallow on the flavor profile, but well worth a go

Photo of hophugger
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting. Pours decent head which goes away quite promptly. The small is a little weird but when u taste, it is quite a surprise. It is a tangy beer with flavors of pepper, citrus and an obvious taste of salt(I guess sea salt). I was a little scared to try, but WOW, all of the flavors come together and make a great sparkling, citrusy, refreshing beer that would be enjoyable anytime, especiall drank cold on a warm summer day. Not like any other, but well worth a try !!!

Photo of kellyej
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

I had this beer on tap at the Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA. It poured a hazy golden-honey color with lots of small bubbles around the sides of the glass. The nose had notes of something sour and wildflowers. The mouthfeel is super light and very dry. The taste is very sour forward with notes of salt, vinegar, and fresh cut grass. Super refreshing.

Photo of MottsDemerl
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

I liked this! Had in the can first, then on draft on two separate visits to San Francisco! I wish I could get this in Austin! Perfect for hot summer days!

Photo of KYGunner
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

Nicely tart, slightly sour with a delicious bit of sweet this is a Gose with tempered salt. There's a bit of sour wheat malt, some Apple, pear, citrus, Sweetarts candy and lemon to complete a relatively complex but lightly presented beer. This is incredibly easy to drink and immensely sessionable.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can crash cooled and poured into a Flying Dog goblet (7th Day of Christmas)

A: Transparent copper color. Pours with a slight head but in the end, there is no collar or lacing at all.
S: I still have a head cold, but the smell is light and of a slight salinity.
T: Just a lightly tart and salty gose, that goes down easy and is quite simple, but in a good way. Maybe it just hits the spot, but I prefer this to the Westbrook Gose that I had a few weeks back.
M: Nice bit of carbonation that is almost indistinguishable from the salinity. The blend very well together.
O: Good stuff that I thought was a one-off or rotating, some reason, but it seems to be year-round now. Now to nab some of the fruited variants.

Photo of tone77
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A big shout out to the super woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. This beer came gushing out of the can despite no agitation. Has a pale yellow color with a 2 inch head. Smell is very sour, some salt as well. Taste was not good. Very sour, tart, lemons, a bit salty as well. Feels light and sour in the mouth and while others may like this flavor profile, it's not for me. i didn't care much for this one.

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The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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