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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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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by scottfrie on 09-24-2013

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Photo of BWED
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a teku.

A- Clear blonde. Head is white and dies quickly.

S- Grainy, and agitation produces a mild lacto tang and some salinity.

T- Tangy lacto. Pretty cut and dried flavor.

M- Lighter body. Tang bite from the beginning, but finishes on a sweeter note.

O- Pretty mild. Not a lot of depth, but I love that transition into a sweet finish.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellowish/straw colored with a large fizzy head.

Coriander up front, different than the other Gose from Anderson Valley where I got more subdued coriander notes. Faint sea salt aroma. Hint of grain.

Taste: very tart up front, again moreso than the other Gose from Anderson Valley. Slightly fruity after the tartness fades. Definitely salty. It seems like this is their over-the-top Gose. I much prefer the Briney Melon and the Blood Orange varieties. This isnt bad though, very refreshing and crisp, slightly dry taste. Sour lemon at the end, compliments the tartness.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the ginger man,nyc. Aroma. Faint, Appearance. Medium Yellow, little head. Taste. sour, blueberry, raspberry, a lot going on. Crazy beer...hard to say what i feel about it....some good, some bad, some ugly.
Had from a can at Family Holiday Party. Sam brought a 6-pack. Sours are still strange to me, but I still like this.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The Kimmie is bright,
The Yink is tart,
And the Holy gose is dry.
A refreshing change of pace, but I can't imagine having more than one.
A 16 oz draft pour has nearly no whitish head over a clear straw colored brew. The lemony aroma is inviting.
The tartness hits hard and finishes very dry.
I almost like it.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy yellow color with thick white head that dissipates very quickly leaving nothing no lacing.

Smell faint hints of fruit little lemon citrus and a hint of yeast.

Taste mostly fruity flavors and tart lemon sort of sour like a candy,

Feel pretty dry and tart little burn from the bitterness.

Overall surprised I kind of like this i would probably have it again even though it was not a favorite.

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

Can poured into a pint glass, the brew appears pale yellow in color with clarity and fizzy white head.

It smells lemony lactic, tart and contrasting sweet wheat/cereal grains. Flavor is tart and lemony lactic with a soft grainy finish.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. Very crisp, tart and enjoyable. This effortlessly drinkable with low key salinity. Id throw this back by the bucketfull in the summer.

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Photo of hreb
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is one of the palest, clearest beers I can recall seeing outside of a macro. Forms a nice big white head, though. Aroma is faint but pleasantly tart. Flavor is tart but mild and exceedingly clean. This beer could be an amazing session beer, if I liked Gose more. Side note: I just realized Gose and Gueuze are different styles.

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Photo of Myotus
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 46°F from a 12oz bottle (no date) into a weizen glass. Consumed on 02Dec15.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that halves itself after 40 seconds. There is a large amount of both medium and small rising bubbles. Straw yellow in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Lacing is mostly thin with a few spotted thick areas and moderate in quantity.
SMELL: Strong aromas of wheat and lemony zest are backed my mild aromas of tartness from the lactobacillus, salt, earthy yeast, coriander, and hints of spicy and earthy hops.
TASTE: Mild salt, coriander, and lactobacillus tartness flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by strong wheat flavors and mild lemony zest flavors. Subtle earthy yeast flavors along with hints of spicy and earthy hops enter lastly as all previous flavors grow slightly stronger, except for wheat flavors, which maintain their prevalence.
FEEL: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and finishes extremely crisp. Sourness from the brew playfully agitates the tongue.
NOTE: A Gose with a noticable amount of salt. Although this strays away from the traditional ways Goses are, I loved it. I love the ones that have the salt take the spotlight. That being said, the saltiness was still balanced with the other flavors.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild and lacing is okay. Has a mild citrus, salty, tangy aroma. Standard Gose. Very tart taste with some citrus and saltiness at the back end. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. It is what I come to expect from the style. Good, refreshing beer.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours clear golden, fizzy head disappears. Tart aroma and taste, Lemon and wheat. Mouthfeel is medium, very easy drinking. Tasty crushable gose with a nice crisp tartness.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Golden, fairly clear in appearance
Smell - Sour/tart, citrus rind, lemony, wheat, funky yeast
Taste - Super tart, super lemony, salty, wheat/yeasty

Overall - If you like Gose, you should try this. Sour but crushable. Great summer beer.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Moderately coriander, providing lemony character, slightly doughty with a light sourness and slightly salty finish

A: Extremely light straw color, completely clear, with a frothy white head that quickly dissolves into a light ring around the glass.

T: Moderately sour, slightly sharp with moderate bready flavor. Moderately salty on the finish with no noticeable bitterness.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation.

O: Not a super complex gose in terms of its aroma, but very easy drinking, versatile when pairing with food, and quite affordable.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

10/18...pours bronze with high white foam. Laces around the edge. Fruity citrus nose. Light bodied, tart flavor. Strong citrus. Limes/lemons. Sea salt like finish. Puckering. Very dry. Solid sour.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look- straw color, moderate foam head, dissipates and leaves no lace
Smell- malty sweet, fruity, floral. Pleasant
Taste- tart and sour but not overpowering. Lemon like and salty. Dry finish
Feel- light bodied. Soft carbonation.
An interesting Gose that is balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Hopped_head
4.84/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Holy shit this beer is refreshing. Sweet, citrusy, tart (honestly more tart than sweet), kind of sour, with a sea salt pick me up to balance up the backend. The ideal shower beer!

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Photo of Roguer
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big, frothy, snow white head with very good retention; no noticeable lacing. Brew is pale straw colored.

Tart, slightly musty aroma, like dirty hay mixed with a touch of apple cider vinegar.

Flavor follows: it's very slightly musty, sharp and tart (but not overwhelmingly so), with a nice sourness somewhere between Granny Smith apples and watered down vinegar. Wheat provides a noticeable base. Salt is just as apparent.

Slightly puckering and tart, slick light feel, semi-dry. Quite quaffable.

Much more so than the Blood Orange variant, this is a crushable, refreshing Gose.

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Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Such a great gose...and in a can?! Yes please! Cloudy golden-yellow with a fizzy, white head that builds and fades quickly. Tart, refreshing, funky, fruity. Easy to drink. I'll never turn this down.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows lemon, doughy wheat notes and an interesting salty beach character.
Flavours include salt, acidity, lemon and soft wheat notes.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - clear straw color with soft, white head. Little lace or retention
Smell - lemon, brine saltiness, a hint of lacto tartness
Taste - follows the nose pretty much. Spice is missing in both.
Feel - fairly sharp acidic tartness with a lighter feel.
Overall - pretty tasty drinker. Nothing extraordinary, but a solid pour.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, gold color with a minimal cap of white foam that sputters away in short order. The aroma is tart, tangy, acetic, and slightly salty, just as you’d expect. There's also a hint of what smells like cinnamon but is more probably the coriander. Lacing is positively nonexistent.

The delicate flavor profile features a tartness that is at once lemony and lactic, along with some wheat and a mild saltiness. In my admittedly limited gose experience, the sourness here is quite modest, but it gets the job done. A big swell of grain husk rolls through on the back end. Some warming reveals a gentle, almost candied sweetness lurking amidst the tartness. Medium body and moderate carbonation make for a smooth, clean, slightly velvety mouthfeel that is surprisingly substantive for its weight.

Overall, this is a highly palatable and refreshing brew that would probably be spectacular on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from a 12 oz can on October 2, 2015. Look is bright gold, with a creamy head and light lacing. Smell is earth, wood, citrus and tropical fruit. Taste is tart citrus with tropical fruit notes. Feel is light in body with a dry finish.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressions from a can:

A: Head is about 2 inches wide. Off-white colour. Recedes within 2 minutes, leaving spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Body colour is a hazy orange-copper of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Sm: Lactic acid, lactobacillus sourness (about 2-3/10 in terms of intensity), faint salt. I find no coriander.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T: Follows the aroma. Pleasant and enjoyable, albeit straightforward for a gose.

Mf: Acidic, lactic, smooth, wet, refreshing, well-carbonated.

O: Highly drinkable. It's a good gose, but pales in comparison to Anderson Valley's Blood Orange Gose. I'd definitely buy another 4 pack.

High B-

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Photo of tempest
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A well designed gose. Juicy and tart upfront, lemon sourness kicks in, then the bready, doughy malts slide into the semi-dry finish. Salt is barely detectable, just adding a light savory mouthfeel. Excellent example of the style.

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Photo of LeRose
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into SA pint glass.

Pours a very slightly hazy golden straw color with a frothy head that subsided quickly. Carbonation appears to be lively with a steady stream of bubbles.

Smell - light breadiness overlaid with very light lemon character. Not detecting any spice-like notes. Do pick up on some mineral aroma. Pleasant enough, but not very potent on the nose.

Taste - just a very quick hit of sweetness opens the taste that is quickly replaced by lemon flavor and a moderate level of sourness. More citrusy than tropical, and I find some peach-like notes as well. The salt is present through the taste, but isn't overwhelming, although it does build up some. Just a hint of spiciness from coriander, but not a huge impact.

Feel - thin with lively carbonation. Quite drying with the lingering effect of the salt. No bitterness to speak of, very minimal hop presence if it even exists.

Overall - I enjoyed the beer as a light, refreshing, easy to drink brew. It seems to be within the style guidelines for a Gose. I don't pick up on some of the tastes or aromas mentioned in the brewer's notes - I'm not sure where the "earthy, wood undertones" are hiding, for instance and I get more of a sour peach note without tropical fruits in the taste.

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Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There's enough sediment at the bottom of The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose that it *should* be cloudy but this sunny, golden complexion is barely even hazy (even with the sludgy drops mixed in). Lightly frothed and bubbly, this looks like a refreshing summer quencher if ever one existed.

Put on the LL Cool J - this aroma is something like a phenomenon. No, literally, how often does one find such bacterial tartness, citrus fruitiness, and zestful effervescence all under one roof? And I didn't even mention salt, which, curiously, can also be sensed by smell.

Indeed, here's something I could gargle with! A delicious, pulpy lime flavour combines with the salt to taste a little tequila-like, though this isn't the kind of thing you throw back hoping not to taste. I mean, it is easy to chug (especially at 4%) but this you actually *want* to let sit in your mouth...

Gose is more about texture than flavour and this one has coriander-like zest, juicy citrus acitidy and a prickly tartness courtesy of wild little fermenting organisms (most likely a cocktail of Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces, perhaps Pediococcus too though the brewery doesn't specify).

The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose is a name I don't quite understand but it's a beer I can easily get behind. As advertised, it is in fact sublime. Not at all a typical love-it-or-hate-it kind of sour, this one is a sure crowd-pleaser that also happens to exemplify the style wonderfully.

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