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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206 Reviews
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Reviews: 206
Hads: 1,656
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 46
Gots: 301 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Stevem68
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, with a tart sour aroma. Has a nice sour flavor up front but does fade soon after. Overall a nice refreshing beer that I enjoyed (155 characters)

Photo of ChristopherProvost
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a small goblet style glass.

Appearance: pale golden color with a small frothy head that dissipated quickly; even carbonation; zero lacing

Smell: lemon rind, grass, petrichor

Taste: sour lemon up front with a slightly less tangy follow up, ocean air

Mouthfeel: crisp, clean, and dry

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I had had one "sour" beer before and didn't like it at all. I couldn't even drink it. But I figured I'd give the style another chance. This being my first gose, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was delighted by the sour lemon which, while noticeable, was not overpowering and mellowed into a less tangy, dry finish. It was unbelievably drinkable. This would be perfect on a hot summer evening (which it just happens to be tonight!). This gose is in Anderson Valley's Highway 128 session series and now I understand why. I could definitely drink more than one of these. (927 characters)

Photo of cjohns73
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tulip. Very carbonated with a fizzy head. Not much on the nose. First sip is sour, but that sensation fades pretty quickly over the rest of the pour. Refreshing, but not much complexity. I am new to the style, but this didn't bring much to the table compared to other offerings. (303 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Beers of the World on 7/24/15. Served in a Duvel Tulip. Clear yellowish gold, white head that disaappears completely. Classic sour Gose aroma. Flavor is Gose; sour and saline with a sharp tartness. This isa solid version of the style, perhaps not quite as good as Westbrook. (286 characters)

Photo of kitch
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A 12 fl oz can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a clear golden straw colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma: Aromas are mainly bready, tart, sour, lemon. There is also a slight dank finish.

Taste: First a doughy malt flavour, followed by tart, lemon, sour and salt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall: This was not bad as the tartness is refreshing. It’s also easy to drink. However I tried the blood orange version first and easily prefer that over this one. (555 characters)

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After a long run in the mountains, I was begging for something refreshing. Fortunately, I had this in the fridge.

Easy to drink and has just enough of the sour and salty taste I was looking for. A great summer beer, but I'm happy I can find this year round. (262 characters)

Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz can into wheat glass

Appearance: pours a large white, sudsy head that drops slowly with a bit of lacing. Color is slightly hazy golden with mild strreaming carbonation.

Aroma: white bread dough, tart lemongrass/floral and a bit of dankness

Mouthfeel: light and crisp, astringent. a bit champagne like

Flavor: lemongrass, wheat, white bread, salt

Overall: very good. Not a style I would drink on a regular basis, but well done. (450 characters)

Photo of rorykanderson
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not entirely sure what the hell is going on enough to dissect all the flavors, but this is tart, sweet and salty all at once, and not in that order. Great beer with a multitude of flavors that doesn't overwhelm. I happened to order a glass during a short-lived bout of IPA-fatigue and it gave me something both unique and really enjoyable. Very crisp and refreshing. (366 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear yellow color. Fizzy, fast dissipating head. Smells tart and crisp. Apples maybe?

Flavor is bitter at times, but it quickly finishes dry and crisp. Mouthfeel is excellent. Very refreshing beer. A nice transition beer for someone wanting to try a sour for the first time. (284 characters)

Photo of 2baguy
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured with a nice head into a pint glass. The head quickly disintegrated. Very fine and abundant bubbles. Bright yellowish color.

Definate sour aroma

Sour taste right away. Lemon with a hing of tangerine. I mean no insult by this.. almost a "Mountain Dew" taste. (I love Mountain Dew)

LIght feel in the mouth. The sour may give it a little syrupy feel. You can also feel the carbonation.

Anderson Valley never disappoints me. This is a winner! (452 characters)

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: nice fluffy 3 finger head; fine dense bubbles with good head retention. Color is like a darker-golden pilsner. Clear and brite.

Flavor: very enjoyable. Tartness is light, and you immediately want another sip. The low abv - 4.2% - is a good thing, because this beer is quite drinkable. I didn't detect any of the style-appropriate saltiness or citrus: to simplify, a tart wheat ale. The malt and wheat come through late in the finish, after the initial tartness fades.

Aroma: the tartness is detectable in the nose, and from the aroma, you know immediately that this is a thirst quencher. I am certainly eager to try the blood orange variant.

Mouthfeel: the body is a bit heavier than I would expect, especially with the sour - more on the "medium" level.

Overall: this is an enjoyable beer. Perfect for a hot afternoon and reasonably priced; (I paid $1.99 for a single at my grocery store). (945 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with apparent carbonation and a huge thick head with good retention.
Mild sour aroma with notes of raspberries, coriander, bread and lemon.
Refreshing flavor with notes of effervescent C vitamin, some salt, lemon, a bit of coriander (feels less relatively to a Wit). Dry aftertaste with a controlled acid sensation.
Light body with somewhat effervescent carbonation.
Very balanced, refreshing and faithful to style Gose. Extremely easy to drink. Rounded and mild, I see anyone liking this. But with no strong character. (533 characters)

Photo of Buck89
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a yellow straw color with some haze typical of the style. Nice fluffy white head with good retention. Aroma has muted floral tones. The taste his amazing. A mild sour that is framed with lemon, citrus, tropical fruit, and a hint of salt and coriander. Finishes clean and dry with a nice effervescent feel. (316 characters)

Photo of bsonk
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tart city, bro.

I love it. This is a beer that takes a while to drink because it's so tart, but you want to savor it anyway because it tastes and smells so good. It's salty but in a refreshing way.

edit: formal review



Anderson Valley Brewing Co. The Kimmie The Yink and the Holy Gose Ale. 4.2% abv.

A: cloudy pale golden
S: excellent, very fruity, and yeasty like a good German bier. This is the sort of beer smell that brings back good sense memories.
T: tart like a gooseberry, coriander, sweet light malt, salt.
M: lip-smackingly, tongue-dryingly tart, you’ve got to drink it slow.
O: a really great gose, second only to the blood orange version of this gose and the Hibiscus gose from boulevard brewing. The best for drinking on a sweltering day like these have all been recently. (793 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Light gold color and clear. Small head but it leaves a nice blanket of lace on the glass.

The smell is masked by the dish washing detergent. After a couple of sips I detect a light pale malt base. Very soft.

The flavor is very good--not very gose-like--but very good. Starts like a blonde ale but quickly becomes very dry. Good hop bite in the swallow but not long lasting. Thinnish body with an elevated bubble level. (422 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Pours a translucent straw gold with a loose, two inch, bright white head the quickly sizzles, pops and dissipates into a consistent skim Nose expresses soft lemony notes and a malt presence suggestive of a berlinner weisse minus the overly lactic quality. Taste consistent with nose with a light and easy briney quality towards the back and a suggestion of tart peaches. Mouthfeel is light in body with a carbonation just shy of lively and an easy, pleasant acidity that's not quite tart. Overall, tasty, refreshing and easy-drinking. A great summer beer. (596 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good gose! Very good beer. Here goes:

A: Clear yellow/straw color with a large head. Head dissipates a little too quickly but it leaves adequate lacing. Carbonation is also somewhat lacking.

S: Very faint. Some lemon zest, moderate salinity, but these flavors are rather moderate.

T: Wow. Taste makes up for the smell in a myriad of ways. Tons of salt, lots of lemon zest. Almost like drinking sea water infused with lemon. Tartness makes the lips pucker up.

F: Nice and light. Well done.

O: Good beer. Taste totally makes up for the lackluster smell. (572 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow in color with excellent clarity. A fingernail of bright white is present and dissipates to almost nil after a few minutes. The aroma is pale wheat with a whiff of sea salt. The taste is initially pale wheat and sea salt. There's a gentle but firm tartness that builds at the back of the palate. Then you have clean, dry, albeit salt tinged finish. (364 characters)

Photo of ISO1600
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat disappointing. Very thin, strong lactic notes, not a whole lot going on.
Still better than some of the other gose i've had, and i'd take this over most other canned beers haha, but not what i was hoping for. (219 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first gose.

Aroma is rather tart, clearly going to be sour, lots of lemon, I do smell a slight briney-ness.

Taste is that of a slightly watery sour mixed with salt. I get lots I lemon, a semi-dry tartness, and the finish is very mildly salty.

Overall the beer is actually not bad, but this is my first gose. Not a style I would drink frequently but not bad. I would pair it with a lemon sponge cake or poppyseed cake. It gets a 82/100. (441 characters)

Photo of shleepy
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very solid American gose. Clear, with a golden color. Head quickly fades. Spices on the nose. Taste is light, very citrusy. One of the most refreshing beers that is cheaply and widely available in California. Great with meals. (228 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My beerseller is into gose beers, and has been hounding me to try this but it's clearly not my style. Light, easy-drinking, with a somewhat interesting earthy/sour quality. The beer is like many Coen brothers movies: I can see why people like them, and I don't mind watching them, but they'll never be my first choice. (318 characters)

Photo of F1Rumors
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fair enough, this is my first sour beer - and it took me a couple of attempts to get it sorted. The first attempt was a mere sip that nearly turned my face inside out, but I was ready the second time.

Stepping up to Gose is a lot like the paradigm shift needed to get from lager to IPA: doesn't matter how good that IPA is, it will be bitter and biting until you acclimatise to the hop load.

The Gose beers have a similar bite: think green apple martini, it is a strong parallel. Once acclimated, this particular beer is tasty, easy to drink (slowly) and remarkably refreshing. I am a big fan of flavour without pursuing alcohol content - limits the sweetness and lets me drink more, which in this case results in a super summer beverage.

Looking forward to drinking plenty more. (784 characters)

Photo of buckslayer50
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have pretty much been raised on a boat in the north florida ocean, this just tastes like a day out in the boat to me. I think I am gonna love this style and need to search out more Gose's (190 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few samples of the Blood Orange Gose when it was out so when I saw this in bottles at ShopRite Liquors in Caldwell, I was excited to give it a go. I've come to appreciate this style more lately and with a beer like this, it's easy to see why. While not strong and certainly not hoppy, there was a lot to like here without being hit over the head. Anderson Valley knows how to brew a beer of this style and for the season, it doesn't get much better than this!

The pour to this was nice as the beer had a bright goldenrod hue, a massive pillow of a head that never really quit, and nice soapy rings of lacing from the first sip on down. Lemon and dry wine were what the aroma consisted of with salt, tart berry juice, and some grape underneath in the taste. It reminded me a bit of a Kolsch but with more carbonation to it and certain much more dry. I almost expected a cork to be stuck in the beer bottle once I finished this off but alas, this was not champagne. It only felt like it or a dry white wine but the sea salt and hard, mineral aftertaste were reminders that this was indeed a Gose.

If those weren't enough, the near-absence of alcohol was further proof of what kind of beer this was. While never being as enjoyable as a well-brewed IPA or Hefeweizen, I am loving how a beer of this style can hit the spot for the warmer months. I never picked out the other fruit flavors that were found in the description of this but there was enough going on here to enjoy this offering as it was. While dry, initially sweet and somewhat tart, this fell just a bit short of needing a glass of water as a chaser. If you're looking for a warm-weather session beer that would appeal to nearly everyone, this is your answer. I'm glad bought the full sixer of these! (1,768 characters)

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