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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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1,388 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,388
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 31
Gots: 198 | FT: 3
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: 1,388 | Reviews: 176
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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a wisps film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly tart with malt, wheat, spice, and salt aromas. Taste is much the same with sour wheat, spice, and salt flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving some wisps of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of lactic acid are present in the nose.
T: Following the smell, the taste has light to moderate flavors of lactic acid along with slight hints of salt. The lactic acid taste seems to be slightly creamy and have some lemony flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Faint bits of tartness are perceptible.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and makes for a good summertime beverage.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having absolutely no clue as to what a "Kimmie" or a "Yink" is, I am certain that this isn't necessary to understand that this is an incredible German-style gose! Pulling this dead and buried style from the pits of obscurity, Anderson Valley dusts off the style and gives it a heady go.

The "Holy Gose" kicks off with a dirty but pale yellow color and a translucent veil. While its creamy skirt of foam develops, so do earthy-sweet whiffs of lemon, lime, light bread and candied notes. Something of a dry and earthy "7-Up" type taste develops in that very first bubbly sip.

With its low-lying bready sweetness, the beer's acidity takes hold in the middle and provides a tangy and tart taste that flirts with sourness. Its dried citrus flavors link up with grain and bread flavors and textures for a dry malt backbone to support the acidity without competing in taste.

As the rustic ale dissolves in finish, it does so with the briny, minerally and damp hay aftertaste that we've come to enjoy about authentic Northern German gose. Its racy carbonation and bright vinous acidity refreshes the palate at a very high rate, sip after sip. The beer is simply way too easy!

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

i like this as much for the beer as i do for the packaging decision. i am sick of a bomber of gose, its a beer for sessioning and drinking enormous quantities of in hot weather (at least it is for me), so its always frustrating to spend upwards of ten bucks for a bottle i will likely have to share anyway and then move on. a nationwide sixer of gose is the ticket, genius really, and although i know westbrook does it too, they dont come out this way too often. the beer itself is right on too, clean but really tart. not as salty as some, but that mouthfeel and minerality are there, along with a citrusy kick thats new to the style for me, and a ton of carbonation that really makes it an outstanding refresher. salty lemon sort of flavor to the finish, acidic enough, and just really delicious ice cold right from the can. i see they also did a blood orange version of this that i really need to get my hands on!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Presents a light yellow body, lightly hazed, with a grim, ill-formed, white head.

Smell: Minimal, minerally wheat malt drenched with sweaty brine, housing a note of tangy lemon and a light lactic underpinning.

Taste: Straw-accented wheat malts, subtly sweet. Rustic lemon, coarse salt. Thin, underlying earthiness and encroaching lactic quality. Not finding much coriander here. Finishes dry, lemon, and with a tanginess that persists into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice, raggedy gose.

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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?

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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with plenty of actively rising foam, leaving behind flecks of spotty lacing all around the glass. Clarity is good, with a rising plume of visible carbonation.

Aroma is damp, musty, and minerally, like a leaky basement. In a different context such as a wild ale, this would be more welcome but here it's one dimensional and slightly off putting.

Taste is much cleaner and more enjoyable. Tart and lemony, it has a snappy lactobacillus clean tartness with a saline presence towards the end. Finish is bone dry. Light and airy feel with enough champagne carbonation to carry it along. Overall this is a good Gose, maybe not especially nuanced or sweet smelling, but it hits all the notes for me otherwise.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Gotta love when a random new gose shows up at your local. In a canned six-pack. Sweet. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a bit more than a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sharp lemon zest, light lemongrass, and a touch of ginger. The taste brings in more of the same, the lemon bringing a nice tartness. A bit of cracked wheat finds its way in there as well. For once, no real salt character is present, though a general mineral quality pervades the tartness, both cutting and bolstering it in turn. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a solid little refresher, something I hope comes around at least annually.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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