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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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Reviews: 240
Hads: 1,836
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 32.46%
Wants: 51
Gots: 354 | FT: 3
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 DaverCS
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of shleepy
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of F1Rumors
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

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Photo of TH28
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Appearance: Light golden, clear, with minimal white head.
Aroma: Somewhat funky, sea salt, briney aromas up front, with a hint of green apple.
Taste: Very light malt sweetness that quickly leads into a tart, acidic sourness, with a touch of green apple and citrus peel.
Mouthfeel: Extremely light in body, with light carbonation.
Finish: tartness lingers on the tongue, with some light maltiness and apple.
Overall: Very tart and refreshing gose. Heavy on the lactic sourness, yet refreshing and drinkable

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up as part of a build-your-own-six-pack at my local Stein's Liquor. The brewery code says this one is good for another couple of months. Poured right from the fridge into a snifter.

L: Pours a pale amber/straw color without about two inches of white head that falls over a few minutes to nothing and leaves no real cling on the glass. Moderate visible carbonation in the glass.

S: Very tart nose, with the overwhelming impression of chardonnay or pinot grigio. Lemon citrus and white grape. There's a bit of a cinnamon quality in there, as well. Pretty pleasant.

T: There's just a moment of sweet at the very front of this one, but it's quickly replaced with lemony, white-wine tart, accompanied by a cracker malt underbelly poking through just a touch. The middle sees the tart intensify, more white wine-like there than at the front. More of those soda cracker malts, which are pretty hard to detect with all the tart happening. The back end is more of the same. It finishes very clean and tart, almost like a pinot grigio.

F: Very light and watery--again, this drinks a lot like a white wine. There's a bit of effervescence in the middle, but this one is dominated by tart, with a very clean finish.

O: I've only actually had a few different kinds of gose before, and this one seems pretty par-for-the-course. It drinks very easy, and it delivers some pretty refreshing flavor. It certainly didn't change my world, but I could see myself enjoying more than a couple of them on a hot summer day.

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Photo of NCMatt
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm slowly becoming a real fan of Gose and other sour styles, and this one is a solid example. It's a little tangy, yet refreshing. No real emphasis on the saltiness, and unless you're looking for it, the salt is almost undetectable. The flavor is more dominated by a lemony tang and goes down smoooooth. Finishes dry like a brut champagne, which is a good quality in my book. Aftertaste fades quickly. Wonderful session beer!

It's not quite up to par with their Blood Orange Gose, but it's a solid offering, and at $11/6-pack locally, it's a beer I expect to have often!

This beer is also something that is great to share with your friends who are unsure about trying something "craft". As long as they like lemonade, they'll likely enjoy this!

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Photo of Jrguru
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly salty and tart flavor from the Bacteria strain used. Almost no hop flavor, low on the malt so the palette finishes clean, with the sour tones fading quickly. Highly drinkable session beer. Great on a hot summer day with spicy foods.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

5/31/15 Home

Pours straw yellow with nice head that fades quick with little if any retention.

The smell is funk sour. Not really all that enjoyable. If you didn't know it was a Gose you'd probably think it's skunked bad.

The taste is enjoyable. The sour smacks you in the face and the salt and citrus follow up with a 1-2. Very different and refreshing.

The feel is great. It's a chugger. The sour isn't too overpowering and leaves you wanting more.

Overall very good Gose. Not nearly as good as the blood orange in the series which is top notch but overall still really good.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that fades quickly leaving little to no lacing.

Smells of tart lemons and some other light fruits.

Tastes of tart fruits up front layered over some grainy sweetness. Tart notes lead off with lemon and some wheat. This gives way to a bit saltiness. Next comes more fruitiness with notes of peach and apricot along with some syrupy sweetness. Grainy malts add in as well. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is nicely done, but I prefer the blood orange version.

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Photo of Auraan
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear gold body with three fingers of fluffy foamy head that slowly receded. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice Gose, though it needs to be cloudier. Scents of sea salt, light notes of citrus and lemon zest, an moderate aroma of earthy yeast and sour lactic funk, light aromas of tropical fruit, with notes of mango and guava with a very light herbal aroma. Overall impression of aroma is of an interesting wild ale, quite like a Gose with the salt, but with a depth of fruitiness. Flavor begins sour with notes of lemon zest, mingling with lemon zest, moderate sea salt, kiwi and lactic acid. Middle grows in sourness with additional salt and a growing sourness of lemon zest and lemon. Finish is sour and salty, with notes of sea salt, a light earthiness and faint herbal flavors along with lemon zest. Aftertaste begins sour, with a lemon quality, moving into saltiness and grainy, doughy malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a nice sour, less a Gose, more a Berliner Weisse with saltiness, but still good. Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp and quenching with a light watery feel, puckering sourness and effervescent carbonation. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good Gose, true to form. Overall this is a nice Gose, with an excellent aroma and flavor, that while a bit sour for the style, is still present. Combined with the mouthfeel, it becomes the perfect summer beer. Highly recommend.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy bright golden color with a huge white head that quicly disappears entirely. Smell is lemony tartness, citrus, and salt. Taste follows suit. Feel is light, crisp, and very refreshing with good carbonation. Overall this is a great beer and a perfect example of the style.

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Photo of garyloveman
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very clear, almost like flat champagne in the glass. Smells a bit sour, taste is definitely sour with a dry champagne finish. not very carbonated.

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Photo of drtth
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out in to a Duvel glass a golden yellow color with a 1/2” head of white foam and light but visible carbonation. The head recedes fairly soon leaving a thin layer of patches and bubbles on the liquid and a small ring around the glass. Sipping leaves a few small patches and speckles of lacing. Eventually there is just an irregular island of thin foam above the nucleation point.

The aroma is light lemony citrus but clearly contains light touches of salty, sea breeze, aroma.

Much as predicted from the nose the flavor shows moderate lemon zest. In addition there is the expected tartness and some light salt in the background.

The beer is light bodied and has a moderate amount of persistent carbonation. The finish is relatively short but the lemony tartness continues to the end when it fades and leaves being touches of salt.

Overall this is nice drinkable and refreshing summer beer. However, that said, for me it is something that is an occasional change of pace rather than something I'll want on a daily basis.

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Photo of MottsDemerl
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Wheat Penny Oven and Bar in Dayton, OH. Served in a New Holland Brewing "High Gravity" series stemmed glass / tulip glass.

Appearance: Off color golden yellow (darker straw yellow?). No foam, no lacing.

Smell: Very little aroma, maybe just a hint of something woody.

Taste: Tart, sour, but not overly so. Lemon dominates, along with a hint of something roasted and woody and herbal at the finish. There is a bit of a salty/saline taste at the finish which compliments everything nicely.

Mouthfeel: Nicely slick, medium carbonation, a bit-juice like. I didn't get a dry finish as advertised, but I know some sour beers result in different mouthfeels for some people. I find sour beers slick, not dry, so I may be one of those people. Or I have no clue how to rate the mouthfeel of this beer, but for me it isn't dry.

Overall / Drinkability: An interesting beer and very refreshing. Went very well with a white pizza and a “pepperoni gumbo”. If I didn’t have to work I could easily have had another one. A bit of a disappointment in aroma, but otherwise a nicely solid beer.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. can into a tulip glass.
Bright gold with a short head of bright white foam.
Aroma-hints of earth and ocean notes
Taste-Tangy subtle lemon tartness, briny saltiness in the finish. Lip-smacking and very refreshing.

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Photo of rosshudgens
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A very sour tasting beer. Not bad !75 not really what I expected from the title. "tangy" would be one other way to describe it but I'd say more sour. Reminds me of those candies you'd bite that would release the sour taste. Very unique and I could see how some would like - just not for me.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of JimsArcade
1.82/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Simply put, this is the worst gose I have ever drank. I have to believe that anyone who loves this beer and judges all other goses not sour/salty enough simply doesn't know what a true gose is supposed to taste like. I seriously believe that sessioning too many servings of this beer could cause hypernatremia.

Considering this beer is so salty, I don't see how anyone could enjoy crushing serving after serving: the complete opposite experience of what a gose should be. I highly recommend finding better alternatives.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A:: poured from a 12 oz can into an imperial pint glass, straw colored with a large white head that lingers leaving some wispy lacing, clear

S: bitter lemon, slightly grainy

T: salty and sour, lemon and sea salt, refreshing

M: light and thin

O: good Gose with adequate flavor

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Photo of EZMOHR
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to AVBC I've become.e a fan of Gose. The pour was light with small white head. I could smell the sea salt smell during the pour.

The taste was dry and pleasan. Very refreshing with the taste of salt at the very end of the swallow. Couldn't quite ID the other tastes but went down smooth in Sun. Not the best goose they make, but refreshing.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a light golden color with a white tingly head. Good clarity and pretty solid looking representation of the style.

SMELL: The aroma has stale bread, lime, hay, and yeast.

TASTE: In the taste, a touch of spice gives way to a lasting tartness that finishes with a crisp hint of hops and ever so slight savory note. This delivers on the Sour Promise for those requesting such a thing. Coriander additions seem a bit heavy for such a light style, and dry it out a good bit, but its still very nice.

FEEL: Light bodied, crisp, drying with spice, and really really dry at the end,

OVERALL: An interesting brew for sure, and drinkable. The dryness and slight spice of coriander is the only thing really sticking out of place here, but it does bring a new element into play which can be appreciated.

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The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.