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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: 226
Hads: 1,776
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 32.55%
Wants: 48
Gots: 331 | 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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Reviews: 226 | Hads: 1,776
Photo of CNoj012
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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 -19.9%
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 +3.9%
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 +15.2%
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 -2.1%
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%
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 -8.1%
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 +14.2%
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 -52.2%
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 -0.5%
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 -2.9%
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 -3.7%
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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Photo of Moose90
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Can

A – Bright clear yellow, almost no head or lacing. Little bit of bright white head around the edges, sharply rising bubbles as well.

S – Salty, oats, cracker crumb and grain. Lemon juice as well.

T – Freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice, tart, bright, tangy, white wine vinegar.

M – Clean, crisp, light and effervescent.

O – Very, very crisp, tart, and clean, great representation of the style.

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Photo of mnbrewery
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First sip was Miller light with salt.
Beer pours almost a clear golden hue. Gose's are usually brewed with wheat, which makes the beer cloudy. Not this one. Way too salty!

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Photo of guityler83
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Mild pilsner like grainy character with slight lactic bite. Lemon zest and greapefruit meat with lime tartness in the nose. mild corriander and lager like character. Clean impression overall.

T: Refreshing lemon tart flavor gives way to a clean pils malt character. No hop flavor and no distinct bitterness (as per the style) with a mild salty finish. The salt plays with the lemon / citrus sourness to provide a refreshing flavor that reminds me of a lime margarita.

M: Crisp, clean and dry finish with mild carbonation. Slight tartness in the cheeks and no harshness from the salt. Very- very drinkable and refreshing.

O: The same refreshing grain character as a Berliner with a little less sourness and an interesting salty finish. I took this on a Canoing trip last year since it was a canned beer I hadn’t tried and it was perfect for that setting. Glad to revisit this beer.

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

Pale straw with thick white head. A bit of funk in the aroma. Tart, tangy, citrusy and salty taste. Refreshing and sessionable. Not quite as crisp as it could be though.

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

12oz can poured into a stange
A: Pale orange with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Mostly grain with a bit of lemon
T: A nice tart hit up front, mostly lemon, followed by a light grainy body then a somewhat long, somewhat sour finish
M: Light-bodied, crisp and sour
O: Not the most complex I've had, but enjoyable nonetheless

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Photo of jhartley
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much clearer and paler in body than I thought it would be; figured it would be a little more cloudy than it is.
Sour aroma almost wine like.
Has that sour, tart flavor you would expect, but not picking up on any salt. Tasty and super drinkable.
That typical low abv (4.2%) for this style and lower carbonation makes this a decent beer.
Glad I could find this one after having the Blood Orange variant, which I thought was really tasty too!

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Photo of bnes09
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw adjunct lager appearance. Weak head on the pour performs a rapid disappearing act leaving nothing behind.

Grainy aroma with citrus and sea salt.

Rice-like grain flavor. Moderate salt with a squeeze of lemon. Very mild tartness.

Light body. Semi-dry finish. Well carbonated and very easy to drink.

Touches on some of the positive qualities of a gose but lacks depth in my opinion.

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Photo of BigBry
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Calgary Craft Beer Market.
Pale straw yellow color, thin layer of foam. Minimal retention or lace.
Aroma of some grains, yeast, lemon, and salt.
Slightly sour taste, almost a hint of lemonade. Good dose of saltiness. Tart finish.
Thin and light body, quite easy to drink, but you don't want to chug it. Lots of carbonation, dry finish, easy to drink (once you get used to the style).

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*From September 25th 2014... mistaken for the Blood Orange Gose*

There are some weird numbers on the bottom of the can, but I have no idea what they mean. To my understanding this was canned pretty recently though. $2.29 single can poured aggressively into a shaker pint.

Appearance: As expected, no head to really speak of despite a really hard pour. Active carbonation from the bottom of the glass. A pretty clear pale yellow color.

Smell: I think this is my first Gose, so excuse my ignorance. It smells almost... sweaty. It smells a bit sour, and has a minor funk to it as well. A sort of tartness is also there on the nose, and maybe that's from the blood orange. There's a buttery biscuit aroma too.

Taste/feel: Man, it gets your jaw going and your mouth watering. It's just as I'd expect from the style (if I've had a Gose before, I've had one at most). It's got a tartness, a sweetness, and a sort of saltiness with a little bit of that blood orange near the end before it finishes with a lingering sour note with biscuity malt. Pretty acidic and leaves the teeth feeling gritty. The feel is about moderate with a pretty assertive carbonation that accentuates the tart/sweet/salty kinds of characteristics nicely.

Not having much (or any?) experience with the style, I'm left pretty satisfied. My one knock is that I actually feel like this beer could use a bit more flavor coming in from somewhere. Yeah, there's an intense tart/sweet/salty kind of combination going on, but other than the biscuity finish and pretty slight orange flavor, there's not much else there. Regardless, this is a beer that deserves a look. Very nice.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale straw gold, similar to champagne - along with the attendant slew of bubbles and thick head of white foam. Carbonation streams through this beer as though it were customers headed for a 100% off sale on 65" super-high-def TVs. The head dissipates fairly quickly, and doesn't leave much lacing behind.

Smell: Light fruity notes, like citrus, pear, and melon, mingle with a faint funkiness and a solid wheat base.

Taste: Oh my. This opens with a citric lime-heavy tartness, buoyed by the expected salty backdrop, and then shades into a mixture of funk with the melon and pear from the nose, and perhaps a spot of green apple. The finish leaves a sort of lemongrass taste behind, mingled with the saltiness.

Mouthfeel: Light, effervescent, and eminently chuggable were it not for the tartness, this is a refreshing beer.

Overall: This is a tasty gose. I will definitely repeat this beer.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy deep straw yellow producing 2 fingers of mineral water effervescent, shortlived, foamy, white head that leaves no lacing. Aroma has a low malt profile but I detect pilsner malts & wheat, oddly in that order. It is crisp & dry with hints of green apple, lemon, lime, brine & it may be my imagination but a little grassy hop hint. Taste opens with salinity & lactic acid sourness & largely persist overpowering hints of pilsner malt, tart green apples (sprinkled with salt), lemon & lime in a peppery, clean, crisp, dry finish. Aftertaste is salty lemon, lime & tart green apple. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation that rapidly dissipates as the brew warms, astringent, prickly & dry. This style is often brewed with coriander however I pick up no coriander hints at all.

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Photo of 71CrazyOtto
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer label says "Session Series" and fits description. I enjoyed this beers salt, tart and refreshing finish immensely and will make this a regular session beer summer or hell any season of the year if I can find it here often in the mitten state.

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

Gold color with thin white head (draft into 12 tulip);sour ball aroma; tart and salty start; sour all finish;lite mouthfeel with good carbonation; overall an easy drinking refresher.

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The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.