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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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216 Reviews
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Reviews: 216
Hads: 1,737
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 48
Gots: 312 | 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: 216 | Hads: 1,737
Photo of EZMOHR
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of mnbrewery
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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! (175 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of thebeers
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (173 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (334 characters)

Photo of jhartley
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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! (439 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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). (396 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,641 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (799 characters)

Photo of 71CrazyOtto
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (248 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (182 characters)

Photo of mattbk
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice fluffy head that quickly fades. pale, slightly cloudy. Not much lacing.
S: Slightly fruity and tart, some slight breadiness coming through, not very strong.
T: Nice and lightly tart, some saltiness here, fairly light and clean. Refreshing, solid. Could maybe be slightly more tart? Little to no hop character I can discern.
M: Crisp, fairly dry but not overly so. The finish is fairly long actually. Feel like this could be slightly more carbonated. Fairly appropriate for the style.
O: Solid beer, tasty and refreshing, no real flaws, missing some intangibles to make it great. (602 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
1.12/5  rDev -70.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Light straw body. Fast dissipating head. Sorry if people like it, but the smell reminds me of puke. The vomit smell you get when you drink to much cheap booze. Taste is similar. Do not like it at all. Reminds me of drinking too much and getting sick back in highschool. (269 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

The beer pours a very clear golden straw color with a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass where a nice, thick finger of white foamy head rests that has decent retention and yields a few soapy spots of lace. The aroma is pleasant, light lemon tartness, pale wheat, sea salt and coriander, simple but inviting. The flavors mirror nicely, plenty of lemony citrus and tartness, while the wheat is soft and anchors the beer well allowing the saltiness and the touches of spice play with the citrus, decently balanced. The mouthfeel is fine, very carbonated and prickly though it coats well but the finish is quenching, though lightly dry.

Verdict: A nice gose from Anderson Valley and probably the best option for a year round, widely available gose, though Troublesome from Off Color certainly gives this a run for its money. Still enjoyable during winter but this is definitely one of the best warm weather options out there. (975 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale yellow, mostly transparent. High carbonation obvious through the extensive bubbling, with a big full head that fades away quickly to a trace around the rim. No lacing to be seen.

S - Snappy bit of grain, a bit of sour fruit, almost like wine.

T - Crisp, clean explosion of bright grains and fruity esters. The salt adds a surprising lift and depth. As it warms, the sourness engages more, spiking heaving on the tip of the tongue. The salt also comes forward, hitting strong notes on the sides of the tongue. When cold, the close is quick and subtle, a bit of sourness trailing away, but as it warms the salt and sour linger for an extended period.

M - Cold this is crisp, clean, incredibly refreshing. As it warms a bit, the salt and sour holds longer, there is a strong physical element in its lingering that is hard to describe.

O - It is a rare day when I find something truly new to me in beer. This was extraordinary. A first foray, I guarantee it will not be my last. The experience is not too different from a juicy IPA, but instead of big hops the Gose comes with sourness and saltiness. Skeptical, I found this not only works, but is a winning combination. Thank you Anderson Valley. (1,218 characters)

Photo of lic217
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light yellow, clear, fluffy white head that fades fast, light lacing
Smell: Citrus, lemon, tart sour
Taste: Tart, dry, and salty
Feel: Well carbonated, very drinkable
Overall: The best gose I have had and might be the most refreshing summer beer I have ever had... (270 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pint glass

L - It is a pale yellow color with a slight haze. It had an inch of white head that disappeared rather quickly leaving no lacing.

S - The nose is tart with a lemon and orange smell.

T - It has a lemony fresh taste. It is crisp to start. Then on the back end the tart sourness of lemons is detectable with a clean finish. When I lick my lips with satisfaction I taste the salt.

M - Thin

O - It is quite a refreshing brew. I am not a fan of salt, but it is nice with the dry finish. This would have been a more better choice on a hot summer day than a cold January day, but it still hits the spot. (643 characters)

Photo of DavidBart
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm surprised that something so light in alcohol has so much flavor and bite. It's dry and a bit sour. Nicely carbonated, and very refreshing. Reminds me of a wine cooler. I would probably prefer this to a session IPA, because those tend to be subdued and this has a lot going on. Would likely go well with fish or salad. I like. Some people giving it a very low rating are probably not familiar with Gose and are expecting a regular beer. (449 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a half finger of white head. Retention is sub-par, resulting in a broken layer of suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Salty with light citrus and hints of Bazooka Joe bubblegum.

Taste - Hmm. Certainly a lemony tartness throughout and with a salty finish. The subtle flavors are harder to describe, but there's a faint underlying malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with crisp, bitey carbonation. Dry, champagne-like finish.

Overall - It's good. Think I liked their Blood Orange Gose slightly better. These brews are just so dang tart that it's tough to put down more than a few at a time. (668 characters)

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

12 oz. can crash cooled and poured into a Flying Dog goblet (7th Day of Christmas)

A: Transparent copper color. Pours with a slight head but in the end, there is no collar or lacing at all.
S: I still have a head cold, but the smell is light and of a slight salinity.
T: Just a lightly tart and salty gose, that goes down easy and is quite simple, but in a good way. Maybe it just hits the spot, but I prefer this to the Westbrook Gose that I had a few weeks back.
M: Nice bit of carbonation that is almost indistinguishable from the salinity. The blend very well together.
O: Good stuff that I thought was a one-off or rotating, some reason, but it seems to be year-round now. Now to nab some of the fruited variants. (728 characters)

Photo of clowman
1.66/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

This tasted disgusting right out of the can.

I have liked other canned beer from Anderson Valley, and was excited to try this one. It smells alright, like bread, which other reviewers have commented. However, the rest of the flavors: wet carpet, followed by lemon cough syrup and salt water, were wretch-worthy. It's become a household joke, since anyone who has tried it has also found it to be terrible. The majority of each of the six cans in the pack have ended up in the drain, where it belongs.

I hope for better next time. (531 characters)

The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.