Stillwater / Westbrook Gose Gone Wild - Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.61/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City after being surprised to see Westbrook on the menu. Then I noticed the fact that it was a collaboration with Stillwater and it all made sense. Poured into a large Belgian style tulip glass with a big bulbous bowl and a flared rim.
Appearance - Pours an opaque golden orange color that reminds me of the center of a sunny side up egg. Not much, if any, variation in hue through the beer, as it is just murky enough to provide a consistent color throughout. A little darker than I feel like most I've had within the style, but still what I would call a "light" beer, for what it's worth. Atop the body sits a one finger head of frothy white foam. As it starts to dissipate, it leaves succulent white sheets along the sides of the glass that give the appearance of meringue.
Smell - Woah. I've had multiple takes on this style, both German and American, and all seem to vary a little bit in whether you get more sourness, more brine or more citrus. This one is completely different than all of them. Strangely chemical, but not off-putting, and while I wouldn't have picked it out myself, someone suggested to me that it smelled a bit like erasers--like the pink rhombus-shaped ones you had in grade school--and I can't say that they're wrong. I think the reason it isn't off-putting, in spite of the strange aroma profile is because of the presence of other elements like vinegar and lemon juice, and yes, some saltiness. I have no idea how this is going to taste, based on the aroma.
Taste - Well, I can say nothing but good things about the taste. It's incredibly vinegary and puckering, but in a wonderful way. It has a deliciously briny element to it that calls to mind the many varieties of tasty pickled foods. I think the salt plays a large factor in the pickled impression, but here it works into the sourness of the beer in an excellently balanced way. Notes of lemon juice and pickle come through the vinegar and brine and yet it's still refreshing and pretty light on the palate, I think due to a nice undertone of gentler tropical fruit. It's not overt, but enough to prevent the acidity from running "wild", as it were...
Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a very aggressive puckering feel on the tongue and in the corners of the mouth. Semi-dry finish.
Overall, I love this beer. While it's a far cry from a traditional gose (if Ritterguts and/or Leipziger are to be taken as examples), it's so deliciously different. The taste is really what makes this beer, and I would encourage anyone who loves sour-tasting beers in general, or pickled foods, to check it out. Stillwater and Westbrook have created something truly unique and amazing.
Serving type: on-tap
07-08-2014 16:28:50 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.34/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: 4.25 Looks a lot like and IPA on the pour, though slightly hazier. Light gold with a one inch white head.
S: 4.25 It also smells a bit like an IPA. There’s a strong hop presence bringing citrus and pine. Where it differs is the wheat aroma and lemony tartness. It’s very interesting how the citrus from the hops interact with the lemon and grassiness from the wheat and yeast.
T: 4.5 This beer is much more sour that I was expecting. The wheat flavor is right up front followed quickly by lots of lemon and grass. The hops have a hard time competing with all the acidity but there is a subtle grapefruit flavor in the background and at the end. The aftertaste is one of the more interesting aspects of this beer; as the sourness starts to calm down, there is a light sweetness and some funk that mixes with the strong lemon flavor.
M: 4 The body is very nice on this beer, but the carbonation level is a bit low.
O: 4.25 This is an excellent beer and definitely the most interesting gose I’ve had to date. The hops were not quite as strong as I was expecting, so I wish I had another to cellar for a bit and see where it goes.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 04:04:04 | More by Tele
Stillwater / Westbrook Gose Gone Wild from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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