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Golden Gate Gose - Almanac Beer Co.

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424 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 18
Gots: 49 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 10-26-2013)
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look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle. Poured into a stemless glass 12/16/14.

A- Clear yellow-golden body, one finger white head with decent retention time. No lacing. Medium collar, thin film remains on the beer. It honestly looks like a macro, but it's not a bad thing as it looks fairly refreshing.

S- However, it smells a lot like a rich man's macro. Bready malts, a bit of lemon and coriander, I suppose. But for the most part, it's quite bready with a mineral aroma that's similar to a macro. Not particularly interesting or intense of an aroma which is why I'm grading this one hard.

F- Luckily, the taste aspect, the most important one, is far from being similar to a macro. Crisp green apple tartness that is mild-moderate in terms of intensity, wheat and coriander, finishing off with subtle hints of lime (not lemon) acidity. Solid; I'm not getting much salt here however. I think it would benefit from a bit of salt here. Not as much lemon, at least not as much as I got in the nose.

M- Medium-thinner bodied, a bit lower in carbonation I'd like. Not as crisp as expected although the tartness helps make up for that in some ways. Finish is coriander, spices, a bit of lemon.

O- Decent Gose, however I think it's missing a good bit of salt and tartness. In some cases though, you can make the argument that it's more of a traditional Gose than say, Westbrook's Gose. So there's that for the purists. At the very least, it tastes far more interesting than it smells.

Final score: 3.64

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a very large head than soon disappers, but no carbonation visible. Lacing is minimal, as any lacing slides right down into the beer.

Smell – Lemon, coriander, and wheat.

Taste – Similar to the nose, but the lemon is much stronger/sourer with perhaps a light touch of salt.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation, but it feels more carbonated than it is due to the light sourness.

Drinkability – Goes down easy at 5.0%abv. It's a nice beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy honey color and is topped by an inch of foam; the head fades quickly and leaves a few squiggles

Smell: Wheat bread, coriander, lime and brine

Taste: Bready, up front, with developing brine, coriander and lime tones; a touch of green apple, after the swallow, but the finish is distinctly salty

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent Gose and saltier than some I have tasted; I enjoyed the tart lime flavor but found the beer a touch unbalanced

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BOTTLE: 22 fl oz brown glass with appealing label art and a branded pry-off pressure cap acquired I think in a trade? I can't remember the trade partner; all apologies.

5% ABV. Reviewed live as a gose per the label. Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Four fingers wide. White colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Good retention - about 6 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear pale copper of excellent vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible; it's surprisingly clean and clear for a gose - which should be hazy and unfiltered.

Appears well-carbonated. Overall, it's a nice looking American sour but appears too filtered for a gose.

AROMA: Wheat, fruity zest, indistinct fruit - maybe apricots, lemon, coriander, floral and fruity hop notes, pale malts, some tartness, light (i.e. 2/10 in terms of intensity) sourness, some bready malts, clove, Belgian spiciness, and faint sea salt. There's some graininess in there too. And lime. The sweetness/sourness balance seems perfect.

No alcohol or off-notes are detectable.

It's a pleasant aroma of above average strength. Surprisingly fresh.

TASTE: A delightful balance of fruity notes (comprised of both actual lime and lemon citrus zest as well as hoppy fruit notes like apricot), neutral pale malts & wheat, and subtle tartness & sourness. Sourness is mild but apt for the flavour profile - about a 3/10 in intensity, with some complementary sea salt and coriander. It's impeccably put together, and I find it complex for a gose, with ample subtlety. Green ripe apple.

Fresh and enjoyable, with good depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, aptly thick, slightly overcarbonated, refreshing, juicy, and lightly smacky on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy on the palate.

OVERALL: Extremely drinkable; I'll easily down my glass and could go for a second bottle. I'd definitely nab another bottle of this if I saw it in-stores, but I don't know that I'd go out of my way to seek it out. It's a wonderful gose and will impress the discerning drinker. Easily one of (if not the) best beers in the style I've had. The spiciness is perfect. Really well-executed. I definitely prefer this to Westbrook's offering.

Low B+

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Golden Gate Gose from Almanac Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.