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Golden Gate Gose - Almanac Beer Co.

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85
very good

59 Reviews
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 555
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 3.17%
Wants: 24
Gots: 75 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: largadeer on 10-26-2013

Our Golden Gate Gose is inspired by the classic wheat beer hailing from Leipzig, Germany. Traditionally brewed with salt and coriander, our tart California-inspried version is brewed with San Francisco Bay sea salt, lemon verbena from Eatwell Farm in Dixon, and coriander grown and dried especially for us by Dirty Girl Produce in Santa Cruz, California. Fermented with our house saison yeast, this delicate and tart beer is a perfect summer refresher. Pair with fresh seafood and sunshine.
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with no dating to be found on the bottle or label to indicate bottling or freshness date. Poured into a classic weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow color, with apple cider hued shadows and sunny highlights. Atop the body sits a bone white three finger head that looks like meringue if you were to eat the caramelized brown part off the top. The foam remains for a few minutes before dissipating to a remnant of film on the surface of the liquid and leaves sparse, soapy looking lace that's not for long.

Smell - A pretty gentle blend of the profiles I would expect from a gose, with the saltiness taking a back seat to--or really playing nice with--the soft wheat and generic citrus from the coriander. There is also a pretty distinct aroma of lemon zest, which I can only imagine comes from the inclusion of lemon verbena, an ingredient not usually found in the style.

Taste - Mix of citrus and whole grain crackers as well as a nice round wheaty characteristic that comes across like a more acidic hefeweizen. There is also some faint brine, but not nearly as aggressive as I'd expected. Instead, the salt seems to kick up the intensity of the coriander and lemon verbana, making it bright and quite quaffable.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation with a slightly salty finish on the tongue.

Overall, a really tasty beer that, while I'm not sure how traditional it is, I don't really care. It was entirely too easy to down this entire 750 mL bottle. The salt is enough of an addition to separate this beer from a more classic wheat beer, but not so much that it overpowers the elements at play. I wish this was easily obtained in my neck of the woods, because I could see myself buying this regularly, especially in warmer weather. A perfect porch beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great concept with the SF Bay sea salt. Medium sour tones, but very sessionable n semi-dry. Pair with SF Bay seafood/cheese, such as Flounder, or Petaluma cheese co. Semi soft cheese. (183 characters)

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Tart lemony nose with light grains. Pours hazy gold under a big white persistent finely bubble foam collar. This highly effervescent beer has a tart, lemony, salty refreshing grainy palate. It starts with a hint of fruity sweetness but the lemony tartness soon rules. There is a faint bitterness on the finish. In the beginning the beer is like drinking a cloud but on the finish a big carbonic burst triggers the pain receptors on your tongue and wipes the palate clean. Crisp and refreshing. (493 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

large shared bottle.
Cloudy pale golden color.
Moderately funky aroma with a less funky but quite tart flavor and relatively complex flavor.
O: a challenging gose. (166 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gloden yellow, small head that faded to nothing, left no lacing. Smell is citrus, wheat and a bit of funky yeasty aroma. Taste was quite tart, with a bit of bready wheat, finished with a salty, briny tone. Mouthfeel was pretty light, but fitting for the beer, pleasing on the palate. Overall, this is a great refreshing beer. (342 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a seidel.

A- abundant pale white fluffy head and lace. Cloudy gold liquid with blonde hues and heavy carbonation. 4.5

S- Floral, estery, yeasty. Wheat aroma figures prominently. Faint salt and some sweet fruit. 4

T- Wheaty, tart fruit, grassy, herbal. Faint lemon and salt. 3.5

M- Tart, light to medium body, more bitterness than I want from a gose. Crisp finish is nice. 3.5

This could use more salt and less bitterness. Otherwise, not bad. (456 characters)

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Golden Gate Gose from Almanac Beer Co.
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