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Island Reserve: Gose Beer - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Island Reserve: Gose Beer
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Gose is an uncommon style in modern times: an unfiltered wheat ale, brewed with a bit of salt. While salt seems like an unlikely ingredient, the result is a dry, spicy, lightly fruity, and flavorful beer.

(Beer added by: VictorWisc on 08-01-2013)
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Reviews by akang:
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-24-2014 06:30:46 | More by akang
More User Reviews:
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3.14/5  rDev -9.8%

Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, bight yellow yellow in color, clear

Smell: salt and wheat

Taste: wheat, citrus hops, and salt

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with light saltiness, medium-low carbonation

Overall: I find this beer to be in the middle of the pack as far as goses go. It tastes like a witbier with light salt. The salt taste was a lot lighter here than in other examples of the style that I have had. Not a bad beer, just not one of my favorites in the style.

07-21-2014 13:59:37 | More by tigg924
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

08-01-2013 17:34:10 | More by Janeinma
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

07-27-2014 21:37:41 | More by Griffith
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3.61/5  rDev +3.7%

rewery: Cisco Brewery
Beer: Island Reserve Gose (2013)

Appearance: Golden straw, cloudy. White head with plenty of lacing.

Smell: Citrus, salty, and some yeast?

Taste: Complex, salty finish with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Well balanced, perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall: certainly unique. Not sure how it stacks up to other in the same style, but it makes me curious to try more.

03-11-2014 02:29:53 | More by rangerman21
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

07-24-2014 02:27:11 | More by GRG1313
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

06-08-2014 18:54:58 | More by mikeburd1128
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2.88/5  rDev -17.2%

Hazy, ruddy yellow, billowing white foam, spotty seafoam lacing.

Aromas of bland wheat and coriander, some perceptible salinity.

Way too salty. Bland wheat and coriander flavors, and what tasted like a tablespoon of salt in the bottle. It was like drinking ocean water by accident, extreme in all the wrong ways. Didn't finish this. Too unbalanced, and not something i'd ever try again.

06-22-2014 07:34:28 | More by emerge077
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

07-04-2014 14:05:06 | More by ivyman
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

11-26-2013 21:33:45 | More by mendvicdog
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

08-24-2013 22:43:24 | More by Dreamer
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

08-29-2013 02:40:41 | More by weeare138
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New Hampshire

3.46/5  rDev -0.6%

I'm not sure sure if you could consider this a gose... The beer looks great, tastes great, and is very refreshing and is low in alcohol.... that being said, when I drink a gose, I don't usually expect an overwhelming flavor of hops. This beer is loaded with citrusy hop flavor, which is counterbalanced with a salty twang from the sea water, which I enjoyed, however, there was absolutely none of the sourness that I've come to love and expect from a gose. It's a good hoppy summer beer, but it's not a gose. In that aspect, I was disappointed.

09-30-2013 04:00:44 | More by Jsmick
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

09-18-2013 20:15:57 | More by JohnK17
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

05-05-2014 17:34:52 | More by patrick802
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4.29/5  rDev +23.3%

Cisco comes through with anther Single Batch Island Reserve that was released today at a Cambridge, MA, bar for the first time. Aside from the fact that it's not a true Gose, it's a very pleasant beer, made with local ocean water instead of salt. But that's not why it's not a true Gose.

Pours hazy pale yellow, cloudy, like a Wit, but a bit darker than the Grey Lady. There is no head to speak of but there is some lacing.

Nice briny whiff upfront, but it's fleeting, followed by a yeast punch. No hops on the nose, but very faint hints of spice. I'm guessing coriander, like its original form, the Grey Lady, but there's really not enough to discern. The aroma is the first dead giveaway that it is not a traditional German Gose--the aromas are more reminiscent of a Belgian Wit or a Saison.

The flavor profile is all Wit plus salt. Definitely can taste the sea water but it's completely inoffensive. This is followed by slightly bitter wheat note before the floral yeast opens up. The taste is distinctly Belgian, not German. Mild floral and citrus finish, with lingering wheat and mild spices (coriander) in aftertaste.

Body light but persistent. Moderate carbonation. Fairly dry and crisp with no discernible alcohol interference.

Really quite a nice summer-style beer. We were joking around with the brewery rep that this is a better (albeit saltier) version of the Grey Lady than the one in cans. This appears to be a fusion style, combining all the elements of a Gose with Belgian yeast and spicing. It would be quite unfortunate if this were only a single batch. This beer should make a regular summer appearance (hopefully long before August 1). I would like a more pronounced aroma in this beer, but it drinks nicely--it certainly kept everyone happy.

08-01-2013 07:00:28 | More by VictorWisc
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-26-2014 02:20:53 | More by Piddmeista
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

03-13-2014 02:07:40 | More by thatoneguymike
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

04-24-2014 02:47:19 | More by allenson21
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2.75/5  rDev -21%

06-06-2014 04:52:13 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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3.54/5  rDev +1.7%

Large, white head. Lumpy settling. Surprisingly little spotty lace. Yellow gold color with a bit of chill haze.

Soft and creamy aroma. Crisp and a bit of alcohol.

Full bodied with a very light carbonation. The taste is of pale malts, sour milk and a bit iron. Less alcohol in the flavor than the smell indicates. There's some spice in the background--corriander and white pepper.

10-12-2013 20:26:01 | More by smcolw
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-24-2014 05:04:29 | More by SocalKicks
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

03-23-2014 22:21:21 | More by swetsastonic
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2.75/5  rDev -21%

05-25-2014 13:40:14 | More by ajzy
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3.68/5  rDev +5.7%

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear bright gold color with a 2 finger foamy white head with solid retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, coriander, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, sea salt, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spice/salt, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, herbal, floral, grass, sea salt, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spiciness with slight tartness/salinity on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, herbal, floral, grass, sea salt, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice/salt, and pale malt notes; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a nice Gose, very pleasant. Good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice/salt, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

07-13-2014 22:24:11 | More by superspak
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Island Reserve: Gose Beer from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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