Hibiscus Gose | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Tschnab on 03-30-2013

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Hibiscus Gose"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 11/15/16" on 04/26/16
$2.90 @ The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA

Appearance: Mainly clear pinkish body beneath a short head of pinkish foam. Limited head retention and lacing as expected for the style.

Aroma: Mildly floral and plant-like. Acidic and mildly salty.

Flavor: The hibiscus comes through nicely, and the balance between tart acidity upfront and lightly sweet malt on the back-end is good. It's quite refreshing. Fruitiness is suggested but nothing specific comes through. The salt gets you on the sides of the tongue, and there's just a touch of spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Zippy acidity and a moderate carbonation lend a bristle to the front of the tongue. Light bodied.

Overall: Nicely done. Refreshing and nicely balanced.

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Photo of lic217
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pink/orange clear color, quick fading white head, no lacing
Smell: Bready, funky
Taste: Sour, tart, slightly citrus
Feel: Prickly carbonation
Overall: solid gose

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Photo of maddogruss
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: pours golden body with white head with ok R&L
S: sour smelling; smells metallic
T: spur tasting with sour notes; slightly mild, but still sour
M: light bodied and crisp
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; decent

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Photo of hiphops
1.72/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

OVERALL -Not feeling it. rather drink a plain gose and a glass of hibiscus punch side by side
it stinks the hibiscus just waters down the beer. really disappointed. but then again i usually am by BOULEVARD brews.
LOOK- pale orange side of rose small head
SMELL- way too sweet. but somewhere in there you get sour wafts of salt and coriander.
TASTES- muted like someone mixed a gose with faintly scented hibiscus water. it isn't terrible and there is a hint of sourness but no salt in the finish at all. bit of an an unpleasant aftertaste actually. it just might as well be a regular tart fruit adjunct wheat beer
FEEL- like it tastes watered down needs more carb.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pink tinged orange body that is transparent. Drank this next to two other goses and this held head better but of course disappeared.

Hugely floral with the hibiscus. Nice to get hit with the advertised adjunct.

Light, bubbly, and dry. Lightest tartness and a little sweet. Kind of reminiscent of apple juice.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was good. The majority of the hibiscus character was perceived in the nose, to me anyway. The taste was good, tart and somewhat sweet in the front with some berries with a salt dry finish. Nice carbonation.

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Photo of 1ale_man
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a stang.
This beer reminds me of a rose' wine. Slight pinkish amber. Two finger whit head.
Smells of flowers and citrus. Maybe lemon. And raspberries.
Taste the floral in this beer. Hibiscus? That is what is in it, right? Citrus also and a little salt. I'm in heaven! I love it! Can't wait for summer to really crush some.
Nice carbonation and crispness. Like tannins in wine. Clean.
I love this beer! Will get more soon. Would recommend to any who likes gose and sours.

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Photo of acelin
2/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I don't get how anyone can say they like this beer. It's one of the worst I've ever had. I took one sip and poured the rest out. It doesn't taste like a gose, and doesn't really taste like a beer at all.

No thanks. To think this replaced Zon in their lineup... pathetic.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12-oz bottle into home brew glass

A - 4 fingers white foam over a somewhat cloudy golden yellow body; high in visible carbonation

S - bittersweet, tart and flowery, almost a grapey smell; not sure how hibiscus smells, but I think the main thing I'm smelling is hibiscus

T - tart--almost sour, grapey/raspberry notes (I'm thinking that's the hibiscus), grass, touch of salt near the end, tartness fades away for a dry finish

M - light/medium body, highly carbonated (prickly), very tart!

O - The extreme tartness and high carbonation felt like a punch in the face. It's an interesting sensation, but not something I enjoy particularly in a beer. Tastes like a gose and the hibiscus flavor makes it interesting. This one's just not for me.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color into a tulip. Small head, quickly dissapates. Smells earthy, floral and tart. Taste is salty and sour. Not overly soured, and the salty earthyness mellows it out. Great clean finish. Lots of debris in the bottom of mh blass as well. Flower pedals maybe?

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Photo of Caveworm
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hibiscus Gose - Boulevard Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick, with spottier lacing, and a clear orange-ish golden body.

Smells like a fair amount of the hibiscus, floral hops, and a smaller touch of salt for this style.

I taste a nice tart blend of the components described above, perhaps achieved by lactic acids from the yeast. A slightly fruity note arrives mid-palate and stays along for the remainder of the ride.

The mouthfeel I'm getting is lighter, fairly carbonated, and clean.

Overall, I'll choose to give Hibiscus Gose - Boulevard Brewing Co. a 4.25. Now I'll come clean and tell you fellow BA's that I tried the first one out this six pack months ago& spit it out, drainpouring the rest of the bottle's contents. I now appreciate the unique elements of this brew and will probably pick it up again next season.

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Photo of drtth
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear orange-amber color with a 3/4" fluffy white head that soon recedes to a small ring and a patch of thin foam in the middle that also disappears fairly soon. Sipping produces a few streaks of lacing that slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas include citric zest (lemon or grapefruit or a mix of both), coriander, wheat and some floral character (probably from the hibiscus... :-)).

The flavors include some gentle tartness from the lemon and grapefruit zest, some very slight salty character and what seems to be just a hint of coriander.

The mouthfeel is between light and medium with just a bit of prickliness from the light, persistent carbonation. The finish is medium length with the tartness and bitterness disappearing first and then the light salt character, closing out with just a touch of dryness.

Overall this is a well made beer with lots of complexity in the flavors and aromas that make it worth having again. While this as been a day of moderate temperatures I could easily see having this beer on offer at a summer time backyard BBQ to provide a refreshing warm weather beverage for the guests.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - As expected with the Hibiscus it leaves a rosy pink hue lighter than expected with yellow tint. Head faded fast within seconds.
S - It literally smells of salt and tart Gose not getting much flower or herbal aspects on this beer.
T - Slightly sour mostly salty with little to no spice bite. Still not bad for a Gose.
M - Crisp super easy to drink.

Overall not a super complex Gose but easy enough to drink.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Clear with amber tint, 1/2 finger of head

S - Fruit, berries, and some sour notes

T - Slightly salty and tart, with hints of raspberries and cherries

F - Well carbonated and light body

O - A refreshing and easy drinking Gose.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours bright golden orange with a little rosy tint to it. Thin fizzy head fades quick, no lace. Aroma is faint, a little salt and tartness and cracker. This brew has a refreshing Gose taste, the tartness is not quite as strong as most I've had, and the saltiness level is right. Floral finish with just a touch of spice. Goes down easily with a clean crisp mouthfeel. Overall I liked it, easy drinking slightly tart summer brew.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not much of an aroma from this beer, but what is there is mostly comprised of the sea salt & the coriander. Flavor profile is pretty straightforward, it offers the expected salt tang mixed with a delicate spice from the coriander. I confess I don't really know what hibiscus tastes like so perhaps that is in there as well. It is crisp & finishes clean. Not a "wow" beer but hits all the notes it needs to within the style & is very drinkble.

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Photo of avalon07
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a cylinder glass. Had a copper color with a light pink hue and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of fizzy head that lasted a below average amount of time. No lacing to speak of.

S: A decent, but not great aroma of malt and a floral quality.

T: Had a definite tartness to the flavor, with a little bit of saltiness you find in a gose. The hibiscus was very fain, along with the spices. Not too bad, but a bit too thin and reserved to be effective.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a tart finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those beers that, considering the brewery, I had high expectations for. It has its good points, but could have been better.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presently surprised on this one. Very refreshing and fresh.

Not getting much hibiscus on the nose but can get it on the taste.

Nice and easy going down and not filling at all.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light orangish pink color with off-white, very light pink colored head. Tartness, funk, hibiscus flowery notes, and some citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied on the palate. Finishes tart and dry.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale golden with a faint pink hue - like Coors light mixed with white zin. No head whatsoever. A very pretty beer.

Aroma: there isn't much here, only the very slightest of acid. No malt, no hops.

Mouthfeel: thin, as you'd expect from the 4.2% abv. Drinking several of these would be no problem and wouldn't fill you up.

Flavor: tartness is evident but restrained - on par with squeezing a lemon wedge in a glass of water. Minimal malt flavor, maybe very light bread flavors. The hibiscus is detectable at very low levels - almost as if its addition were solely for color contributions.

Overall: how good this beer was was a surprise. I will buy this beer again and intend to drink the hell out of it on a sunny day. Another hit for BLVD. Skip TellTale Tart and opt for this beer instead. It is much better.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant ruby to pink color with little head. Aroma is floral and light. Taste is salty, tart, floral, light, and refreshing. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall a really nice beer and great on a hot day.

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Photo of donspublic
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip with 1" white foamy head which quickly dissipated. Look is a hazy orange that after 3 minutes still has bubbles flowing up from the bottom, this is like a lava lamp. Taste is a little sour with a mild salt hit on the back end. Faint floral flavor . I really like this beer, nice break from IPA's and a good beer to have outside during a hot day. This is the first Gose I have ever had, but will not be the last. I need to try more of this style

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pours a park yellow color with a definitive pink hue and a finger of foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma is crackery, dry, with a hint of floral notes.

First sip is immediately salty and mouth drying. Slightly sour... actually fairly tart after a few more sips. Very thin bodied. Outside of the sourness, not a ton of other flavors going on.

This is quite an interesting beer. More sour than other Gose I've tried, and certainly more salty. I wouldn't say it is refreshing, though. More of a beer to sip than a beer to drink in the sun.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah. I had been thinking about how this beer might taste all day, and now I get to drink it. It's just what I expected and wanted! An excellent example of the style.

It is rather pretty in the glass - very pink and little head, fizz or lace. The aroma is slightly funky, but fresh and interesting.

The taste is slightly sweet but mostly tart, with that floral taste thrown in. It bites back with a mild sour aftertaste. Overall it is a very refreshing drink. Recommended for something light. Should stand up to flavorful foods without overpowering them or liven up blander (German!) food.

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Photo of Cmcgeehan151
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap and bought six from Malvern Beer Store.

Overall: drink ability is way up there for the American version of the style. Could easily lean into a six pack of these and not look back.

Slight herbal quality from the hibiscus, salinity is noticeable, coriander in background, nicely soured.

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Hibiscus Gose from Boulevard Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.