Just A Pinch
Rogue Ales

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Style:
Sour - Gose
Ranked #444
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,797
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 18.18%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
21
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Oregon, United States
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Notes: First Salt, Then Beer

Just a Pinch brewed with salt we harvested ourselves.

Rogue Ales & Spirits Just a Pinch sour session ale is brewed with salt that we harvested ourselves right in our backyard here in Newport, Oregon. We took a crabbing boat right out through the mouth of Yaquina Bay and into the Pacific Ocean to get the salt you'll taste in this mildly tart, lightly salty and all refreshing beer.

July 1, 2019 — On a beautiful day back in March, a few Rogues jumped on a crabbing boat and headed out into the Pacific Ocean (through the mouth of the Yaquina Bay). We already told you that story though. But we didn't tell you what happened after that. After we boiled down the salt solution, we spread the solution on metal pans and used a pizza oven to evaporate the brine. Soon, we had salt!

This is the salt we used to brew Just a Pinch, a sour session ale. We crafted the beer with 2-row, white wheat and acidulated malts; Rogue Farms Independent hops; coriander, hand-harvested Yaquina Bay sea salt; Imperial Kaiser yeast and our free range coastal water. The result is a mildly tart, lightly salty and completely refreshing brew that weighs in at just 4.5%, making it the perfect brew for a summer drinking session.
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Lagunitas mason glass

L: Clear light golden pour with 1 finger of fizzy white head. Small ring of lacing.

S: Nonspecific.. acidic and green fruit.

T.F: Not as tart as expected... very modest with some fruit sweetness. Modest acidity... a bit of lemon/lime and coriander. A bit of salt at the finish is pleasant... compliments the brew... and leads to the next sip.

O: A nice little sweet/tart session beer. Well done by Rogue.

Feb 19, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rogue Ales "Just A Pinch"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 05/30/2019 19:26:42" and sampled on 09/21/2019
$2.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So is this a gose? Not really I guess, the label reads "sour session ale made with hand-harvested salt". Fine by me. It's poured a hazy deep golden body beneath a massive head of white foam that shortly dropped to a thin surface covering. There's some lacing left behind but not much, although that's not bad for it's being a sour beer. I really can't decide if that's a 4 or a 4.25 but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. Just that the head held as long as it did was pretty good, leaving some lace put it over the top. The aroma is mildly fruity and suggests a mild acidity. It's surprisingly clean for a sour which is nice as well. As expected, that's exactly what you find in the taste except that there's also some sweet malt to it and it only comes off as mildly sour. The fruitiness is mainly like apple. With the acidity it reminds me of a bruised apple, or one that's fallen from a tree in the orchard and is more fully rotting - don't take that in the wrong way though, we're not going to eat that apple but you can smell the sweetness as it breaks down and the vinegar as it ferments. There's not a lot of bitterness here, the label lists 10 IBUs, but not much is needed anyway. Any more might be too much. It starts acidic, shows its sweetness and fruitiness, and then returns to acidity going into a fairly short and dry finish with some apple and acidity lingering. I guess there's a little salt there as well, but they've kept the salt restrained throughout. Good move.It really is "Just A Pinch". In the mouth it's medium bodied and soft and smooth with a moderate carbonation. I wasn't really expecting much from this but I'm actually impressed. This would be a great summer beer, especially if you're going to spend a good part of the day in the sun.
Review #6,704

Sep 21, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Amber with a good amount of clarity with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind minimal lacing.
S - Nice sour notes along with some wheat and saltiness. Light fruit notes
T - Sour/saltiness up front that somewhat fades followed by light fruit notes, earthiness, and some spice. Some notes of wheat, yeast, and malt as well.
F - Light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - A nice sour ale that seems very well balanced.

Sep 14, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

the story of gathering their own salt is cool, but as a gose its just okay. it has a strong mineral and salt profile, maybe more than just a pinch, but thats kind of what i wanted from this, a spotlight on the cool element of the beer, and so i have no issue with the dosing. the souring seems fast and hot, a little sweaty to me, and there is enough wheat in here that this actually has a pretty full body for what it is, not nearly as light as it would need to be to be fully crushable and refreshing. i also dont really mind that, i like a gose with some character, and this certainly has that. i think the coriander element is a little light in here too, so it seems a bit one dimensional, only slightly herbal, but its the minerals of the salt and the earthy, starchy wheat that flavor this the most. i wish it was a little cleaner in terms of souring profile, not that its amateur, just that rogue should have the know how to have this be good and tidy, but its short of that. carbonation is fine, the salt lingers at the end, and the beer is a little more filling than i want it to be, some subtle lemon and lime notes at the end. overall a better story than it is a beer, but cool to be so ingredient focused, that will always be cool to me.

edit: better in the can now than on tap last summer, crisper it seems, puckery without harsh acidity, cleaner than i recall, and with a lot more carbonation as well. i have to increase a few scores here, the saltiness is some of the highest i have known in a gose, and on the oregon coast giving it a real context, this is the perfect summer drinker.

Aug 29, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, canned on 04/29/2019. Thanks to my friend, Eric, for giving me a can to try. Drank from the can. Fruity aroma with some mild citrus, berry, and grass. Modest flavors with fruity boysenberry, lemongrass, lime, biscuity grain, and salt. Lighter body, moderate carbonation, tart & salty finish. I am not a huge fan of sours, but I enjoyed this one more than most apparently. I especially liked the berry flavor notes I was picking up.

Jul 29, 2019
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RC_Saunders from North Carolina

1.9/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Smells like a kick ass sour. Taste not so much....starts off salty, then some weird lemon lime something, I don’t even know what to fucking call it. This is trash. Not a rogue fan and this is nothing short of my expectations. Garbage!!!!

Jul 24, 2019
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 21 ratings