Margarita Gose
Cigar City Brewing

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Style:
Leipzig Gose
Ranked #54
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,126
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 9.44%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
122
From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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Wants
  26
Gots
  7
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Notes: Brewed with oranges, limes and salt.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 122 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Turning mixed drinks into sour ale is one of the trendiest things in the craft beer world and the brewers at Cigar City recognizes the influence of margarita in the Central Florida diet and sees an opportunity.

Their Margarita Gose pours with a burnt lemon hue and cast in a medium wheaten haze. As an arid and fluffy head builds on the rim, its scent of lime, sea air, burlap and sourdough comes to mind immediately. Early sweetness is candied like saltwater taffy, sweethearts and sourdough once more.

And as the sweetness and breadiness begins to drift, its the fruit flavors of lime, lemon, green apple, white grape and gooseberry that are natural to the lactic acidity of the ale and then the added lime and salt flavors brings a citrusy heirarchy to the ale and tilts it even closer to the margarita effects. A light brininess is overshadowed by the citrus taste and its militant carbonation for a culmination of seven-up or sprite sodas on the late palate.

Medium light in body, the beer never completely releases all its maltiness as an aftertaste of sourdough keeps the ale firmly rooted in the gose world and not to far, into the berlinerweiss dryness or sourness. Fruity and lightly musty on the finish a quick aftertaste of soured citrus and cork waft gently on the retro-olfactory senses.

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Photo of Sabtos
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy burnt gold with a short frothy white head, the feel too is softly frothy. Easy, clean drinking, this has the perfect amount of salt and tart lime.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

its neat to see some new cigar city flavors coming into colorado, i hope its not just for gabf this week but a sign of more to come. the core stuff just isnt that exciting to anyone anymore, so its nice to see some new ones coming around! this is a neat beer, and i wish it werent quite so sweet, but its pretty well done. the oranges and limes taste natural to me, and contribute a bright acidity of their own to the beer, which goes along well with the bacterial sourness in here, not super clean, but pretty properly refined as front side sours go. more lime than orange for me, zesty and even a bit perfumey. its quite salty as well, i can appreciate it all the way though, and it seems to make the beer more substantial, like it calls up the malt body a bit and seems to extend the fruit, more than just an accent here, this is downright salty as they go. drier would be better, but i like all the body and i think the sourness is right on, its nice with the brine, and refreshing for being so flavored. this is the kind of beer i think of when i think of cigar city, its very florida and pretty innovative. not sure i could drink a ton of it, but they have done a nice job with these flavors for sure!

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sample had at exhibit ale in Lawrenceville GA.
Bright yet light golden cloudy wheat, lime and citrus to the nose, light body, very close in making you think margarita, very interesting

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Zippy lime, citrus, and salt, nose is redolent of a margarita.

A: Light golden color, super hazy, effervescent, with a thin dense white head that quickly forms a film across the glass.

T: Lots of zesty lime with no accompanying bitterness, clean moderate sourness and a light salty finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Awesome; the beer’s aroma and flavors are very close to a margarita. It has a great lime aroma and flavor without being bitter. The clean sourness and light salty finish, make the beer super refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Casey3236
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My rating may have been alteted by the situation in which I had this beer. Standing in line at Hawthorne bottle shop in St Petersburg for almost 2 hours for J Wakefield stuff and getting mostly stouts. Just flew in from Philly and went straight from airport. Long pants in the Florida sun=no fun. Then went to Cigar City and this beer was so cold, crisp and refreshing it saved my life. Tart, lots of lime, loved it.

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Margarita Gose from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 122 ratings