Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Sour - Gose
Ranked #366
Ranked #42,796
3.61 | pDev: 12.47%
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Notes: Formerly Cranberry Gose

Pink hued, light bodied with cranberry aroma and a tart refreshing finish. This cranberry cocktail of beers was made with 84 lbs of pureed cranberry.
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Devils Backbone Brewing Co. "Cran-Gose"
12 fl. oz. can, coded "08.08.17 06:02.85" and sampled on 04.05.18
$1.83 @ Cherry Hill Liquor, Wine & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ''

Notes via stream of consciousness: Reviewed as a contemporary style Gose. It pours a hazy brass colored body with some orange highlights beneath a short but creamy head of white that's dropping before my eyes as I type. That's to be expected in a sour beer though. In the nose it's mineralish and a hint fruity. I get a little bit of malt as well. On to the flavor... tart but not puckering, fruity, mineralish, and lightly salty and earthy/spicy. I don't know that I'd initially think of cranberry but it comes through more clearly as it lingers in the finish. Very nice. I also would've imagined that cranberry might make it too tart but it hasn't. I'm pleasantly surprised. Light-medium in body and delicately effervescent and gently crisp. Very refreshing.
Review# 5,926

Apr 05, 2018
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brewerburgundy from California

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, tulip glass, canned 8/7/17.

Delicately pink, rosè color with a mostly white head crackling its way to a tight bubbled ring in a minute or so.

More of a classic Gose nose than most of the style I've tried lately; lactic twang, soft salinity, hint of red berry.

It's certainly tart, but it dissolves into cranberry and a clean, salty finish. I can pick out coriander, which adds to an earthy cranberry flavor.

Crisp, light body with ample carbonation, not biting.

Lovely to see Devils Backbone exceed with another style.

Dec 25, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Huh the appearance isn't as red or pink as I expected from a cranberry ale looks like clear grapefruit juice really with a ton of carbonation making a full inch of froth. Smell is much grainier than I expected also for the gose style very little salt and brine just some cranberry in the nose and wheat. Taste is pretty sour and brine not getting much cranberry it must be more of a mixed flavor. Body is light enough it goes down smooth.

For a cranberry gose it's pretty good nothing special but its sour enough to get the job done.

Dec 16, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear rose gold producing 2 fingers of foamy, short-lived, off-white head that leaves a thin surface cap & collar ring but no lacing. Aroma is lactic, berry/cranberry, coriander, & mineral in a thin briney background. Taste is tangy, salty, cranberry, lemon/lime, coriander, s little grainy & faint mineral. Finishes tart & dry with lime citrus & brine predominant, less fruitiness than in the front. Aftertaste is dry, lightly tart, lime citrus & brine . Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, crisp, faint prickle & very dry.

Oct 14, 2017
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, rosy, copper color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of a touch of cranberry and some wheat.

Tastes of lightly tart cranberries layered over a some grainy malt. Wheat leads off with some sharpness before a bit of grainy malt adds in. Brine comes next before some cranberries on the backend. Finishes with a bit of lingering wheat.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent gose but is too lightly done.

Sep 15, 2017
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Ruby in color, just like the can promises, this one basically looks like a rose in the glass. There isn't much of a head that forms, so there is not lacing.

S- Light saltiness is on the nose first, in a bit of grainy flavor. Just a hint of berry tartness is in the scent as well a bit of base beer sourness. Lingering smell is of the salt.

T- Cranberry flavor greets the tongue first in a juicy and fruity tartness. The salt from the base gose beer, along with a touch more sourness, kicks in during the middle of the drink. At the back end of the drink, the cranberries ramp back up and begin to dominate the flavor. The tart juice is also the lingering flavor left on the tongue.

M- Despite the lack of much of a head, this one is pretty highly carbonated. It drinks almost like a soda, light and quenching, just without the sticky sweetness.

Overall, I like the attempt to use an out of the ordinary fruit in a gose. The end results is a tart, thirst quenching, light bodied beer. Tartness isn't overpowering, but it is satisfying.

Jul 05, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tulip
Boned on 1/5/16

A- pours a clear soft-pink color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to leave nothing behind

S- smells of cranberry juice, lemon-lime soda, toasted wheat, fruity tartness & salt

T- light and fruity up front with a small amount of cranberry tartness, followed by toasted wheat, more tartness on the finish before dropping off and leaving nothing on the linger

M- light bodied with medium carbonation leads to a foam mouthfeel that finishes thin and a bit watery

O- goes down easy on a hot day, but a bit too light and lacking for my taste

Jun 20, 2016
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Pantalones from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can #4 from the six-pack; canning date on the bottom is clearly readable and says January 7th, 2016.

The beer pours pale pinkish, settling into a darker pink-red with some orange around the edges once in the glass. Have to say, I've never seen a beer quite this color before -- can only assume that's coming from the presence of the cranberries. Forms a decent little head of white foam on top at first, though it shrinks down to a thin patchy coating fairly quick. Shining a flashlight through shows that the beer is VERY pink in color (actually looks like pink lemonade with the light shining through it), mostly clear, and has a lot of little rising bubbles.

Smell-wise it's an odd one. Maybe that's just a gose thing? I haven't had any other beer in the style so far, so it's hard for me to guess. The smell is sweetish and sourish and sometimes a bit funky; from time to time I get things that I can only describe as being cheese-like and like "old people smell." Cottage cheese? Yeah, I'll go with a cottage cheese or cream cheese sort of thing, with a bit of sweet/sour fruitiness mixed in, as probably the most appetizing way to describe the smell. It's not really unpleasant or anything, but it is a very odd smell for a beer.

Taste is much, much better than the smell. Really nice tartness right away, with cranberry being more noticeable when taking bigger drinks -- this is not a "sipping" beer, this is a "have a glass or two (...or three)" beer for sure, as if the 4% ABV didn't make that obvious enough already. At the very end there's a bit of a grainy flavor mixed in to assure you that yes, this is indeed beer; I found this reminiscent to the grainy malt flavor popping in at the end of the Berliner Weiss I had toward the end of last year, which I suppose isn't surprising considering they're both German lower-ABV sour beer styles. There is just a faint little hint of saltiness in there too, popping in just before the malty aftertaste; I hadn't really picked up on that the previous times I've had this beer, but I am definitely noticing it just a little now. Burps are sometimes a little fruity, other times have some of that grainy-malt thing going on.

Feel is light, a little fizzy, and very very drinkable. Teeny bit prickly at times but not to the point of being unpleasant. And of course, the sourness definitely gets involved here as well. Surprisingly dry for something with a load of fruit used in the brewing process, and definitely leaves the mouth with that "need to drink some more now" feeling -- I suspect the slight saltiness probably contributes here too.

Overall, this is a really interesting beer -- when I had a sample-size glass at the brewery I couldn't really find the cranberry, but having full 12-ounce cans at home I'm finding the fruit is much more present, though this is definitely not some kind of cranberry Smirnoff Ice or anything along those lines -- it's very much a sour beer first with cranberry second. Nice combination of high-flavor and low-alcohol, and it is indeed a very refreshing beverage that's much appreciated in the hot weather we've been having lately. When my six-pack's gone I'm pretty sure I'll be going back for more... and probably not just *one* six-pack this time, considering how fast this one has vanished! XD

Mar 25, 2016
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mpyle from Maryland

4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a bit like a soft drink, probably because of the color. Salmon colored and clear. Pours a white head with okay retention.

Soft, tart fruity nose. Perhaps cranberries? Minimal aroma overall - definitely not your typical malty/hoppy beer smells.

Surrprisingly tart based on the aroma. Definitely has the pucker quality of a gose, but balanced a bit with a hint of sweetness from the fruit. Definitely would be an easy drinking hot weather beer. Fairly dry in the finish with a lingering sour note.

Light body, medium-high carbonation. Definite drying on the tongue.

A fun little beer. Probably the first can of a gose I've had from an American brewer. Might be a little too intense for some, but no complaints here.

Mar 21, 2016
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Beejay from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A light pink color with a slightly pink head. Looks like cranberry 7-UP.

S: Lightly fruity with salt, with cranberry in the finish.

T: Tart, with a touch of almond, and light salt.

M: Light in body, with fairly high carbonation, and a very lively tart acidic feel.

O: Pretty good overall, interesting, although nothing amazing.

Mar 05, 2016
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ljdrinksbeer from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - light pink, crystal clear
Smell - hint of cranberry
Taste - Cranberry, sour, salt, bitter, lemon
Feel - Refreshingly light, plenty carbonation
Overall - for a beer with cranberry in it... damn good!

Feb 25, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear medium pink (similar to a rosé wine) in color with moderate to heavy amounts of large bubble carbonation and some faint ruby red highlights. The beer has a twi finger tall fizzy sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering a little more than 75% of the beer surrounded by a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of tart/sour wheat, slight brininess, and just a hint of tart cranberry.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sour wheat which give the beer a light to moderate amount of lingering tartness. That is followed by a light amount of brininess/saltiness. Finally there is a light flavor of tart cranberry.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: A pretty nice gose, kind of wish the tart cranberry flavor and aromas came through a little bit more but I've got no complaints. Easy to drink and refreshing.

Feb 24, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pored a light pink. The aroma is not really appealing. I am having a hard time nailing down what is smells like but salty, dirty socks and vinegar are the strongest scents. The taste is overly sour with massive amounts of coriander and salt. There is little cranberry to be had in either the nose or taste. Just not one of my favorite beers.

Feb 14, 2016
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jtwhicker from Tennessee

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good gose beer. Really light,crisp hint of cranberry but not strongly present. Super drinkable. Doesn't have the salt presence a Brett sour typically has. Not disappointed

Feb 12, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap at Max's in Fells point, served chilled in a shaker pint.

The color is a rosy amber shade with light haze and thin white head with fine bead and decent retention. The smell is a very funky yeasty smell verging on sulfur with tart aroma of fruit. The feel is decent very tangy with moderately high carbonation and slight grainy texture with lasting astringent aspect.

The taste is good with a little of the funk in the yeast combined with tart cranberry fruitiness and almost no mineral/saltiness but very tangy and dry in the finish. Overall not the best because the smell is sort of rotten but the cranberry in the taste displaces some of the unpleasant aroma.

Feb 10, 2016
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2dogbrew from Virginia

3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a light pink from the cranberry. The aroma on this is not good, the smell reminded me of pot roast with some cranberry mixed in. Taste was lots of vinegar, very tart, fortunately did not taste like pot roast. Didn't want to finish the can.

Feb 05, 2016
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a great looking and great tasting beer for a Gose. It has to be the worst smelling beer I've had though as its pure sulfur/rotten ages in the smell. If I hold my nose, I love it.

Jan 30, 2016
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JamieDuncan from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding appearance but the smell leaves a lot to be desired. Taste is really solid, they nailed the gose style with the sour and salty. A little fizzy in the feel but enjoyable. Overall, not a world class Gose but this is a really good one, you could suck these down and really enjoy them on a hot summer day.

Jan 30, 2016
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hophugger from Virginia

3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

extremely light, refreshing and a light cranberry, fizzy taste. Feels good on the palate and great for a summer day. Would have liked a touch more boldness and flavor, but overall, nice !!

Dec 02, 2015
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DuffDaddy from Florida

2/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was too froo-froo for me....
Many pints with the brewery reps visiting Winston Salem for tap takeovers at The Bull Tavern and Carlisle's. We hooked up with the reps and the distributor and they bought our drinks for the night! Great beer and great fun - lots of swag!!

Sep 03, 2015
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