Highway 128 Session Series: Blood Orange Gose | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Highway 128 Session Series:  Blood Orange GoseHighway 128 Session Series:  Blood Orange Gose
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Blood Orange Gose is a tart, refreshing wheat ale that is kettle-soured with lactobacillus and brewed with sea salt and coriander. However, unlike traditional versions of the style, ours features liberal additions of blood oranges during fermentation. This imparts tangy citrus notes that complement the champagne-like flavors, creating a complex and sessionable ale perfect for any occasion.

Added by jhartley on 08-04-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,653
Reviews:
271
Ratings:
1,830
pDev:
10.63%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
434
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 1,830 |  Reviews: 271
Photo of csfcmitchell
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of monkist
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

F***in Goses are like a juice, a soda! And that's so darn good about them, beer brewed into a doggone sour soda! Awesome!
And then here we have it, Anderson did actually put in some blood oranges into the juice, to break that saltiness and make it into something friendlier, something that makes you feel like you're really drinking something that's made of fruits.
Man I love goses! That fizzy explosion of carbonation that goes aound in the glass when you pour them out, that total stillness that follows, that candlewax smell in the nose that lingers above makes you think it's X-mas all day everyday, and still, still it's drinkable, its doable, it's sessionable each and every time regardless of TPO.
I'm starting to think recently that goses are the best thing ever. And this one from Anderson just tilts the hand into that direction. Gose is a form of art and I am in love with it.

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Photo of arensburgh
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of evergreen_machine
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BranfordBound
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice and light Gose, but overall the flavor is much too sweet and sticky. Would like it a bit drier and just a hint of the blood orange. Definitely getting some salt and tartness, but there is also a lack of carbonation, too.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of edc20
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tart sweet taste, almost sickly so. The blood orange flavor doesn't come through except in so far as there is a generic citric sweetness. Almost no carbonation. On the whole it's not bad, but if I was in the mood for something this sweet and sour I'd probably opt for a cider or cocktail than try to find it in a beer.

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Photo of aprabhu
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of justindavis2001
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hairnic
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaktcc
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of norinco
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a deep straw with a minor head. The aroma is a bit dusty, with a hint of parmesan, definite orange peel and juice, and a hint of malt. The flavor the lighter than the aroma, starting with a bit of cracker malt, and then quickly changing to very tart lemon and sour orange, with a blood orange quality coming through at the end. The mouthfeel is very light with assertive fizzy carbonation. Overall this is a simple and decent Gose, and while the blood orange comes through is is a bit light.

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

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

Photo of TexasTripletMom
1.84/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was my first Gose. I think it's fair to mention that up front. On the other hand, I have a fair amount of experience with all things Blood Orange. Blood orange is a very sweet perfumy delicious richly flavored fruit. An absolute delight to be sure! This beer was NOT delightful. This beer had the feel and look of a typical light beer. However, it tasted tart and nothing but. No herbiness. The flavor isn't even all that citrusy. It honestly tastes more like citric acid (the powder that's just tart without flavor) than it does orange or lemon or grapefruit -- much less blood orange.

I understand that Gose is supposed to be tart. However there's no complex flavor balance here. This tastes just like a sweet tart candy but not sweet at all and not flavored. Just tart. The whole tart. And nothing but the Tart so help me god.

The only reason I give it a 2 over all is it wasn't a sour. The only sour I ever had tasted like vomit, straight up. I can drink the Blood Orange Gose I just don't enjoy it. At all. But hey, I paid more than $9 for a six pack and so help me it's gonna be consumed. YICK.

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Photo of rugyrl04
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Salty, tart, sweet and just the right amount of bubbles. This is my favorite gose.

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Photo of B_B
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcarlosv
2/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Orange ale, not the type of beer I enjoy drinking. To sour for my taste.

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Photo of 1971bernat
1/5  rDev -74.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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

Nice late summer beer. Found out about it because the shuffleboard place I go to always rotates through Anderson Valley Gose's. Thank goodness they do!

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Photo of zeio
1.26/5  rDev -68.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Aroma: Smells like a cheap beer.

Appearance. No head. Looks like a coors light.

Taste. Seriously takes like vomit. A very puke-like taste. I did tame it to be drinkable by adding some vanilla extract.

Palate. Light. Biting sour. The vomit taste is overwhelming.

Overall. Terrible. This may have been a bad batch, but this is disgusting if its not.

I like sours (e.g. duchesse ) but this. Wow. Just bad.

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Highway 128 Session Series: Blood Orange Gose from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1,830 ratings