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

Highway 128 Session Series:  Blood Orange GoseHighway 128 Session Series:  Blood Orange Gose
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Style:
Sour - Gose
Ranked #88
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,939
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 10.8%
Reviews:
284
Ratings:
1,863
From:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  75
Gots
  443
SCORE
89
Very Good
Highway 128 Session Series:  Blood Orange GoseHighway 128 Session Series:  Blood Orange Gose
Notes: 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.
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - saltine cracker from malts, lactobacillus, orange zest. Taste falls in line with aroma. Tart, high carbonation and mostly dry finish. Easy drinking. Straightforward.

Jul 04, 2021
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HopHunterCL from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours very lightly hazy golden yellow color with a finger of uneven white head.
Aroma is very strong of blood orange. I also get a little bit is salty wheat cracker.
There is a medium high sourness. Lots of blood orange flavor throughout finishing with a welcome pithy bitterness.
Medium bodied with good carbonation. Salt contributes nicely to the body.
Overall a delicious and refreshing Gose I would likely buy again.

Jun 27, 2021
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Tawny orange pour sits three inches with a dull oatmeal color and a frumpy appearance. Lots of carbonation activity on the head surface from the pronounced carbonation effect beneath. Dirty haze factor with a small lashing of suds, weakly clinging and loosely spread.

S: Sour blood oranges, semi-tart and dry. Dry yeastiness and barnyard grains.

T: Crisp flavor of blood oranges with a sour twang. Old damp leather, grapefruit with some old grapes. Turning honey dew concludes.

M: Bubbly and frothy mouthful, crisp and tingly sensation on inner cheeks.

O: Overall damp citrus with a good amount of blood orange citrus provides a decent sour twang. Pretty pronounced flavor per style.

Apr 14, 2021
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can.

A: Pours nearly-clear pearl/champagne, with a foamy white head.

S: Sweetness, mellow and generic but present, is the first aroma encountered, followed by citrus tartness and a mineral-y/herbal character.

T: Crisp and clean; lemon tartness; slight saltiness; the citrus character is tangy and doesn’t necessarily equate to “blood oranges” in my mind, but it is present. The slight sourness isn’t puckering as much as it is refreshing. Mildly herbal.

MF: Light and well-carbonated with a crisp, clean finish.

O: Not the most explosive of Gose-style brews I’ve tried, but definitely refreshing and clean for a low-abv sour.

Feb 06, 2021
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Nonic pint glass.

Pours crystal clear and medium gold. A modest fizzy head gives way to modest but more lasting lacing.

Aromas of orange, brine, and faint malts.

The brew is simple but well flavored. Honey kissed malts quickly give way to citrus acidity and brine.

The brew his just so on the feel; very drinkable and refreshing.

Simplicity is often a virtue and that's the case here. A very nice gose.

Aug 30, 2020
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Ahypercube from California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty forgettable gose, from a brewery that makes some fantastic examples of the style.

L: Pours with a faintly reddish orange body. The color of orange blossom honey, but thin as soda. Poured into a flute, it creates three fingers of faintly orange tinted white head, which disappears entirely in less than half a minute.

S: Smells very much like AV's other goses, featuring tart notes of lemon, quince, passion fruit, tangerine and apricot, followed by a light wheat bread sweetness, with a notable yeast presence, like sourdough.

T: Flavor profile follows the nose pretty well, but I would really expect more blood orange flavor. If it wasn't on the label, I might have missed it. Usually I get something like a blackberry note from blood orange, but I only taste a hint of tart ascorbic acid to indicate the orange presence.

F: The mouthfeel is still almost perfect for a gose. Tart at first, then salty, resolving with a light bready sweetness; although something keeps the finish from being crisp. There's a crumbly edge to the finish.

O: A good gose, but these guys have made better.

Nov 17, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Light amber with a decent amount of clarity and a large offwhite head that sticks around somewhat leaving behind a little bit of lacing.
S - Citrus and wheat
T - Good amount of citrus throughout along with some crisp wheat and yeast - a pinch of saltiness.
F - Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Crisp.
O - a pretty solid gose with nice citrus flavor.

Nov 16, 2019
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy light yellow, with a good amount of visible carbonation. Forms a one-finger white head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Lactic tart, wheat grist, and cracker malts. A light citrus (orange and lemon zest) as well.

T: Lactic tart and citric acid. Orange, that comes across simultaneously as juicy pulp and some Tang with a touch of St. Joseph’s Baby Aspirin. Light wheat malts, with minimal graininess in the flavor. Residual orange flavor and tart citric acid in the hang.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation in a nice light body. Low alcohol presence.

O: Pretty tasty. Nothing complex or overly different, but easy to drink.

Jul 26, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep orange with a thick white head. Aroma of salt and lactose. Taste has relatively plain wheat ale elements with the characteristic lactose notes. Palate has extremely subtle blood orange elements. Not bad, a little under flavored.

Jun 13, 2019
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VashonGuy from Washington

2.84/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had Goses before, and generally like sour beers. I've never had a Leipzig Gose, according to BA, so I don't really have anything to compare this to. But I thought this beer was not pleasant, to say the least. It tasted mostly like Hawaiian Punch, with a metallic aftertaste. It seemed very odd. It was a drain pour for both me and a friend. The appearance, mouthfeel, and smell were all at least OK, but the flavor was disappointing.

Oct 01, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

May 06, 2018
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Apr 23, 2018
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constantine_272 from Oregon

3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light clear bubbly and orange. Raspberry, orange o the nose with carbonation and steel. Watered down orange and wheat crackers taste but quickly fades to a sweet tart sour salty finish. The salty finish leaves you thirsty wanting more with each sip. Drank one of these at lunch after mowing the lawn. Wow, truly the perfect lawnmower.

Apr 06, 2018
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edc20 from Oregon

3/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Apr 02, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Feb 03, 2018
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TexasTripletMom from Texas

1.84/5  rDev -53.8%
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.

Jan 17, 2018
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jpleonardi from New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Dec 28, 2017
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zeio from California

1.26/5  rDev -68.3%
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.

Dec 22, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours crystal clear and amber verging on gold; the head rises to a finger and fizzes away in less than 10 seconds; no lacing

Smell: Tangy wheat, blood orange and salt

Taste: Very tangy, at the outset, with the wheat bread overwhelmed by the blood orange; the beer grows very salty, through the middle, and battles the tartness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a drain pour but I have had far more refreshing and better balanced examples of the style

Oct 05, 2017
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a globe.

A: Golden/orange color with some haze. Fine-bubbled white head settles quickly.

S: Salty, tangy/sour, lots of blood orange. Slight whiffs of coriander.

T: Big, puckering tartness and lots of salt. Blood orange rides up middle to end. Coriander is a bit muddled. Sharp acidic finish, and loads of salt throughout.

M: Thin and light. Biting sourness. Salty. Well carbonated.

O: Sharply sour and perhaps over salted. Blood orange comes through nicely though, which is the saving grace. To me it isn't the most drinkable gose I've come across, which should kinda be the point of the style. Gose is en vogue now, but the styles being brewed Stateside are more aggressive than traditional. This is definitely over the top, blood orange or no.

Sep 16, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass. NO freshness dating.

nice hazy orange body, small fizzy head which disappears quickly, hence no lacing at all.

aroma is citrusy, and you somehow get a whiff of the tartness.

This is a mouth puckering drink, more so than several Goses i have had. You do get a lttle bit of orange, but mostly a slightly sour dry tart flavor .

Mouth is around medium, finish is very dry and tart.

Overall, not a big fan of this one. just a bit too much of a mouth shrinker for this particular palate. Blood orange is limited, so it doesn't balance out as well as some other sours I've had.

Aug 06, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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

This was poured into a stange. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a quickly dissipating foamy to bubbly head that left no lacing in its wake. The smell had a crisp sharp blood orange refreshing juice - like quality. Light gracing of wheat to coriander comes across nicely. The taste was crisp sweet and sour, slightly salty with an ample amount of blood orange to combine. There’s barely any aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with an extremely crisp refreshing quality that makes me want to pound them on a hot Summer’s day. Overall, I say this was pretty good for the style and the blood orange adds a super nice refreshing quality for a hot Summer’s day.

Jul 02, 2017
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Reef from South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light copper. Big head which quickly subsides, with little lacing or ring.
Light citrus and salt scent.
Tart orange up front. Salt and coriander in the background for a harmonious combination. Slight bitterness on the back of the tongue contributes to refreshing taste.
Light feel appropriate for a thirst quencher.
As good as US fruit Gose gets. For me, far superior to a Radler on a hot day.

May 26, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange gold. Foamy, bubbly, tall, white head, short lived.

Smells tart fruit, citrus, orange, light salt and light yeast Funk.

Tastes orange, tart lemon, light yeast funk and salt hints. Finish is dry with a tart and light salty orange linger. Light body and fizzy high carbonation. Quite tart.

May 22, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Translucent, just slightly hazy copper with a foamy white head that quickly fizzes away to nothing. No retention or lacing is left, as is expected for the style.

S: Moderate lactic tartness, lemon zest and citric acid, subtle orange sweetness and red apple skin. Subtle mint.

T: Excellent lactic tartness. Tons of lemon, green apple skin, and white grape must. The tartness is tamed on the mid-palate by subtle but juicy blood orange. A very simple wheaty, crackery backbone holds it together. Finishes clean and lightly dry, with a touch of salinity carrying through, causing one to salivate in anticipation for the next sip.

F: Very light, but not particularly water. Snappy carbonation that makes it thirst-quenching.

O: Another tasty gose offering from Anderson Valley. A perfect warm weather crusher.

Mar 09, 2017
Highway 128 Session Series: Blood Orange Gose from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1863 ratings