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

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Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour
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3.98 | pDev: 10.8%
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
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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Reviews by LanceH:
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LanceH from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 08, 2016
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light straw yellow in color with a big, fizzy head. Head retains fairly well, but doesn't lace much, likely due to its lack of density.The body of this beer is just a touch off of clear.

S- Juicy and tangy orange hits you right up front and entices both your nose and taste buds. There is a slight saltiness and wheat character to the scent under the orange, but the orange is the dominant and long lasting smell of the beer and it ends just as strong and juicy as it began.

T- The orange from the scent transitions directly over to the taste right off the bat. Juicy orange assaults the tongue and provides a tangy and slightly tart flavor. Pretty much immediately after the juicy orange flavor comes the salt from the gose base. The salt is mild in strength and a rather pleasant addition to the tart orange flavor. On the back end of the drink the orange flavor comes back and leaves a lingering tartness on the palate.

M- Just like the style would indicate, this beer is light and highly carbonated and quite refreshing. Very easy drinking, this would make a perfect summer lawn mower beer.

Overall, this is a delicious and unique take on the style. I'm very hit or miss on goses, but the addition of the tart and juicy orange here is really a complimentary flavor. I like this beer a lot.

Nov 15, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very slightly orange-ish golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint amounts of rose highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense fizzy off-white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy and slightly sour wheat malts with a light aroma of brininess and slightly stronger aroma of citrus/blood orange.

T: Upfront there is a moderate tart flavor of grainy and slightly soured wheat malts with has a light to moderate overall tartness to the beer. That is followed by light to moderate flavor of salty brininess and moderate flavors of citrus/blood orange and citrus/orange zest. Very light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades almost instantly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with a light to moderate amount of acidic prickliness and a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Very refreshing and very easy to drink - I really enjoyed this one and the distinctive flavor/aroma of blood oranges really complements the traditional gose flavors. Definitely worth grabbing this one.

Nov 01, 2014
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a nice lighter shade of orange. a centimeter of a bubbly white head that fades extremely fast and leaves nothing behind. constantly bubbling and some white head forms when swirled. great clarity and brightness to it.

Smell: slight juicy citrus up front. easily picked out as blood oranges. sea salt and coriander. wheat and slight lactic acid. lemony juice spritz.

Taste: opens with wheat and a slight lactic acid. flavor develops with sea salt and coriander. backed is fully of extremely juicy and fruity flavors. blood orange pulp takes center stage for a while. towards the end some lemon juice seeps in along with a every so slight acidic vinegar finish.

Mouthfeel: very light, lots of juicy fruit. acidic, and slight tartness. extremely refreshing and extremely drinkable.

Overall: the regular gose from anderson valley is often a go to when nothing else suits me on a beer menu and this blows that out of the water. the blood orange addition took most of the weaknesses out of that beer. awesomely tasty and juicy and perfectly drinkable and refreshing.

Nov 11, 2014
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humuloner22 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

This is my second Gose the other was the non blood orange version of this beer.

Color: Light effervescent settles to virtually no head. Transparent with a slight orange yellow hue. Not really red, like you would expect from a blood orange. It looks basically like any macro lager.

Aroma: Not really funky, no wheat really detected at all very fruity, citrus fruits and maybe some pineapple going on.

Taste: Tart, refreshing, too bad this came out around here when the colder weather is moving in, I could easily drink this beer alternating it with a crisp pilsner or lager on the beach all day long. Its dangerously drinkable really. I am enjoying this style as much as any "new" style I have had in a long time. There is flavor but this beer is also very sessionable.

Overall: I would purchase this one or the other one again easily. You could drink this six pack in one night and I feel like you really would not be hurting in the morning. I am not going to attempt that tonight. That said I hope Anderson Valley makes this a regular thing. They make a damn good beer here. I guess its a beer? Anyway, its well worth trying. I picked this one up for $11 for the six pack, I figured it was worth the shot considering I did enjoy the other one. And it is. Maybe a bit pricey for what you get, but it's a flavorful style of beer and if you like tart/salty things this will do you right.

Oct 30, 2014
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 2/2/15

A: Lightly hazy gold with some light orange tones - pours with a medium-sized, bright white head, fades to virtually nothing (acceptable for the style), leaves just some hints of lacing

S: Citrus, funk, and an undercurrent of weird - sharp citrus, with blood orange, orange, lemon, grapefruit, and some dry, tropical aromas - acidity, as well as some lightly musty, lactic funk - sourness and tartness, combined with the fruitiness reminds me of SweeTarts - some hints of wheat, but mostly just citrus and sour

T: Like SweeTarts sprinkled with salt, except more refined - dry, yet fruity citrus - blood orange, tangerine, ruby red grapefruit - light amount of acidic sourness, with lemon-like flavors and some tart - some funk - and, oh yes, the salt - decidedly salty, which works well with the citrus sweetness and the sour - about average for the style - not much to say about the malts other than a slight hint of wheat

M: Light body, prickly carbonation, sourness, and tart - extremely dry, with a salty aftertaste, hard to stop drinking

O: The salt comes from the blood?

The blood orange works remarkably well with the sour, tart, salty base. I'm not sure if the base would stand up as a worthwhile Gose, but this finished product is truly charming. Try it.

Feb 02, 2015
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger white foamy head that collapses. Beer is a clear goldenrod. No lace. Average for the style.

Nose is citrus and sprite. Smells like a soda. Spritzy.

Opens citrus, blood orange, sprite, cane sugar. A bit of tartness in the middle mixed with orange pulp. More of the same in the finish. Simple but pretty delicious.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down down and puckering. Oily finish with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Really drinkable.

One of my first experiences with a gose and this is pretty good. Tastes exactly as it sounds. Worth trying!

Jan 07, 2015
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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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razorsdescent from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I am the kind of person who has yet to find a good sessionable beer. Session IPAs just kind of taste watery to me. So, this beer provides a delightful option sessioning.

Tart and tasty, a gose in a can that it is widely available is a welcome thing.

Mar 15, 2015
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can
$10.99 6-Pack
Four Seasons Liquors - Morris, IL

Anderson Valley's Blood Orange Gose glows like a freshly minted penny. The clarity is out of this world good and the only thing keeping me from seeing clearly through the body is the massive amount of carbonation rising to the surface. A fizzy, crackling head formed on the pour and lasted briefly, when it went it went fast, leaving nothing behind.

The nose on this guy gets me salivating each and every time. It's bright and bold, in your face orange with a squeeze of grapefruit. It hits me like fresh squeezed juice but with a tartness, even in smell, that's pithy. There's not a lot of noticeable wheat but deep whiffs do bring some to the surface with a little twang. What dominates is that vibrant orange.

A mix of citrus hit immediately and flows through the finish. Again, it's mostly orange, and it's vibrant, but there is grapefruit notes in there as well. The orange even seems to intensify through the end starting off a little candy sweet and segueing into a tart pithiness on the swallow. The wheat runs through with twangy, softly tart, undercurrents. A touch of saltiness lingers on the lips. This is good beer my friend.

The body is light and bubbly. The carbonation is dialed in like that of a Berliner Weiss, Champagne-esque, a touch high in my book but it does work. This beer pushes through quickly, dries up even quicker, and leaves behind a tartness that digs at the gums leaving me salivate for more. Drinkability is absurdly high.

Anderson Valley's Gose is a solid beer. The blood orange addition brings that beer to a new level. It's amazingly bright, sweet & sour play well together, and it's one of the easier drinking beers I can remember drinking recently. Keep in mind though, this beer loses it's brightness rather quickly. I've had some cans that were mellow and uninteresting. Very fresh cans are a treat indeed though, draft as well. Go buy you some of this.

Nov 30, 2014
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a hazy orange tinted golden color, it poured with a short lived fizzy head.

My first sniff took me back never mind how long ago to my childhood drink of choice, Tang. This smells a lot like a freshly opened canister of Tang powder and not much else. This is more interesting on the palate, but tart, tangy, fairly natural tasting oranges still dominate. There was also a bit of a wheaty twang and a lingering hint of salt. The mouthfeel is puckering with aggressive carbonation.

Overall this works pretty well, more of a novelty for me than something I would want on a regular basis. Worth trying for sure.

Jan 04, 2015
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pisano from Massachusetts

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

Jun 12, 2015
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PsilohsaiBiN from New York

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%

Dec 12, 2014
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Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nov 15, 2015
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Benish from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jan 06, 2015
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Theogre83 from Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Dec 15, 2014
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jgiordano88 from Pennsylvania

2.96/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

May 07, 2016
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StormAles from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 21, 2018
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armock from New York

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

Jul 17, 2017
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Oct 25, 2014
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srw from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 09, 2016
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squack from Virginia

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

Jan 31, 2015
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mush from Illinois

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

May 03, 2015
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cnealc from North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nov 18, 2015
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4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 13, 2015
Highway 128 Session Series: Blood Orange Gose from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1860 ratings