Briney Melon Gose
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Briney Melon GoseBriney Melon Gose
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Style:
Leipzig Gose
Ranked #204
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,616
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 9.11%
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
753
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Briney Melon GoseBriney Melon Gose
Notes: Born from our passion for experimentation, our Briney Melon Gose boasts a thirst-quenching tartness that is perfectly balanced by subtle watermelon flavors and aromas. Gentle additions of sea salt create a refreshing harmony between the acidity and fruity sweetness leading to clean, dry finish.
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

February 15th, 2016 - It's a little early for it, but this is a refreshing, cool and salivary gland squeezing fruit beer that I learn to love through the serving. The smell is certainly unique for someone who typically drinks IPAs, with a beef stew or cat food kind of meatiness to it, and pickle juice. Gross sounding, but better in execution. I also think it smells like a particular kind of Japanese pickled eggplant called Shibazuke. Saltine crackers and a little cheesy umami note appear too, though notably I can't smell any watermelon. I speculate whether it might appear in the flavor, and sure enough, up front I taste a gorgeous candy, salted melon candy, and Japanese vinegar sushi rice. It's mildly sweet with plenty of sugar to go around, and balances nicely around the sweet and salty flavors. It's candied, sure, and my mouth is watering the same way as it does when I drink Lindeman's, but I enjoy this much more.

Apr 06, 2020
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TheSixthRing from California

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Slight haze and yellowish in color, with a white, half finger width head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin, broken layer of suds with a thin ring around the edge of the glass. A few small spots make up a sparse lacing.

Smell - Sweet and tart melony aroma with lesser salinity.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fair melony character that is both sweet and slightly tart, then salinity kicks in. Finishes much the same, with mild melony flavor, salinity and tartness.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with fair, tingly carbonation. Smooth, easy drinker before a crisp, drying finish.

Overall - Really solid gose, and lives up to the name. Awesome warm weather option.

Mar 17, 2020
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veterancola

1.9/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

I found this beer on sale at my local ABC store. It was only $1 for a can, so I decided to give it a try. The beer looks good and has decent head. I am not a sour fan, so I think my review might be jaded, but three of us in our house agree that this beer tastes like the inside of a Zotz candy without the sweet exterior candy shell. If you like the inside of Zotz and don't need the sweetness of the candy shell, this might be the right beer for you. Not for me though.

Feb 11, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz can, code 19113; purchased single off shelf... poured into 14 oz mug)

L: surprisingly relatively-clear, yellow-amber liquid; very faint haze perhaps; lots of crackly foam on the pour - took 2 pours to empty the can... eventually, hardly even a collar remains, beer still clear

S: gose spices pop out first, but a melon-like note is definitely poking through, just not specifically watermelon... grainy bread-crust wheat note springs forth after foam settles - that and the spice and melon aromas then all vie for supremacy... interesting combo of malt and melon... overall potency not so vibrant

T: tart tang touches down first, juice-diluted (and -tainted) wheat meal swells then fades; dry, crackery aftertaste with lightly-pungent spice humming atop a mist of mellow melon... the (water)melon flavor seems more rind then flesh; about halfway through and the aftertaste gets mildly saline, which is welcome... flavors do meld well later, just lacks pop

F: mildly silky, plush texture to its body; despite head implosion, carbonation does lend a soft sizzle, but doesn't quite lift away residual film

O: more interesting than expected but not great... could see giving a fresher example another shot; has potential! (1486)

Aug 25, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I only drink gose for about three months, but during that time, I hunt the best ones. Supposedly, this is among them. Nose is fresh with salt and citrus. Definitely some nice melon flavors of pulp and rind mixing in with the sour tartness that signifies the style. The mx of moderate sweetness cuts the tart notes effectively. I appreciate the easy drinking quality of this beer, but might stiffen the mouthfeel just a it. Otherwise, a strong example of the style.

Jul 27, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not bad at all. A little surprisingly murky.

Nose implies acidic fruity tones, which translate fairly well to the palate. Juicy melon notes are pretty well balanced, as the beer comes across salty, slightly sour, and just a little sweet. A very nice and refreshing Gose.

Sep 16, 2018
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Briney Melon Gose brewed by Anderson Valley Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.20% This Leipzie Gose pours out of a 12oz can into a pint beer glass a hazy amber color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of spotty lacing to this brew. It does stick to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich and Clean with Melon, malts and grians. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is bitter, sweet but in a good way. You pick up on lots of melon an tartness in the taste of this brew. The body is a soild medium. If you are not a fan of sour brew, this is not the brew for you. This brew would go nice on a hot summer day. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, if you like sour, it has a nice balance to it. Like I said before it is bitter, sweet. The mouth feel is Bitter, Melon, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Briney Melon Gose a 3.75 out of 5 . I would look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Anderson Valley Brewing Company, did a nice job with this Gose brew.

Sep 12, 2018
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Briney Melon Gose | Anderson Valley Brewing Company. Poured from the can into a BBC perfect pint glass, the head's three fingers thick, with lateral lacing& a hazed light gold body.

Smells like honeydew,

Yep, this flavor is spot on. Not too sweet, right amount of tartness.

Medium light mouthfeel with mild carbonation,

Overall, I'll go ahead and rate Briney Melon Gose | Anderson Valley Brewing Company at a 4.5

Aug 27, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slight cloudy yellow with a one inch fluffy white head that settles quickly to a quarter inch and leaves little lacing. Smells of melon,sour and the ocean. Tastes of watermelon, sea salt, acidic/sour elements most notably lemon. Light bodied, highly carbonated, minimal bitterness. Tart and refreshing.

Jul 18, 2018
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DarkSideOfTheMoon from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Effervescent, fluffy head quickly dissipates to nothing. Still quite carbonated in this slightly hazy, pale golden gose. Definitely pick up some watermelon and mustiness from the gose-style fermentation. Taste is sour with a good punch of watermelon. Quite easy drinking and refreshing for a hot summer day.

Jul 06, 2018
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this in my fridge for months kinda waiting for the right time to try it. Big bottle didn’t want to drink it all buy myself especially if it sucked, which I am happy to say it didn’t. Far from it. Very light and a great brew to drink on a hot day here in Fl. I would absolutely buy it again and just drink it sooner.

May 04, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - 1/2 finger bright white head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - melon, stone fruit, sugar.

T - melons on melons. Medium salinity, no bitterness, low sweetness, no booziness.

F - light body, with high carb.

O - would not drink this during the winter, but so refreshing on a warm day.

Apr 21, 2018
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Pantalones from Virginia

3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Last can from the six-pack; unsure of the canning or best-by date since all I can find is a couple strings of numbers on the bottom that aren't registering as any form of date code that I'm familiar with.

Nice-looking beer -- pale golden color, mostly clear with lots of rising bubbles coming up from the bottom. Forms a huge layer of white foam upon first pouring, which shrinks down to a still-significant but much smaller layer within the first minute or so after pouring. Audibly fizzy bubbles going on in this one. Even when the glass is almost empty I can hear them!

Smell is acidic/sour right away upon pouring; after it's settled into the glass, the watermelon comes out ahead of everything else (like sniffing a watermelon rind) along with a bit of sour and some grain. Sort of a doughy grainy malt thing going on behind the watermelon and sour smells, a slight funkiness on the end at times.

Taste is that gose/Berliner type lemony-sour flavor for a moment, then the watermelon comes in strong, while the sour still hangs on just behind it. A bit of a grainy flavor on the end, but the sourness and fruit definitely are the two biggest flavors going on here. The watermelon does seem to become a bit less prominent the more I drink, though still definitely present. Seems like there's basically no sweetness despite having a traditionally-sweet fruit flavor involved -- this threw me off the first time I had a can of this, my taste buds didn't want to recognize the watermelon flavor as watermelon because there wasn't nearly as much sugar as you'd expect in a slice of watermelon!

Feel is light but not at all watery, crisp, noticeable carbonation. Sourness definitely contributes to the feel of the beer, and lingers pleasantly for a bit afterward. Extremely drinkable -- it's difficult not to take gulps at a time.

Overall, this is a beer that I wasn't really expecting to like so much (watermelon in beer is a weird concept for me), but I'm glad I tried it anyway, as it turned out to be pretty good! I've always appreciate the low-ABV sour beers like goses (at least the good ones -- I've had one or two that kinda sucked), and it's definitely nice to have the Anderson Valley gose series available around here now. I'll have to try some of the others (I know the regular, blood orange, and G&T versions are also available) at some point.

Jan 18, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One last gose for the summer !
I'm glad I pushed myself because Anderson Valley's experiments are finding a better way to make gose more palatable to a much larger audience. All Anderson's different flavors, presumably from a solid base of gose, is an interesting business strategy. (I also find it unusual -- and healthy -- that a brewery in the west coast-IPA/British tradition cash cow scene is experimenting with gose... but that is a larger discussion.)

While not a particularly good Looker, Briney Melon Smells mostly tart with a little melon and salt. The Taste seems that subtle also with all moving forward in balance. Feel is semi-dry; probably easy with the tartness and salt, but not easy with the sweet melon. An interesting experiment, but I will look for next year's instead.

Aug 09, 2017
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OldeGolde from Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank out of a can, can not say much about look or smell. Taste was very pleasant, not heavy on the sour but definitely salty. I haven't yet developed my taste for these types of beers, but I thought this one was very accessible. The melon is there, but subued. I suppose I would have liked a little bit of sweetness in this, but I suppose that wouldn't fit the genre! Overall, I could not see myself housing a sixer of these without getting a little sick to my stomach, but it's a very refreshing and crisp summer drink. CHEERS!!!

Roommate Mike's Quick Sip: "ocean water"

Aug 04, 2017
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LAp from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Relatively nondescript. The salt and sour elements are far too subdued. There are other goses that hit these note, but do it better. Certainly drinkable, and worth grabbing if on offer at a party, but not one worth spending money on.

Jul 16, 2017
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dcotom from Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce can into a stange. Pretty pale golden color, with a thick, white head that faded rather quickly. This absolutely lip-smackingly delicious. Pleasantly tart, with the watermelon flavors interplaying nicely with the salinity and tartness. Light bodied and refreshing, with a crisp and dry finish. Very well done.

Jun 20, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours light yellow. Bubbly, short, white head fades fast.

Smells light melon, tart fruit, salt and peppery.

Tastes wheat, tart fruit, light watermelon and a touch of salt. Finish is dry with a light tart and yeast linger. Lighter body and fizzy higher carbonation.

Jun 14, 2017
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PittBeerGirl from Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly translucent straw yellow color with​ little to no head.

Nose is extremely faint and doesn't have much to offer. A slight hint of breadiness and a hint of melonball. a hint of salt too.

Flavor is slightly salty upfront with a big hit of sour watermelon. Very slightly bready malt backbone. The finish is a lot of sour melon and a hint of salt. Left to linger is a lot of salt and sour.

Mouthfeel is light and has moderate to high carbonation. Somewhat acidic.

I have had a few good goses and this is not one. If you want to think of this as a salty fruity American wheat beer great. Not so much of a gose.

Jun 13, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2017-06-02
12oz can served in a tulip. No date that I see. Given to me by a friend at work.

Pours a pretty clear straw yellow with a medium head and a fair amount of fine carbonation. Smell is mostly tart and lemony, maybe a touch of brine.

Taste is a little salty, surprisingly clear yet subtle watermelon flavor. The friend who gave it to me said, "Jolly Rancher" -- I see where he's coming from, and it's not terrible like I thought when he said it. It's actually refreshing and nice.

Mouthfeel is medium to light, not sticky at all. Overall, it's a really good summer beer.

Jun 03, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Really clear-only a slight haze. Nice golden color. A vigorous pour produced a bubbly white head that left quickly, leaving no trace. Faint melon aroma, with some dough. The taste followed closely. Moderately tart with a bit of saltiness, but less than in other Goses I've had. A modest watermelon flavor. Overall very nice.

May 16, 2017
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BeerBobber from Nevada

4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very clear golden color with lots of carbonation bubbles. Initial two fingers of head from an agressive pour was seen quickly dropping off. There was some light lacing on the glass.

The smell is a nice tart pop of something like watermelon. Smells of sea salt, nice briny characters. Getting some crackers as well.

The taste is salty and tart up front followed by that melon flavor. More like the rind of the watermelon or maybe the meat closest to the rind. Also getting a little peppery flavor as well.

The mouth feel is light crisp and tart. The carbonation makes this one fizz in the mouth and finishes crisply.

We have tasted many Gose style beers from Anderson Valley and they have not let us down yet. This is a finely crafted and very delicious beer. I would love to sit on the patio on a nice summer day and crush one of these. Or, since it is only a 4.2 ABV maybe a couple of them. My hat is off to the brewers at Anderson Valley and I thank you for all of the work you put into every Gose you brew. If you like the Gose style and have not tried this brewery you really are missing out. Give these beers a shot and I think that you may just enjoy them.

Mar 10, 2017
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

- can.

A: Pristine clarity with a corn yellow body and spacious rise of macro-bubbles. Dull ivory colored head is thin, spongey in texture and quick to lapse.

S: Lots of breakfast fruit, watermelon can be had on the open with notes of sour peaches and a soft subtle black peppery spicing. Nice level of intensity, but short lived duration.

T: Flavor was watermelon with hints of sour fruit, peaches, mandarin oranges, and lemon. Spicy fruit with some lime and sour watermelon candy juices that was tart and fruity with a nice twang on the swallow.

M: Crisp factor, medium body, fills out nicely on the tongue for such a low abv% beer. Good carbonation, lighly syrupy feel.

O: Fruity, soft souring, cleanly brewed with a nice accent of melon and sourness that makes this an easy drinker. Very good mouthful for 4.2%, would of never guessed.

Feb 16, 2017
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KatherineBF from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Briney Melon Gose had a light yellow tinge. It didn't smell too heavily. The smell did not resemble the taste of the beer. The sourness of the gose was expected, but not too overpowering. I like more intense flavors. It went down smoothly.

Feb 09, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned February 2016; drank 4/11/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the can into a glass.

See-through orange/yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE, fluffy, noisy bright white head which quickly dissipated; decent lace.

Watermelon & spring water notes in the nose.

Thin mouthfeel.

Watermelon & spring water flavors up front; mildly tart salt dryness on the finish. Refreshing with a healthy bite, this was simple but bold & effective. I enjoyed this.

Jan 17, 2017
Briney Melon Gose from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 753 ratings