The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

very good
261 Reviews
no score
Send samples
The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy GoseThe Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
With a bright, golden color and tight creamy head, the earthy wood undertones in our Gose develop into a light mineral aroma with a hint of lemon zest and tropical fruit. Before boiling, the wort is kettle soured with lactobacillus, imparting an initial refreshing tartness that gives way to a subtle fullness. Flavors of guava and peach are followed by a slight sea salt dryness and lemon sourness that is enhanced by coriander and post-fermentation additions of salt. The finish is dry, effervescent, and lemon tangy, reminiscent of a fresh sea breeze.

Added by scottfrie on 09-24-2013

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 261 | Ratings: 1,938
Photo of D1noB
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It starts with sour and tart followed by earthy hops and it's ends with malt.

Taste Rating in Words: It's a circus there are three rings, flames, animals, flying humans, and clowns. . . So many clowns

 201 characters

Photo of IronLover
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straw yellow in color with a light, grainy haze. Poured with a tall, bright white, fizzy foam with very good retention. Aromas of fresh fruit, lemon zest, sourdough bread and light yeast. No hop aromas. The effervescent carbonation gives this a medium bodied feel. Light creamy smoothness through the middle a well attenuated, very clean, crisp, finish. Light fresh fruit flavor up front followed by medium tart, lemony flavors and light bready malt beneath. Tartness peaks in the middle and slowly fades to to the end. No hop bitterness. Finished clean, crisp, with a salty dryness. No aftertaste. A style defining sample. Easy drinking, crisp and refreshing, with pleasant tartness and an incredibly clean, easy finish.

 721 characters

Photo of bbtkd
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Anderson Valley The Kimmie, The Yink, and The Holy Gose Ale, 4.2% ABV. Pours medium viscosity, pale yellow, with a one finger white head, left no lacing. Nose is not much. Taste is sour, with no bitterness. Mouthfeel is OK. Overall - not a fan of sour beers.

 263 characters

Photo of Everydayoff
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

Mildly hazed bright golden color, it tops with thick foamy white head that stands with decent retention before sinking to some bubble film atop and leaving some lacing behind.

In a nose, earthy, floral, mineral, lemon sourness, lactic tartness, tropical fruit, guava, salt, coriander spice, and biscuity malt.

The taste reflects the same as the aroma, being led by lemon sourness and lactic tartness together with earthy hop, tropical fruit, guava, salt, coriander spice, and biscuity malt.

Light body with good crisp and refreshing feel through the palate under quite smooth mouthfeel and lively carbonation, finish is dry. Good Gose, it is perfect as a thirst quencher.

 714 characters

Photo of Nugganooch
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into my Societe Brewing 2nd Anny chalice
*Noted 06/28/15

Dark straw gold and slightly hazed over. Thick stack of foamy ocean white suds resides over top. Light etchy streaks of lace decorate the glass.
Grainy wheat with some lemony tartness and a hint of salt water
Taste is crisp and refreshing. Combines a grain soaked wheat base with some stone fruits, Meyer lemon, and a salty kiss on the lips in the finish. A touch watered down and thin but with a great drying effect.
A very nice rendition of the style. Well balanced in that everything compliments. You get the salt and the sweet sourness without being too over the top.

 647 characters

Photo of ordybill
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the tap into a 20 oz mug at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a pale amber yellow color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is very similar to wine and has a strong citrus mix to it. The taste is sweet and tart with that citrus/wine flavor.

 270 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Be careful I once confused this with the once awesome (90s) IPA can, they're both purple!

Pours a cloudy yellow, soft white head 1/3", recedes quickly. Good salty presence, mild coriander after that in the nose.

Taste, whooo sour and salty. kettle soured and done well for what it is. A great hot weather beer or for around the pool. Drink more of these when golfing than about any other beer. The base works in all the variations quite well. Slight lemon aspect to it. Very hydrating. Still dry finish in the mouthfeel.

Gotta love the availability and cost on these. If it were more rare you'd definitely see a higher rating. These are so poundable, it almost seems like stuff that doesn't necessitate a Midwest pour gets dinged (Ding!) score wise from the stoobs.

 780 characters

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus, floral, slight hops, wheat, and salt. Fits the style of a Gose. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus, floral, slight hops, wheat, and salt. Overall, simple, but tasty, and lacking in distinctness.

 361 characters

Photo of seansean95
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've been drinking beer for about 4 years and thought I had a general idea of what flavors beer could throw at me. This beer proved I have a lot more to learn.

Look: pretty transparent golden with some light lacing and a two finger head.

Smell: minimal. Spur scent that alludes to its taste.

Taste: wow. I was not expecting this. Generally when I imagine the taste of beer, it's either bitter or sweet with some combination. The first sip caused my face to pucker like I'd just popped in a warhead. Right off the bat I thought I disliked it, but the more I drank the more I liked it.

Feel: very gentle, smooth, and crisp.

I really wanted to dislike this beer based on the first few sips but I find myself more and more intrigued with each sip. Definitely pick it up if you see it.

 788 characters

Photo of BeerBobber
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden color with streaming bubbles and a soapy white white popping head that goes down quickly.

Smell has that salty almost cracker like like scent that follows with a bready and somewhat lemony scent.

The taste is sour citrus up front that has an almost chewy characteristic. The salty flavors come across mid tongue creating a tart pop .

The tart snappy mouth feel is somewhat light but the sourness lends to a thicker mouth feel with a somewhat wet finish.

Overall I found this to be a most tasty treat to sample. And I am so glad I was able to secure a six pack for me and the wife. This beer is very refreshing, slightly salty and sour but damn refreshing. Overall a very solid winner for my first beer from the Anderson venture.

 753 characters

Photo of allswells
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This reminds me a lot of the Union Old Pro, a local Gose brewed here in MD.

Look: The head fades very quickly, a nice light-straw color
Smell: Very tart, strong lemon scent. A few sweeter fruits as well, although I can't particularly distinguish what I'm smelling
Taste: Solid taste! Like the Old Pro, it is incredibly tart, which I love. Unlike the Old Pro, there are also some sweeter notes that almost remind me of dates. This is a VERY salty Gose, which only brings out the tartness and I absolutely love it. Very wheaty finish.
Feel: Incredibly light, this is a perfect summer beer.

Great beer! Not as good as the Union Old Pro (I think there's a little too much going on in this one), but still a solid showing.

 723 characters

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear straw, with a big, foamy white head that disappears quickly, but leaves some lacing.

S: Lots of salty sea brine, hints of spicy coriander, lots of refreshing lemon with hints of tropical fruits like passion fruit, guava, and mango.

T: Both very tart and very salty. Lemon juice concentrate, salty ocean spray, bordering on pickle juice. Crackery malt and coriander are very subtle. Just big punches of sourness with tongue-tingling saltiness. Hints of tropical fruits like guava and peach, but mostly just tons of puckery lemon, lactic acid, and salt.

M: Medium-light body. Actually, an excellent body for 4.2%. Highly carbonated like champagne. Not creamy, but very fizzy and spritzy like lemon-lime soda.

O: A really darn good gose. One of the best widely available gose. Very sour and salty, which is my personal preference.

 850 characters

Photo of Sconnolly1
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Didn't expect to like it as much as I did. Nice amount of salt really helps rounds out the sharp citrusy sourness. Much easier to drink than I thought It'd be. Quite nice.

 172 characters

Photo of stevoj
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The saltiest gose I’ve tried to date, salty enough to make you thirsty. Would be an excellent food accompaniment. Extremely pale, almost zero head. Tart nose followed up by puckering saltiness. Very true to the style, but an acquired taste....

 245 characters

Photo of RacerX5k
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not bad but not nearly as good as Distihl's Here Gose Nothin'. Milder in aroma and taste. Pours cloudy yellow, not much aroma at all. Taste is crisp, refreshing, tart, lemon and finishes dry.

 191 characters

Photo of bmeehan
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is delicious. Compared to the Blood Orange gose, I think it stands up well and may even be better. This beer is tart and sweet, really smooth, and not at all hard to drink. Perfect for a hot day.

 205 characters

Photo of BWED
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a teku.

A- Clear blonde. Head is white and dies quickly.

S- Grainy, and agitation produces a mild lacto tang and some salinity.

T- Tangy lacto. Pretty cut and dried flavor.

M- Lighter body. Tang bite from the beginning, but finishes on a sweeter note.

O- Pretty mild. Not a lot of depth, but I love that transition into a sweet finish.

 367 characters

Photo of kalosjakar
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellowish/straw colored with a large fizzy head.

Coriander up front, different than the other Gose from Anderson Valley where I got more subdued coriander notes. Faint sea salt aroma. Hint of grain.

Taste: very tart up front, again moreso than the other Gose from Anderson Valley. Slightly fruity after the tartness fades. Definitely salty. It seems like this is their over-the-top Gose. I much prefer the Briney Melon and the Blood Orange varieties. This isnt bad though, very refreshing and crisp, slightly dry taste. Sour lemon at the end, compliments the tartness.

 578 characters

Photo of q33jeff
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the ginger man,nyc. Aroma. Faint, Appearance. Medium Yellow, little head. Taste. sour, blueberry, raspberry, a lot going on. Crazy beer...hard to say what i feel about it....some good, some bad, some ugly.
Had from a can at Family Holiday Party. Sam brought a 6-pack. Sours are still strange to me, but I still like this.

 365 characters

Photo of GrumpyGas
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The Kimmie is bright,
The Yink is tart,
And the Holy gose is dry.
A refreshing change of pace, but I can't imagine having more than one.
A 16 oz draft pour has nearly no whitish head over a clear straw colored brew. The lemony aroma is inviting.
The tartness hits hard and finishes very dry.
I almost like it.

 320 characters

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy yellow color with thick white head that dissipates very quickly leaving nothing no lacing.

Smell faint hints of fruit little lemon citrus and a hint of yeast.

Taste mostly fruity flavors and tart lemon sort of sour like a candy,

Feel pretty dry and tart little burn from the bitterness.

Overall surprised I kind of like this i would probably have it again even though it was not a favorite.

 407 characters

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

Can poured into a pint glass, the brew appears pale yellow in color with clarity and fizzy white head.

It smells lemony lactic, tart and contrasting sweet wheat/cereal grains. Flavor is tart and lemony lactic with a soft grainy finish.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. Very crisp, tart and enjoyable. This effortlessly drinkable with low key salinity. Id throw this back by the bucketfull in the summer.

 419 characters

Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow, and if not for the relatively still surface, looks very similarly look to a New England pale ale.

Smell is subdued in comparison to flavor and does not give as stark a warning as one might expect, but both nose and flavor contain elements of very sharp, tart but refreshing lemon, salt brine, light wheat and chardonnay.

Feel is nice a crisp, tangy, tart, and goes down relatively wet.

 400 characters

Photo of hreb
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is one of the palest, clearest beers I can recall seeing outside of a macro. Forms a nice big white head, though. Aroma is faint but pleasantly tart. Flavor is tart but mild and exceedingly clean. This beer could be an amazing session beer, if I liked Gose more. Side note: I just realized Gose and Gueuze are different styles.

 372 characters

Photo of Myotus
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 46°F from a 12oz bottle (no date) into a weizen glass. Consumed on 02Dec15.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that halves itself after 40 seconds. There is a large amount of both medium and small rising bubbles. Straw yellow in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Lacing is mostly thin with a few spotted thick areas and moderate in quantity.
SMELL: Strong aromas of wheat and lemony zest are backed my mild aromas of tartness from the lactobacillus, salt, earthy yeast, coriander, and hints of spicy and earthy hops.
TASTE: Mild salt, coriander, and lactobacillus tartness flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by strong wheat flavors and mild lemony zest flavors. Subtle earthy yeast flavors along with hints of spicy and earthy hops enter lastly as all previous flavors grow slightly stronger, except for wheat flavors, which maintain their prevalence.
FEEL: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and finishes extremely crisp. Sourness from the brew playfully agitates the tongue.
NOTE: A Gose with a noticable amount of salt. Although this strays away from the traditional ways Goses are, I loved it. I love the ones that have the salt take the spotlight. That being said, the saltiness was still balanced with the other flavors.

 1,301 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,938 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.