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

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The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy GoseThe Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose

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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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a wisps film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly tart with malt, wheat, spice, and salt aromas. Taste is much the same with sour wheat, spice, and salt flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +5%

i like this as much for the beer as i do for the packaging decision. i am sick of a bomber of gose, its a beer for sessioning and drinking enormous quantities of in hot weather (at least it is for me), so its always frustrating to spend upwards of ten bucks for a bottle i will likely have to share anyway and then move on. a nationwide sixer of gose is the ticket, genius really, and although i know westbrook does it too, they dont come out this way too often. the beer itself is right on too, clean but really tart. not as salty as some, but that mouthfeel and minerality are there, along with a citrusy kick thats new to the style for me, and a ton of carbonation that really makes it an outstanding refresher. salty lemon sort of flavor to the finish, acidic enough, and just really delicious ice cold right from the can. i see they also did a blood orange version of this that i really need to get my hands on!

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving some wisps of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of lactic acid are present in the nose.
T: Following the smell, the taste has light to moderate flavors of lactic acid along with slight hints of salt. The lactic acid taste seems to be slightly creamy and have some lemony flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Faint bits of tartness are perceptible.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and makes for a good summertime beverage.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having absolutely no clue as to what a "Kimmie" or a "Yink" is, I am certain that this isn't necessary to understand that this is an incredible German-style gose! Pulling this dead and buried style from the pits of obscurity, Anderson Valley dusts off the style and gives it a heady go.

The "Holy Gose" kicks off with a dirty but pale yellow color and a translucent veil. While its creamy skirt of foam develops, so do earthy-sweet whiffs of lemon, lime, light bread and candied notes. Something of a dry and earthy "7-Up" type taste develops in that very first bubbly sip.

With its low-lying bready sweetness, the beer's acidity takes hold in the middle and provides a tangy and tart taste that flirts with sourness. Its dried citrus flavors link up with grain and bread flavors and textures for a dry malt backbone to support the acidity without competing in taste.

As the rustic ale dissolves in finish, it does so with the briny, minerally and damp hay aftertaste that we've come to enjoy about authentic Northern German gose. Its racy carbonation and bright vinous acidity refreshes the palate at a very high rate, sip after sip. The beer is simply way too easy!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz snifter at the Underground in downtown Edmonton. Awesome regional dialect take on the 'holy trinity' of the father, the son, and the holy ghost.

This beer appears a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a thin cap of thin, soapy off-white head, which leaves a few random specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of grainy pale malt, tart, somewhat oxidized white wine, a touch of sea salt, and sort of mealy, dry peach and apricot. The taste is more mildly tart, vinous generic fruit - underripe red grapes, mostly - some free-standing grainy white sugar, more neutered orchard fruitiness, fading pale malt, subtle saline solution, and weak leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation is pleasantly soft and innocuous, the body on the far side of medium weight, and fairly smooth in its bearing. It finishes almost completely dry, the white wine, salt, and isolated fruitiness allowing for little else.

Another one of those styles, that even when rendered properly, does little for me. Perhaps this would be refreshing on a summery patio, but then why introduce this into Alberta in the middle of our first (of many) deep freezes of the current winter season?

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Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with plenty of actively rising foam, leaving behind flecks of spotty lacing all around the glass. Clarity is good, with a rising plume of visible carbonation.

Aroma is damp, musty, and minerally, like a leaky basement. In a different context such as a wild ale, this would be more welcome but here it's one dimensional and slightly off putting.

Taste is much cleaner and more enjoyable. Tart and lemony, it has a snappy lactobacillus clean tartness with a saline presence towards the end. Finish is bone dry. Light and airy feel with enough champagne carbonation to carry it along. Overall this is a good Gose, maybe not especially nuanced or sweet smelling, but it hits all the notes for me otherwise.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressions from a can:

A: Head is about 2 inches wide. Off-white colour. Recedes within 2 minutes, leaving spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

Body colour is a hazy orange-copper of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Sm: Lactic acid, lactobacillus sourness (about 2-3/10 in terms of intensity), faint salt. I find no coriander.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T: Follows the aroma. Pleasant and enjoyable, albeit straightforward for a gose.

Mf: Acidic, lactic, smooth, wet, refreshing, well-carbonated.

O: Highly drinkable. It's a good gose, but pales in comparison to Anderson Valley's Blood Orange Gose. I'd definitely buy another 4 pack.

High B-

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yay cans!

Chugs out of the can heavily and yields a huge 3+ finger head that I have to wait to dissipate before continuing the pour, which it does so slowly, mild soapy lacing, crystal clear pale tan wheat colored.

Nose is quite doughy and grainy, fresh almost raw sour dough, touch of citrus zest and perhaps coriander but not sure as my mind might be adding that, a little earthiness, mild cracker wheat like too.

Taste starts tart and salty, a strange combo out front, actually turns sour with a sour lemon flavor, very tart, didn't expect that, with a bit of a salt flavor that disappears quickly, but then returns on the back end and finish. A big sour dough fresh bread flavor, raw dough and cracker wheat, little toasty, with again faint coriander I think, but that may be from the yeast, and a little citrus orange note. Finish adds a bit of a bitter rind note, little more salt, big crackery doughy wheat flavor, and more tartness.

Mouth is light bodied, decent carb, a little crispness and flemmy note at the same time.

Overall interesting, I'm mixed on it, it is quite refreshing and enjoyable, but so sour and tart, nice blend of the salt and flavors, actually it was pretty nice for a gose.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 8/29/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright golden color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with solid retention, that reduces to ring of lacing that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, pear, wheat, bread, coriander, sea salt, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of pale malt, sea salt/spice, and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, pear, wheat, bread, coriander, sea salt, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity tartness and salinity on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, lime, green apple, white grape, pear, wheat, bread, coriander, sea salt, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of pale malt, sea salt/spice, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic/saline mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is an excellent Gose style! All around great complexity and robustness of pale malt, sea salt/spice, and fruit yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Anderson Valley Brewing Co. "The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose"
$6 for a snifter @ The Brass Rail, Oldsmar, FL

I'd love to know the story behind the name of this beer but I had it on draft so there was no can or bottle to read - I'll have to look it up. (Note to self: You have to visit this place where the old timers talk funny).

Anyway, gose biers can go several ways. The balance of tartness is the most important, and keep in mind I'm not basing this on anything historical, or on any known beer - because there is/was no existing beer, and there was no measurement at all for pH until at least 1909, and then it was just getting started. The second part is the saltiness. The third is the spice. Beyond that you have malt and hop, but it's these three things that need to fall into line to make the beer work, and I think Anderson Valley has pulled that off. It's salty, then tart, then woody/earthy/spicy. Then you repeat. It doesn't have a lot of depth to it, but it is complex. And refreshing. And at only about 4.2% ABV you can drink a lot of it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 8/17/2014 at Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains funky malts, wheat and touches of citrus and hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of hops that is followed by a thin malt character and some wheat breadiness. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of lemon & caramel. There is very little hops bitterness as there should be in this type of beer and there’s a good balance. The after-taste is tart.

M: Crisp and little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Just a slight haze on the yellowish brew, and a modest foam in the small snifter. Carbonation doesn't last particularly well, and the less-than-lively mouthfeel seems to accentuate the overall sharpness.

A very plain flavor of what used to be malt. Moderately tart with lactic acid. Still an echo of grainy sweetness. Overall, this is sharp but not sour with a dry fruit soda sensation.

I don't think this will win too many friends for the style, but it's certainly cheap enough. One of the less offensive brews from Anderson Valley. From the 12 oz can purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Presents a light yellow body, lightly hazed, with a grim, ill-formed, white head.

Smell: Minimal, minerally wheat malt drenched with sweaty brine, housing a note of tangy lemon and a light lactic underpinning.

Taste: Straw-accented wheat malts, subtly sweet. Rustic lemon, coarse salt. Thin, underlying earthiness and encroaching lactic quality. Not finding much coriander here. Finishes dry, lemon, and with a tanginess that persists into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice, raggedy gose.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising fairly quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint hints of straw yellow + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a couple of small very thin patches on the surface and an extremely thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus, mineral-like saltiness, and a hint of white wine/rose. There are some subtle of hints of spices as well.

T: Upfront there is a very light flavor of slightly sour wheat with moderate flavors of tart lemon citrus and some white wine light fruit (grape) flavor. Light amounts of saltiness and subtle notes of spices. Overall the beer is lightly tart.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Very enjoyable and it has a nice wine-like quality that several wine drinkers I know enjoyed. Good flavors, easy to drink, and refreshing. Definitely worth grabbing if you are not in the distribution area of Westbrook's Gose.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%

I purchased this at the Fridge, enjoyed chilled in a goblet from the can-review from notes.

The color is golden with lightly hazed look and thin white cap which falls to a ring of beads. The smell has a wheat fragrance with lemon in the aroma and mild yeast essence which gives a light sour aroma not really salty in the smell. The feel is tangy and assertive with bright tinge of sour and medium high carbonation with mild malt and light bitterness of salt like a salted lemon drop.

The taste has a lovely tangy citrus quality with mild wheat flavor light lemony tartness with mild wheat that gives a light toastiness w/ mild mineral aspect in the finish which is dry and has a slightly sour flavor still residing. Overall I think this is a great wheat beer with a noticeable sourness level and quenching overall refreshment factor

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Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed bronze with a pinky of fast falling cream colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Tartness, a little bit of breadyness & grassiness.

T: Tartness, sourness,a touch of lemon & grassiness up front. More tartness as this warms, some lemon notes as well. Finishes tart with some pear, lemon & dryness

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation

Easy to drink but a little shallow on the flavor profile, but well worth a go

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Light gold color and clear. Small head but it leaves a nice blanket of lace on the glass.

The smell is masked by the dish washing detergent. After a couple of sips I detect a light pale malt base. Very soft.

The flavor is very good--not very gose-like--but very good. Starts like a blonde ale but quickly becomes very dry. Good hop bite in the swallow but not long lasting. Thinnish body with an elevated bubble level.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Gotta love when a random new gose shows up at your local. In a canned six-pack. Sweet. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a bit more than a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sharp lemon zest, light lemongrass, and a touch of ginger. The taste brings in more of the same, the lemon bringing a nice tartness. A bit of cracked wheat finds its way in there as well. For once, no real salt character is present, though a general mineral quality pervades the tartness, both cutting and bolstering it in turn. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a solid little refresher, something I hope comes around at least annually.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%

From 11/05/14 notes. Had on tap at Spring Lounge in NYC. 16 oz. pour in a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber-orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Sour fruits, salt, butter, wheat, bready malts, dough. Medium body and high carbonation.

Overall pretty good, very tart for a gose. Not my favorite but I digged it and would buy it again.

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

This came out of the cooler at The Fridge and then got set aside as the bottles built up to the point that I held a CANcerted purge over the summer to be able to get The CANQuest ™ back on track. It’s good to be back!

From the CAN: “Bahl Hornin’ since 1987”; “The refreshing tartness in this divine, bright golden-colored ale gives way to earthy undertones and hints of citrus followed by a slight sea salt-like dryness and tangy, effervescent finish.”; “Highway 128 Boonville Session Series”; “Solar Powered Brewery”.

The Crack! let loose a squirt the likes of which I have not seen from an intact CAN! Sometimes, if a CAN is dented, it will push the beer to the top, but in this case, the beer was up to the lip! It must have been overfilled when the lid was seamed on to get it this full. A new standard has been set. I began an inverted Glug, but “effervescent” was the operative word here. Following a brief pseudo-cascade, I got three-plus fingers of puffy, fizzy, bone-white head that was as carbonated as soda pop and lasted for just a short time before fading away. Color was a Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 – 2) and I just urinated a darker liquid. Nose was tart, yet salty. I felt like I was back at sea, smelling the breeze on the fantail. Mouthfeel was thin, but very fizzy. The taste was initially puckeringly tart, like sucking on a lemon, but then the saltiness kicked in, mellowing the intensity of the tartness. Finish was bone dry, puckeringly dry and I could hear the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara Desert as I reached for my asthma inhaler. Well, if you are looking for something very different or if you really want a thirst quencher during the Summer months, this would be it. It was as refreshing as ginger ale, but without the sugar. Pardon me while I try to prise my lips apart.

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

Slightly hazed golden body with bright white head forming thick fine speckled lacing around the sides of my glass. Aroma sharp citric wheat notes, acidity evident even in the nose. You can pick up a touch of lactic acid tartness in a really tart yogurt, or light note of apple cider vinegar is available in the nares. Flavor a mix of tart cider, citric lemon notes, lactic acid found in greek yogurt finishes with an approachable level of brine saltiness finishes bone dry amongst all the tart and salty characters being tossed around. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied the lingering salt and lactic acid tartness really dries that palate out I'm talking a salty dry quality that makes it down the back of your throat. Overall, a solid canned gose in the US of A pretty cool to know that there's more adventurous brewers like Westbrook and Anderson Valley willing to do just that.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden body. Small white head. Retains well. Thick collar and some lacing.

Smell - Wheat. Mild acidity. Not a strong aroma.

Taste - Wheat is again the strongest. Mild sourness. Saltiness is also mild.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Drinkable for what it is, but not a tremendously interesting beer.

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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.

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3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well this certainly is salty. So that is certainly covered. Definitely tart and sour. So that's covered. But it's all kind of one dimensional. Not really interesting or overly complex. I guess I'm jaded because I've had the Westbrook Gose. Decent, but I wouldn't go for it again.

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3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass. Foam UP! right off the pour, oh yeah let's do this wheat ale buddy, right off the pour.

Into the glass thick giant soapy bleach white head, nice and fist full tall but not out of control. Big swiss cheese retention and slowly falling. Very clear slightly dark brass body, with slow rising numerous carbonation. Serious eye candy she is a looker here.

Lots of briney and salty notes. Minimal wheat sensing grain, but an almost herbal sense of bubblegum aromas. Really impressive kind of odd but in a fun way. Not sure where this is going.

Palate comes off a bit of a disappointment for the most unexpected reason. Lots of fruit apple like tartness and aromas. Nothing off though. Crisp finish and some more apple like fruit just comes out as well. Good carbonation and mouthfeel to go with it, but no chewy sense of wheat here either.

Overall, this tastes ironically way too much like cider. That unfortunately doesn't do it for me, while being ok otherwise, but I would pass this up again on the store isle.

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