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Stillwater / Westbrook Gose Gone Wild | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
It's no secret that we like to party, and sometimes it gets wild. So we took the Westbrook's refreshing Gose and cranked up the volume a bit, adding a massive dose of citra & amarillo hops, then fermented it with various strains of brettanomyces... Go Westbrook, it's your birthday, get funky!!

Added by thagr81us on 05-18-2014

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105
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975
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
24.6%
 
 
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City after being surprised to see Westbrook on the menu. Then I noticed the fact that it was a collaboration with Stillwater and it all made sense. Poured into a large Belgian style tulip glass with a big bulbous bowl and a flared rim.

Appearance - Pours an opaque golden orange color that reminds me of the center of a sunny side up egg. Not much, if any, variation in hue through the beer, as it is just murky enough to provide a consistent color throughout. A little darker than I feel like most I've had within the style, but still what I would call a "light" beer, for what it's worth. Atop the body sits a one finger head of frothy white foam. As it starts to dissipate, it leaves succulent white sheets along the sides of the glass that give the appearance of meringue.

Smell - Woah. I've had multiple takes on this style, both German and American, and all seem to vary a little bit in whether you get more sourness, more brine or more citrus. This one is completely different than all of them. Strangely chemical, but not off-putting, and while I wouldn't have picked it out myself, someone suggested to me that it smelled a bit like erasers--like the pink rhombus-shaped ones you had in grade school--and I can't say that they're wrong. I think the reason it isn't off-putting, in spite of the strange aroma profile is because of the presence of other elements like vinegar and lemon juice, and yes, some saltiness. I have no idea how this is going to taste, based on the aroma.

Taste - Well, I can say nothing but good things about the taste. It's incredibly vinegary and puckering, but in a wonderful way. It has a deliciously briny element to it that calls to mind the many varieties of tasty pickled foods. I think the salt plays a large factor in the pickled impression, but here it works into the sourness of the beer in an excellently balanced way. Notes of lemon juice and pickle come through the vinegar and brine and yet it's still refreshing and pretty light on the palate, I think due to a nice undertone of gentler tropical fruit. It's not overt, but enough to prevent the acidity from running "wild", as it were...

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a very aggressive puckering feel on the tongue and in the corners of the mouth. Semi-dry finish.

Overall, I love this beer. While it's a far cry from a traditional gose (if Ritterguts and/or Leipziger are to be taken as examples), it's so deliciously different. The taste is really what makes this beer, and I would encourage anyone who loves sour-tasting beers in general, or pickled foods, to check it out. Stillwater and Westbrook have created something truly unique and amazing.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy yellow with half finger of white head that left nice lacing.

Smell- Extremely funky. Lemon, brett, light wheat elements, some citra hops. Very funky, yeasty, and lemony.

Taste- Very sour lemon up front, light salinity, brett funk, herbaceous hops. All over the place. Extremly sour.

Mouthfeel- High carbonation, very light body, brett dryness, mouth watering acidity.

Overall- What an interesting beer! very sour and drinkable with a nice blend of sour citrus, herbaceous hops, and brett funk.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With collaborations-a-plenty in the craft beer marketplace, every once in a while, one will actually be an improvement over anything that each brewery could simply do alone, rather than one just being weird. That happens as the collaborative minds of Stillwater and Westbrook clang together.

Its hazy canary-yellow color is a prelude to its sharply acidic tone that defines the beer. But first, its underpinnings of bready pilsner and wheat take hold in a thin cracker-like taste. But that's all short-lived as the sweet and tart flavors grow rapidly and provide a "lemon drop" type of candied tanginess.

But tangy turns to full-out sourness as the powdered sugar sweetness dissolves quickly, leaving the taste of dried lemon and lime to carry a cork-like musty earthiness across the middle. Its palate-stripping vinous acidity is accompanied by the characteristically mineral and salt fullness. Together, a notion of sweat and tin elevate the beer's sourness and enliven its yogurt-like lactic tartness.

Its finish is highly crisp, clean and decidedly piquant; leaving the palate refreshed with an afterglow of fleeting lemon tartness. After a brief delay, an echo of dry wheat revisits the palate deep in aftertaste.

Though many of the classic gose are long gone, comparisons to American attempts are few and far between. But with recent brewing advancements in place, Gose Gone Wild doesn't only compare favorably, it likely surpasses many of them in quality and crispness.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart lemon peel, lime, green apple, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, mango, white vinegar, brine, herbal, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, white bread, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, citrus/tropical hops, and brine/pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon peel, lime, green apple, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, mango, white vinegar, brine, herbal, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, white bread, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon peel, lime, green apple, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, mango, white vinegar, brine, herbal, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, white bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of fruity/funky yeast, citrus/tropical hops, and brine/pale malt sweetness; with an awesome malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with very smooth, crisp, and moderately briny/acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.3%. Overall this is an absolutely incredible hoppy gose style! All around fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/funky yeast, citrus/tropical hops, and brine/pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. An extremely delicious offering.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is amazing, such a puckery experience, as if the regular westbrook gose could get any better, well, it did. the addition of brett to the mix t play with the lacto is really what makes this different. its pale yellow and hazy in its look, very heady, with a ton of sediment in there too. the nose and taste are both tangy, more like the gozu on the fruitiness than anything else. the saltiness is there too, clean though for its yeasty look, and really really dry and brightly carbonated. the funk of the brett adds a layer to the sourness of the lacto, and the result is splendid. the fruitiness has a grapefruit character, maybe from some hops? you dont usually see hoppy gose. its also got a peachy creamy thing going on, which really works in the style. this is easily the most evolved example of a gose i have ever had, wild yeasts on both the hot and cold side, which make this all the more interesting from a process standpoint. thanks to drlovemd87 for sharing this with me, what a treat! perhaps this is the most refreshing beer ever made...

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Photo of braugon
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of tbryan5
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky yellow with minimal head.
S- Tart with some lemon zest.
T- A slightly citrusy tartness and mildly salty.
M- Medium carbonation and light body.
D- Its a superior gose. Just not my style...

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Krafty34
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of lateralundertow
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber bottle into 3 10oz Tired Hands glasses.
Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a 2 finger fizzy head that lingers unlike the base beer.
Striking tart yet full of brett fruitiness on the nose. Hops are present as well.
The dry hopping adds a little bitterness and lemon zest to the already salty Westbrook Gose. Incredibly fruity and tart.
This is by far the nicest gose style beer I have tried.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer was a faint hazy orange color. There was a small white head that disappeared quickly.
Lemon aroma, tart. Some floral and earthy hops.
Sour lemon taste. Salty and mineral-like.
Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Todd
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of barhoc11
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of StoutFox
3.57/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcorn
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 77apm
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Dbrulet
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmcurran
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris_Panos
4/5  rDev -8%

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