Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #117
Ranked #1,629
4.24 | pDev: 8.25%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into ploughshare widemouthed glass.

Hazy yet vibrant bright yellow color with a fluffy head of 1/2 finger.

Nose is crisp and clean and is of lemon tea, slight salty tropical fruit core, and bready malt.

Flavor is surprisingly juicy but leans more to the lemon iced tea aspect, with slight sour gummy worm, tangy yuzu fruit, lemon rind, lime rind, sea salt, and a finish of bread crusts. Good balance of sour and salty and sweet.

Feel is crisp and clean, refreshing, slight lingering chalkiness but not overwhelming.

Overall an interesting take on their Gose. I still think Key Lime is the best one!

Feb 26, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/11/18.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. Fizzy carbonation quickly rises, and thin bubbles of head settle around the glass.

Tart citrus and floral notes ring true out of the gate. As it warms, the coriander emerges stronger, but overall this nose is fairly simple, crisp, clean, and very pleasant.

Tart citrus, salt, and coriander all balance each other perfectly in this light, refreshing gose-style sour.

Lightly acidic, salty, faint tannins left behind. Very crisp, very refreshing. Light, sharp carbonation.

Nov 19, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from Dragginballs76. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 10/11/2018. Pours moderately hazy deep golden/yellow color, with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, sea salt, coriander, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light pepper/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, yuzu, salt, coriander, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, sea salt, coriander, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light pepper/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness; light wheat tang, and coriander spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, sea salt, coriander, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light pepper/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, yuzu, salt, coriander, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with and awesome malt/tartness balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tartness and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic, and lightly saline/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4%. Overall this is an outstanding fruited gose. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, yuzu, salt, coriander, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp/clean to drink with the mellowly acidic/drying finish. Not overly lactic or salty. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesome balance of vibrant yuzu, Lacto complexity, and pale/wheat malts against acidity; with just the right amount of salt/coriander spice. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

Nov 03, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance has a hazy somewhat golden/orange colored body with a half fingered white foamy head that dies within several minutes. The smell has a strong tart/sour aromas coming out with a decent lemon/orange. The taste has a strong bitter lemon up front to combine with a sour, tart, somewhat saltiness (and that what’s saves it). As it all combines for a decent salty somewhat tart/sour refreshing aftertaste. There is no finish. On the palate, she sits about a light to medium and comes across somewhat sessionable. Carbonation seems good for the style and for me as its not too harsh. Overall, this is a very good Gose that I would have again.

Jun 22, 2017
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is golden yellow with lots of tight white head. Nose has a fairly bright citrus, light salt, faint wheat, white pepper. Flavor has a lot of juice and citrus to it, gets a little oily from the juice, moderate acidity, lighter body, assertive carb.

Jul 14, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass from a growler filled at Westbrook.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. No lacing.

S- Smells like the Gose with an extra citrusy kick reminding one of mandarin orange.

T- Tastes like the Gose but the yuzu really drives home the citrus flavors bringing more of a grapefuit characteristic to the table. There's still that weak wheat aftertaste that I get out of the original Gose but the yuzu does a good job of covering that up mostly. Incredibly drinkable.

M- Just the right amount of tartness with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Definitely an improvement over the original since I like a bit more sweetness in my beers. Honestly, this is the only incarnation of a Gose I truly enjoy.

Jun 23, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Siding as much with berlinerweiss and fruited Belgian sours as it does with the salty gose, the high tartness, sharp acidity and rich mineral character offers much reward and equally as much challenge.

Bright in its deep straw pour, the common wheaty haze masks any brilliant clarity. Its unfiltered character pushes an abundance of carbonation to the rim, nearly billowing with champagne like streams and popping. High tartness tingles the nose with dried lime, crabapple, grapefruit and green apple. Zesty flavors spring from the tongue, leaving behind a terse bread and slim sweetness.

Upon the middle, any bread or sweet tastes are short-lived as the ale prefers a bracing acidity in any absence of meaningful body or sweet balance. Those high citrus flavors take full command and offer a mineral character that's as much of iron as it is of salt.

Complete dryness overtakes the finish as the ale closes with a snap. Elements of citrus peel, soft perfume and sour white grapes give its waning moments a convincing champagne character, if not for the linger of wheat that returns in echoes.

Oct 21, 2014
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance - The beer poured a golden color with a bubbly white head.

Aroma - It would be easy to describe the aroma as salted crackers. One detects the salt and breadiness in the aroma.

Taste - My initial impression is salty sour fruit. On detects the salt, but there is more fruitiness than the regular gose. The malt create a biscuit impression with acts as a backbone to the sour in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is not overly aggressive, but it is noticeable. The sour lingers, even with the carbonation.

Overall - I like this beer and need more. I do think I might like regular Westbrook gose better though.

Sep 29, 2014
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cosmicevan from New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

huge thanks to 2000drafts for sending me a 2nd box of extras...just insanity. enjoyed the other day from a westbrook snifter...reviewed from notes. pours a really murky cloudy orange yellow. cloudier than the gose. nose is sweet n sour and salty with a bit of a fruity tartness that you don't find in the gose. taste matches the nose. a bit more full than gose and less salty/sour, but along the lines of gose with a twist. super refreshing and great warm weather beer. wish i could find this locally.

Jun 02, 2014
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MarcWP from Arizona

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Russian River stem.

Appearance is hazy, gritty pale yellow with a small white head that dies to the smallest of bubbly rings around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is much of the standard Gose but with a tropical fruitiness on top. Given this beer is 5 months old not sure if the nose has weakened with time. Lemon, sea water, hints of mango, coriander, and a kiwi or loquat bitter fruitiness in the distance.

The palate delivers what I think is a more drinkable Gose than it's sibling. A fruit juice sweetness balances out the sour nicely while not shutting out the brine like spirit of the beer. I am certain it's less fruity than it probably was fresh as there is a dose of earthy pulp like fruit tannin flavor as well but it's quite the nice companion to the flavor profile as it adds some depth and roundness to the overall experience. Drinking really nice.

Mouthfeel is light with lower carbonation than the standard. I think a bit more bubbly would do this beer some good.

Overall I like this better than the standard Gose. Even at this age. The yuzu fruit juice really adds a tropical like twist to the original and surprisingly possibly some sweetness. Highly crushable, flavorful, and light summer drinker.

May 17, 2014
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notchucknorris from California

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazed dull apricot color with a half finger white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: The citrus and the saltiness in here hit you pretty hard right away. Tons of sweet lemon, salt, limestone, margarita mix, lime syrup and some umami. Can't say I've ever smelled a beer like this before. I really like it.

T: The initial taste is like licking a lemon that's been dipped in salt. Cocktail sauce, light crackery malt, citrus peel, tangerine and some sour pink grapefruit. Finish gives just a touch of wheat and a lingering salty lemon twang. Intensely sour and salty at the same time with a drying finish that leaves you wanting a lot more. This is an amazing beer.

Apr 30, 2014
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz tulip on tap at the brewery

A: very hazy, pale straw yellow, sliver of white head, no real lacing

S: salty, tart, sweet fruit

T: wheat, tart, sweet fruit, sweet citrus, degree of sourness is pretty big, a bit puckering at times. Delicious

M/D: medium body, carbonation on the heavier side, crisp mouth feel, refreshing , great drinkability

O: Overall, pretty awesome. I love the Gose, and the fruit addition adds a nice touch.

Apr 17, 2014
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GPHarris from Alabama

3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a one finger thick fizzy, off-white head into a tulip glass that disappeared quickly. the body was a hazy straw golden color.
s - juicy aroma with some breadiness.
t - much juicier tasting than gose and the wheat comes through more.
m - medium, bubbly.
o - not as tart or salty as their gose and as stated above much juicier. delicious beer but i prefer gose as it is saltier and more tart to me.

Apr 04, 2014
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated of 12/18/13 poured into a pint glass...

A - Yellow as the sun in color, frothy white head with moderate lace retention

S - Straight lemons up in here. So tart with a little wheat mixed in

T - Lemonade! Salt, coriander, and wheat are generously involved here. Absolutely puckering. Some lime juice as well, grassy.

M - Thin feel, mild carbonation, biting down the palate

O - This is an excellent Gose. Very very tart but seems to temper as it warms. One of my favorites I've ever had of the style, bravo

Mar 31, 2014
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet. Acquired as a generous extra in a trade with dbrelsfo, thank you!!

A- Pours a hazy, dull lemonade-colored body with a fizzy white head that reduces quickly and doesn't leave any lacing or retention.

S- Lots of lemon juice, lime juice, a citrusy aroma that I'm assuming is gozu, lemon zest, some wheat and malt.

T- Sour lactic acid, lemon juice, tart citrus, some spice, slightly salty on the follow through. Subtle malty/bready on the aftertaste. The sourness is not like that of a wild ale, which have a funkier flavor.

M- Light, crisp, refreshing, highly carbonated.

A very nice change of pace from the higher ABV beers that I've been drinking. I like it, the refreshing citrus is nicely balanced and not too overbearing.

Mar 31, 2014
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really bright lemony citrus nose on the beer that pours a hazy straw color with wispy head. Tastes exactly like Gose with Yuzu juice. Very refreshing to have a beer deliver on what you expect from it. The beer is also refreshing in general. It's pretty tart from the yuzu juice but not a sour/funkiness from a wild ale.

Mar 03, 2014
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WTKeene from New Mexico

4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated December 2013 into a Prairie Teku glass.

Appearance: A gentle pour, but next to no head. What was there dissipated quickly. The beer itself is a milky and hazy white/yellow, fading to a pale orange around the edges.

Smell: Tart, floral citrus. Hints of apricot and wheat come through as well. The slightest bit of salinity is peeking out as well.

Taste: Lots of Yuzu. Very floral, with hints of lemon peel backing up the Yuzu. Typical wheat sourness, and a salted cracker malt background. Reminds me quite a bit of Art #14 from Night Shift, even though that's brewed with Pluots. Very sessionable for a sour though. Refreshing tartness, not mouth-puckering by any means. This is absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation that doesn't go overboard at all. Rather thin, not much in the way of linger, except perhaps for a slight saltiness.

Overall: Westbrook really knows what they're doing here. This is a delicious beer by any standard. Would love to get more, I was thrilled to receive this as an IP extra but would happily have traded for it.

Mar 02, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

strange but I guess I never reviewed Goze, or it got lost in a crash perhaps. Anyways thanks to rudzud for sharing this one.

Pours a big creamy foamy 1 finger head that fades fairly slowly, decent lacing, hazy milky orange pale color.

Nose is really interesting, orange cream aroma with little fruit that's like orange and lemon and kumquat combined, with an interesting coriander note in the background and hint of salt, mild tart note and little malt.

Taste stats with a nice sour note, good tartness with little citrus, little orange and lemon too, actually quite lemony, with little coriander spice note and hint of salt. Mild sour wheat flavor with more toasty wheat. Finish is dry and lots of cracked wheat cracker, little salt, little coriander, nice tartness and little acidic bite.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb, little acidic bite and tartness.

Overall pretty nice. Good tartness with interesting fruity citrus, and spices, nice wheat, pretty tasty.

Mar 01, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

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

Received this in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Very, very hazy salt water brownish lemon hue that is pale. This just looks salty..haha! Thin one finger white head faded almost immediately to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Now this is fun! Definitely get the sea salt and light coriander and then get whammed in the face by very strong yuzu citrus juice. I love, love yuzu citrus and this nose delivers tenfold. Salty, sour, light cracker malts and faint wheat....tickle me excited!

T - Taste is tons of yuzu citrus up front, bright and fleshy, before things drop to a more generic tart sourness. Light salt and strong wheat comes in big time and lingers in the aftertaste with more light citrus coming back as well. I like the upfront start with how damn citrusy it is, not quite as salty as I thought it would be. Man this is delicious!

M - Mouthfeel is nice and brightly carbonated, very, very refreshing.

O- Overall I really, really enjoyed this beer. The yuzu is so well utilized here. Just awesome. Could drink this all day.

Feb 20, 2014
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Heavily hazed, dirtied yellow body with a thin, dissipating, white head. Nil lacing.

Smell: Sourish, briny nose with a touch of sourdough, wheat, and spoiled lemons that presents just a slightly fruitier quality than its predecessor.

Taste: Slight, muddled graininess, damp straw, and the sourdough with a vein of cream of wheat underneath the staunch, salty, lactic flavors. Jarring jolt of lemon juice bursts onto the scene soon, as with the original, but more of a defined, authentic fruitiness. The coriander remains rather subtle beneath the peppier elements. Still rather salty. Remains sour and tart on the salty, minerally, saliva-rushing finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light. Medium-plus.

Overall: Skanky and tart, but deliciously, even refreshingly so. Can you imagine? Can y-- Well, you can probably imagine, but yeah. Skanky and tart!

Feb 12, 2014
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jeonseh from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


A - Hazy yellow with a hint of orange and a small white head

S - Salt, tart orange, light sweettarts and vinegar.

T - Tart vinegar, saltwater, light wheat presence, grapefruit and orange peel. Finish is a light tart citrus and slightly bitter grapefruit.

M - Thick, chewy beer with a tartness that lingers on in the finish

O - A good tart gose that isn't as salty as the regular as the fruit tempers down the in your face saltiness of Gose but adds adds an additional complexity that you don't get in the original. It also softens the flavors in the original which makes this one more approachable.

Feb 10, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw capped by three fingers of foam; a few strings of lacing are left behind

Smell: The salt and coriander tones come through with great force, backed up by the wheat bread and yozu

Taste: Lemony and tart, from the outset, with the wheat bread, salt and coriander building; by mid-palate, the yozu flavor adds an additional citrusy boost; while the other flavors don't yield one iota, the salt and coriander really linger into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and somewhat creamy, with a spritzy dose of carbonation and a puckering feel on the finish

Overall: Just a delightful beer to drink; I love both the Gose and the Gozu

Feb 09, 2014
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Jadjunk from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"This is our interpretation of Gose (pronounced "Gose-uh"), a traditional German sour wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt. But this time, we decided to citrus-it-up and throw some ultra-tart Yuzu juice into the mix!" Brewed in the style of a Gose with Yuzu juice added. A one time experimental release that is a recipe variation on Westbrook's highly popular Gose beer.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a white frothed foam head of a light fluffy consistency over a pale lemon body with a dense haziness. Carbonation is light and mild. Retention is above average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Having this beer aside from the standard Gose accentuates the differences, but up front expect strong tart citrus aromas, between grapefruits and lemons in strength and acidity, incredibly potent and forward. Mild cracker malt and fluffy wheat pale in comparison. It's impressive that the addition of Yuzu juice makes such a striking difference, and seems to pair fine with the remaining ingredients. 4

(Taste) The yuzu blends more seamlessly with the coriander and salt in the flavor, moderately intensifying the acidity and tartness of the beer with a near lemon puckering tartness, not to mention a milder cucumber juiciness. The yuzu comes along nearly grapefruit-like, but overall a bit more herbal and tea-like, very pleasant. The malt body is fair by comparison and the wheat body is not nearly as forward as the yuzu but the malt finishes with a lightly salted toasted pretzel bread body that lingers enjoyably for quite some time. Some mild pepper and coriander generate a tingling effervescence that accent the remaining ingredients elegantly. Very enjoyable. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Light, slick, mildly fluffy and very tart. Carbonation accents the acidity with soft frothiness, keeps light and accessible. Body is medium+ for the style, light-medium overall. Alcohol presence is very low, shadowed completely by the acidity that this beer brings. Balance is tart/sour over sweet over bitter. 4.5

(Overall) It's difficult to say if Gozu tops Gose, but easy to admit that they are both fantastic beers. Don't dismiss Gozu as a simple spin on a craft beer cult favorite. Yuzu does quite a bit more than flavor up this beer, adding complexity to the acidity for an even sourer beer than the original recipe. Yuzu manages a nice place between acidic citrus of lemons and juicy grapefruit for a favorable balance and original spin. Combined with sea salt and coriander, this is one fairly flavorful beer to experience, and I would recommend not missing out on this one. 4.25

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Jan 30, 2014
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coriswrasse from North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a bottle inside some old maple syrup vessels that retain head and keep aroma in. This beer is awesome. I could sit at the beach and consume it all day. Front end is salty and a little coriander. Appearence is light with tons of head. Clarity is perfect. A basic gose taste leads into some light sour notes and a mild acidic back end. Nose is awesome Gose with slight sour horse blacket notes; could be a little stronger but perfection is there in subtle amounts. Excellent lasting carbonation throughout. Really can't say enough about this.

Jan 29, 2014
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dar482 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a pale straw color.

The aroma has an incredible sour tartness, lemon, that citrus tropical yuzu, some breadiness and funkiness.

The flavor follows with a sour citrus and yuzu flavor. Then there’s a gentle bready malt. The finish hits of an aggressive saltiness. Almost like a margarita.

A well made gose with an interesting twist.

Jan 24, 2014
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 412 ratings