Island Reserve: Gose Beer | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Gose is an uncommon style in modern times: an unfiltered wheat ale, brewed with a bit of salt. While salt seems like an unlikely ingredient, the result is a dry, spicy, lightly fruity, and flavorful beer.

Added by VictorWisc on 08-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 83
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +12%

Where it seems that brewers are getting themselves confused over what's a gose and what's a berlinerweiss, The brewers for Cisco has their finger on the pulse of the gose style and know how to knock it out of the park!

Bold cloudiness accompany the pour with a bready visual texture to capture those bright lemon drop hues. Its tall froth builds from champagne-like streams of bubble and pop to delight the senses with a doughy, fruity and spicy mix. Its dense flavor weaves together the finer notes of sugar cookie, whole wheat and light bread head of its lush lemony tang.

The beer billows in taste across the middle palate where its bready sweetness is slow to relax and keeps the taste creamy, full and spicy. While the salt additions tether through the flavor, aiding in its full taste, mild white wine acidity, apple, clove and white pepper pay homage to the hefeweizen in Bavaria.

Nearly forceful with carbonation, the tightly woven bubbles ensure a creamy malt structure from nose to tail. Its full-ish body is mildly cakey as its mineral salts give a savory taste in the ale's softly spiced finish.

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a large (750 ml) shared bottle.

Hazy gold=amber body.

Mouthfeel: Notably high carbonation.

Flavor: Salty and a bit fruity. Medium tart. OK balance.

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Photo of tigg924
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, bight yellow yellow in color, clear

Smell: salt and wheat

Taste: wheat, citrus hops, and salt

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with light saltiness, medium-low carbonation

Overall: I find this beer to be in the middle of the pack as far as goses go. It tastes like a witbier with light salt. The salt taste was a lot lighter here than in other examples of the style that I have had. Not a bad beer, just not one of my favorites in the style.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear bright gold color with a 2 finger foamy white head with solid retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, coriander, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, sea salt, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spice/salt, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, herbal, floral, grass, sea salt, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spiciness with slight tartness/salinity on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, wheat, herbal, floral, grass, sea salt, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice/salt, and pale malt notes; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a nice Gose, very pleasant. Good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice/salt, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of emerge077
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, ruddy yellow, billowing white foam, spotty seafoam lacing.

Aromas of bland wheat and coriander, some perceptible salinity.

Way too salty. Bland wheat and coriander flavors, and what tasted like a tablespoon of salt in the bottle. It was like drinking ocean water by accident, extreme in all the wrong ways. Didn't finish this. Too unbalanced, and not something i'd ever try again.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Turns a Stiegl stange brilliantly clear, golden straw (SRM 2). An enormous, six-inch, pure white, creamy head slowly turns rocky, eventually settling to a sudsy half inch, after leaving patches of lace. Random, tiny bubbles continuously burst from within.

This Gose is equal parts horse blanket and vinegar. The backdrop contains peppery spice and celery. After the first few sips, the aroma of salt spray comes to mind.

This offering is rather bitter for a Gose, though the bitterness is still minimal. It is extremely dry and salt water is clearly present. Light sourness is less than I had hoped. Coriander is also discernible. It has a short, subtle finish and is much better at the cold end of the range.

Explosive carbonation with each sip. A medium body with no alcohol and a rough silk texture. Slight tartness and astringency.

This was certainly not the Gose experience I had expected and hoped for. However outside the style range, it was still enjoyable on a cool, sunny autumn day. I imagine it would also work well on a warm day with mild-flavored food.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, floral, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with salt, floral, and herb flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of floral bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and refreshing.

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Photo of rangerman21
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

rewery: Cisco Brewery
Beer: Island Reserve Gose (2013)

Appearance: Golden straw, cloudy. White head with plenty of lacing.

Smell: Citrus, salty, and some yeast?

Taste: Complex, salty finish with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Well balanced, perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall: certainly unique. Not sure how it stacks up to other in the same style, but it makes me curious to try more.

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Photo of smcolw
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Large, white head. Lumpy settling. Surprisingly little spotty lace. Yellow gold color with a bit of chill haze.

Soft and creamy aroma. Crisp and a bit of alcohol.

Full bodied with a very light carbonation. The taste is of pale malts, sour milk and a bit iron. Less alcohol in the flavor than the smell indicates. There's some spice in the background--corriander and white pepper.

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Photo of Jsmick
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure sure if you could consider this a gose... The beer looks great, tastes great, and is very refreshing and is low in alcohol.... that being said, when I drink a gose, I don't usually expect an overwhelming flavor of hops. This beer is loaded with citrusy hop flavor, which is counterbalanced with a salty twang from the sea water, which I enjoyed, however, there was absolutely none of the sourness that I've come to love and expect from a gose. It's a good hoppy summer beer, but it's not a gose. In that aspect, I was disappointed.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours cloudy and pale yellow. Very Witbeer like. Nice, frothy head. Clearly unfiltered. Lots and lots of lacing.

S-Again, wheat based all the way. I do pickup that interesting saltiness.

T-Witbeer and sea salt. Its not terribly complex. The salt is an interesting touch. Aside from that its kind of a bore.

M-Light bodied with enough carbonation. I only had a small sample but would a lot of this parch me? You know with the sea salt and all.

O/D-It was okay.

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Photo of VictorWisc
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cisco comes through with anther Single Batch Island Reserve that was released today at a Cambridge, MA, bar for the first time. Aside from the fact that it's not a true Gose, it's a very pleasant beer, made with local ocean water instead of salt. But that's not why it's not a true Gose.

Pours hazy pale yellow, cloudy, like a Wit, but a bit darker than the Grey Lady. There is no head to speak of but there is some lacing.

Nice briny whiff upfront, but it's fleeting, followed by a yeast punch. No hops on the nose, but very faint hints of spice. I'm guessing coriander, like its original form, the Grey Lady, but there's really not enough to discern. The aroma is the first dead giveaway that it is not a traditional German Gose--the aromas are more reminiscent of a Belgian Wit or a Saison.

The flavor profile is all Wit plus salt. Definitely can taste the sea water but it's completely inoffensive. This is followed by slightly bitter wheat note before the floral yeast opens up. The taste is distinctly Belgian, not German. Mild floral and citrus finish, with lingering wheat and mild spices (coriander) in aftertaste.

Body light but persistent. Moderate carbonation. Fairly dry and crisp with no discernible alcohol interference.

Really quite a nice summer-style beer. We were joking around with the brewery rep that this is a better (albeit saltier) version of the Grey Lady than the one in cans. This appears to be a fusion style, combining all the elements of a Gose with Belgian yeast and spicing. It would be quite unfortunate if this were only a single batch. This beer should make a regular summer appearance (hopefully long before August 1). I would like a more pronounced aroma in this beer, but it drinks nicely--it certainly kept everyone happy.

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Island Reserve: Gose Beer from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.57 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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