Salty Kiss | Magic Rock Brewing

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Salty KissSalty Kiss

Brewed by:
Magic Rock Brewing
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally a collaboration brew with Kissmeyer Beer. A traditional German style Gose, flavoured with Gooseberry, Sea Buckthorn and Sea Salt. Tart, lightly sour, fruity and refreshing with a defined saltiness an excellent accompaniment to food. - See more at:

Added by Kirk on 07-21-2013

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Reviews by Hopbomber:
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

With the firm base being of historic German salt beer, its quick wheat and pilsner character is a centrifuge for which earth and tartness swirl about. But with berry and spice additions, complementary flavors and aromas give added complexity and variety.

When the ale pours a bright ruby-pink hue, the eye is take back by its distinctive glowing body. Is zesty froth pops like champagne, pushing tangy aromas of lime, berry, grape and green apple to the nose. Decorated with herbal, floral and delicate pungency; an aura of sea air and flower bouquet lays upon the nose and early palate.

Clean sourness takes hold as an undertow of malt has a wafer-thin sweetness, crispness and short-lived breadiness. But its sour flavor takes the shape of sharp citrus and cider just before the distinctive gooseberry character offers up its sour grape character. Earthy flavors follow with vinous must, wine-soaked cork, and something of the brine and sweat character.

A late charge of straw and damp hay introduces near the finish as the carbonation carries away the taste and allows the piquant acidity of the beer to cleans the palate with utter refreshment and drinkability. Certainly its fruit-forward taste commands the balance, with the gose underlier being in a supporting role, but the ale remains of the finesse type and with seductive sourness that can't be dismissed.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, light pale colour. Smells sightly tart, cherries, and grains. Tastes sightly tart, grainy, tart cherries, gooseberry, light, crisp, very refreshing.

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Photo of acurtis
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gooseberry Gose rebrewed 2015, 5.0% abv

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SierraStonePoint
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheGoonSquad
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a large lasting head.
Nose shows soft wheat, lemon, floral notes and a faint spicy phenolic note. Somewhat faint overall.
Soft gentle flavours. Wheat, tart light fruity notes (gooseberry i guess), a soft grainy note and a hint of salt.
Could use more carbonation.
Very easy-drinking and refreshing.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Zwanze Day, one of the few highlights... quick review from written notes.

Golden amber color, thin layer of foam on the surface, clusters of larger bubbles, and frothy bits of spotty lacing around the edges of the glass. Clarity was good, and retention was also good.

Aroma had a slight lactic twang, mild wheat graininess and some zestiness.

Taste was firmly tart, crisp with a dry finish. A slight fruitiness from the gooseberries (didn't know what it was at the time), creamy middle from the sea salt, though it wasn't at all salty. Spritzy feel, refreshingly clean and nicely put together. One of the more unique examples of Gose in recent memory.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of smakawhat
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a tumbler at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC. From notes.

Real nice unfiltered flowing lemon body with some real nice peach orange hues and colors mixed in. Real nice creamy whipped bright white head presented with a simple good collar that always stays and has even pinhead bubbles throughout while drinking.

Nose is interesting. A little more chewy malt presence and hinting wheat density than most gose, with spritzy lemon, and large amounts of herbal warmth and tonic water aromas. Does not seem particularly salty, but has some hidden in the background.

Palate has a very soft feel but with dense minerality to it. Chewy backbone with some mild lemon and quninine sprity character. Super easy drinking with a great chewy wheat sensation. Very light bodied and easy drinking. Salinity comes out a little more with a nice rocky quality, but more noticeable in flavor than on the nose.

A real nice solid gose.

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Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hdtrice
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Foley67
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zaphog
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drmeto
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

-pours a hazy golden with a small to medium,foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-particle floaties visible
-low to medium sourness
-low to medium carbonation
-light body
Good Gose.The Gooseberry is very subtle.Not that sour for a Gose either

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Photo of eluvah
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerInMyTeacup
3.72/5  rDev 0%

Photo of safaricook
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

I had this as my first beer at Borefts 2014. I liked its refreshing qualities and its drinkability. The low alcohol is also a factor for this. It is sour (probably from lactic acid) and salty, with the wheat malt showing and a gentle bitterness. Furthermore, there was a taste that reminded me vaguely of American hops and grapefruit but it turns out that it had gooseberry additions as well as Sea Buckthorn and Rosehips which are probably responsible for its fruitiness. I liked the take on Gose, but I thought it was a tad too salty and therefore I wouldn't drink much of it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of avschmitt
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Salty Kiss from Magic Rock Brewing
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