Against The Grain / Aviary & Fountainhead: There Gose The Neighborhood
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Against The Grain / Aviary & Fountainhead: There Gose The NeighborhoodAgainst The Grain / Aviary & Fountainhead: There Gose The Neighborhood
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Style:
Leipzig Gose
Ranked #440
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,722
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 14.99%
Reviews:
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Ratings:
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Against The Grain / Aviary & Fountainhead: There Gose The NeighborhoodAgainst The Grain / Aviary & Fountainhead: There Gose The Neighborhood
Notes: One of our latest collaboration projects with Chicago IL’s finest. World renowned cocktail kitchen, The Aviary and Chicago hot spot Fountainhead, sent their finest artisans down to join us in crafting this unique take on a classic style Gose. Resulting was a roasted red pepper, cilantro, and calamansi lime infused Gose bier.
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 111
Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, this brew is cmostly clear and yellow, without much of a head. The nose has a tart sharpness that leads you to think it will be very sour. There is plenty of fruit and funk in the smell as well. The taste is more balanced than I expected, with enough sourness to keep it interesting and refreshing. Medium body. I didn’t the the salty fullness of a normal guse, but it is still quite interesting.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"We had no idea what would happen when we invited Cleetus Friedman (Fountainhead) and Micah Melton (The Aviary) down for a beer. Turns out THIS happened. A ratchet gose featuring the freshness of cilantro and roasted red pepper, balanced with the co-mingling tartness of calamansi limes and sea salt." Brewed in the style of a Gose beer, available in 500ml. bottles and on limited draft. Collaboration between Against the Grain, Fountainhead and The Aviary.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy head of a pastel white over a lighly hazy golden amber body with moderate, lively carbonation. Retention is poor and there is no visible lacing. 2.5

(Smell) The aromas of roasted pepper and soapy cilantro come through most strikingly up front, followed by the drying twang of abundant sea salt , sweet lime and mild bite of coriander. The adjuncts in this one truly distract the nose and there's no denying this isn't remotely close to true to the style, but it's interesting to say in the least, a bit aromatically sharp on the roasted pepper and cilantro aroma, but to be expected. Potency is moderate/high. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor largely follows the aroma, with leading roasted pepper and soapy cilantro flavors yielding slightly to the soft acidity and sharpness from a moderately salted and spiced finish. It's really busy and neither the cilantro nor red pepper feel like complimentary flavors in this beer, really sharp and distracting, not allowing for much subtlety in the malt, salt or acidic adjuncts to shine. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, slick, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is peppery, herbal and roasty over sweet and acidic. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) This is truly what I think of in a kitchen sink recipe that is almost guaranteed to be a mess. Cilantro may be my favorite ingredient ever added to food in human history, but really clashes strongly with the subtleties of this beer, and doesn't contribute the positive, citrusy and bright attributes that I think of in cilantro going in. The cilantro with the roasted red pepper flavor dominated this beer's flavor, with my most curious addition, the calamansi fruit fading into obscurity. It's pretty messy, but I didn't expect much better going in. This is certainly something interesting, I'll give it that. 3.25

Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse's
There Gose The Neighborhood
3.29/5.00

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Faint aromas of red peppers are present in the nose along with some hints of sour citrus.
T: The taste starts off with some sour flavors of limes and finishes with notes of red peppers, which seem more like deseeded chili peppers.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer is very interesting as it starts off like a gose but almost finishes like a chili beer. It is very unique.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jmasher85
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that hides nothing about what it is. If you read the label, you're getting most of what you need to know about how it tastes and smells. If you want the beer equivalent of an appetizer at a vegetarian garden party, look no further.

The salty roasted red pepper come out especially strong in this beet, but the other ingredients certainly make themselves known. There is a slightly puckering feel on the sides of the tongue in the finish which stays for a while, and make this a perfect beer to pair with a sausage or pasta salad. Actually, I'm kinda annoyed I didn't know that before or I would have prepared something.

Honestly, this isn't a beer to drink on a quiet afternoon or at a bar with friends. It's a beer to be paired with a nice savory meal and enjoyed for the peculiarity of itself.

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Photo of macher0
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to snifter.

A. Light straw color. Translucent, coarse to moderate bubble head quickly forms, then quickly dissipates.

S. Dank sock, funk, and sour bugs are the dominate and up front notes. The finish is fresh greens-like lemongrass or freshly mowed fescue.

T. Light tartness. Not very complex but many notes become apparent. The notes are parsley, carrot juice, sour bugs, straw, and cilantro.

M. Smooth, moderate to low carbonation, and light body.

O. This is another weird ass beer from, or at least to a certain degree, from ATG. It's not bad, just strange. A straight forward Gose works better. I have purchased this multiple times but the competition is getting strong so I may steer in another direction next time.

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Photo of tigg924
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, gold, with moderate carbonation and no head. Taste and smell are herbal. Definitely get the roasted red pepper and cilantro. Salt and wheat are also present with a touch of lime. Part of the taste is similar to that of when lime mixes well with Corona. Salt level is moderate for the style. The taste is very very interesting. I have had herbal beers before that have gone horribly wrong. They taste like bad incarnations of V8. That is not the case here. The herbs are blended beautifully and tastefully. The beer also still tastes like a beer. One of the more creative beers I have had in a while. This is certainly a beer I would get again if I could find it.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this poured into a weizen glass. Color was a light translucent yellow, very inviting. Aroma was lemon and peppers. The flavor was very unique, sour at first, then turning to sweet and coriander, then spicy finish of red pepper flakes. Mouthfeel was smooth. Again, very different taste, probably not something youd drink everyday but worth a try.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer tastes and smells exactly like its adjuncts. I'm having trouble reviewing this beer because, as a gose, it's... good? ish? As a gose brewed with roasted red pepper, cilantro, and limes, it's.... perfect....

I guess you should buy it and try it yourself. It's interesting enough to warrant the price of admission... I just can't really tell if it's good. I'm enjoying the experience though, you should -DEFINITELY- try this beer; don't get me wrong. Like other reviewers have said, this is kind of like drinking the flavors that a food should taste like.

I'm giving it 4's across the board because I don't know what to think. Good enough for a 90 I say.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear pale straw yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy white head that quickly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass and a tiny patch of very thin film in the center of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted red pepper and herbal cilantro over the top of lighter aromas of briny slightly sour wheat.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of slightly sour wheat which is followed pretty closely by the moderate to strong flavors of roasted red pepper. Then there are some light flavors of citrus/lime and cilantro. Finally there is a light to moderate briny saltiness in the finish. Overall, lightly sour and briny with minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall this is an interesting beer - the combination of cilantro, lime, and roasted red pepper integrate in an interesting fashion with the slightly sour and salty gose. Seems more like a combination of flavors found in food than in a beer but glad I grabbed this one.

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Photo of economice
2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: Pours a murky golden peach with no head to speak of. Reminiscent of from-concentrate grapefruit juice at a complimentary Ramada breakfast buffet.

Smell: I'm sensing pickled red peppers from Wegman's Mediterranean Olive Bar. I am conflicted as to whether that is a good thing or not.

Taste: Tastes like overly salted roasted red pepper hummus in liquid form, like if you left a container of Tribe in the fridge for too long and drank the questionable pool of condensation floating on top. I'm not tasting any cilantro which is disappointing. It's still drinkable though, I'm not viscerally disgusted. Aftertaste is like that of a forgettable pre-made chipotle chicken wrap from the grocery store.

Feel: Seems a little under carbonated, but I drink a lot of seltzer water so who knows.

Overall: Interesting but wouldn't buy again. The red pepper schtick is too overwhelming, but again I do find it relatively drinkable. I like Against The Grain in general but this one didn't deliver as expected because I was super pumped for some serious cilantro taste, which I didn't get.

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Photo of cbutova
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at Against the Grain Brewing/Smokehouse in Louisville, KY back in August. Stored cold since.

A- Poured from the 500ml bottle to my snifter with a fairly cloudy golden body. A white head builds up to about one finger but is ultra-fizzy and dies down almost immediately to nothing. Lacing is non-existent.

S- Tart lactic acid and roasted red peppers burst from the glass with an apparent fruitiness and tartness hinted at. A blast of citrus zest, I suppose that must be the calamansi.

T- The calamansi opens up quite a bit here lending sourness and flavors reminding me somewhere between bitter limes and oranges. Roasted red peppers and lactic acid are combined but for me clash quite a bit and stay as two distinct entities. Coriander takes a back seat but salt is also mixed in somehow.

MF- Light and quite dry overall with a moderate sourness. The carbonation is fizzy and high and overall it is not very creamy or smooth. Finishes with a mix of sour and citrus peel bitterness.

I like the ambition but I don't think the roasted red peppers work at all in this beer with the lactic and citrus sourness going on. The flavor of the calamansi is very nice and would actually make a killer Gose on its own.

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Photo of Etan
3.45/5  rDev -6%

500ml stubby into a tulip.

A: Dull brass with a small white head.

S: Big roasted red pepper aroma. That's about it.

T: Taste brings moderate lactic acidity, a little mineral brackishness, big red pepper, little herbal.

M: Light-bodied, dry, low carb.

O: I'll dock it points for the pepper being the only of the many ingredients that I can actually taste, but give it some credit for the red pepper flavor actually working with the acidity.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Picked up a 500 ml bottle in a trade with Macher0. Poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass.

Pours a hazy golden hue with a decent head that dissipates as quick as you pour it. Aroma is pronounced and smells like a straight up Berliner Weisse at first but gives way to coriander and tropical fruit and faint hints of cilantro and red pepper. Flavor is salinic but not offensive, cilantro and red pepper are much more prevalent than in the flavor. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with nice effervescence.

Great summer-time session beer!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first smaller bottle from Against The Grain Brewery, and another new gose style beer for me. Bottle lists a 4.50% abv. An interesting premise, to be sure, "brewed with roasted red pepper, cilantro, calamansi fruit, sea salt, & coriander".

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a mostly flat orange colored body. Forms about a finger of fizzy bubbly head that disappears almost instantly. A nice appearance for the style.

S - Wow, what a unique smelling beer. The roasted red pepper is more than apparent. I probably wouldn't guess cilantro, but there is definitely lots of green herbal spicing present.

T - The taste follows the nose - lots of vegetal / herbal presence from the roasted red peppers, tart citrus from the calamansi limes, and a nice touch of the sea salt. I'm not picking up any distinct coriander, but I don't doubt it is in there. Dry wheaty & yeasty on the finish. None of the flavors overpower each other, and are all in good harmony, I would say. It has a slight bacterial yeastiness going on also.

M - The feel is crisp & lightly tart / salty. Medium-bodied with low lying carbonation.

Overall, a very interesting and unique twist on the style. Not a super easy drinking beer, and I probably wouldn't want more than one bottle, but it is definitely worth a try. Well worth picking up if you see it in your area.

Against The Grain Brewery There Gose The Neighborhood ---3.5/5

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Aaron for sharing!

Pale hazy gold, thin film that fades after a minute.
Savory aroma, red bell pepper, coriander, celery salt.

Taste is also very savory, red bell pepper and salt come through, lightly tart. Very pleasant, light and savory. Pretty strange, but all the ingredients are right there on the label, it's not a big surprise.

Overall a very unique and salty Gose, would be perfect for a michelada or a bloody. For fans of Shorts Bloody Beer, etc.

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Photo of teledeluxe
2.24/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

I'll start by saying that I love both the gose style and Against the Grain.

Appearance and mouthfeel: Both on par with what I'd expect out of a decent gose.

Smell: This is where things go downhill fast. Straight up smells of vomit. I can forgive the smell actually. After all, I'm drinking a sour beer with salt. I expect some funk. But damn, does it ever smell like stomach acid.

Taste: This category is paramount. If I don't like a beer's flavor, nothing else really matters. Initial taste is gose with some off flavors. What is that, pizza? Blech! I finished the whole bottle, but it was a pretty tough venture.

Overall: Sadly, I did not like this beer at all! It smells of vomit and with a huge aftertaste of pizza. Would not drink again under any circumstance.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In food preparation, the spices of salt and pepper are used routinely to bring out other nuances in dishes or to heighten the savory aspects of taste. Traditional German gose did this prior to extinction. But pulling it from the grave, Against the Grain teams up with The Aviary and Fountainhead for a full-out meal of a beer!

Its understated pale straw color is a calming presence just ahead of all the craziness. But one whiff is simply ablaze with sourish lime, chipotle flesh, herbal gardens, a whiff of sea air and a musty wheat presence to pull it all together.

And then to taste, a bready foundation is laid with fresh baked bread, dough, melon and lemon drop. As its sour taste latches onto the taste buds, its peppery bite ensues- bringing with it a light smoky presence, a capsacin bite and a savory saltiness that's mildly hammy.

Its spicy, acidic and fruity finish is slow to release its complexity as the abundance of carbonation tries to dry the palate with thirst quenching refreshment. As they duel out the flavors a heat and prickle overtakes them all.

Its obvious that the "gose" style wants to die. But its guys and gals like these that are dragging the style into the twenty-second century kicking and screamin!

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Against The Grain / Aviary & Fountainhead: There Gose The Neighborhood from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 111 ratings