Shade
MadTree Brewing

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Style:
Leipzig Gose
Ranked #446
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,603
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 11.05%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
116
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MadTree Brewing
 
Ohio, United States
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Photo of Sabtos
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bright Fruit Roll-Up red with a short white fuzzy blanket, I'm getting red wine grapes through the smooth, soft round body with a little buttery note and a light fluffy froth that finishes semi-wet and a little bitter of wild herbs.

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Photo of BeanBump
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good summer beer; light and crisp. The can's label describes it as a "tart" beer but to be honest, I got little to no tartness from it. Instead, I got subtle berry mixed with some very light saltiness. The lack of tartness makes this beer incredibly easy to choke down. I could probably kill a can in 2 swigs if there was money on it. Not the most amazing gose Ive ever had but far from the worst.

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Photo of Beejay
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Grapefruit pink fading into grapefruit peel yellow, a small white head on top with large chunks or fruit floating about.

S: Strong blackberry, a touch of tartness, and some sea salt.

T: A bit of berry to start with then, some slight acidic notes, with a little bit of earthy funk thrown in for good measure. Not getting much of the salt in the flavor.

M: Medium light in body with moderate to low carbonation, slightly dry.

O: Overall fruity, and pleasant, but I wonder if the style is the best application.. this could be any beer. So why this style?

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 8/14/2017. Pours lightly hazy reddish/pinkish/orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy blackberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, pear, green apple, melon, red grape, sea salt, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, blackberries, sea salt, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of juicy/tart/tangy blackberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, pear, green apple, melon, red grape, sea salt, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and light peppery yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy blackberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, pear, green apple, melon, red grape, sea salt, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, blackberries, sea salt, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with zero puckering flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from tartness and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, moderately grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic, and lightly saline balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a delicious gose. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, blackberries, sea salt, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink; with the mellowly tart/tangy finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Nice levels of authentic berries with balanced Lacto; solid pale/wheat malt backbone, and not overly salty. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of Grizzarky
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Canned 6/30/17 poured into Tulip.
Pours a cranberry juice color, with minimal head.

Nose is sweet berries

Taste like a raspberry seltzer water with extra berries added. Bit of salt on the finish. No tartness at all.

Feel is light bosied with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall this is Dissapointing. I would never think this was a gose in a blind tasting, I would assume its a fruity wheat beer or wine cooler.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clean, tart, refreshing and ready to tackle summer, the MadTree brewing team use the summer season at its disposal by taking the salty, citrusy and tangy beer and overlaying it with the the blackberry harvest that's in full swing. These dog days may have met their match.

Shade pours with a bright and breaming light blush color, looking like sparkling rosé. Its scant froth teases the nose with red berries, citrus, cider, wine and minerally notes, yet obviously leading with gentle blackberry identity. Sourdough and the likeness of saltwater taffy roll gently on the front of the tongue for initial flavors of fruit and wheat.

As the sweetness and breadiness begins to recede, the tanginess of lactic fermentation brings a light pickling brine and rounds the palate with a host of lime and lemon notes, along with light gooseberry, grapefruit, melon green apple, white grape and again, those stronger berry flavors. Succulent, slightly robust and tart, the berries moderate stance comes across like raspberry, cranberry and redcurrant as well. Faint earth notes carry a dry burlap character in a short and fast finish.

Medium bodied for sour ale, but fairly light overall, the ale is on a drying track but at the risk of thinness and a light watery feel deep on the middle palate. Its brisk salinity helps to give the flavors a heft but seems to inhibit total dryness or the fairly sour finish that Gose often enjoys. Still, the ale's berry influence is irresistible and leaves the tastebuds begging for more.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

5 oz pour on tap

A: Light red hue slightly, looks like cherry soda, decent looking carbonation. Not much of a head.

S: Light berry, wheat, flowery

T: Really huge amounts of wheat, slightly sweet, you can taste the berry and some type of flowernot overly salty and not sour or tart at all.

M: Lighter but not super refreshing

O: This is a bad example of a Gose ot is way too sweet, not tart at all and hardly any salt. It tastes like a fruited wheat beer like Sea Dog would put out. Quite common and not worth drinking.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Purple-pink body, slightly hazy, white head and some lacing.

S - Strong berry front, lactic sourness.

T - Follows the nose, with strong grains, a bit of salt, and a slight tang in the close.

M - Slight pucker. Pretty clean.

O - A nice, tasty Gose, with pleasant but not overpowering berry notes.

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Photo of Maestro0708
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. Can (canned 7/29/16) into a tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful pinkish color. White head quickly dissipates.

Smells fruity and salty.

Tastes very refreshing, only slightly tart. Fruit and salt flavors are balanced.

The feel is light bodied with lots of carbonation.

I like this beer. It's quite refreshing, and the fruit is not overwhelming. I would personally prefer it to be a little more tart but this is not a bad gose at all.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated 6/20/16 poured into a stange
A: Pinkish hue with a one-finger pink head
S: Blackberries, saline, fresh bread
T: Matches the nose
M: Light-bodied, tart
O: A tasty session beer but in my opinion a bit more blackberry/salty/tart would elevate it from good to very good

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can

Pours a slightly hazy berry pink. Sugar white head retains indefinitely as a film.

Smells of saltines and biscuit.

Flavor of salted cracker, biscuit, light blackberry and raspberry, light berry tartness, and a light citrus finish.

Medium to light body, fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

A decent enough lighter beer that goes down very easy. Flavor is mild. All in all, nothing special but not bad. Barely tart for a gose, feels more like a light wheat ale with hints of fruit.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a MadTree becker style glass

This beer pours amber with a lavender tint. It is topped with less than an inch of pinkish hued head that disappears quickly leaving no trace in the form of lacing.

I get a tart blackberry aroma.

The taste is just like the aroma, tart blackberry, with the salt influencing the flavor.

Thin with low carbonation

This is a refreshing brew that I should have had in the summer rather than a 12° winter day.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned July 21, 2015 enjoyed August 30, 2015 in a MadTree tulip/snifter.

Look - Grapefruit pink. Short lived one fourth finger white head. Very large bubbles. Glows. No Lacing.

Smell - Sour. Fruit. Wouldn't say blackberry without looking at label. Grape.

Taste - Salt. Fruit. Sour. Well balanced with classic taste.

Feel - Carbonation is strong. Salt rips away the taste buds. Medium for a light late Summer beer.

Overall - This is my first gose. Reading other reviews it may not be true to style but definitely different enough to explore more. Salty.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

"Enjoyed" from the can in a snifter via a friend who bought a six pack, 3 people tried the beer, and thus I ended up getting 3 of them at work......er......Thanks Kevin (I think....)
This brew pours an attractive light pink with an attractive pale pinkish layer of foam that settles to a modest ring and light lacing. Nose of salt tinged seltzer water and subtle blackberries. Not a lot happening. Flavors follow the nose with a slightly salty taste up front that magnifies and gets rather loud on the back of the taste with a subtle hint of blackberries. Good carbonation helps lift this alka seltzer flavored brew that ends with a salty aftertaste.

This is a hard review to write---I like the brewery (A LOT) and have enjoyed the style before. This is not my cup of brew at all. Thought it would be thirst quenching after mowing the lawn, alas, I am now more thirsty than I was.

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Photo of W_Des
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive reddish purple. Has the tart aroma of blackberries with the smell of seawater. Really crushable. I finished the can before I knew it. Nice salt finish and a tart blackberry body.

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Photo of jp32
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a purplish rose color. Looks fizzy. I notice blackberries in the flavor. Its tart with notes of saline as well. It's a nice offering from MadTree. My wife likes it more than I do. It's a nice offering from MadTree, but I think berry goses just are'nt really my thing.

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Photo of Brew33
2.82/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I wanted to like this so much but it's not good. It's not Gose. No Lacto character at ALL. None. This is a mediocre wheat beer with enough berries to color the beer and a ton of salt. That's it. This beer is a perfect example of a brewery making a beer to sell cans without working on a recipe. Disappointing beer from Madtree.

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Photo of PhantomsSpa
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a strange brew. It's brewed with salt water and you can certainly tell that it is. It is also brewed with blackberries and that is also very prevalent. Honestly I would have liked it more if it was more blackberry and less salt but I understood what the contrast was that they were going for in this. I did like it though and would drink again. Makes a great summer brew because of how light and crisp it is without being a adjunct or something like that. all in all a good beer

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Photo of zimm421
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the can into a pint glass. The color is a nice red to purple with a white head. The nose is sweet and focused on the blackberries. The taste follows suit. There's a huge lack of tartness, and salt. Rating to style here, and if you're going to call this a gose, I'm looking for tart and saltiness, and neither of those are present (it doesn't have to be to the level of Westbrook's). The blackberries dominate this. The fruit should compliment the style, not overwhelm the beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

3.25 A: Very lightly hazed amber plum color. One finger of frothy pink head. Retention is a touch below average for style and no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Blackberries stand out with neutral wheat. Salt comes out quite well. Simple, but refreshing.

3.5 T: Like the nose. Simple, thirst quenching. Salt meshes well with the blackberry. Neutral wheat backbone.

3.75 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation. Light, pleasant creaminess.

3.5 D: Super drinkable and awesomely refreshing.

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Photo of Lysaghtjeremy
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To say that this beer isn't a gose is like saying an IPA isn't an IPA is because it's not hoppy enough. This beer is a gose, no question about it. However, personally I prefer a little more salt, and a bit more tartness. It definitely has the mouthful of a gose, and it has enough other style characteristics to qualify it. It's just not my favorite. I'd definitely grab it again. It's refreshing.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can, canned on 07/23/2015. Served in a Ritterguts Gose glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy amber/pink color with about an inch white/light pink head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is OK, the brew smells like blackberries, salt and some wheat/bready malt. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it's a little bit tart but more salty and fruity. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing and easy to drink with moderate carbonation. This isn't my favorite gose-style ale, but it is enjoyable and I won't have any problems finishing this 6-pack. I'm always looking for a nice lower ABV brew to end my nights with, and this one works! $9.99 a sixer.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy enough to look like a gose. Aromas are blackberry and I detect tartness on the nose . . . Smells like it could be a gose. Hmm . . . Taste is nothing like a gose though. I detect zero salt and absolutely no tartness or any hint of sour in this beer. The feel is somewhat reminiscent of what maybe started as a gose but the flavors and taste hold this beer back and flavor and taste are what matters. Sorry Mad tree but this is not a gose !

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can in Dublin OH.
pours with a light raspberry body topped by a decent head.
As usual for style the aroma is a weak spot, but in this case it is partly redeemed by the rich fruity notes.
The flavor is fruity and tart. Good balance.
Lively but soft mouthfeel with fairly light body.

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Photo of ScottJWing
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure how this is considered a Gose, none of the salt comes through and there is absolutely zero tartness. Maybe i've been spoiled by the Westbrooks and Hose's but I wouldnt recommend this to a fan of either of those style of Gose.

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Shade from MadTree Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 116 ratings