Nelson Hose
de Garde Brewing

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Sour - Gose
Ranked #3
Ranked #690
4.4 | pDev: 5.45%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Nelson HoseNelson Hose
Notes: A dry hopped spontaneous wild ale aged in oak barrels with coriander, orange peel and sea salt.
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lucius10 from California

4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sweet and tart, white wine grape, zesty citrus hoppy, and prominent funky nose on this one! Taste follows with a zappy and slightly salty, citrus hoppy swallow...subdued funkiness hangs around with the tart notes. This has a hybrid wild ale/pale ale/gose vibe to it...different and complex...complicated. The only drawback for me is that this is not as Nelson hop dominant as I was hoping for...still good though!

Jul 05, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i like the idea of wild gose, spontaneous and bretty base beer rather than, or in addition to some kettle derived sourness. it adds a needed dimension most of the time to a simple style, and i like the overall fermentation profile here a lot. it is always a treat to drink beer from these guys, the understated labels, the cap and cork set up, and the relative rarity of their stuff makes busting into one an exciting adventure no matter what the beer ends up tasting like, but this one didnt live up to expectations for me or the buddy i shared it with. its nice beer for sure, but it has some issues too, perhaps its just my palate, as this isnt really flawed in any way, it might just be the recipe, but i didnt love it the way i wanted to, especially as a lover of nelson hops. its pretty beer, active and dense looking for the style with a high and thick white head and some haziness to it, almost creamy looking in low light. it smells fresh as can be, but it kind of straddles a weird line for me, one side is what everyone else obviously loves about it, the juicy nelson hops, the funky fermentation, the oak, and the complexity in a normally straight ahead style. the other side though, is a clash between the almost lambic funk and the new school hops, like there is a reason these types of beers used aged or low alpha hops, and it almost has a sweaty feat and grated romano cheese thing going on, not as compatible as it seems like it should be, a bad blend of old world and new school elements and techniques. im not sure where i fall on it to be honest. when its cold i like the taste a lot, and i appreciate the complexity of the various yeasts through the hops, but as it warms, the nelson really comes on strong, green and new, with some oiliness and notes of pineapple, stone fruit, and sharp white wine with the acidity in here. the salt may add to the cheesy perception a little bit too, and there isnt really enough gose left underneath all this to fit the style very well at all. carbonation is incredible, and with the wine notes from the hops this really does have a strong champagne vibe. wheaty body too is cool, and the beer makes sense on a lot of levels. enjoyable still for sure, maybe a bit sourer than it needs to be all up. i bet if it was a subtle saaz hopping i would be declaring it the best gose ever, but the nelson seems like too much here somehow. i know thats being critical, but beer this highly complimented deserves the closest scrutiny i think, and this one just doesnt quite get me there, there is an unresolved conflict...

Jan 18, 2019
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, dated 7/18 into the test glass.
A - A slightly hazy, sunflower color, Aggressive carbonation feeds a never ending frothy cap.
S - Orange candy, funky barn, chalk, white pepper, fruit leather.
T - Funky up front, spicy medley, coriander, peppery notes, pineapple, and orange reduction. balanced with a kiss of salt.
M - Medium in body, prickly carbonation, salty start with a quick shift towards neutral and a delightful dry finish
O - What a delight this is, spicy and prickly, feel is so well done. I will be looking for more of this for certain.

Nov 23, 2018
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, Bottled 7/18, Drank 9/2/18

Really enjoyed this - and in the process, learned that I like Lipzeig Goses a lot more than regular Goses, namely because of the dialed down salt content, and the dialed up other stuff. And, interestingly enough, not being a big Nelson fan, I found the Nelson hops complimented this beer exceptionally well. Lastly, while I usually enjoy my sours and wilds at close to room temperature or thereabouts, with this one, for some reason I preferred it closer to refrigerator temperature! Best damn Hose I've ever had! Other things - beautiful look - nice gold / hay color with a white head, some of which remained throughout, and nice lacing. And a nicely delicate mouthfeel - very dry. Not overly sour or tart either. I got the Orange peel, but couldn't get any Coriander, nor much of the aforementioned Sea Salt - fine by me. Near a spot on version of a Leipzig Gose, based on the description in BA - well done de Garde, thanks and cheers!

Sep 02, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Green Session. Hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma has tart, fermented fruits and floral hops. Taste is sour, acidic, floral, a bit salty and mineral with grassy bitterness on the finish.

Jun 21, 2018
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy yellow, white head faded to a ring.

S: Holy passion fruit batman. I've heard people mention passion fruit out of some hops, which I never tend to get, but this is straight passion fruit.

T: Bright passion fruit, tropical notes, grassy hop character that's typical of Nelson. Light, crackery malt underneath and plenty of lactic acidity.

F: Pretty tart as usual for de Garde, but not overly so. Light and effervescent.

O: I love the hose series and this may be my favorite yet.

Mar 26, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a hazy medium yellow body, pretty much looks like carbonated grapefruit juice. Awesome. Two finger white head, appropriate retention, a bit of lacing. Smells of tart lactic acidity, oak, tart grapefruit flesh, a minimal amount of funk, a bit of grainy wheat. Flavour is tart acidic grapefruit juice, a bit of oak, moderately acetic with a bit of funk. The spices are indistinct here, but the grapefruit juice qualities are perfect here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart and acetic on the finish, good carbonation, refreshing, easy to drink. Awesome grapefruit juice-like beer that is a great change of pace in any tasting.

Jan 11, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a cloudy straw yellow, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This one smells like tart citrus, orange and apricot really, with some white wine, and really tart lemon.

This has kind of a briny pickle flavor to it that oddly kind of works with everything else. It's got a really fresh tartness to it, really refreshing. There's some white wine grapey flavors, not sure if it's the barrel or the Nelson hops, or both, but whatever it is, I like it. This is a sour and hoppy delight, and a real treat to drink.

This has a really, really juicy mouthfeel, with a moderate level of carbonation.

A really excellend and super drinkable beer here.

Nov 23, 2015
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Dodgerrigo77 from California

4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Somrtimes two styles collide and the result is amazing.
Really enjoyed this over Hose, the Nelson hop adds a bit of spice on the finish that really puts this beer on another level. The body give you the impression the beers closer to 7% but in a great way

Oct 11, 2015
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RRtransvestification from New York

4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


A light and hazy color, kind of like watered down orange juice. A thin and carbonated head on top.

The smell is that of a powerful sour, lemons and just beautiful tartness.

The taste is orange, lemon, pineapple, mango and so on, haha. Tons of tropical notes in this one. The next stage is juicy, but a different type than mentioned before, this is juicy hops from the Nelson and it comes through beautifully. The last stage is the slight salt taste of the gose, which if I did not get at the tail end, I would of thought this was a pure sour.

Overall, if I did not see the alcohol percentage and already know its a gose, I would've thought this was stronger, just because of how much taste is in this beer. I love this.

Oct 09, 2015
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lafoodie8808 from California

4.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dear mother of god. What is there to say about this beer? Nelson hops, check! Dry hopping, check! Delicious tart base, check! Saltiness, check!

Seriously, this is my favorite of the dry-hopped Hoses. This beer is so juicy and tart, yet incredibly refreshing. Would crush all summer long if it was possible to get in bulk.

Sep 28, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is just a wonderful beer to drink from a great brewer.

Pours straw/yellow/pearl color with almost no head. Nose is full of layers of hops and citrus tones.

Flavors are Trevor at his best - a gose with added character. The gose style comes through and is fantastic and it's then made better by what I'm going to call from now on "Trevor Magic." A nelson hopped gose - it's all you want it to be.

Sep 13, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing this one.

Decent fizzy head fades quickly, hazy golden pear color.

Nose is great, nice sour tart funk, lemony sour, with great Nelson hop blended, grassy tropical, pineapple grapefruit like, juicy citrus with stone fruit peach, very peach.

Taste brings a sweet like fruit but very dry, peach with citrus tangerine, tropical notes with some nice pineapple, little bitter floral Hoppy presence. Effervescent and tangy juicy. Finish is dry, nice bitterness, little acidic with tangy stone fruit peach and pineapple.

Mouth is med bod with tons and more tons of carb, over carbed.

Overall really nice, Nelson shows nicely.

Apr 25, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros and Kyle and Ricky.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear golden hue with a thin white head with a thin white head.

S - Aromas of loads of Nelson hops, coriander, great fresh hops, bright citrus and oranges, nice oak barrels, really bright.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, super bright Nelson hops, great oranges, light coriander. Very faint salt, really bright hops with great citrus.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, sharp, crisp.

O - Overall this beer was really excellent, great bright citrus with awesome Nelson with loads of flavorful coriander, just awesome. Favorite beer from them yet.

Serving type: bottle

Apr 24, 2015
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.71/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy straw-yellow, with a large rocky white head that dwindled down to a thin collar. Very floral aroma with strong notes of coriander and yeast. Taste was similar, floral aspect coming out the most, like potpourri...a little too much for me, actually. Spicy coriander, citrus zest, fresh-cut grass, all backed up by a crisp and assertive tartness, and a lightly saline finish. Crisp mouthfeel, lighter body, fizzy carbonation that settled down eventually. This was good, but just a little too much of the floral/coriander elements for me to want more.

Apr 15, 2015
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kevanb from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into a de Garde snifter glass.

The beer pours a peachy, pale orange color, gold hues, very hazy and cloudy, a fizzy white head rises, loose bubbles, about 2 fingers high, low retention and little lace. The aroma is extremely bright, loads of citrus, sour and tangy, big dose of Nelson hops, coriander spice, sea salt with wildflower and peach flesh. The flavors are equally bright and delicate, super refreshing, sour tropical fruits, citrus rind, very juicy, coriander spice, pale grain, juicy hops lend a touch of bitterness and floral quality with a salty finish. The mouthfeel is very pleasant, zippy and lively carbonation, decent coating sensation and an easy finish with a nice sour pucker and a lightly dry kick.

Verdict: A lovely Gose from de Garde, bright, delicate, refreshing and super crushable. The fruit flavor is fresh and juicy, plenty sour without being crippling and the coriander and sea salt flavors add a nice counterweight, stunning for the style.

Mar 14, 2015
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is pale yellow, hazed, puffy white head. Nose is very dusty brett, a hint of sea salt and mineral, orange peel, not really citrusy but husky peel, light hoppy pineapple behind. Taste has a touch less going on. A little bit of grain comes in up front, still a light touch of dusty brett, nicely hoppy, citrus and pineapple with a gentle bitterness. Light body, well carbonated, semi dry finish.

Dec 31, 2014
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Sam by way of Brian. Thanks, guys.

Not unlike the regular Hose, this is a mostly clear light yellow orange with a dense off white head that falls off to a ring. Plenty juicy and fruity , this has a more white wine and mineral character than Hose. Great blend of coriander and lemon as well. The palate opens sour, though seemingly more as sour as Hose. Lemony, citrusy, mildly earthy, moderately mineraly, white wine grapes and a touch of salt are all present. Decidedly unorthodox, this is extremely delicious. Light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is quite light and airy on the palate. The sourness lightens it as well. Excellent.

Oct 25, 2014
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