Nelson Hose
de Garde Brewing

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Leipzig Gose
Ranked #5
Ranked #710
4.4 | pDev: 5.23%
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.
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 180
Reviews by StonedTrippin:
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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...

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Photo of lafoodie8808
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.

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Photo of Hopbully
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Wolberjs
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cpetrone84
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vermilcj
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of chickenm
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of AlexFields
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of duceswild
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopley
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!

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IrishColonial
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdaschaf
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of linnymtu
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
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

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Photo of arniepnminne
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of kscaldef
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ShanePB
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nelson Hose from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 180 ratings