Guava Gose
Collective Arts Brewing

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Style:
Sour - Gose
Ranked #159
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,021
Avg:
4 | pDev: 8%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
83
From:
Collective Arts Brewing
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  4
Gots
  12
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: Pouring a beautiful soft cloudy pink and smelling of a tropical vacation, our Guava Gose is like a sour mashed wheat beer dosed with the largest and freshest batch of guava we could get away with. The base Gose (pronounced: Goes-ah) has a balanced lemony tartness from the presence of malted wheat, Himalayan pink sea salt and coriander with a flowery bright smoothness from guava. The end result is a perfect balance of tart, sweet, and sour, leaving you refreshed and wanting more.
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VoxRationis from New York

4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a conical pint glass; canned 04/15/20.
A: Pours an opaque, yellow-orange color with explosive head formation (surprising for a gose) leaving a 2 finger, white head, solid retention, but spotty lacing.
S: Aromas of guava (front and center), white grapefruit, unripened fruit (especially nectarine and green apple), cracker/bread crust, and sea-salt. I can imagine a coriander note.
T: Semisweet, more or less, and sour. Again, strong guava, white grapefruit, and seas salt taste, beyond a replacement fluid, but unripe fruit and a subtle coriander note,
M: Medium bodied with light to moderate effervescence once it settles. Leaves the acidic tingling of a citrus drink on the palate.
O: I am not sure whether this serves best as a breakfast drink or a replacement fluid, but displays the best qualities of both. Delicious.

Jun 30, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can at share. Golden pour, hazy, small frothy head. Tropical fruits dominate the aroma with evidence of the tartness to follow. More fruity tart sweetness in the taste, with a pinch of salt. Nice.

Jun 14, 2020
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octortus from Canada

3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 mL Can. ABV 4.9%.
Appearance: pale peach/apricot, one and a half fingers of off-white creamy and fluffy head, good retention, spotty lacing,
Aroma: lots of guava, sweet & sour citrus (orange, lime, grapefruit, lemon), pear, lacto sour, slight coriander, slight funk, slight stone fruit.
Mouthfeel: medium body, smooth, slightly sticky, slightly silky, low carbonation,
Flavour: guava, slightly tart citrus (lime, orange, lemon), funk (straw), slight spice, lacto sour,
Overall:

Jun 03, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can split with my wife. Pours a pretty pink color with an off-white head. Smell and taste are full of guava with a hint of salinity and wheat with nice tartness. Mouthfeel is fairly well carbonated. This is how to do a fruited gose. Delicious stuff.

Oct 09, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 7/31/2019. Pours opaquely hazy deep golden/orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and flufy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge juicy/tart/tangy pink guava, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, coriander, sea salt, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of pink guava, fruity/acidic yeast, coriander, sea salt, and pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge juicy/tart/tangy pink guava, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, coriander, sea salt, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and light coriander spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy pink guava, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, pear, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, coriander, sea salt, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, light peppercorn/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of pink guava, fruity/acidic yeast, coriander, sea salt, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/sourness and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering sour/tart/tangy. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic, and lightly sticky/saline mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is an awesome fruited gose. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of pink guava, fruity/acidic yeast, coriander, sea salt, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic/salty. Awesome balance of super juicy/jammy guava and Lacto complexity; with a great pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity for the ABV. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp acidic/tangy dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive style example as expected.

Oct 02, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am Crack!ing open a beer tonight in support of The CANQuest (tm) to a) celebrate my getting accepted into Pitt Law's Online HR Certificate Program for SY 2020-'21 & b) my melded trivia team's coming in 9th out of 16 in a show hosted by Brad Rutter of "Jeopardy!" fame. He is a Lancaster Countian & returns ocCANsionally.

From the CAN: "Ale Brewed with Guava, Corinder & Himalayan Salt"; "Art: Ill Surge Miami, FL, USA"; "Unfiltered[,] Keep Cold[,] Roll CAN Before Opening".

Following directions, I hustled the drunken CAN out of the bar & into the alley, where I took him for all that he was worth. It then ocCANurred to me that may not have been what they meant by "rolling", but by then the die was cast & I needed to move on to the Crack! I followed that up with a heavy-handed, nearly-inverted Glug until the foaming action became too much to handle. I got two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, off-white head with low retention. 8=( Color was a cloudy pinkish-Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was so redolent with the principal adjuncts of guava, coriander & salt that they needn't have enumerated them on the label! Man, this was the sort of thing that really sends me, dig? I am not generally big on Tart/Sour beers, but the saltiness of a Gose really speaks to me as a retired sailor. I smell sea salt & I am sent! Guava was a breakfast staple of mine for a while as I generally ate massive amounts of FF&V at every meal. Coriander was unusual in this style, but not unwelcome. Mouthfeel was medium, but close to thin. The taste was an interesting twist on the style, but the saltiness was only exacerbated by the coriander, not masked by it, as I had feared. The guava gave it a tropical fruit tang, NOT a sweetness & it was also an interesting addition. The salt & coriander left it with a gaspingly dry finish to the point that I needed my asthma inhaler! Phew. As I said, I do not usually go for Tarts/Sours, but I am liking these Goses. YMMV.

Sep 13, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy yellow with some orange and pink hues with an off-white head that leaves some lacing behind.
S - Lots of guava and a little bit of salt on the nose
T - Salt and coriander hits up front followed by a really nice guava flavor that lingers
F - Medium bodied with a moderate to high amount of carbonation
O - A really enjoyable gose with tons of real guava flavor. Maybe a little bit salty, but hey, it's a gose.

Jul 26, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; 2 finger finely pored very faintly pink head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: guava and a hint of salt;

T: guava for a moment, then salt comes in; by the finish, the salt dominated; oddly tart throughout;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: a little too much salt for my taste;

Jul 14, 2019
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Mysticmage from Canada

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a draught in Toronto. Colour is light yellow with pink hues. Opaque and cloudy offered minimal collar. Nose is complex of fruits and some herbs. Taste is sour but of a lemonade quality so quite drinkable. Slight salt finish and the spices definitely emerge here with coriander bite. Overall a really nice summer beer. It is a Gose so if if you are new to this style be prepared for a very different experience...but go for it.

Jul 12, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy peach-salmon with a short white head dying to a thin ring.

It's very guava forward, a little bit seedy and a little bit funky. Peachy and sticky with hints of cracker, a full froth builds before an oceanic finish.

Wow, out of a can?!?!! They dialed this one right the fuck in! Insanely crushable yet intensely flavorful.

Jun 05, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pokal.
The appearance was a thick peach orange color with a sustaining good two fingers of foamy white head. It dissipated within three minutes left some light spotty lace.
The aroma shaped itself around strong guava sweet and tart notes. Some salt in there beneath, light lemon character further underneath.
The flavor yielded to the sour to tart character of the guava then spotty notes of lemon provide an acidic tartness. Mild acidic aftertaste of guava, lemon and an even lighter note of salt.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Good carbonation and ABV. Guava sweet and tart with lemons and an ample acidity in the finish.
Overall, seems like a North Americanized version of a gose. Body seemed a bit thicker than the style yet the guava definitely provided a fabulous uniqueness. I'd have again.

May 27, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has some hints of orange hues. It poured with a finger high white head that died down and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of guava fruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has moderate to strong flavors of guava juice along with a light amount of sourness. No saltiness is perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If you like guava fruit, you'll really enjoy this beer as it is prominently featured in both the smell and taste.

Serving type: can

Nov 06, 2018
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Tallboy can from the LCBO; dated Aug 10 2018 and served slightly chilled. I've had a couple of cans of this over the last two months, and enjoyed it quite thoroughly.

Pours a turbid apricot yellow, with more than two fingers of puffy, soapy, sparkling white head erupting after an admittedly sloppy pour. It recedes casually over the next five-plus minutes, leaving several rings of sticky lace behind as its level drops. A lumpy cap and generous collar continue to grace its surface; honestly, I don't expect goses to look all that pretty, but this one is gorgeous. Quite fruity on the nose - guava is the major facet, but there's also plenty of lemon-lime citrus and tartness, as well as underlying notes of gritty grains and salty sea breeze.

Tasty stuff - delicious, even, as the guava imparts a lovely tropical fruitiness to the base lactic acidity and lemon-lime sourness of the underlying gose. The wheaty, grainy malts and sea saltiness are constant background presences, with the latter becoming more prominent as you near the tail end of the sip. Light-medium in body; its texture starts off well-carbonated, fizzy and frothy, but then softens out quickly. It's probably the guava puree, but something causes this gose to feel a bit more, um, substantial than I expect of the style. Not a problem though - it starts to feel very smooth, almost silky once the carbonation exhausts itself, which turns it into a truly crushable sour.

Final Grade: 4.41, an excellent A grade. Collective Arts' Gose with Guava is a damn fine sour that I'd recommend to anyone interested in these styles. It's possible that I'm biased - I love their standard gose, and the addition of guava only makes it that much better. Not drastically better, mind you, but the tropical fruitiness does provide added depth, and is also liable to make it more approachable to those with little experience in the realm of sour, salty beer. It ain't all that cheap, but there aren't any comparable sours at the LCBO right now so I'm sure I'll end up buying several more.

Oct 10, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this a Gose, definately not. Is this beer? I dunno. Is it delicious, absolutely! Guava is all over this as you would expect and tastes like fresh fruit which is a real accomplishment.

Sep 28, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is a hazy pinkish with a frothy thumb and a half of head. The head breaks quickly, and there is little left but a small ring of bubbles with no lacing.

Smell is absolutely fantastic. Sour guava jams down your nose and punches you. Then, the subtleties of the gose, sea salt and a grainy finish.

Taste is puckering tart guava. The tartness sustains for quite a while before the palate can discern other flavors such as salt, herbs and what I perceive as a wheaty flavor.

Feel is spot on. Light bodied with active carbonation,and such a puckering dry finish. It just makes the mouth happy.

I am really surprised how much I am enjoying this beer. I generally like goses, but this one really jumped at me. I think I need more.

Sep 08, 2018
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

473 ml can served cool into a pint glass. Purchased from the brewery for about $3.75 CDN per can. Canned on October 23, 2017.

Appearance - An exceptionally hazy pinkish-gold colored beer is poured. Two and a half fingers of fluffy white head rest on top with excellent staying power. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - Interesting mix here as the guava comes through with a lemon zest bite, a touch of earthy aromas and subtle graininess.

Taste - The salt, lemon and guava hit immediately providing a fruitiness that is uncommon among the style. Tartness abounds but doesn't overwhelm.

Mouthfeel - Quite creamy, well carbonated and a dry tart finish. Really good stuff. Great and quenching thirst.

Overall - A very tasty gose that is simply among the better examples of the style. Tart and lemony with some additional fruitiness for a different experience.

Feb 25, 2018
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Jesterr44 from Canada

3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The guava taste is there & decent enough but my score is tainted by the fact that I just do not enjoy the Gose style. The salt is off putting every time. This Gose scores higher for me than most though as the salt is relatively mild & the guava flavour makes the beer more palatable.

Dec 20, 2017
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leaddog from Canada

4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a grapefruit juice colour with a finger of bubbly white head that fades quickly.

Smell - strong aroma of guava, wheat malts, salt, coriander, citrus hops, and floral earthy yeast.

Taste - Lots of guava upfront followed by the wheat malts, salt, and coriander. The citrus hops and floral earthy yeast are followed next but the brew is predominately dominated by the guava with the other ingredients acting as pleasant supporting members.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes smooth with the guava flavour lingering.

Overall - An interesting take on a gose by making guava the star of the show. The flavours blend in harmony which makes this a very sessionable brew. This could've had the potential to come off as very sweet but the folks at Collective Arts have executed this well to make a balanced brew.

Dec 18, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

473ml can - there's a dumb pun in here somewhere, like 'what goes with guava?'. Well, Gose with Guava, obviously. I'm here all week, folks.

This beer pours a rather murky, pink-tinged medium orange colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some decent connected streaky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs out of sight.

It smells of pungent guava flesh, salted white crackers, some mild coriander spice, further muddled domestic citrus fruit, a weak earthy funkiness, and some plain weedy, leafy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery wheat malt, saline solution, some still heady guava and indistinct citrus fruitiness, coriander and white pepper spice, a hint of yeast, and more well understated earthy, leafy, and floral noble hoppiness.

The carbonation is pretty tame in its bored-seeming frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, with maybe a touch of the spice getting all handsy here. It finishes trending dry, the malt bottoming out, the fruit holding fast, and the spices hovering like someone owes them money.

Overall - this is a stellar version of the style, with the guava definitely prominent, but it's not a one-trick pony, as the grain, spice, and hops keep everything ticking right along. Very tasty, and a pleasure to drink, I'm glad that I got a chance to try it.

Nov 22, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in an outrageous light pink color. Very effervescent carbonation produces an enormous pillowy white head with good retention and tons of lacing--very uncharacterstic of the style.

The aroma is HUGE amounts of fresh pink guava. Lightly tart, juicy. Reminiscent of pink grapefruit, cotton candy, and pink bubblegum.

On the palate, the guava is less powerful than the aroma, but it's still the predominant note. Juicy pink guava, with notes of pink grapefruit and cotton candy. There's a bit grainy wheat flavor, with some tangy sharpness; a bit of salt with some coriander on the finish. Medium-light tartness overall, mostly a big focus on guava but more restrained with lots of wheat and coriander.

The mouthfeel is substantial upfront; almost full-bodied, smooth and creamy with lots of fluffy carbonation. It thins out by the finish but remains very pillowy throughout.

This is insanely good fruited gose. One of the best I've ever had. The guava taste is extreme. Highly recommended!

Oct 31, 2017
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As a Gose goes, this one is more wheaty than tart. The salt is noticeable, but not overwhelming. The guava is subtle but present. Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is likewise subdued. A very drinkable example of the style. I would drink it again, but I prefer my Gose a little more tart.

Jul 23, 2017
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illpass78 from Maine

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. on tap at Thirsty Pig in Portland, Maine, in a tulip.

Appearance: Hazy straw with a short white head.

Aroma: Little hint of guava along with wheat and funk.

Taste: Very pleasant, smooth wheaty flavor along with the guava accent. Doesn't have quite the saltiness of a typical gose. Tastes more like a witbier to me.

Mouthfeel: Easy and light.

Overall: Nice "wacky" beer that isn't too wacky. Doesn't have a big sour or salty punch, but quite enjoyable.

Jul 23, 2017
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bobv from Vermont

4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gentle to moderate pour yields a one (plus) inch white head over a slightly hazy light golden body with nice lacing. Nose of cracker and citrus. Sour taste with the guava coming through nicely. Very refreshing, good feel, and overall a nice job on a Gose from up north in Hamilton, Ontario. Cheers!

Jul 09, 2017
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