Anything Gose
Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd

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3.61 | pDev: 4.99%
Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before 01/12/2018, which hopefully translates to Dec 1 and not Jan 12. Served slightly chilled and reviewed from notes.

This gose has a lightly hazed, goldenrod-coloured body, capped off with one finger of sparkling white foam that proceeds to fizzle away within a couple of minutes. A ring of froth continues to cling to the perimeter, but there's nary a smudge of lace to be seen. The aroma is low-key yet inviting, with lemon rind and zestiness overlapping with some light lactic acidity. There are also faint suggestions of lime and lychee, as well as a salty, briney quality to the nose.

It tastes of bready, wheaty sweetness, with notes of grain husk, passion fruit and grapefruit coming through mid-sip alongside the aforementioned lemon-lime tartness. That lactic acid sourness is also present, but in a less potent and/or central capacity than in many of the other goses I've had, which may make this more approachable than most. Hints of berries, lime and coriander linger into the fruity, slightly salty aftertaste. Medium in body, with average carbonation levels that impart a small amount of crispness to what is otherwise a rather smooth, slick-feeling light ale. For that reason, this is not as refreshing as I tend to expect this style to be - though I suppose it's nearly as sessionable.

Final Grade: 3.69, a B grade. Black Isle's Anything Gose is good enough, but I don't think I'd call it great. The citra hops were a fine choice, with their citrusy, fruity qualities working out quite nicely, particularly on the nose. However, the sourness is definitely a bit lacking in intensity, and the mouthfeel is also not as spritzy and thirst-quenching as I'd prefer. Worth taking a flyer on; I enjoyed my two bottles and may be back for more, though I'm not in a big hurry to do so.

May 16, 2018
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for around $3.30 CDN. A Gose from Scotland? Gotta try this. Best before 01/12/2018. Not sure if this is December 1 or January 12. If January 12, please get your product here faster, I bought this less than a month ago.

Appearance - Pours a mildly hazy rich golden color, leaning more on the orange spectrum than yellow or green. A half finger of head rests on top and has some modest staying power.

Smell - Hints of lemon and something kind of sweet in behind, maybe a little like gooseberry or blueberry. Plenty of wheat in there as well and hints of coriander.

Taste - Hints of tartness, a touch sour, but overwhelmingly greainy with bits of lemon too. Not as tart nor as salty as many in the style, and has a little bit of fruity sweetness in play as well. Kind of like gose meets pale lager with a fruity sweetness in the finish. Interetsing and stuill refershing, but not quite as much as a traditional lemon forward gose is.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light bodied, good carbonation, a touch chalky on the finish.

Overall - Anything Gose, while a playful pun or words, is a fine attempt at a gose, but lacks a little bit extra salt and lemon bite to make this the thirst quenching brew it desires to be. While I really do like the fruity sweetness at the back end, I would probably pass on a second offering as many local goses are quite good right now.

May 09, 2018
Anything Gose from Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 7 ratings