Imperial Cherry Gose | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Imperial Cherry GoseImperial Cherry Gose

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Leipzig Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The finished beer is a striking, lustful shade of red with a persistent white head and durable lacing thanks to the large portion of wheat in the grist. The nose is defined by equal parts bright lactic acidity and cherry notes with a hint of coriander. On the palate, the strong lactic acidity is accentuated by the natural tartness of the cherry juice. Quantitatively, this beer is quite sweet, but we find that this level of residual sweetness is just enough to balance the acidity and that the overall perception of the beer is actually quite dry. The beer finishes very clean and in conjunction with the salt in the finish, it definitely makes you want to come back for more.

pH - 3.4
Total Acidity: 9.9 ml/100g

Added by Bluecrow on 06-30-2016

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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by goblue3509:
Photo of goblue3509
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pinkish amber in color with heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy pinkish white head that quickly reduces to a small to medium sized patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of tart cherries with a light aroma of slightly sour wheat, lemon citrus, and brininess.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of slightly sour wheat with a hint of grainy malts. That is followed by light to slightly heavier than light flavors of lemon citrus and brininess. Finally there is a moderate flavor of tart cherries with a hint of sweetness. Light amounts of tartness that lingers through the finish.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Enjoyable and easy to drink with very well hidden alcohol (especially since this is a 8.3% ABV Gose). Nice flavors of tart cherries on top of a solid base Gose. I would have another of these but I could easily see these sneaking up on you.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer was a dark pink color. There was a light pink head that disappeared within seconds.
Tart cherry aroma. Salty.
Taste of both tart and sweet cherry. Some salt.
I thought this was more on the medium-bodied side, with a little more depth than the usual gose.

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Photo of heddar33
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JakerLou
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in September 2016. Pours clear, cherry red in color with minimal head. Taste is big sour cherries and a good deal of salt with light sour mix. Tart, sour, good salt presence at the end, light bodied, low carbonation...Really tasty..I like Southern Tier and am pleasantly surprised by this one. Stands up really well and the salt is full force..coats the tongue nicely without being too overpowering.Sour flavor is spot on and the cherry is not overpowering. The cherry taste one reminds me of some of the good Belgian sour ales that first got me into Belgian beers..I need to pick up more Southern Tier beers.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby red with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of off white head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A pretty juicy, sweet, and tart aroma with a scent of cherries and brett. Big scent of sweet and tart cherries. Fairly acidic with some hints of lacto brett yeast. Light hints of coriander. Some additional fruit hints of apple, grapes, and lemon. Malt hints of grains and cracker. Light hints of sea salt. A pretty nice juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy, sweet, and tart taste with notes of cherries and brett. Big sweet and tart taste of cherry juice. Acidic notes of brett lacto yeast. Some more fruit notes including grapes, apple, and lemon. Subtle notes of coriander and sea salt. Malt notes of grains, cracker, and biscuit. A very solid juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very juicy, tart, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good Imperial version of a Gose. Nice juicy cherry flavor with the brett and salt notes.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer a lot, but the imperial aspect dominates here. It's not insanely boozy, 8.3%, but the alcohol dominates the finish. It's a nice beer though. Personally, if they dialed back the alcohol - or seriously upped the cherry - they'd have something special. Your mileage may vary. Cheers!

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesStreet
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brother_rebus
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Skabiski
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ozbottle poured into pint glass

A: Almost no head just a quick white fizz. Body is a nice watery red color with great clarity.

S: Cherry right off the cuff, light wheat and a crushed vitamin smell

T: Lots of nice cherry, slight wheat, a nice salt backbone not overwhelming but it is there. A light bit of tartness.

M: Fairly light but a little syrupy too which is odd for a Gose.

O:Not a bad beer, nothing special either. Alcohol is well hidden. The cherry is very present.

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Photo of whatname
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KensWorld
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shade1951
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only other Gose I've tried tasted like sweat. Thus, I was reluctant to try this one. I was pleasantly surprised.

The flavor is tart and I don't detect the saltiness that supposedly is characteristic of Goses. To me, it tastes like a regular Sour. Which is fine with me.

It looks kind of like cherry soda, with a nice, sharp tart fragrance. Actually, I should say it looks more like cherry juice, as there is little to no bubbling from carbonation, and no head or lacing. Still, there is adequate carbonation in the mouthfeel.

I like it! I'll get it again!

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bdel34
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent blush with a pinky of beige colored head, falls off rapidly. Minimal head retention & zero lacing

S: Tart cherry

T: Cherry juice, tartness, a little lemon up front. More of the same as this warms a little dryness & saltyness as well as this warms. Finishes dry, tart with & cherry & lemon sweet tarts

MF: Light body, lively carbonation, warming

Drinks easy, but nothing too exciting here. ABV is very well hidden

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear pink with a foamy, off white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Extremely salty with tons of coriander. The cherry is there, but buried beneath the coriander and salt. Sort of a cough syrup, candy cherry.

T: Sweet and tart cherry blends with the powerful coriander, salt, and some alcohol warmth. This is only lightly tart for a gose, but sourness of the cherry does help balance out the coriander and salt.

F: Medium-light body, plentiful carbonation, but seems more spritzy and zippy than smooth and silky.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Though imperialized, this was still poured into a pokal. The appearance was a pink color with a decent transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Head quickly dissipated leaving no lacing. The smell starts off with some tart cherry up front with some mild lemon rind bitterness. Low saltiness. The flavor takes the tartness from the cherries and combines with the lemon and sour-ed wheat. Low saltiness. Decent acidity level in the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Carbonation isn’t really felt too much. Acidity hits my tongue with the appropriate amount of sour-ed wheat. Overall, it’s good for the most part, pretty sure I could come back to.

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Imperial Cherry Gose from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 182 ratings