Imperial Peach Gose
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Style:
Leipzig Gose
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 8.16%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
34
From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  10
SCORE
86
Very Good
Notes: Imperial Peach Gose has a noticeably sour aroma, with peach pulp, and tea-like notes of chamomile and cardamom. On the palate the strong acidity is balanced by the inherent sweetness of the peaches and the herbal nature of the extra ingredients. The finished beer is slightly cloudy, softly peach hued with a persistent white head and durable lacing thanks to a large portion of wheat in the grist.
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Photo of woodychandler
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I am continuing my New Southern Tier Beer Sunday (Week 713) by delving into my Bottle Backlog. HMU if you have 4-1-1!

From the Bottle: "Imperial Sour Ale Brewed with Peaches, Chamomile, Cardamom, and Coriander"; "Why the hell not?"

I was curious about what this one was going to be like. I am not a huge Tart/Sour fan, but as a retired US Navy sailor, I do like the saltiness inherent in a Gose. I also like peaches and as proof, I ate a Tastykake Peach Pie this morning for breakfast. I Pop!ped the cap & gave it a rather hard C-Line pour since haziness is a part of the Gose style. The sun had begun its westward track & descent as I did so & when I was done, the beer was backlit like the glowing secret in Marsellus Wallace's briefcase! I got a brief finger of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head with low retention which left only wisps & no lacing in its wake. 8=( Color was a hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7), but the backlighting made it shine! Nose was big in terms of its spiciness with the cardamom & coriander dominating the show. Hmm. Interesting, but not aligned with the style guidelines. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, only barely removed from watery. Sour? No, but very tart! My lips pursed almost as soon as I got the first draught in my gob. I read where some reviewers missed the peach, at least initially, but I was getting it in conjunction with the spices. It was like peach compote or baked peaches with spices. Mmm. I really was not experiencing any saltiness, though. Slowly, especially as it warmed, it seemed to really come alive. I began to taste a slight saltiness to accompany the spiciness & even the vaunted peach became more determined to be noticed. Finish was quite dry between the spices & the other adjuncts in a style known for being dry & refreshing. It was sort of an odd exercise in stylistic interpretation. The fruit was an interesting choice & the spices really dominated. This is not my style of choice, but it was not off-putting, either. YMMV.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very refreshing sour, not overwhelmed by saltiness.

Fragrance is of peach and spices. Color is a somewhat dark amber, but with just about no head and no lacing. The sourness lingers a bit on the tongue, but not in a bad way.

A very good beer for summer weather, especially. It's one I would get again.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a sour glass

This beer pours a brilliant golden color and is topped with less than an inch of off white head.

The spices overwhelm my schnoz. They soften after sitting in my glass for a bit. They still drown out the peach.

The taste is more balanced. The spices begin the adventure, but the sour peach flavor comes through nicely giving it a sort of dessert-y, sour peach taste. The spices are still a little much for my taste.

Medium mouthfeel and very smooth

It is an interesting beer. I would have been fine with a simple peach gose, but Southern Tier upped the ante with chamomile, cardamom, and coriander. The spices were a little much for my palate but grew on me as I worked my way through this beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is very strange going in I just expected big peach juice and some sour brett but got a slightly sour imperial peach ale with spices reminding me somewhat of an imperial wheat ale with the coriander. Body is smooth and it is very drinkable but with the sourness to a minimum I really don't see peach gose like the name so it suffers. That and it really doesn't live up to the price tag which is over 4 bucks a bottle.

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Photo of tigg924
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear gold in color with minimal head. Taste is peach, ginger, cardamom, and sour mix. Light bodied, slightly sour, and moderate carbonation. I prefer their other goses from Southern Tier , but this is decent.

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Photo of Pontzie
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draught at mellow mushroom.

L: bright golden ale. Crisp and pretty clear with just a slight peach haze. Medium white colored head that lasted a lengthy time and left a bit of lacing.

S: Smelled like a simple farm house ale with gentle peach fruit notes. A scent of wheat at first and some green earthiness that was very subtle. Nothing overpowering initially.

T: This really jumped forth as a bright and crisp and enjoyable beer on the first sip. There is a bit of sour peach that is really well balanced and compliments the bright notes surrounding it. A subtle tea like flavor cuts through the sour and calms the overall beer. Chamomile. Very drinkable and enjoyable... awesome for a hot summer day.

F: carbonation is bright and well executed. Alcohol hides inside complex sour and sweet notes. A good flavor across the entire palatte. Love the feel of this overall. Finish is a balanced peach and tea flavor. EASY drink.

O: very enjoyable given certain parameters. Great for a hot day and the need for a relaxed / easy going beverage. Would drink again with pleasure.

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Photo of jpkand
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: an apple juice yellow with some visible carbonation. A medium dense white head dissipated pretty quickly
S: a nice funky smell. Overripe peaches and lots of spices. Cardamom comes through at the end
T: surprisingly not overwhelmed by the spices. It has a nice funky peach flavor with some spices coming through at the end, maybe coriander? Not as sour as I'd like, bc I'm a sour beer fiend and I found it lacking a little sourness, but it's about what I expected from a gose.
M: a little thin , with a lively carbonation. Not bad
O:a nice expression if a gose. I'd definitely recommend it. A great beer that would actually work pretty well in multiple seasons!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I sometimes like when a beer does not have a clever name. This one maybe should give more of a clue, but the label does call it an imperial sour ale. It is not a run of the mill gose.

It pours fairly normal, clear and yellow with very little head. The aroma is to die for. Spices out the wazoo, almost like a Christmas ale, but with peaches.

The taste is well balanced and not messed up by the spices or the alcohol. Sour and fruity, but appropriately so. But it is way bigger than you usually get with this style. What I often like about gose or other sour styles are that you can get a lot of flavor without getting wasted. But sometimes you want that alcohol. This does that.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of superspak
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/12/2018. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lightly tart/tangy peaches, fruit skin, lemon, pear, red/green apple, melon, coriander, chamomile, cardamom, peppercorn, clove, cinnamon, sea salt, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/light acidic yeast, peaches, spices, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart/tangy peaches, fruit skin, lemon, pear, red/green apple, melon, coriander, chamomile, cardamom, peppercorn, clove, cinnamon, sea salt, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and herbal spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of lightly tart/tangy peaches, fruit skin, lemon, pear, red/green apple, melon, coriander, chamomile, cardamom, peppercorn, clove, cinnamon, sea salt, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light acidic yeast, peaches, spices, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tart/spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly acidic/sticky/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Mild warmth of 8.5% after the finish. Overall this is a nice fruit/spiced Gose. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light acidic yeast, peaches, spices, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/spicy/drying finish, not overly lactic. Spices are pretty intense, but not too overwhelming. Would have preferred less; with more lactic acidity and fruit presence. Maybe a bit more salt as well. A nicely enjoyable offering and good style example.

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Imperial Peach Gose from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 34 ratings