Ocean Peaches
Great Notion Brewing

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American IPA
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4.1 | pDev: 6.83%
Great Notion Brewing
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: A unique IPA dry-hopped with Enigma, Galaxy, and Hallertau Blanc hops and fermented with local Oregon peaches and sea salt.
Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 5
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Notion knocked it out of the ballpark with the concept and the naming of this brew. The most distinctive features of the beer is encapsulated within the name itself; imagine a nice peach-driven pineapple and citrus galore IPA engaging in an on-again-off-again romance with a salty summer breeze... gose and that pretty much sums up all you need to know about this beer.

Soft fuzzy peach skin, crushed rock salt, fresh cut pineapples, some light mango, and a dab of juicy ripe oranges ornate the rich aromatic fabric of this brew. Whereas "salt" is a hard specification to lock down and express in great detail, it surprisingly sticks as the most distinct characteristic on the nose as time and temperature progresses; at about eight minutes in, all that's still detectable on the nose is the peach and the ocean at high tide.

That being said, the salt is present throughout the entirety of the drinking experience, but takes a reserved back-end role in contributing to the overall palatal impression. The fruitier notes present on the nose are for most parts deftly replicated on the palate: an almost peaches and cream-esque fuzzy stone fruit flavor lays the foundation for a rich juicy fruit cocktail which also includes orange, guava, mango, and just a hint of grapefruit-rinds and white grape must toward the end.

I feel that the role of the salt here deserves its own paragraph to capture in vivid detail. Not only does it add to the already dry finish of the beer by adding a gatorade like salty, longing for another sip aftertaste, it also seems to reinforce, or brighten up all the other flavors in play. My argument might be falling upon deaf ears as this is only technically four days old but it feels like the elements or characteristics of the brew that might have diminished over four days of being kept in a crowler actually seem heightened because of the salt, the way it does with bland dishes in cooking; or maybe the brew itself was just that much intense to begin with--I wouldn't know because I haven't tried it on draft.
Medium-bodied with an initially creamy and slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the light side despite the appropriate CO2 purging (I spied on my server as she canned the glorious liquid into its aluminum prison), but it's significant enough to provide a rubbing-against-sandpaper-like sensation on the tongue. Now I'm somewhat kicking myself for not having tried the gose that was kegged the day I went because Peach Punch was tapped out.

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Ocean Peaches from Great Notion Brewing
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 5 ratings