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Hibiscus Gose | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Hibiscus GoseHibiscus Gose

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Leipzig Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 752 |  Reviews: 118
Reviews by ferrari29:
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4.24/5  rDev +10.1%

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks to Aaron for sharing!

Pours a deep saturated pinkish red color, with a pinkish foam that quickly becomes white. Long lasting head retention. 4

Tart acidic aroma with a light sweetness from the hibiscus flowers. 3.75

Taste is similarly tart with a fruity floral note from the hibiscus, bright, crisp, and dry in the aftertaste. Easily drinkable and light bodied. Overall a great summer session beer that should've come out in May. 4/4.25/4.25

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Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +3.9%

12oz Bottle
$11.99 6-Pack
Binny's Orland

Best by 04/02/15

Hibiscus has turned Boulevard's Gose quite pink, like pink lemonade in fact. The body is a bit hazy throughout, enough so that I can't see much on the other side but it does glow when backlit. The foam looks white at first but has a pinkish hue upon closer inspection. A head forms easily, crackling and spritzy, that slowly fades to a ring around the surface.

Deep whiffs bring forth a rich wheaty twang with a noticeably acidic background. There are some soft metallics on the nose, minerality actually, Iron and wet stone. Soft grapefruit pith and florals add depth and instantly make my mouth water. With warmth sturdy bread notes rise to the surface.

Slightly acidic, soured wheat leads the way segueing into freshly cracked wheat halfway through. Soft grapefruit and a squeeze of lemon brighten things up. The hibiscus is understated but does add a welcomed dry floral quality. Coriander is light and fruity on the backend. Mild minerality flashes through here and there while the salt is really only noticeable as a lingering dryness on the sides of the tongue.

The body leans toward the light side of the spectrum with a carbonation spritzy enough to keep things moving and awaken the tongue. A soft, lingering salty dryness coats the tongue after each drink. The drinkability is off the charts.

A great combination of flavors collide in a light, spritzy, refreshing beer. This is a summer sipper to say the salt. I would certainly pick this up again in the future.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

In a teku from the 12 ounce bottle.

A- Raspberry or hibiscus-water (jamaica) in color with a fizzy, two-finger thick head. 4.2

S- I notice the lactic acid immediately, a smell of coconut, and slight salt. There's a bit of coriander I think. I can't smell anything that suggests hibiscus. 3.75

T- Here the hibiscus emerges and the salt is slightly more pronounced. I still get a coconut flavor, which may just be coriander that I'm confusing. 3.8

M- Light, easy-drinking and refreshing with a slight tartness and lemony acidity. 4

I enjoy this, even if I favor Anderson Valley's rendition better. It's an easy sipper and tasty enough to be memorable. 3.9

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Photo of drtth
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear orange-amber color with a 3/4" fluffy white head that soon recedes to a small ring and a patch of thin foam in the middle that also disappears fairly soon. Sipping produces a few streaks of lacing that slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas include citric zest (lemon or grapefruit or a mix of both), coriander, wheat and some floral character (probably from the hibiscus... :-)).

The flavors include some gentle tartness from the lemon and grapefruit zest, some very slight salty character and what seems to be just a hint of coriander.

The mouthfeel is between light and medium with just a bit of prickliness from the light, persistent carbonation. The finish is medium length with the tartness and bitterness disappearing first and then the light salt character, closing out with just a touch of dryness.

Overall this is a well made beer with lots of complexity in the flavors and aromas that make it worth having again. While this as been a day of moderate temperatures I could easily see having this beer on offer at a summer time backyard BBQ to provide a refreshing warm weather beverage for the guests.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Clear with amber tint, 1/2 finger of head

S - Fruit, berries, and some sour notes

T - Slightly salty and tart, with hints of raspberries and cherries

F - Well carbonated and light body

O - A refreshing and easy drinking Gose.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am on another Coup de Boule adventure with this as my seCANd beer and my only entry for The CANQuest (tm) during this go-'round.

From the CAN: "Tart*Tangy*Pink!"; 'Sour Ale brewed with Sea Salt, Coriander and Hibiscus Flowers".

I began by gently agitating the beer while still in the CAN since it was a Wheat beer at its base & therefore some haze would be allowable. Once the vent was Crack!ed open, an inverted Glug was the next step, raising just over a finger of fizzy, foamy, pinkish-white head with modest retention, quickly becoming wisps. Color was a pinkish-Amber (SRM = N/A) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pronounced salty tartness, very evocative of my time as a sailor. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not terribly far removed, either. The labeling of the CAN was somewhat CANtridictory - was it "tart" or was it "sour"? The former causes one's lips to purse while the latter settles in the hinges of one's jaw & sends a tingle up & under the ears. The beer was not assertive in either direction, only lightly puckering & not really all that sour, either. The taste was definitely salty and the hibiscus gave it a light, flowery, perfuminess, but I was not really getting much from the coriander. Finish was light, dry & refreshing, but it just seemed to lack the qualities that would make a well-made beer in this style memorable.

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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mlklein27
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of qchic
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MammothTarantula
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Photo of Magery
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Cook82
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan of sours yet but this wasn't bad nice floral finish pretty tame on the sour end which is why I enjoyed it more than usual

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Photo of jp32
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Decent tasting sour offering from Boulevard. I believe this would make a good trial beer or transition beer for someone who would like to try a sour for the first time.

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Photo of satisfied1013
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of cavemanlawyer1999
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Caveworm
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hibiscus Gose - Boulevard Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick, with spottier lacing, and a clear orange-ish golden body.

Smells like a fair amount of the hibiscus, floral hops, and a smaller touch of salt for this style.

I taste a nice tart blend of the components described above, perhaps achieved by lactic acids from the yeast. A slightly fruity note arrives mid-palate and stays along for the remainder of the ride.

The mouthfeel I'm getting is lighter, fairly carbonated, and clean.

Overall, I'll choose to give Hibiscus Gose - Boulevard Brewing Co. a 4.25. Now I'll come clean and tell you fellow BA's that I tried the first one out this six pack months ago& spit it out, drainpouring the rest of the bottle's contents. I now appreciate the unique elements of this brew and will probably pick it up again next season.

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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Built for beating the summer heat, the Boulevard brewers lay at our lips an effortless, easy and simple ale with all the hallmark flavors of the season- sweet, sour, floral, fruity and salty.

Hibiscus Gose comes with a light rose color and surprisingly bright clarity. Its light a wisping froth is short while its racy scent decorates the nose with cider, wine, citrus and a flowery must. Its taste is lightly candied with pilsner and wheat allowing a bready taste of sourdough to persist.

With the sweetness and grain character in full retreat, the moderate sourness of the beer is chased by tart green apple, rose wine acidity, lime and lemon, and a flower friendly taste of cranberry, honeysuckle and red currant. Light on bitterness, the beer's herbal and faint funk balances the sourness with hints of burlap and hay.

Medium bodied for a gose, the beer's late taste falls to the thin and watery side while its sourness is reasonably mild. Lacking in the complexity department, the ale does trail with a rounded salinity that gives the brief aftertaste a whimsical memory of sea breezes and margaritas.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of Lare453
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Hibiscus Gose from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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