Grapefruit Gose
Crane Brewing Company

Grapefruit GoseGrapefruit Gose
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Style:
Sour - Gose
Ranked #94
ABV:
4.1%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,399
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 7.35%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
63
From:
Crane Brewing Company
 
Missouri, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  7
SCORE
90
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Grapefruit GoseGrapefruit Gose
Notes: Possibly the most rustic and obscure beer of Germany, the salty, sour gose of Leipzig needed an American touch. How about grapefruit zest? The result is probably the only beer that goes just as well by the pool as it does with Thanksgiving dinner.
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metter98 from New York

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: This beer is rather hazy light pale yellow in color - too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that rapidly dissipated and completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little sour and has lots of flavors of grapefruit and some hints of saltiness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, a little tart, and somewhat acidic on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is like a carbonated adult version of grapefruit juice. The only things that are nose-like are the sourness and saltiness.

Serving type: can

Jun 07, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a moderately hazy golden orange body with two fingers of solid white head produced with aerated pour.
Minimal retention and zero lacing
S -- Grapefruit, mildly sulfuric salinity, coriander, dried lemon peel, dried floral
T -- Wonderful melding of the classic gose salty tartness with the added complexities of red grapefruit juice
F -- Nice and refreshing. Light mouthfeel, medium+ carb.
O -- The grapefruit character has held up well in this one, despite it sitting in my fridge for quite some time. Don't know if I've ever had a gose in cold weather, but I kinda dig it

80/100

Nov 28, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right off the pour it was clear there was a higher amount of carbonation, adding to the salt aspect of this one. Decent complexity, instead of expected grapefruit bomb, got margarita salt, lemon zest, flowers, cracker malt, pineapple and clove to go with grapefruit rind. Liked the layers, but the finish tasted a little like lemon dusting spray. Not overly sour or sweet, with decent bread for style.

Nov 19, 2018
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HotOpinions from Tennessee

3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Obviously a very sour beer, but with a kind sweetness to it. Very small head that leaves little lacing, light blonde color, but it's overall an enjoyable beer. Quite fruity and tasteful, works well with chicken.

Apr 03, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold to copper in color initially with excellent clarity and vibrant carbonation bubbles within the body. Later pours reveal more of a murky yellow color. There's no head. The aroma is of faint tangerine and cereal grains. I'm tasting subdued grapefruit and tangerine along with a mild sea salt and citrus fruit finish. The mouth is moderately carbonated, vibrant, and dry.

Aug 20, 2017
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Clear golden color with good carbonation and a one finger head that lingers. Nose of grapefruit, lemon, and salt. Taste follows the nose with a strong amount of grapefruit, some lemon, and salt before a grapefruit juice like finish. Light body and high carbonation.
It's a grapefruit gose that takes it's grapefruit cred seriously. The juice at the end waters the beer down a little but is a solid reminder of the goal the brewers had. Good nose, good citrus, and highly sessionable.

Jun 24, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While the gose style flirts with perceptions of citrus, the Crane brewing team dives right in to the deep end of the citrus pool. Their already lemony, appley, limey ale now rolls in copious grapefruit additions to kick the citrus meter to eleven.

Their Grapefruit Gose pours with the murk and light golden hues to even suggest white grapefruit juice. As a foamy blanket forms, its sour scents strike the senses with strong grapefruit with a gentle waft of woods, botanicals and must. Its taste is gently sweet with confectioners sweetness, candied fruit and sourdough.

The sweetness rapidly dissolves on the tongue, waving in the brunt of citrusy sourness on the middle palate. Obvious grapefruit offers a creamy juiciness, but the under current of lime, lemon, crabapple, white grape and gooseberry carry the fruit with their gose ready character. Weathered woods and a mild salinity provides a richness to make the ale taste more bright and vivid.

Strong sourness is nearly berlinerweiss-like, penetrating the tastebuds with shocking acidity. Finishing cidery, like dry white wine and a pep of rice wine vinegar, the jaw tightening tartness is short on the aftertaste, following with a kiss of perfumy coriander and sourdough peaking through the last echo of grapefruit.

Feb 04, 2017
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Karnivool1 from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What an amazing brew. I heard really good things from Crane. They delivered, and then some. An absolute steal at $10 a 750 ml bottle, for a world class sour. Kudos guys, I will be back soon!

Dec 11, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour an effervescent & slightly hazed honey color with no head what so ever. Murks up, no head retention & or lacing

S: Slight wheat tartness & grapefruit once warm

T: Tartness, salt & grapefruit, plus a little dryness up front. Grapefruit, tartness, salt, in essence, lemon sweet tarts as this warms. Finishes tart & dry with salt & lemon

MF: Light body & carbonation

Drinks fairly easy, a pretty good, not great Gose

Aug 22, 2016
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: golden yellow and massively carbonated. Looks like a darker yellow champagne.
S: salty and sour, but mild aromas
T: sourness from grapefruit, a salty finish. Pretty explosive flavors too.
F: huge carbonation, with slight puckering

Aug 20, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

delicious beer, but nowhere near as compelling as the dry hopped edition, this seems thicker and more wheaty, and the grapefruit, while still real fresh and pulpy and all, ends up not being all that dynamic comparatively. its juicy for certain, and the flavor is nice, but having has the dry hopped, i think this one really is the lesser of the two. the hops just seem to accentuate so much of the grapefruit. the salt here works the same way, its just less intense, but you definitely taste more of the wheat malt in this one. its not without hops either, there is a slightly citrusy element in here from them and some bitterness later on, its just real tame next to the dry hopped edition. very summery and easy drinking beer though, this is still very good gose, herbal and fruity in the right progression. a little leftover sweetness here that i did not perceive in the dry hopped edition too. great gose at the base of this, im sure they will keep playing with other fruits, it seems to work well with everything they have done so far!

Aug 17, 2016
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Meyers1023 from New York

4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with two fingers worth of foamy white head that disappears quickly. The nose is sour and salty with a small amount of grapefruit. The taste hits with a lot of sourness upfront before the salt and citrus kick in. The sourness gets you to pucker on the first few sips but eases as you get used to it. The feel is medium but with a good amount of effervescence. This is an outstanding beer and fits the style very well.

Jul 30, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thayer for this one! Bottled 4/25/16.

Hazy dull opaque gold, initial fizzy head that fades in a minute, leaving no lacing behind. Fruity aroma, citric and acidic but not well defined as grapefruit.
Kind of fades after the initial burst when opened.
Taste is tart with a light acidity, lightly fruity with a light tart grapefruit note. Zero salinity. Body is light and the carbonation seems to ebb away somewhat quickly.
Overall its a nice summer quencher and versatile with food, though a little one note.

Jul 26, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured a cloudy, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of grapefruit, wheat and other a touch of lemon. Big, tart grapefruit flavors with lemon and some saltiness.

Jul 20, 2016
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jvillefan from New York

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again, another phenomenal beer from Crane. The nose has the salty, sour, tart, and sweetness you would expect from a fruited gose. The grapefruit character dominates the nose as well as the flavor of the beer. The sharp bitterness from the grapefruit is in all aspects of this beer. In the background of the beer you get the traditional gose flavor of wet wheat with salt. I feel like this beer is far from the traditional gose style but was exactly what Crane was attempting to do. This one is a must get.

Jun 19, 2016
Grapefruit Gose from Crane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 63 ratings