Gose has become a trendy entry in the Craft Beer Movement™ (Side Note: Craft Beer Movement™ is a sarcastic moniker given to the neckbeards and hopheads that demean people for not drinking the right beer. To the best of my knowledge, Will Gordon of Deadspin was the first to use the label with the trademark symbol as a statement of jest. I use it in the same way.). And why not? Goses were nearly dead as a style before they experienced their salty rebirth in the past five or so years. And they use a serious of bacterias to intensify the sour flavor. What draws them apart from the typical sour beer, though, is the presence of salt.
Glorious, beautiful salt.
The salinity makes it a gose. But, it’s not like you’re drinking a beer with a tablespoon of salt. Nay nay. Well, lousy goses taste like this (and there are plenty of lousy goses), but the good ones are sour with a dry salty finish. And that’s what sets beers like those from Anderson Valley and Westbrook apart from the dreck or mere average.
My love and loyalty to The Kimmie, The Yink and The Holy Gose are documented, so let’s talk Westbrook for a second or two. Westbrook’s gose has a nice sour lemon scent and flavor, but out of nowhere you get this herbal bite. This comes from the addition of coriander, the spice that the brewer uses to complement the sour. It’s an interesting flavor blend that appears on the palate and takes this beer from great to exceptional.
Westbrook’s distribution area is primarily along the Southeastern Atlantic coast, but through some glitch in the system, their beers are available in New York. And not New York City, but real live Upstate Adirondackin’ Finger Lakin’ Snow Belt New York. If you can find it, don’t make the mistake I did. I only bought a six-pack. You should buy a case and send me one as tribute. Why? Because it’s one of the best beers you can buy.
Brewer: Westbrook Brewing Company
ABV: 4.0% IBU: n/a
Container: 12 oz. can
Price: $11.99 (purchased as a six pack) Point of Purchase: Westmere Beverage, Guilderland, N.Y.
To The Eye: Golden, almost brassy, and hazy. A hard pour made for foam that thinned into a nice lacing.
To The Nose: Lemony and sour.
To The Palate: Opens with a lemon and sour bite. The coriander kicks in midway through. Sour but not crippling.
Aftertaste: Dry and refreshing with a salty bite on the end.
Boozy Factor: Nah.
On a Scale of 1 to 10, with 10 as highest: 9.5