Anderson Valley GT Gose

Reviewed by on June 30, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Company

  • Origin: Boonville, CA, US

  • Rated On: June 30, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Gose

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

California’s Anderson Valley Brewing produces this Gin and Tonic themed version of the traditional German gose style.  However, shouldn’t they have then called this ‘G & T Gose’? The name as it stands sounds more like a reference to a souped-up Mustang!

This 22oz bottle pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and fairly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of remote island group lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of lemon gin, salted white crackers, lemongrass, grainy pale malt, a bit of musty old socks, some further indistinct fruitiness, and a juniper-led floral green character. The taste is fairly tart underripe lemon peel, mineral water, juniper berries, a twinge of white pepper, benign pale and wheat malt, a slightly earthy funk, and more plain leafy and floral green (hop?) bitters.  The carbonation is pretty tame in its kind of lazy-seeming frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and smooth enough, I suppose, even with that tart fruitiness echoing about. It finishes trending dry, the lemon, spice, and abetting malt seeing to it as such.

Overall, a solid standing triple in terms of getting the guest ingredients to er, play ball.  Anyway, nicely tart, fruity, and verdant, just enough so that, while it produces a well-made and refreshing brew, it also reminds me why I gave up on trying to enjoy gin all those years ago!

Brady White

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