Anderson Valley The Kimmie, The Yink and the Holy Gose

Reviewed by on June 16, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Company

  • Origin: Boonville, CA, US

  • Rated On: June 16, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Gose

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Boonville, California’s Anderson Valley Brewing create this traditional Gose-style ale, with a name that comes from an awesome regional dialect take on the ‘holy trinity’ of the father, the son, and the holy ghost.

This 12oz can pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three chubby fingers of puffy, frothy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some layered wafting cloud lace around the glass as it steadily dissolves.

It smells of grainy pale malt, a touch of spicy wheatiness, tart, somewhat oxidized white wine, a dash of sea salt, and sort of mealy, dry peach and apricot. The taste is more fairly tart, vinous generic fruit – underripe white and red grapes, mostly – some free-standing white sugar, more kind neutered lemon and lime orchard fruitiness, fading pale and wheat malt, subtle saline solution, and weak leafy, floral hops. The carbonation is pleasantly soft and innocuous, just a lilting fizziness throughout, the body on the far side of medium weight, and fairly smooth in its bearing. It finishes almost completely dry, the white wine, salt, and isolated fruitiness allowing for little else.

Another one of those brought back from the near-dead styles, that when rendered properly, makes one perk up a bit. Indeed this would be refreshing on a summery patio, one after the other, as the ‘Session Series’ name implies.  Or even better, as something to idly sip on while barbequing one’s own dinner on Father’s Day – when all three elements (as explained earlier) can interact and enjoy just spending time together.

Brady White

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