Driftwood Gose-uh

Reviewed by on August 24, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Driftwood Brewery

  • Origin: Victoria, BC, CA

  • Rated On: August 24, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Gose

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Gose (nice pronunciation aide built right into the name!) is a long-lost German style, that is wheat-based, and employs salt in the brewing process (here, the sodium chloride in question is ‘harvested from the coast of Vancouver Island’ – so, scraping the stones on the beach, eh?).

This 650ml bottle pours a hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with three flabby fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and sort of bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent eroding limestone wall lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of mildly tart lemon and lime citrus, grainy pale malt, a salty crackery breadiness, pink cotton candy dregs, wet banana chips, a muddled spiciness (maybe some black pepper, maybe some coriander), loitering yeast, and a tame herbal grassiness. The taste is bready, doughy pale malt, more lightly salted white crackers, mixed citrus and banana fruit bowl esters, timid yeast, pepped-up coriander and rainbow peppercorns, and a testy leafy, grassy, and herbal hop bitterness. The bubbles are present and accounted for, but not much more than a small frothy din echoes through my palate, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, the hops here not of the ungentlemanly ilk. It finishes fairly dry, the malty graininess laying down, and taking a siesta while the more acerbic essences gear up for more playtime.

Overall, a tasty and mostly engaging effort to recreate another archaic German brew, and yet without trying to get that New World smear of bravado all over it. Not as tart or salty as the few other instances of gose(uhs) that I’ve yet sampled, but that’s all right, I can still see kicking back in the waning summer evening sunshine on a still outdoor wooden table, lazily putting this one back, mit Freunden, ja?

Brady White

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