Monday, January 5, 2015

Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1255) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Gose is a style I usually associate with the summer, but most of the beers of the style I’ve had have been so good I could drink them year-round. Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose is a winter seasonal for some reason, which is fine by me because it’s sweet and tart with an orange flavor not found in most others of the style.


I poured a 12oz can into a mason jar. It was canned on 10/22/14 and cost $3.10 ($0.26 per ounce).

Appearance: Pale orange hue, like Tang; slight hazy. Initially pours to a large, white, soapy head, but it evaporates quickly and completely.

Smell: Strong orange scent, but akin to that of an orange-flavored powdered drink rather than authentic orange. Clean and enticing, though.

Taste: Tartness is a quality you want in a gose, and it’s present here immediately. A sharp dry tartness akin to freshly-squeeze lemonade. Only, instead of a lemon flavor, it’s orange. A sweet, almost sugary orange taste that is on the lighter, less authentic side. It reminds me of the taste of an orange popsicle or other such treat rather than succulent orange fruit. There’s continued tartness through the middle, which really accentuates on the finish as it turns to a strong sourness. The salt and coriander show up on the back end, creating for a dry bitterness and spiciness; though I get the slightest taste of what could be compared to bile. It’s subtle and easily tolerable, but a little annoying – had it not been there this would’ve been an even better beer.

Drinkability: It’s beers like this that demonstrate how much can be done with such a light body. Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose is only 4.2% ABV, the same potency as Bud Light, but with so much more flavor. The mouthfeel is thin with a crisp finish, though it isn’t highly carbonated. It leaves a slightly salty aftertaste for a moment, but it washes away clean. Definitely refreshing while in the mouth. This would be better offered as a summer seasonal. 
Grade: 8/10