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.