it or not, there are some beers that I can honestly recommend even
though they disappoint me. Take, for example, Sixpoint Jammer – their
latest offering which is their take on the gose style. Sixpoint isn’t
known for making beer “to spec,” though they usually at least finish
with a good, decent product. As a gose, this beer is really lacking; but
as a beer it’s okay.
I poured a 12oz can into a mason jar. It had a best before date of
10/25/15 and a six-pack cost $12.99 ($2.17 per can or $0.18 per ounce).
Appearance: Pure golden hue with a crystal clarity; some carbonation
visible. Pours to a large, bright white, foamy head that retains and
laces fairly well.
Smell: Fairly muted nose with just a scent of lemon or coriander. Almost smells like children’s cereal or cleaning products.
Taste: I haven’t had too many goses, but the ones I’ve had I’ve noticed
have similar palettes. This beer is the most dissimilar of them all. I
was prepared for an assertive salty/sour/tart combo of flavors, but what
I got tasted more like a generic blonde ale. Pils malt is pretty
prominent throughout most of the swig – it’s easily identifiable. On the
finish I get a slightly sweet taste of lemon and a light, fruity spice
often found in generic summer ales. It tastes the way a cleaning product
smells and it’s pretty good for that short-lived moment at the end of
each swig. What I don’t get is any real tanginess from the salt or lacto
(if it’s even brewed with that). Someone who’s never had a gose might
be more apt to detect it, but I really don’t. Overall, this is a fine
blonde ale but not what I consider a quality gose.
Drinkability: While the taste of Sixpoint Jammer may have been
underwhelming, at least it was easy to drink. At only 4.2% ABV, it’s
extremely quaffable and sessionable. The mouthfeel is noticeably light
and a tad watery. However, it does remind crisp throughout – never going
flat – and it always finishes clean. Drink it as a liquid refresher.