Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Anderson Valley The Kimmie, The Yink and the Holy Gose Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1390) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2015
Sometimes it takes a few servings for a beer to win me over (completely separate servings, that is). Anderson Valley The Kimmie, The Yink and the Holy Gose Ale is a good example of this. The first time I had it I was drinking an old can. The second time I was at the brewery tap room and had already saturated my palate on other goses. Drinking a fresh can on a clean palate I can appreciate the beer for what it is – a solid gose. 

I poured a 12oz can into a flared snifter. It was canned on 5/22/15 and cost $3.10 ($0.26 per ounce).

Appearance: Gold proper color; perfectly clear body; fine carbonation visible at first. Initially pours to a large, white, foamy head but it evaporates and leaves only trace lacing (which is more than most goses leave).

Smell: Coriander and lacto sourness are most prominent. Distinctive sea salt scent as well, though it’s mild overall.

Taste: I’m so used to breweries adding spices and unusual flavors to a gose that I’ve kind of forgotten what a traditional brew tastes like. While this is not exactly an exact replica of an Old World recipe, it is a no-frills brew with coriander and sea salt being the only flavoring additives. Two-row and wheat are the only malts with Bravo being the only hop. I don’t quite taste the fruity flavors the brewery mentions on their website, though there is an underlying and consistent lemon character here. The tartness from the lacto really accentuates this. It’s also not quite as sour as many of the style, which is fine by me as it works more as a tart beer – I was constantly clucking my tongue after each sip. So the palette is simple and repetitive, but what’s there is enjoyable. I like their Blood Orange Gose better.

Drinkability: A beer like this is supposed to pair with warm weather and at only 4.2% ABV, Anderson Valley The Kimmie, The Yink and the Holy Gose Ale definitely is a summer beer. The mouthfeel is, not surprisingly, thin but crisp (though the carbonation dies down rather quickly). Refreshing to be sure, with a clean aftertaste – the lingering tartness is only temporary, but always welcomed. Completely apropos that this beer is only available in cans.

Score: 7/10

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