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
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.