Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Lost Nation Gose

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1442) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2015
There are those who say “If you’ve had one gose, you’re had them all.” I understand that line of thinking, but I do not completely agree with it. While most of the gose beers I’ve tried have been quite similar, I can differentiate between them. Lost Nation Gose is neither the worst nor the best brew of the style I’ve had – it’s right there in the middle, for that’s worth.

I poured a 16oz can into a tulip glass. It was canned on 8/17/15 and cost $2.65 ($0.17 per ounce). Thanks to Jon H. for the can!

Appearance: Pale whitish yellow. Extremely hazy with no visible carbonation. Initially pours to a large, brilliant white foamy head, though it eventually dissipates completely and leaves no lacing.

Smell: A mild lemonade-like scent of citrus and tartness. Wheat is noticeable, too.

Taste: When drinking a gose, I notice that the beer tastes different at the end than it does from the beginning. At first, this beer it quite tart and salty, but after a few swigs, both of those qualities seem to diminish. Lightly salty up front with some lemon peel flavor underneath. There’s a general wheaty flavor to the body, which is nice as it’s not distracting. As it crests there’s a mild lacto tartness which lingers momentarily as it goes down. The coriander and salt are noticeable in the aftertaste, but fade quickly.

Drinkability: A beer like this should be refreshing on a hot summer’s day and that’s exactly how I drank it. The mouthfeel is noticeably thin and crisp, but does not feel paper thin. It becomes a little flat after about halfway through. At 4.5% ABV, Lost Nation Gose is arguably sessionable, though I think one pint can would satisfy me. It’s definitely refreshing.

RATING: 7/10

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