Friday, February 23, 2018

Westbrook Gose (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Fill date: 1/30/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 27 Historical Beer - Gose

AROMA: Potent nose of sea breeze, lacto, sourdough bread and lemon/orange zest from coriander. No pome fruit. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Extremely hazy shade of maize/gold (1-2 SRM). Moderate white foam when poured quickly and completely evaporates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Lacto sourness is evident immediately, as is a lemonade-like flavor (from the coriander). There is a sourdough bready base from the wheat. Salt is also present, but mostly as a background note. The acidity is moderate with a tartness that's firm, but not aggressive. No hops (none needed). A bit of a plastic taste in the finish. Mild salty/tart aftertaste but otherwise clean. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light body; variable carbonation. Quite effervescent when poured, but calms down quickly. Smooth, almost watery texture. Very refreshing and sessionable at only 4% ABV. A little too light for its own good. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: While not perfect, it's a close re-creation of the style and an impressive brewing feat. Ideal summer beverage. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

NOTE: See my 2014 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2014/07/westbrook-gose.html

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