Westbrook Brewing Co.Breaded Break-In

Originally posted September 8th, 2015 at Folly Beach.

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I love being in a place where you can find different and local beers that I can’t find at home. That is always fun. I found this, Westbrook Brewing Co. Breaded Break-In, 6.6% ABV. This beer is similar to they’re Gose but Breaded Break-In is brewed with more grain and a bunch of Sorachi Ace hops as well as coriander. Breaded Break-In pours a yellow-orange cloudy color with a three-finger fleecy white head that slowly dissipates into some lacing but not much. The aroma is big with lemony notes and very faint lemon hops smell. The taste is very tart and lemony, as the aroma would suggest. There is the salty flavor that you would get from the Gose but is overshadowed by the intense lemon flavor. It’s boarding on to much lemon flavor, but it’s enjoyable. The mouthfeel is medium with a tart refreshing finish and leads into a nice tart lemon finish that lingers leaving you smacking your lips. This Breaded Break-In from Westbrook Brewing Co. gets and A. I loved how tart it was and that the salty flavor notes we subdued by the lemon, and how refreshing it is despite being so lemony tart. I highly recommend that you try this Westbrook Breaded Break-In. I think you will! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

NoDa Brewing Company Blood Orange Gose Beer

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Please support your local brewers and beer shops, I purchased NoDa Brewing Blood Orange Gose Beer, 5% ABV from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Blood Orange Gose is German Style wheat with German Pilsner grain, local wheat malt, and blood orange puree. Blood Orange Gose pours a deeper golden color with a one and a half finger white head that is slightly quicker to fade into itself giving off tart blood orange notes with some light sour notes as well. Taste is tart with nice citrus blood orange with a tart sour note that has a bit of dryness to it with a nice light salty note that comes to a nice tart blood orange finish with a nice light salty-sour/tart citrusy aftertaste with a light refreshing mouthfeel. This is more of a fruity forward beer, and you get a light amount of the Gose aspect of the beer. I think that it isn’t a terrible beer, I give NoDa Brewing Blood Orange Gose Beer a B+. The addition of blood oranges to this Gose is quite good, and refreshing but it does cover up the base beer a bit and that’s holding it back just a little. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Throwback Thursday: Westbrook Brewing Co. Gosé

Originally posted June 20th, 2015.

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A German-style beer that once was nearly extinct is making a comeback. Gose (pronounced “goes-uh”) is a wheat beer brewed with 50-60 wheat coriander and sea salt. This style is originally from Leipzig Germany. But this can of Westbrook Brewing Co. Gose 4% ABV, doesn’t come from that far away, no it comes from Mt. Pleasant South Carolina east of Charleston. This is another fine beer from Brewpublik (www.brewbpulik.com). Gose pours a bright hazy yellow color with a two and a half finger bright clean white fluffy head that somewhat slow to fade and does leave behind nice whips of lacing. I found some little amounts of light through the glass with average amounts of carbonation bubbles. The aroma is similar to a lemon but with a salty kick. Taste is pretty sharp with a slightly bitter sour lemon upfront than towards the back or your taste buds it gets salty and the bitterness/sour really kicks in. But it’s refreshingly sour. I didn’t get much of any coriander in the taste. I think it’s underneath the big sour salty flavors. This Westbrook Gose finishes sour with a nice salty note that leaves a refreshing lemon-like aftertaste that sticks with you for a little bit. I really enjoyed this Gose a lot it’s an A+. I can see why the Gose style is making a comeback. After drinking this I find it so interesting that sour wheat beer with sea salt could be as refreshingly delicious. But yet it is very much so. Everything going on in this beer works so well together.  I highly recommend trying Westbrook Brewing Co. Gose. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Blood Orange Gose

I haven’t had a Gose style beer in a while until I came across Anderson Valley Brewing Company Blood Orange Gose, 4.2% ABV while shopping at Total Wine. Blood Orange Gose pours a yellow gold color with one-finger quick fading white head that gives off sour citrus blood orange aroma with a little salty note that has a faintest sweet scent to it. Flavor somewhat follows the aroma with a salted sour citrus fruit flavor of blood orange that has a nice sweet and sour finish with a mild salt note that comes to a sour citrus aftertaste with a light mouthfeel. I am a big blood orange fan and I find this to be one good beer that is easy to drink. I think Anderson Valley Brewing Company Blood Orange Gose is an A+. The flavor is refreshing and light with a good amount of salty sourness that you should try. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Mikkeller Brewing Aloha Fridays Gose-Style Ale

Mikkeller Brewing, Aloha Fridays Gose-Style Ale, 5.9%, brewed in San Diego California with Passionfruit, Tangerine, Pineapple & Hibiscus. Aloha Fridays pours light cherry red with a one and a half finger head with somewhat good retention, that gives off tropical tart fruity aromas of tangerine and pineapple. You get tartness up on the front of the tongue with a bit of a salted flavor with lots of tropical fruit flavor notes like lots of passionfruit l, pineapple, and tangerine but not really any hibiscus. Aloha Fridays finishes with a slightly tart tropical flavor with a tropical fruit aftertaste with a slight sour note on the very end with a light mouthfeel. Mikkeller Brewing, Aloha Fridays Gose-Style Ale sounds like it’s an interesting take on a Gose-Style Ale and it sort of starts out that way then just becomes an average tart fruited beer, and I give Mikkeller Brewing, Aloha Fridays Gose-Style Ale a C+. And this wouldn’t be something I would rush back to try but if it’s around I might have it. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Commonwealth Brewing Company Limoncello

One of my favorite liquors, Limoncello Italian lemon-flavored alcohol, and the locals sometimes home make it. This. Commonwealth Brewing Company Limoncello, 3.9% ABV, brewed in Virginia Beach, Virginia is a Gosé style ale brewed with Lemon Beebrush, Lemon Balam, Lemon Zest and Lactose. Lemoncello is Commonwealth Brewings interpretation of Italian Limoncello. Limoncello pours a yellow color with a two-finger white head that fades steadily and has sweet lemon aroma with a pinch of saltiness to it. The flavor is not as I expected with a nice semi yet sweet lemon at the front with a little salt in the middle of the mouth with a little twinge of bitterness at the back, with a smooth finish of sweet/semi-salted lemon and a slight tartness that has a lemon balm and slightly sweet aftertaste with a light refreshing mouthfeel. The Gose aspect of Limoncello is muted and sometimes nonexistent, but overall Commonwealth Brewing Company Limoncello is a C+, a little above average but I have had better Gosé Ales and a better Lemoncello Style beer. Deep River Brewing Limoncello is a better Lemoncello beer. Commonwealth Brewing Company Limoncello is not the worst but it’s interesting enough for a try! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

New Sarum Salisbury Brewing Co. Pink Cheeks Rosé Gose

New Sarum Salisbury Brewing Co. Pink Cheeks Rosé Gose, 5.0% ABV local brewed in Salisbury North Carolina is brewed with Rosebuds, Hibiscus, Coriander, Hawaiian Red Sea Salt, melon purée and Barba Rouge Hops. It has a lot going on. Pink Cheeks pours a light orange somewhat copper color with a one finger thin white head that has briny salted aromas with a light fruity sweetness that has a tart aromatic quality to it. You get a salted briny sweetness that is light and fruity with a tartness around the middle and the back of the mouth with a faint floral note that all finishes with a tart fruity floral note and a salty fruity aftertaste with a nice bit of tartness and a light mouthfeel. I think the rose buds on this on not something I like, I’ve had beers with that ingredient in them before and I’ve had similar feeling toward them, but everything else about New Sarum Salisbury Brewing Co. Pink Cheeks Rosé Gose is okay, getting a C. Pink Cheeks is average, and the rose flavors held it to a C. It is something I would have again but not soon and if your curious then maybe you should try it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

NoDa Brewing Company Passion Fruit Gose Beer

NoDa Brewing Company Passion Fruit Gose Beer, 4.0% ABV purchased from Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop is a beer in the Gose style, an old German style that was once on the brink of being nonexistent, but now Gose style can be easily found in thanks to the many craft brewers who have brought it back into popularity. Passion Fruit Gose brewed right here locally in Charlotte, North Carolina pours a light yellow color with a one finger white head that fades a quick pace giving off fruit aromas of citrus fruits with a nice sour note. Taste is tropical with citrus fruit with a faint/light sweetness that turns tart with hints of sour notes with a few briny notes coming in on the back, that finishes tart briny with tropical citrus flavor with a briny citrus aftertaste that is mildly tart with a somewhat light mouthfeel. NoDa Brewing Company Passion Fruit Gose Beer is good but I think there is better Gose beer out there, not to say that this one is bad it’s a B+ beer. The passion fruit adds a bit more tropical flavors to a beer that I already consider tropical or like a tart margarita. NoDa Brewing Company Passion Fruit Gose Beer does, however, have more of a little tart flavor than some Gose beers out there but that doesn’t really keep it from a good status. Yeah, I think that this is one beer that many can be consumed and you should try it! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Flying Fish Brewing Co. Salt and Sea Session Sour Ale

Brewed with strawberry and lime Flying Fish Brewing Co. Salt and Sea, 4.3% a session sour from Somerdale New Jersey, which Flying Fish claims to have enticing aromas of saltwater taffy. Salt and Sea pours a light golden color with a one half finger white head and with sour, tart, fruity aromas with faint semi-sweet notes as well. Taste is similarly the aroma with tart fruity sour notes of light strawberry and lime with nice salty touches, but is it like saltwater taffy? Well a little but not entirely. Salt and Sea finish tart with light fruity sour notes with a medium salted tart aftertaste with a light mouthfeel that is all refreshing. Flying Fish Brewing Co. Salt and Sea is well deserving of an A. I found Flying Fish Brewing Co. Salt and Sea to have enough flavor to convey what’s they were going for, and yes I would recommend it. It is well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Gizmo Beer Works Gizmo Gose Wild Strawberry Gose Ale

Gizmo Beer works from Raleigh, North Carolina produces this Gizmo Gose Wild Strawberry Gose Ale, 4.3% ABV which was purchased from Total Wine. Strawberry Gose Ale is first kettle sour, which means to sour a beer in a stainless brew kettle, with there house Lacto, or Lactose sugar and with freshly crushed coriander and pink Himalayan salt with loads of freshly puréed strawberries. Strawberry Gose Ale pours a light yellow cloudy color with a one and half finger white head with salty yet sweet strawberry notes with a nice fresh tartness. Taste is sweet up front with a bit of strawberry for a second then comes the salted tartness on the middle with a little stronger strawberry note on the end with a little sour, salty, and tart note, then Strawberry Gose Ale finishes with a tart yet light sour strawberry salted note and a salty strawberry aftertaste with a light refreshing mouthfeel. The salt does overshadow the strawberry flavors a bit but not too much, and overall Gizmo Beer Works Gizmo Gose Wild Strawberry Gose Ale is actually good, B+ to be exact, and it’s a nice spring/summer beer. You get the right amount of strawberry and salty Gose that ties it all together is a good refreshing beer that I think you should try! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!