Westbrook Brewing Co. Lemon Cucumber Gose

Westbrook Brewing Co. Lemon Cucumber Gose, 4% ABV is yet another variation on their delicious Gose and is brewed down in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Lemon Cucumber Gose pours a light to medium gold color with a one finger fizzy with a a head that gives you tart vegetal aromas with some nice spicy citrus notes. Flavor is good with a big quick punch of cucumber up front with a nice spiced, salted lemon in the middle with more vegetal citrus on the back with a lemon cucumber finish and a tart aftertaste that lingers with bits of lemon all with a light mouthfeel. Westbrook Brewing Co. Lemon Cucumber Gose is very interesting and well balanced all around and well deserving of an A+, it’s probably the best variation of their Gose and the cucumber and lemon and balanced very well for a refreshing beer. This is a beer I recommend trying as this is very quickly becoming my new favorite beer. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Commonwealth Brewing CO. Speakeasy Hibiscus Passionfruit Pomegranate Gose Ale.

Commonwealth Brewing Co. in Virginia Beach Virginia brews Speakeasy Hibiscus Passionfruit Pomegranate Gose Ale, 5.2% ABV, which I purchased from Pop The Top Bottle Shop here in Charlotte, NC. Speakeasy pours a red color with a dark pink hue and a one finger white quickly fading head that gives off light sweet aromas that are fruity and a bit salted. Taste is sweet with a hint of a nice spicy note with hints of juicy fruits that come in the middle alongside the spicy note and stays on the back as the spice fades a bit, it’s all refreshing and easy drinking with a nice light salted fruity finish and a nice tropical flowery fruity aftertaste with a light mouthfeel. This beer is a good warm weather beer and very crushable. I give Commonwealth Brewing Co. Speakeasy Hibiscus Passionfruit Pomegranate Gose Ale an A-. I think that after three the flavor would start becoming a bit too much but it still a good Gose one that I would highly recommend, one that I will go right back too. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Trip In The Woods Barrel-Aged Series Tequila Barrel Aged Orta-Vez

Picked up Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Trip In The Woods Barrel-Age Series Tequila Barrel Age Orta-Vez, 6.4% ABV from the local Total Wine. Trip In The Woods Barrel-Age Series Tequila Barrel Age Orta-Vez is aged in Reposado Tequila oak barrels for six months then blended back with new fresh Orta-Vez, which is Spanish for one more. Trip In The Woods Barrel-Age Series Tequila Barrel Age Orta-Vez pours a yellow color with a one and a half finger white head that slowly fades into a big of halo lacing giving off tart aroma that are fruity with some slight strong alcoholic sour notes that take you into a tart and juicy flavor up front with that strong alcohol note in the middle with more tequila flavors it one back with a bit of a faint vanilla with a great juicy tart finish of nice tequila notes and an aftertaste of even more tequila with nice smoothness that really linger with hints of vanilla a faint sweet notes. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Trip In The Woods Barrel-Age Series Tequila Barrel Age Orta-Vez is one heck of a complex beer that’s is wonderful and well deserving of an A+. I thought that Trip In The Woods Barrel-Age Series Tequila Barrel Age Orta-Vez would be good because the base beer Orta-Vez is just as good, and by aging it in Tequila Barrels really brought out so much goodness. I highly recommend Trip In The Woods Barrel-Age Series Tequila Barrel Age Orta-Vez and would love to have this again, but it is a bit expensive at 22 dollars but it sure tasted like it was worth the price. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Westbrook Brewing Co. Gose

Originally posted on June, 20th 2018

A German-style of 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 carbonation bubbles. The aroma is similar to a lemon but with a salty kick. Taste is pretty sharp with a slightly bitter sour lemon up front 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!

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Tropigose Gose Style Ale

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Tropigose Gose Style Ale, 4.5% ABV is another beer in my recent mixed six pack from Whole Foods and is brewed with passion fruit and guava. This Captain Lawrence Brewing company from Elmsford New York pours a Golden color with a two and a quarter white head that fades into a nice halo giving off tart tropical fruit notes with a slight bit of sour to it that take you down to a flavor or tart tropical fruits such as passion fruits front with a little melon in the middle that are nicely tart with hints of sour notes with a nice tart passion fruit finish and a nice tart fruited aftertaste that lingers with a hint of sour fruit with a light mouthfeel. Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Tropigose is a good beer but not enough passion fruit nor is they any trace of guava fruit, if you put that on the can then I think there should be enough to make it so, and I give this beer a B-. It not a bad beer for a Gose style ale but it just misses the amount of fruit flavor. It needs just enough to let you know its in there and yes I recommend Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Tropigose. It’s good otherwise! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Stillwater Artisanal Levadura Oaxacan-Style Gose

Stillwater Artisanal Levandura Oaxacan-Style Gose, 4.6% I picked up from Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop here in Charlotte. Stillwater Artisanal from Baltimore Maryland and Brooklyn New York, a gypsy brewer (doesn’t have their own physical brewery) and started and owned by a former DJ/Producer brews Levandura, which is Spanish for yeast, with salt, agave, & lime. Levandura pours a bright yellow color with a thin three finger head that fades steadily into little strips of bubbly lacing giving off sweet and sour aromas with a mild saltiness that’s reminiscent for faint margaritas that takes you to flavor of sour notes up front with bits of a tartness in the middle and a salty-sweet notes coming in on the end with a nice tart and sour finish that is a faintly salted and gives you a light tart aftertaste with touches of mild sour notes with a light mouthfeel. Stillwater Artisanal Levandura Oaxacan-Style Gose is a refreshingly tasty beer that is an A+ and one that I highly recommend and will be going back for more. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Central State Beer Company Garden Gose

This Central State Brewing Company Garden Gose 3.6% ABV brewed in Indianapolis Indiana is a sour wheat ale brewed with coriander and lemon. I picked this up at Good Bottle Co. (www.goodbottleco.com) here in Charlotte, NC along with six other different beers. Garden Gose pours a pale yellow color with a two finger head with good retention giving off a nice tart lemon aroma with nice sour note that take you to a flavor of tart lemon that is mildly sour with a touch of salt hitting your tongue with a nice tart lemon finish with a nice tart/sour lemon wheat aftertaste that doesn’t linger long with a light mouthfeel. Central State Brewing Company Garden Gose is a good beer but doesn’t knock my favorite Gose Westbrook Brewing Company Gose down. I say Central State Brewing Company Garden Gose is a B-. This Gose does not have any real full or strong Gose flavors to it, and it’s overall lighter than some Gose beers that I’ve had before. It’s goods and something that I recommend trying. I enjoy it but it my top Gose. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Otra Vez Gose-Style Ale

Orginally posted February 6th, 2016.

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There are so many different styles of beer out there. Some tend to be more popular and also tend to leave other styles behind that then become forgotten. Gose is one style of beer that is a nearly extinct style. But thanks to the many craft beer brewers out there is it making a come back. Sierra Nevada Otra Vez, 4.5% ABV is Gose-Style Ale brewed with prickly pear cactus and grapefruit. Otra Vez pours a crisp golden color with the slightest of haze to it and a one and half finger of brilliant white foam up top. The aroma is tangy with some sweet notes of fruitiness and grapefruit. Smells refreshing. The taste is slightly tangy up front that comes from the prickly pear cactus then you get a tart flavor in the middle with a quick subtle watermelon then on the end you get a wash of grapefruit for a moment. Taste refreshing too! The mouthfeel is light with a nice tart finish and a sweet citrus aftertaste. Many this on good beer, but in the whole Gose style from Westbrook is still my number one. I give Otra Vez an A. This is a solid drinkable refreshing beer. I recommend trying Sierra Nevada Otra Vez for yourself. Everything about this beer is well balanced and taste great. But there is one small negative though; this beer should be just the slightest bit more on the tart side, but still good. This is my second best Gose. Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

Tarboro Brewing Company Seed Spitter

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This looks and probably sounds like a summer beer, and while it is who says you shouldn’t drink a summer beer in other seasons of the year. I say if its good and you like it drink it. Like this Tarboro Brewing Company Seed Spitter, 4.4% ABV which is a salted watermelon Gose from Tarboro North Carolina. Seed Spitter pours an orange-yellow color with a one and a half finger white head and with a big tart watermelon aroma with a faint, slightly sour note. This leads to a salted watermelon tartness with a bit of sourness toward the end with a tart salty watermelon finish and a refreshing watermelon tartness with a light mouthfeel. This is a good beer to have with bbq, hot dogs, fried chicken and.or hamburgers. I enjoyed this refreshing easy drinking beer. It’s an A here and something that is worth a try, it is smooth and refreshing with slight fruit. I highly recommend you pick up Tarboro Brewing Company Seed Spitter and try it for yourself. Cheers! please enjoy responsibly!      

Bhranari Brewing Company Molly’s Lips Black Gose with Orange Blossom

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Now this beer from Bhranari Brewing Company, Molly’s Lips Balck Gose 4.0% ABV. This Gose-style beer is brewed with black malts, smoked English sea salt, coriander, and a hint of orange blossom. The Bhranari Brewing Company in Asheville North Carolina is named after the Hindu goddess of the Bees. Molly’s Lips pours a deep black color with brown edges and a two and a half finger beige head with decent retention, giving off a tart aroma with faint orange and some roasted dark malt notes and a with flavor of Sweet yet tartness up front then sea salt and roasted notes in the middle with a very faint coffee like note on the back of the mouth. The finish is on the lighter side for a dark beer with a slight tart roasted note with a salt roasted aftertaste and a lighter mouthfeel for a dark beer. This is a different and interesting take on a Gose-style beer and It’s not that bad, it gets a B-. Just not used to a dark or black Gose beer and it found there to be a slight conflict of flavors going on between the roasted black part and the Gose base, but it was not so bad. It just could have bee better, and Bhranari Brewing Company, Molly’s Lips Balck Gose isn’t a beer that I will be rushing back too soon. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!