Beach Plum Gose

New York
United States
Beach Plum Gose by Blue Point Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Beach Plum Gose is our twist on a traditional German-style Sour Ale. We brew this kettle sour with beach plums indigenous to the shores of Long Island for a unique tartness and add North Atlantic seaweed and locally cultivated sea salt for a savory finish.

Profile

ABV: 
4.1%
IBUs: 
3
Hops: 
Hallertau
Malts: 
Pilsner, Wheat, Acidulated, Carahell
Judges Review 
Josh Weikert's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Blue Point's Beach Plum Gose (judged as a category 29B, Fruit & Spice Beer, in the 2015 BJCP Guidelines) is an interesting and surprisingly approachable version of a challenging style, with solid basics and interesting flavors!

It pours medium-gold with a slight haze (OK for the style), with a thin white head that is still fairly persistent.  The initial aroma is lightly sour and funky, with a low level of fruit and a low-medium background bready malt character.  There's a lot less going on than the description might suggest, but there are hints of a lot of complicated flavors.

The beer really jumps out at you on the palate, however: a moderate acidic note balances well against a richer grainy flavor than the aroma would suggest, with moderate dark fruit flavor that seems less "full" against the light and sour and salty elements.  Very light in body and with high carbonation, it's a great palate-scrubber!

Overall, this is an interesting example of the style.  Like most Goses on the shelves these days, it's more overtyl acidic than traditional examples, but the effect works in this recipe.  A worthy addition to the marketplace, and a beer that should find a surprisingly broad audience.