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Westbrook Gose

August, 2016

Westbrook Gose

Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Out of the can poured a hazy, dark yellow brew, with a limited head that fell relatively swiftly. Out of the chute, aromas of lemon zest, coriander and fresh dough arose from the glass. These notes were supported by significant bursts of acidity, along with a subtle funky character. Flavors detected were citrus and the aforementioned coriander along with a bedrock of saltiness and acidity. There was a very low bitterness level, as well as no apparent hop flavors. It finished remarkably dry, which reinforced the refreshing nature of the beer. The salt component seems more apparent in the finish, as it sticks to your tongue while the sourness remains. It was indeed slightly puckering, not in an unpleasant, astringent sense, but was actually more candy-like. I enjoyed its slightly barnyard/earthy character, and while the acidity carried the nose, the salty flavor dominated the finish and aftertaste. A touch more carbonation would have been more true to style, but overall, it was a quite refreshing and sophisticated beer, and would be a perfect entry to all that are interested in the delving into the historical Gose style.