Brew Review: Almanac Golden Gate Gose

by Kelli H. on April 27, 2015

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Beer: Almanac Golden Gate Gose
Date: 4-18-15
Location: San Jose, CA
Alcohol: 5%
Availability: Year round
Price: $6.99/22 oz

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“A tart wheat beer brewed with local coriander, lemon verbana, and San Francisco Bay Sea Salt” – Almanac Beer Co.

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Appearance: Light golden-yellow, hazy, barely any head retention though it pours a nice head.

Aroma: Sour, Salty, Yeast

Body & Texture: Crisp, bite up front, sour, full bodied.

Aftertaste: Smooth, dry, little wild yeast taste.

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Overall Impression:
Golden Gate Gose was the first gose I’d ever tried. I haven’t tried too many others but this one is still my favorite. One of my other favorites is Anderson Valley’s Blood Orange Gose. I’m recently loving gose’s due to their sour tastes and low alcohol percent. In my experiences these beers have a nice bite upfront from the carbonation. They are very refreshing and not sweet.

This gose, like Anderson Valley’s reminds me of drinking a very carbonated soda. Upfront it has so much carbonation and tingles the tongue. It provides some great burps! It’s not sweet like a soda, but it’s so refreshing and thirst quenching. I remember the first time I tried it I was worried that it would be salty due to being brewed with San Francisco Bay Sea Salt. Luckily, I do not notice this beer tasting too salty. It might have a tiny bite of a salty flavor but it’s not what I expected. I think it helps balance out the beer, just like salt does in baking. It is a beautiful light color that reminds me of spring and the aroma is inviting.

This is a super easy beer to drink. It’s great on a warm day and really is the perfect beer to split with one person. David and I love picking up Golden Gate Gose and sharing it whenever we can. The label has a great design and is definitely inviting. This isn’t a beer you’d miss at the store. It’s stands out and it should because it’s a winner in my book. I’ll definitely be buying Golden Gate Gose on the regular for us.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

David W. April 28, 2015 at 7:35 am

We should keep this beer stocked in our fridge. It’s soooooooo tasty!

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jen @nutcaseinpoint April 28, 2015 at 8:03 am

i’d love to try this. seems our area is only really big on importing IPAs and locally brewing wheat beers (my fave).

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Kelli H. April 28, 2015 at 8:35 am

Well, at least they are big on brewing your favorite! 🙂 I love a good IPA but I think I’ve been drinking them for so long it’s fun switching it up.

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Jane April 28, 2015 at 8:17 pm

I saw that somewhere recently! I will have to pick up a bottle if I see it again.

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Meghan April 29, 2015 at 7:21 am

The ingredients sound so delicious together! Must look for this next time I am out West!

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