Brew Review: Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose

by Kelli H. on April 1, 2015

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Beer: Anderson Valley Brewing Company Blood Orange Gose
Date: 3-20-15
Location: Boonville, CA
Type: Blood Orange Gose
Availability: Part of the Hwy 128 Session Series
Price: $9.99/six pack
Alcohol: 4.2%

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“Copious additions of blood orange during fermentation impart tangy citrus notes and slight sweetness to compliment the salinity and tartness typically found in a Gose style ale.” – Anderson Valley Brewing

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Appearance: Tangerine, slightly hazy, no head retention at all, barely any carbonation bubbles. 

Aroma: Orange soda! Sweet and citrusy.

Body & Texture: Such a bite upfront. Blood orange up front, lots of fruit, and sweet/tangy.

Aftertaste: The initial sweet tangy taste fades quickly to a sea salt after taste with flavors of yeast and a tart bite.

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Overall Impression: 

As soon as I poured it I was impressed with this beer. It’s such a magnificent tangerine color. Then when I smelled it I was reminded of orange soda. It really smelled just like an orange soda. It didn’t have any head retention — just like orange soda. Anyway, this is so much better than soda. Such tasty burps too! 

It’s tangy up front and has a sweet orange soda taste. That quickly fades away to a very salty aftertaste that also tastes kind of musty. At first I loved the taste of it in my mouth and then when it would fade away, and I was kind of put off by the aftertaste, but I got used to it quickly. Overall, I’m a huge fan of this beer. I think it’s one of the best goses’ I’ve ever tasted. The second being one by Almanac Brewing. I’m also a huge fan that it’s a session beer. For someone that doesn’t have a high tolerance, I really appreciate this aspect. The can is cute and totally portable to bring with you anywhere. 

I think lots of girls could get drawn into this beer because of the blood orange aspect, the color, and the aroma, but if you’re not used to drinking sour ales, you probably won’t be a fan. If you’re seasoned with sours then TRY THIS ONE. It’s so good! Definitely different than most beers I drink, but it’s fun to mix it up. This blood orange gose ale was definitely worth the $10 to try. It’s something special. 

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

jen @nutcaseinpoint April 2, 2015 at 6:18 am

I remember when we were on a brew tour in Seattle last summer, the guide mentioned that sour ales were becoming more popular- but of course I never really got to try any now that I’m pregnant. Womp. Are they just drinking beers or do they pair well with foods? We haven’t seen any on shelves here so my husband really hasn’t been able to try any either.

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Kelli H. April 2, 2015 at 6:51 am

I usually always prefer to drink my beer before I eat, but I have had success pairing them with dishes, too. Definitely give sours a taste when you find one! They take some time to get used to though. I think I tried a handful before I got accustomed to the taste.

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Meghan April 7, 2015 at 6:03 am

This looks like it would be a fun, summery patio drink!

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Maryea {happy healthy mama} April 9, 2015 at 3:46 pm

You’ve convinced me I need to try a sour ale. Sounds good!

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