On the docket: 12 oz. can of Anderson Valley Brewing Co.’s Briney Melon Gose
Poured into: Innis & Gunn stemmed craft beer glass
S: The body pours a golden straw and sports a creamy bone head. The cap builds, lingers, then eventually settles down to a small, tight and hugging band of bubbles. Tiny bubbles helix their way to the top from the base of the glass. Lacing is thin, delicate but consistent bands with each sip. There’s a slight haze to this, but does not detract from the beauty.
A: Subtle but luscious watermelon, the slightest hint of funk, clean briny mineral, and soft malty sweetness comprise the nose. A strong sniff reveals the rind of the watermelon, not simply the meat. Another long sniff pulls out a faint floral aspect, it must be the Bravo hops.
T: Certainly the most interesting aspect of the beer, the fruit flavor is everything done right about fruit used in beer. The melon is present, but gentle, and melds with the pale malt and malted wheat into a lovely tang. The sea salt is there too, adding balance to the acidity and fruit. And, while it’s certainly sour, there a nice give and take between sweet and salty, sour and fruity.
F: Crisp, and dainty on the palate with ample carbonation, lending another element to its drinkability and and refreshing nature. The finish is relatively short, with a small dose of bitterness in addition to the melon flavor that rides along the entire time, beginning to end.
O: Excellent execution of a fruit-flavored gose, and less on the traditional side (no coriander for starters). Thirst-inducing and paradoxically, thirst-quenching. Sessionable at 4.2%, imagine this on draft after a day out hiking, biking, running, kayaking, or any other summer activity in the sun.
Suggested food pairing: goat cheese, summer ingredient salads, grilled chicken or fish with lemon-pepper seasoning (because the beer already brings the salt)