Beer Review: ANDERSON VALLEY BLOOD ORANGE GOSE

Beer Review: ANDERSON VALLEY BLOOD ORANGE GOSE

Pouring out a clear, light golden hue with a soda-like fizz, Anderson Valley’s Blood Orange Gose maintains the expected characteristics of the style. The fizzy foam dissipates quickly, setting the stage for what’s to come.

Aroma

The initial olfactory experience leans more towards the vinous, reminiscent of a Riesling, with notes of lemon and lime evolving into pear and peach as the beer warms. Intriguingly nuanced, the white strawberry hints add a rosé-like quality. While a faint hint of sweatiness lingers, the lacto character remains discreet, contributing to an unexpectedly dialed-in aroma.

Taste

Contrary to its name, the blood orange character takes a back seat, a departure from previous renditions. The brewers appear to have reined in the zesty overtones, allowing the underlying beer to shine through. Instead of an overpowering blood orange presence, the taste unfolds with white wine-like qualities akin to a Berliner Weisse. Riesling grape dominates, accompanied by tangerine and white peach. The acidity, rated at a moderate 5 out of 10, focuses on clean citric and lactic acids, avoiding the pitfalls of artificial or soapy flavors. Subtle saltiness, at a 3 out of 10 intensity, imparts buoyancy without overshadowing the overall flavor profile.

Mouthfeel

The faint saltiness contributes a buoyant quality to the mouthfeel, while the clean acidity prevails at a medium intensity. Surprisingly absent are the buttery, creamy wheat and lactic flavors typical of gose and Berliner Weisse styles. The finish leaves a lingering lactic acidity, balanced by a touch of white wheat creaminess, resulting in a semi-dry aftertaste.

Overall

Anderson Valley’s Blood Orange Gose stands out for its nuanced approach. Avoiding the pitfalls of an overwhelming blood orange presence, the brewery achieves a delicate balance that sets this beer apart. In a market where boldness often overshadows subtlety, this gose is a masterpiece. The brewery’s adept handling of the style is evident, with the Blood Orange Gose possibly serving as their de facto flagship beer. In a lineup featuring unfruited, watermelon, and raspberry goses, Anderson Valley offers a complete package—a canned, low ABV, summer quencher with refined white wine aromas and flavors, and a notable absence of excessive funkiness. This beer proves that sometimes, less is more.