Anderson Valley GT Gose

Anderson Valley Brewing Company GT Gose

Brewed by: Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Ale
  • Variation: Wheat, Gose
  • Seasonal: Summer
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • IBU: N/A

Brewer’s Notes and Ingedients

Reminiscent of a classic cocktail, our GT Gose showcases botanical flavors and aromas of lemon peel, juniper, lemongrass, and grains of paradise. With a lemon-lime tartness and slightly peppery finish, we’ve given the gose style a unique spin that we’re sure you’ll enjoy.

Hops: Bravo

Malts: Pale Two-Row, Malted White Wheat

Additional: Cucumber and salt

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First Impressions

Artwork: Follows the Anderson Valley brand label template, with grizzly bear wearing deer antlers.

Color: Burnt orange, see through.

Aroma: Mildly sour citrus.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 22oz. Bottle

Served in: Short Tulip

Anderson Valley Brewing Company has quickly become the West Coast gose brewery, with their Blood Orange, Briney Melon, The Kimmie, The Yink, & the Holy Gose, and now this one — GT Gose. We thought GT was a new release, but it was actually out last fall. Guess we either missed it, or didn’t get any down this way during its first run.

On the label, Anderson Valley referred to this gose as “a classic cocktail.” We had never heard of a “GT” before — maybe they meant a G AND T for gin and tonic? After looking into it, one of their Instagram posts cleared things up:

“It all started with some spirited conversations about beer cocktails and barrel-aged gins. We thought “why not brew a beer with a cocktail-like flavor?” Being fond of the classic gin and tonic, our new GT Gose was born.”

GT Gose poured an impressive bone white stack of sticky foam that almost overflowed our tulips. As we pulled the glass closer to admire its color, you could hear the snap, crackle, and pop of its effervescent topper. But the head almost immediately fizzled out, leaving no trace of froth behind.

Speaking of color, its body was a shimmery golden to light orange tone, with next to no visible effervescence. GT Gose’s lack of carbonation was also evident on the palate, as the beer drank fairly flat, with only a gentle nudge of sharpness near the finish. It was still a crisp ale, but it could have been a bit snappier to match up with its tartness.

Up front Sara thought GT tasted slightly earthy, but mostly tart watermelon fruit similar to AVBC’s other gose, Briney Melon. For Mike, earthiness was more prevalent to start, with herbal qualities of lavender and coriander. Despite our differing views, there was no arguing the all citrus puckery tart finish of lime, orange, and tangerine.

Did this beer taste exactly like a gin and tonic? Of course not, nor did we expect it to.

But we felt Anderson Valley sure came close with their interpretation of the cocktail’s flavor profiles as a beer, and deserve some style points for creativity. GT Gose absolutely featured the lasting earthy bitterness of gin and tonic, along with tart citrus as if the beer glass was garnished with a lime wedge.

Final Score: 3.5/5

Stars

GT Gose was another fine addition to Anderson Valley Brewing Company’s growing family tree of finely crafted gose. This all-natural craft beer “gin and tonic” was more earthy for the style, but still offered plenty of refreshing citrus tartness to go around.

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