Beer Profile: Westbrook Gose

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Profiled by Maria Devan for PGA

pgaprofileThis is as fantastic as you have heard.

Pours cloudy and very pale yellow with a scant head of perfectly white foam that falls fast and leaves fleeting lace.

Nose is tart with citrus and something sour. A bit of wheat and sweetness and a some earthy coriander. The nose is like a kind of perfume. It’s hard to describe.

The taste is outrageously good. All the tartness of lemon, the brightness of the lemon peel, the earthiness of the coriander. The crisp and dry wheat malt. Rather than an outright taste of salt, there is a saline aspect in the composition of the palate. it is at once complex yet simple. It’s refreshing and has an underlying sweetness that is subtle. It’s dry and while it’s not salty the saltiness contributes to the overall mouthfeel and texture of the beer. It’s thirst quenching, it’s aromatic , it is an instant favorite.

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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meMaria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is frequent reviewer of beer and a beer lover deluxe.