Moon Under Water Brewery- Gila Gose

Overview

Moon Under Water Brewery- Gila Gose Review

Gose (pronounced GO-zah) is a tart wheat beer made with salt added to the boil and often includes coriander. It is a historical style that originated in Germany, specifically the Leipzig area, and barely survived the Reinheitsgebot. These days the BC craft beer scene has taken to gose with aplomb so prepare to call the summer of 2019 the Summer of Gose. With Moon Under Water’s strong affinity for West Coast influenced German style beer it makes a whole lot of sense for head brewer Clay Potter to try his hand at perfecting the gose.

The name Gila seems to refer to the Gila River in Arizona and the beer label has a fun little tribute to the opening line from Hunter S. Thompson’s classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This Gila flows a cloudy pale orange with a large white head that has moderate retention. The aroma is one of clean pale malts and noble hops with a fairly quiet touch of fruity orange, acidity and tartness. Gila has a medium light body and strong carbonation. It is on the more quaffable side for the style with mild tartness and acidity throughout. The soft orange flavor, sometimes a bit marmalade, sometimes a bit orange zest, is complimented by some saltiness, savory coriander and light tartness. This salinity and tartness continues into the long and well balanced finish that greatly urges another quaff.

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    Appearance
  • (4)
    Aroma
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    Palate
  • (4)
    Flavour
  • (4.25)
    Overall Enjoyment
4.1

About This Beverage

  • Colour: Orangey
  • Head Size & Retention: Big head, moderate retention
  • Carbonation: Average
  • Clarity: Cloudy
  • Balance: Balanced Malt/Hop
  • Drinkability: Easy Drinking
  • Enjoyment: I would recommend this beer to a friend
  • Malt Characteristics: Light, Wheat
  • Hop Characteristics: Fruity, Citrusy
  • Other Flavours/Aroma: Fruit Flavouring: Berries etc, Stone Fruit: Apricot, Peach etc, Sour
  • Palate: Tart, Sour/Acidic

Summary

The components are so well balanced that this gose is hard to put down, particularly on a hot sunny day.

Pros

Mild tartness, particularly in the long finish, demands another drink. Than another and another.

True to style.

Well balanced.

Cons

Not as sour as some BC gose, although surely to style.

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