Stanley Park Brewing Salted Watermelon Sour

Overview

Stanley Park Brewing Salted Watermelon Sour Review

Available from April – September, the Salted Watermelon Sour is from Stanley Park Brewing’s Sapling Series. This gose-style beer is kettle soured and brewed with coriander, sea salt, citra hops, and natural watermelon flavour.

While I suspected this beer might be strong on the watermelon notes, it’s not. The citra brings out the tropical fruit aroma and flavours, and the watermelon flavour is subtle. The citra works well with the beer to give it a prominent fruit profile including mango, guava, and lemon. The beer is well-balanced with a light malt profile, very low bitterness (5 IBUs), slight saltiness (gose-style), and a slight tartness from the kettle souring.

The beer was highly carbonated, taking its time to dissipate. No bitter aftertaste, it doesn’t linger on the palate, but the saltiness comes through at the end.

 

  • Appearance
  • Aroma
  • Palate
  • Flavour
3.5

About This Beverage

  • Colour: Gold
  • Head Size & Retention: Normal head + retention
  • Balance: Balanced Malt/Hop
  • Drinkability: Easy Drinking
  • Malt Characteristics: Light malt profile
  • Hop Characteristics: Herbal
  • Other Flavours/Aroma: Salty, mango, guava, and lemon, watermelon
  • Palate: Crisp/Dry/Clean, Tart, Highly Carbonated

Summary

The Gose is a historical beer style originating in Goslar, Germany, and is typically brewed with at least 50% of the grain bill as malted wheat.

Dominant flavours in a gose include lemon, herbal characteristics, and a prominent saltiness whereas a gose shouldn’t have prominent hop bitterness, flavours, or aroma. 4 – 5% ABV.

Pros

  • Low ABV, light and refreshing
  • Not overly sour, it will appeal to a broader range
  • The saltiness of the gose-style keeps it from being sweet

Cons

  • If you’re looking for a tart/sour beer, this isn’t heavy on the sour profile, but it is on style with a lightly-salted gose

One Response

  1. Dave Smith October 2, 2018

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