Vancouver Island Brewing – Magic Hour Grapefruit Gose


Vancouver Island Brewing – Magic Hour Grapefruit Gose Review

From the Summer 2019 edition of the What’s Brewing Tasting Panel

Vancouver Island Brewing, from Victoria, has not only come up with a new look and bright coloured graphics but have also created  a lot of unique seasonal beers. The Magic Hour grapefruit Gose is their latest  Spring/Summer seasonal.

Is it a Gose? Is it a Radler? Well, this beer is both! The brewing team behind V.I.B. created a Radler style beer but instead of using the traditional choice of lager, they decided to go for the Gose style. Whats the difference? A traditional Radler is a 50/50 blend of a light crisp lager and fruit juice, usually grapefruit.The Magic Hour Gose uses a Gose as its base mixed with grapefruit juice, giving this beer a slightly salty and sour flavour and mouthfeel.

This straw coloured beer pours just slightly hazy with a huge mousse like head that dissipates quickly.It is light in body and  light carbonation with a slightly dry yet salty and tart citrusy  finish.With being only 2.4% it is very drinkable and a good thirst quencher for the warmer months.


  • (3.5)
  • (3.4)
  • (3.5)
  • (3.1)
  • (3.4)
    Overall Enjoyment

About This Beverage

  • Colour: Yellow
  • Head Size & Retention: Some head, minimal retention
  • Carbonation: Mild Carbonation
  • Clarity: Slight Haze
  • Balance: More Malty
  • Drinkability: Extremely Crushable
  • Enjoyment: a great Summer sipper
  • Malt Characteristics: Biscuity/Bready
  • Hop Characteristics: Grapefruit
  • Other Flavours/Aroma: Lactic (acidic like sour milk or yogurt), Salty, citrus
  • Palate: Thin, Tart


A 2.4% Gose with citrus/grapfruit notes.Very drinkable and a good thirst quencher for the warmer months.



-At 2.4% you forget it is even beer! Very easy to drink.


-Would like to have had more grapefruit flavour

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