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Duck, Duck Gose

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The Grand Teton Grapefruit Gose I reviewed a few weeks back got me jonesing for more. The gose (GOES-uh) style, which originated in Goslar, Germany in the 16th century, is a somewhat sour brew with subtle hops, a characteristic saltiness and often a bit of fruit flavoring included, as is the case with all three featured here.

Anderson Valley Briney Melon Gose, $1.79—$2.29

This gose pours a hazy straw color with a decent egg-white head. The nose is a mix of citrus-laced cotton candy, bread dough and melon. Tart, but not too much so, it has a bit of watermelon on the palate, along with yeasty malt, bright citrus and a soft kick of salt both up front and on the finish. It's an approachable introduction to the gose style.

Odell Brewing Brombeere Blackberry Gose, $2.49—$2.99

The thick head on this translucent garnet brew collapses quickly, leaving minimal lacing. Blackberry jam aromas are backed by soft citrus, mineral and sea salt. Sweet blackberry balances sour key lime flavors, with just a bit of saltiness coming through on the mid-palate. This is a light bodied, easy summer sipper.

Sierra Nevada Otra Vez Gose Style Ale, $1.49—$1.89

An explosive, three finger head with good retention tops this clear straw ale, leaving a lovely lacing as it slowly collapses. It's brewed with cactus and grapefruit, which you pick up later on the nose. This is a delicious brew, with a well-integrated salty backbone surrounded by smooth citrus flavors. It's a refreshing summer break from those big IPAs.

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