Anderson Valley GT Gose
Anderson Valley GT Gose comes in at 4.2% ABV. It looks like the success of Briney Melon and Blood Orange has bred a new variation of The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose! The bottle does not say what exactly is used in this beer, but it claims flavors and aromas of lemon peel, juniper, lemongrass and grains of paradise. I guess we can guess a few of these were added to the beer in an effort to replicate a gin & tonic. (That is what the GT stands for, right?)
The beer pours with a perfect light golden color, and fairly good white head with excellent retention for the style. Wow, I am certainly getting the lemon and juniper on the nose. A good bit of tartness and saltiness hit the taste buds immediately, which is absolutely expected from Anderson Valley given their accomplishments with the style. The “whatever” that is added to the beer is bringing a floral type thing to the taste, a touch of juniper/pine, and couple of good squeezes of lemon. A nice salty and mildly tart aftertaste finishes things up.
It has been quite a while since I’ve had a gin & tonic, so I’m not going to be able to pick out those specific elements in this beer. The mixed drink aspect of this is lost on me, but the combo of the lemon and pine is actually creating a nice Autumn-ish take on the style.