Hey there fellow ale runners, it’s been a while.
I figured it’s time for a beer review, and I’m geauxing local with this one. Tin Roof Brewing released their one off batch, Gose With The Flow, over the weekend, and I’ve gotten to try it a few times now. I’ve really been on a gose kick of late, given the really hot summer we’ve been having here in Baton Rouge so far. The style is very refreshing, and drinks easy, but also chock full of flavor while typically coming in at a sessionable ABV. Here’s what Tin Roof says about their new gose:
This is our take on an old German beer that was almost extinct. We used a mix of wheat and barley, spiced it up with Coriander and Himalayan Pink Salt and finally fermented with both yeast and lactic bacteria. The result is a smooth flavor with almost no bitterness and a slight sour spiciness, followed by citrusy zest. The finish is crisp and dry with a mouth puckering sensation. Enjoy this very refreshing brew after mowing the yard or a day at the beach.
I had this one on tap at the brewery both Saturday and Sunday, then opened a 22 ounce bomber of it Monday evening after some work in the yard. This beer pours a light straw color that’s very clear. The initial pour features a good bit of light spritzy bubbles that fade away very quickly. The aroma is a bit citrusy with a touch of wheatiness. This tastes like a gose should. There’s some tartness, some saltiness and some citrus to it. None of those aspects seems to outweigh the other, and for me, that’s a good thing. Some interpretations of the style are either too sour or too salty, or sometimes both. This one is really refreshing and thirst quenching on a hot summer afternoon.
My one quibble with Gose With The Flow is the packaging. This beer screams to be in a can for the summer. I have no problem drinking a 22 ounce serving of it, but the bomber packaging means a higher price point. It’s a tough pill to swallow to pay $10 for a bomber of this beer when I can grab a 6-pack of Terrapin’s Watermelon Gose cans for $9 or a 12-pack of Sierra Nevada’s Otra Vez gose cans for $17. I want to support the local brewery, especially when they made a solid beer, but sticker shock is a real thing. My fear is that its performance will be judged on bomber sales when it’s got the cards stacked against it.
UPDATE: SINCE THIS PIECE WAS PUBLISHED, TIN ROOF LOWERED THE PRICE TO $7 A BOMBER AT THE BREWERY, AND RETAILERS HAVE FOLLOWED SUIT. WHILE I’D STILL RATHER SEE THIS BEER CANNED, THE PRICE REDUCTION IS IMPORTANT AND I WILL PURCHASE MORE OF IT AT THAT PRICE POINT.
Kudos to Tin Roof for a really well done gose, and I’m hopeful that this one will be canned at some point in the future. It certainly belongs in that kind of packaging to be enjoyed in all the outdoor venues and outside activities we south Louisianians like to partake in during the summer.