Review: Otra Vez Gose by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Otra Vez Gose by @sierranevada - pretty average. Not overly salty. If you were to introduce someone to the style without wanting to scare them away. This might be a good starting point.

Otra Vez Gose by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
Beer Style: Gose
ABV:  4.5%
IBUs: 5

Beer God’s Notes

Original Tasting Notes: pretty average. Not overly salty. If you were to introduce someone to the style without wanting to scare them away. This might be a good starting point.

I hadn’t ever heard of this style until a few years ago when it made a pretty big comeback seemingly out of nowhere.  But, now that I’ve heard of it, I’ve had quite a few of them.  The style is really interesting and confusing to some people.  It’s supposed to be salty with hints of coriander.

Otra Vez would be a really good introduction gose.  It’s not overly salty, and the cactus and grapefruit notes really add a nice sweetness to this usually salty beer.

Description

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Cactus adds a twist to the traditional gose style.

On our search for the perfect warm weather beer, we wanted something light bodied and thirst quenching, yet filled with complex and interesting flavors. We stumbled across the fruit of the prickly pear cactus, native to California. This tangy fruit is a great complement to the tart and refreshing traditional gose style beer. Otra Vez combines prickly pear cactus with a hint of grapefruit for a refreshing beer that will have you calling for round after round. Otra Vez!

A Touch of Tartness

When looking for a drink to quench your thirst on a summer’s day, a touch of tartness can be just the thing.
Before the modern era of beer making, European brewers discovered that by handling malt in a specific way, they could produce a slightly acidic wort which leads to bright, tart flavors, very different from what we expect in most styles of beer.
Inspired by these historic beers, we looked to create our own take on the German gose beer style. We use wort to create a lactobacillus culture, which in turn creates a mildly acidic flavor—the same way sourdough bread gets its tang. It’s a small amount, but it carries through and adds a pop of tartness and complexity for an incredibly refreshing beer.

Food Pairing

Cuisine
Thai or Vietnamese noodle dishes. Grilled Mahi. Pickled watermelon salad

Cheese
Fresh tangy goat’s cheese

Dessert
Grapefruit and mint sorbet

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