HopDog Gose & The Pussycats

Total Score: 7.9/10 Oyster1Peppercorns1Lemon1Tulipglass1

Another crazy (and no doubt good!) HopDog brew to bruview and this time the pun name is a bit of a miss for me, perhaps head brewer Tim Thomas is losing his “Dad joke” touch? Gose (pronounced “Go-Zer”) doesn’t rhyme with ‘Josie’, of Pussycat cartoon fame, as such the pun crumbles like a soft sponge cake in a wet paper bag. Anyway who cares if the beer is good? Amiright? The Pun Police – that’s who… and you don’t want to get on their bad side (death by laughter is inevitably next).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy light straw coloured body with a thin white lace ring – cloudy beers: you either love ‘em or hate ‘em – there’s no middle ground (I personally love ‘em and my scores reflect my cloudy cavalier attitude). 8/10.

S: Wow, bit of a face-punch to the olfactory senses with a bold sea water/coriander hit upfront, really expecting some salty characters in the flavour now, let’s hope HD [because we really need to abbreviate a 6 letter name now don’t we?] didn’t throw the Gose out with the sea water and underbalance the sour notes. Though I suspect with the strength of the added Lactobacillus this Gose won’t be a damp squid*. 8/10.

T: Again I’ve only tried a couple Goses now and they all end up tasting like that refreshing antacid beverage known as Eno [not to be confused with that refreshing ambient artist known as Eno]. Overall flavours of lemon, salt, hint of sourness and a light pepper spice note. Aftertaste is moreish (not unlike a nice glass of Eno) and slightly dry. 8/10.

M: Mid to light, borderline medium bodied with a thin but gassy carbonation – really feels like a bit of a health potion here. 7/10.

D: So overall I’m slightly more impressed with this than Nomad’s attempt (and the only basis of comparison I have thus far in the style) – to me this tasted a tiny bit more like I imagine a real German Gose would taste like, and with HD’s pedigree in brewing funky ales I think a bit more “funk”, if that even is a definable term when it comes to brewing, has been put into this brew. All in all I could go another Gose, and that’s high praise coming from me for a 4.5% ABV beer. 8/10.

Food match: Again seafood, especially calamari or crab, feels right with this style.

*IT Crowd reference time boys and girls.


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