Total Score: 7.45/10
Sounds like a ride at an inappropriately-themed amusement park: “Magic Rock Salty Kiss Gooseberry Gose”… well that is one ride I would be avoiding at all costs. So back to Magic Rock, their High Wire Grapefruit Pale Ale wasn’t quite up to the standard of Elvis Juice, however this brew is a Gose, and I haven’t had a good Gose in like forever brah. Gooseberry also feels like a natural addition to the Gose style given their tartness of flavour. Thus far my Gose drinking experience has been akin to drinking numerous glasses of that delightful lemon-flavoured antacid beverage known as Eno (not to be associated in any way with Brian Eno, I understand he tried it once for a bellyache but that was it) hopefully Salty Kiss will be different.
Poured from a 330ml can into a Duvel tulip.
A: Positively murky AF Goldenrod body with a white sea-foam head that settles around half a centimetre – I’m liking this so far… love the yeast haze on this brew: it’s like pea soup on a cloudy day in a Turkish bath. 8/10.
S: Funky yeast character mingles with a fruity white wine note and floral accents – it is a pleasing aroma indeed. There’s a freshness in the fruit notes that carries throughout the nose, really moreish, and floral. I need more adjectives… it’s Gooseberry-ish. Yeah, I’m going to go with that. 8/10.
T: First off – doesn’t taste like Eno (hooray!). Salt upfront mingles with fruity/white wine/floral characters, then as quickly as these flavours arrive tart Gooseberry cuts in an slakes the palate like some sort of palate slaker… (it is too a thing!). This is probably the most refreshing Gose I’ve had yet – admittedly I haven’t had many Goses. Complaints? It’s a bit thin in flavour – at 4.1% this is to be expected. Still this is a reasonably moreish Gose – the fresh tartness of the Gooseberry really works well. 7/10.
M: Mid to light bodied with a thin but dense carbonation – kinda glad this isn’t too fizzy, don’t think it would work with the flavour profile if it was. 7/10.
D: Still getting used to Goses as a whole – such an odd flavour combination in a beer, salty/sour is more something you would find in a glass of Ayran (a Turkish salted yoghurt beverage) than in a beer… I haven’t fallen head over heels in love with it like some others, however I also haven’t been deterred like I have with the black-hole-face-puckering sour beers out there… or Macro Lagers in general [as if we don’t know that already!]. This is one I will come back to again. 8/10.
Food match: Grilled Kingfish with a garden salad and a slightly spicy sauce.