74 / 100
A bretted, barrel-aged version of their Big Hoppy Brown, apparently. Tried on tap at the Brewery in Denver.
Pours a ruddy brown colour, with a fine, frothy edge around the glass. Body is light for 10%. Carbonation is rapid and thin. Long edges of lace streak down the glass. Minimal body overall, which is the only oddity.
Nose is very pleasant. There's a mild tartness, melded with rounded, smoky dark malt. Hints of marzipan, melted vanilla ice cream, cut grass and paint. It's complex and very good.
Taste is also decent. It starts rounded and brown, with a bit of fruit and some savoury malt around the outside. Slightly tannic towards the back, with a bit of barrel and red wine. Sourness is also present, but it combines with the tannins to complement one another. Finish is slightly sweaty and dank.
Feel is grippy with tannins. It's an experience.
It's good stuff. It's complex, tannic (did I mention tannic) and bold. The 10% alcohol is well hidden, which aids the drinkability too. It's a tasty beer.
83 / 100
Tried on tap at the brewery in a strip mall in Denver. Dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin.
Pours a very, very pale yellow gold, with a flimsy, bubbly white head. Carbonation is pleasantly fine. No lace. Looks light, but good.
Nose is ace. Noticeable Nelson Sauvin character, with a brighter sheen of coconut, coriander, and a tart briny seaweed salt. It's a proper gose nose, but balanced and done really well.
Taste is awesome. Even better than the nose. It's briny, tart and green from the Nelson Sauvin, with a peppery spice on the back. But everything is tied to the acid, which comes through cleanly and pleasantly. Finish is sherbetty, with touches of nori and Riesling. This is ace stuff.
Feel is sharp and clean in the entry, with a slight stickiness in the back.
Amazingly drinkable and fresh. This is easily one of the best goses I've had. If anything, this now shows me what the style can do, and why it's good. To this point I've been a little skeptical.