Glassware: The gose style has a tart aroma that fully engages the palate with subtle characteristics of fruit blended within. It is also a fairly light beer that should be enjoyed cold to truly appreciate the refreshing notes. A nonic pint glass, weizen glass, or traditional stange glass are the best choices for this beer.
Description: El Gose pours a cloudy straw yellow with bright white head that quickly dissipates and leaves very thin traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma is bright and refreshing with citrus notes in the form of lime with hints of sour wheat malt in the background; not overly complex but highly inviting. The taste follows the nose with the sour presence making itself known upfront on the palate with a strong lime note quickly following melting into wheat malts. The hints of salt come through for a wonderful balance that makes this beer even more refreshing. The light body and light carbonation give this beer a very smooth mouthfeel which adds considerably to the drinkability quality. Overall El Gose offers something for everyone and the gose style is perfect for the summer and everyone loves a great beer out of the can in the summer.
Food pairing: The light citrus qualities of this beer along with the sour notes make it a great pairing with lighter dishes. If a Sunday brunch is coming up, this is a great beer to have on hand. El Gose pairs well with egg dishes, especially those with spicier filling or splashed with your favorite hot sauce. This beer goes great with salads. The lime notes make for a great pairing with a citrus based vinaigrette and salads topped with grilled chicken or fish with fresh fruit and goat cheese makes for a wonderfully complex yet light pairing. El Gose is also wonderful with Mexican dishes. The hints of lime are always welcome with any Mexican dish but goes exceptionally well with portable dishes such as burritos, tacos, and taquitos.
The final word: If there is one thing that Avery is known for it is big, bold beers. They have perfected the barrel aging practice and brew some of the best DIPA’s on the market. The brewers at Avery have a deft hand in brewing highly drinkable light beers such as this gose. The gose style is meant to be very refreshing with subtle characteristics and subtle is not typically a word used to describe Avery brews. One sip of this beer and it is quite obvious just how good Avery’s beers are regardless of heft. El Gose has a crispness and sweetly sour tinge that makes for an incredible beer to enjoy while relaxing by the poolside. The low ABV makes it a great beer to enjoy on a hot summer day whether your are doing yard work or just sitting on the back porch. Grab some while the summer heat is still upon us and drink it up.
Derek Warren is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer and beer historian. Derek can be heard weekly on the Beer Geeks Radio Hour at noon on Sundays on WILK 103.1 FM with past episodes available on iTunes.
Brewer: Avery Brewing Company
Beer: El Gose