Whether it’s Star Wars or high-waisted jeans, the old adage is true: What’s old is new again. And never has this been more true than in craft beer, especially when it comes to gose. If you’re unfamiliar with it, here’s the quick and dirty story: It’s a 1,000-year-old German style of wheat ale that is soured through lactic fermentation and flavored with coriander and salt. The recent gose renaissance has seen several American craft brewers re-create this classic style while putting their own spin on it by adding fruit. This can range from a subtle dose to adding a whole fruit stand. On the former end of the spectrum is Two Roads Brewing Company’s Persian Lime Gose.
Aroma and Appearance
The beer pours a pale-gold color with a slight cloudiness. With a lime and citrus aroma that immediately reminds me of limeade with just a hint of saltiness.
It feels like an alternative to a tequila shot… minus the immediate regret.”
The lime takes center stage accompanied by a tangy yogurt-like flavor from lactic acid. The fruit and tanginess complement each other, creating a zesty harmony. There’s also a mild biscuity flavor, thanks to the addition of flaked rye, giving it a tasty Key lime pie vibe, but less sweet. And when you add the salty finish to the strong citrus taste, it feels like an alternative to a tequila shot… minus the immediate regret.
This beer is fantastic. The 4.5% ABV and light body allow you to have more than one and keep trucking along. It’s a great example of a new update to an old classic. Now if only I could say the same thing about Jar Jar Binks.