Let’s face it. You can’t help but get caught up in all the great autumn beers that are out right now. There’s a sh’load of them out there, but sadly, most of these Oktoberfest beers, pumpkin ales and spiced bombs have been floating around our stores and bars since late August. It’s time for a minor reset on the palate to let our tongues readjust and remember the more refreshing side of beers before we get into the holiday madness—with all of those crazy, malty, boozy and cheer-driven winter solstice offerings. These beers will remind you of what it’s like to be a normal, beer-drinking human.
Ready Set Gose
Brewery/Brand: Uinta Brewing Co.
Serving Style: Draft
Description: Ready Set Gose pours a hazy straw color with a moderate-to-thin fizzy pillow of foam on top. The nose is mostly of lemon—there is a bit of raw bread dough lingering in the back that’s quite inviting as well. The taste starts with some crusty cereal grain and fresh wheat bread. There’s a minor sodium bite that comes in next, turning the cereal and doughy notes into table crackers. The end has a light and subtle, lemony tartness that balances out the saline and graininess from the top of the palate. The finish is dry and quenching, a nicely balanced ale.
Overview: In my opinion, if you’re going to make a sour ale, make the son of a bitch sour! While this Gose has great balance, it’s the overbalance of tartness that people crave—just like people who love IPAs crave the overbalance of hops. If you’re not big on sours, this may do the trick for you, but for this inaugural batch: Please, give me more sour!