Our rating: 2.0
In this week’s episode, the Six Pack Team cracked open a pack of El Gose by Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado. So when we found this brew, we got totally excited because it was the first time we had seen a sour outside of the more premium craft beer retailers in the area. Were sours really becoming a more widely accepted brew type? Well…maybe, but this one doesn’t make the cut as far as sours go.
Avery seems to be trying to find a funky combo of Mexican Lager and German sour, and while this beer is wonderfully enjoyable, it doesn’t quite make the fusion work for it. There’s too much lager and not enough gose too it. It touts on the can that this is brewed with lime and sea salt, and you can definitely taste both of those flavors. Hell, Jimmy Buffet would probably flip for this brew because of the way it transports you to a tropical beach. However, despite all of those great qualities, El Gose is not a sour. If you see this on the shelf, get it because it’s a great beer, but not because you’re seeking out a sour. Nearly all of the bite in this beer seems attributable to the salt and lime, and almost none of it seems to be characteristic of the wild yeast traditional to a sour.
Note to ABC: Market this as a premium Mexican lager and you’ll have the best one on the shelf.
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