Anderson Valley has already released two very popular Gose beers, the first was their base; The Kimmie, The Yink, and The Holy Gose and their first variation; Blood Orange Gose. The beer was originally released in April of 2015 but didn’t see any type of distribution right off the bat.

That is about to change in a huge way; beginning in early March, 22-ounce bottles, kegs and now 12-ounce cans will be distributed worldwide.

The popularity of the first two goses in its line have pushed Anderson Valley to continue creating and pushing themselves into the style.

Anderson Valley Briney Melon Gose

According to the brewery Briney Melon Gose was:

Born from our passion for experimentation, our Briney Melon Gose boasts a thirst-quenching tartness that is perfectly balanced by subtle watermelon flavors and aromas. Gentle additions of sea salt create a refreshing harmony between the acidity and fruity sweetness leading to clean, dry finish.

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a hint of orange, there’s a little bit of white head that quickly fades away and bubbles come up from below to the surface.

The smell on Briney Melon Gose smells of faint and musty watermelon, sweet malty grains, light lactic acid, some citrus, like lemon peel.

Anderson Valley Briney Melon Gose

The first sip of this beer was a bit underwhelming on the watermelon front, while it’s there, it certainly didn’t smack me in the face. It opens up a bit more as it warms up some and a lot more of the watermelon nuances fill out. I am getting tartness from the base beer, some salt and a candy-like taste. It has a sweetness and somewhat artificial watermelon flavor you might find in a flavored hard candy. It’s a not a bad thing at all, but it’s what’s there.

Anderson Valley Briney Melon Gose
BREWERY: Anderson Valley
LOCATION: Boonville, Calif.
STYLE: Gose
ABV: 4.2 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $6.99 (22-ounce bottle)
RELEASE DATE: April 2015
AVAILABLE IN: 12-ounce cans & 22-ounce bottles
BEERS POURED: One (22-ounce bottle)
The beer is really good, there are some things that could make it better, but overall it is really solid. The watermelon and salt work together really well, there is sweetness from the grain and tartness from the lactic acid, so many things compliment each other very nicely. While the watermelon could be more pronounced and more natural tasting, this is definitely a beer I can see myself drinking on a hot Texas summer day, by the pool, playing golf or with the grill going. I am really excited about it coming to cans as well; the 22-ounce bottle is not conducive to my need for a cold one in my hand during the previously mentioned activities. The bottom line is if you’re looking for a world-class sour beer, this is not it, but if you want something relatively cheap, easy to find and very refreshing you need to check this beer out.

A side note for those wondering, Anderson Valley adds lactobacillus and “kettle sours” its goses, they are not done in the traditional way of spontaneous fermentation.
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