Back in March, The Veil Brewing Co. decided to take one of its series of beers into somewhat unconventional territory.

The latest release in the Never Series—which is made up exclusively of a base gose and various fruited variants—was Never Aloha, a 4.9 percent ABV “Hawaiian Punch inspired” gose brewed with Red Alaea Hawaiian sea salt as well as “hundreds and hundreds of pounds” of blood orange, cherry, mango, passionfruit and pineapple purée. However, for that little bit of an added punch—no pun intended—The Veil decided to add a “tiny amount” of Hawaiian Punch powder “for good measure.”

There have now been 10 different canned releases in The Veil Brewing Co.’s Never Series:

  • Never (4.5 percent ABV) — gose brewed with pink Himalayan sea salt
  • Never Forever (4.9 percent ABV) — gose brewed with passionfruit
  • Never Aloha (4.5 percent ABV) — gose brewed with red Alaea Hawaiian sea salt as well as blood orange, cherry, mango, passionfruit and pineapple purée and Hawaiian Punch powder
  • Never Again (4.5 percent ABV) — gose brewed with pink Himalayan salt and raspberries
  • Never Sufficient (5.1 percent ABV) — gose brewed with Montmorency cherries and black lava salt
  • Never Mind (4.9 percent ABV) — gose brewed with plums
  • Never Heardofit (4.5 percent ABV) — gose brewed with blueberries and Hawaiian Red Alaea salt
  • Never Enough (4.9 percent ABV) — gose brewed with Montmorency cherries and black lava salt
  • Never Never Forever Forever (5.1 percent ABV) — double passionfruit gose
  • Never Never Again Again (5.1 percent ABV) — double raspberry gose

Never Aloha was released on March 28 packaged in four-packs of 16-ounce cans ($17) and was limited to two four-packs per person, with approximately 115 cases available.

The Never Aloha pours a hazy pink color, with a half finger of slightly pink head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin lacing behind that sticks around for quite a while. Aroma from the glass is extremely tropical with notes of strong melons, raspberries, grapes, sweet cherries and pineapples, along with some slight yeast.

The first sip of the Never Aloha follows the nose almost exactly, with dominant tropical sweetness consisting of flavors of guava, pineapples, oranges, cherries, mangos and slight lime zest. There is an very strong saltiness not only on my lips, but also on the finish that adds quite a bit of complexity to the overall profile, and the slightly bitter finish goes on for days. The overall carbonation is quite high and sticks around for a long time while drinking, and the mouthfeel is noticeably creamy.

The Veil Never Aloha
BREWERY: The Veil Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Richmond, Va.
STYLE: Gose
ABV: 4.9 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $4.25 (Four-packs of 16-ounce cans, $17)
RELEASE DATE: March 28, 2017
AVAILABLE IN: 16-ounce Cans
BEERS POURED: One
In a (craft beer) world that is seeing more and more fruited goses released every day, The Veil Brewing Co.’s Never Aloha has one overriding attribute that sets it apart from most of the rest: uniqueness. This is accomplished with a crazy combination of tropical sweetness that dominates the palate contrasted by a strong saltiness that is obvious on the finish. Yes, the addition of the fruit punch powder—which is easily discernible in the profile— does cause the overall balance to suffer just a little, but the insane amount of real fruit that makes up most of the flavor does a great job of taming what could have been a fake tasting mess. In the end, the Never Aloha is extremely refreshing, quite fruity on the palate without going overboard, and a great example of a gose with a tremendous amount of complexity, but purists will probably have a field day with the not-so-secret ingredient.
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