Last year, Martin House Brewing Co. released a beer with a name inspired by Annie Edson Taylor, an American teacher who became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel in 1901.

Queen of the Mist is a kettle-soured gose-style brewed with salt and finished with coriander before being aged in Cabernet wine barrels and conditioned on various fruit. While there have been a number of different incarnations of Queen of the Mist, only two have been canned so far: Passion Fruit and Red Currants.

Queen of the Mist Passion Fruit comes in at 6.5 percent ABV and was brewed with pink Himalayan salt as well as roasted coriander before being aged in Cabernet wine barrels for four months and conditioned on passion fruit. Like the Red Currant version, it comes packaged in 12-ounce cans that are sold in two-count vertical boxes.

Visually, the Queen of the Mist Passion Fruit pours an opaque straw blonde color with about two fingers of off white head that disappears with almost shocking speed, leaving just the slightest thin lacing behind. Carbonation seems to be a bit lacking, but the aroma is quite aggressive out of the glass, with pineapple, honeydew melon, orange rinds, peaches and strong oak taking the dominant spots.

The first sip brings a multitude of notes, including a large amount of salt on my lips and sourness on the palate—almost to the point that it is the only thing you taste at first—with flavors of distinct passion fruit, apricots, peaches and oak following behind dominating the finish. Interestingly, the fruit flavors that are present in the profile also change noticeably as the beer warms up, with a grape and lemons taking the dominant spot followed by grapefruit, peach pits and oak. Carbonation is prickly, but not overbearing, and somewhat due to this, the mouthfeel is quite creamy leaving a slight coating on my tongue.

Martin House Queen of the Mist Passion Fruit
BREWERY: Martin House Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Fort Worth, Texas
STYLE: Gose
ABV: 6.5 percent
IBU: 3
PRICE: $6.99 (Box of Two 12-ounce Cans, $13.99)
RELEASE DATE: May 18, 2017
AVAILABLE IN: 12-ounce Cans
BEERS POURED: Two
The Queen of the Mist Passion Fruit is a tale of two profiles: while both the salt and sourness dominate the palate when it is cold, leaving the fruit mostly on the finish; the positions are almost totally reversed as the beer warms, with the fruit essence becoming more and more obvious even as the salt and sourness decline. This makes for an interesting ride, and while the aggressive sourness tends to overwhelm the flavors when it is cold, it gets quite a bit better as it sits in the glass. No, it is not nearly as complex or as balanced as The Veil Brewing Co.’s Never Never Forever Forever, but the flavors it does have are distinct and enjoyable and I look and definitely looking forward to more variants. 
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