Gluten Free Salted Kettle Sour
Brewed by Moonshrimp Brewing
Here’s an exciting new special release from Moonshrimp Brewing in Portland, Oregon…a gluten free Gose! This salted kettle sour includes “lots of hibiscus and a little lime” and has a 5.9% ABV. It’s brewed in a dedicated gluten-free and oat-free facility, so it’s safe for any Celiac to consume.
It’s rare that I get to taste a gluten free sour, especially outside of the summer months! I’ve only ever reviewed two other Goses to date, and they were very different from one another, so I’m excited to see what this Moonshrimp one is like. I do believe this is the first sour beer I’ve tried from Moonshrimp, which adds to my excitement.
By the way, I know it’s a bit late in the season for this one, but it took me a while to get it ordered by my local store. I discuss this in the full Patreon video, but it’s worth sharing…I went to the managers of the beer department and asked them to order this one for me, and they did! You can try this too. In fact, I encourage it. :)
The Taste Test
Moonshrimp Brewing Gose
This Hibiscus and Lime Gose pours with the same shade of pink you would expect to see in a hibiscus flavored tea…a bright cranberry pink. I forced a bit of a head by pouring it down the center of the glass. It worked, but only for a brief moment. You’ll have to check out the video to see it. Once it bubbles away, the top of the beer has a fairly flat look to it.
Its aroma is rich with hibiscus and berry fruit notes. I’m not picking up on any significant sweetness or tartness on the nose…but I’m sure that will change once I start tasting. This is only the third gluten free Gose I’ve ever tried. So the only two Goses I have to compare it to are the Ghostfish Gose and the Glutenerg Gose. I’m expecting it to be closer to the Ghostfish one, since hibiscus is a prominent ingredient in both beers.
The flavor of this Moonshrimp Brewing Gose is intense and complex! It manages to be a little sweet, a little sour, and a little salty, all at once. The sweetness is its lightest quality. The sour characteristic leads to a dry finish on the palate. The fruit flavors are similar to the aroma, but I find the lime a bit more bold in the taste.
By the way, the carbonation tastes stronger than it looks. It’s very refreshing and crisp. The sour quality makes your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth a little bit as you may expect, but it also manages to finish quite smooth. This is a very enjoyable sour and I love the hibiscus and lime pairing.
Moonshrimp has a way with their special releases…anyone else agree? Right now I’m hoping that Market of Choice still has some left, because I’d like to snag another bottle or two to enjoy during these winter months. I’ll crank the radiator and pretend its summer for a few minutes as I sip this fruity sour. ;)
As always, if you’ve had it, comment what you thought of it below. It might encourage others to seek it out for a taste. :) Cheers!