Review: Grimm Super Going Gose

Review of Grimm Super Going Gose from Grimm Artisanal Ales in Brooklyn, NY.

Beer Type: Gose  ABV: 4.8%  Tried from bottle.

Their Description: “Hazy and richly aromatic. Aggressively dry hopped with new German aroma hops Mandarina Bavaria and Huell Melon; orange zest to boot. Lightly toasted white oak provides tannins and mouthfeel. Assertively tart, with light sea salt appearing on the finish. Citrus and hop flavors galore. Absolutely mouthwatering.”

The Reality: This beer has a fresh tart citrus scent and a light cloudy color. The flavor is “assertively” sour tart citrus (not orange specifically), with an underlying sea salt savory note, much as they describe. The oak most likely does provide mouthfeel and helps to round the beer out, but you don’t detect it in the taste. They say it has “citrus and hop flavors galore”, and while this beer does have a lot of citrus flavor, the hop flavor is quite minimal. In fact, any slight bitterness you do detect is more like faint orange pith. This beer drinks very light and dry, and I would actually agree that it is “absolutely mouthwatering”, or at least the aftertaste makes you feel that way.

Final Verdict: This is the first beer I’ve ever had from Grimm Artisanal Ales, so I read their backstory on their website, and I must say I’m fascinated. This is a really well-done gose, which is an easy beer to screw up, and the fact that every beer they make is a small batch one-off that we most likely won’t see again, makes me very glad I was able to try it (I actually have another bottle in my fridge right now). This gose is as well-balanced and complex as a fine summer cocktail, and a friend of mine that tried it said that they’d rather have this beer instead of champagne. The name “Super Going” is very appropriate because I liked this beer so much it is super going in my fridge, super going on my favorite beers list and super going down my throat. In fact, when I drink this beer I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven. Wait,… would that make me a gose ghost?