Style: Table American Gose
From: Newmarket, NH
Brewery’s Note: “Our interpretation of an American Gose. Brewed with 60% white wheat, acidulated malts, sea salt from Salt Cellar in Portsmouth, and coriander from Stock and Spice in Portsmouth. Think a gentle lemonade.”
The beer pours a pale, greenish chalk yellow with a small snappy head of pearly white bubbles that become a scrim. It’s hazy, and properly thin in body, with an opacity that lets in just the barest shimmer of light. On the nose, the beer smells of sea water sprinkled with lime zest with slight spicy notes. The coriander is applied with a wonderfully subtle hand, blending it into the brackish salinity, accenting the spice, and giving a slight buttery scent as it tangoes with the slight malt. On the tongue, the beer tastes of clean acidity that is flooded with a rich, earthy spice and saltiness along with gentle wheat sweetness. The finish brings a bizarre splash of almost-spruce freshness, which I can only guess comes from the fresh coriander, but it adds a lovely snap and tingle to the finish. In the mouth, the beer is lighter than air, with a soft effervescence. It feels crisp, tingly, and yet soft. It is endlessly drillable… It’s a 2.4% table beer! This is a lovely thing to put on the table and enliven the palate. It’s beautiful, superbly restrained use of spice will pair with any number of light dishes (note: not Oreos). Overall, I want to and plan to drink a lot of this over the rest of my life. Maybe it is stupid to say, but Table beers are criminally under brewed, and I want to drink more of them. I like just drinking them and not worrying about getting drunk or hung over (Table is the new Session… yeah!). Deciduous is doing great things. I’ll probably be gushing about their beers from here on out. This is great stuff.