Salty Kiss by Magic Rock Brewing

Thursday, 18 August 2016
 
Beer Name: Salty Kiss Gooseberry Gose

Brewer: Magic Rock Brewing, Huddersfield, England

Date Sampled: 16th August 2016

ABV: 4.1%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

Well this is definitely taking my taste buds out of their comfort zone! I’ve sampled a few sour beers in my time and it’s probably telling that I haven’t gone back to any of them. But, I can’t just drink and review pale ales week in and week out (as much as I’d like to), so when I saw this bright pink offering shining in the fridge at The Leopold Tavern I thought I’d take a gamble.

Magic Rock are a brewery that seem to be riding right near the crest of the craft beer wave; whilst I haven’t seen many of their drinks in supermarkets, most of the genuine ale pubs that I’ve been in recently will have something of theirs either on the bar or in the can fridge. Their style is very distinctive and consistent amongst their entire range which makes their cans very easy to spot when peering over a bar into a crowded fridge; someone in Magic Rock’s art and marketing department is earning their hops!

So onto the Salty Kiss Gooseberry Gose, which Magic Rock describe as “A traditional German style Gose, flavoured with Fruit, Sea Buckthorn and Sea Salt.”

On cracking the tin and pouring the beer it created an impressive head, which stayed longer than expected. The initial nose did have a fruity punch to it, although the sourness was clearly present. It reminded me of sour raspberry jelly belts, the sort that makes your face pinch if you bite off too much.

When the first sip hits your tongue the impact is less dramatic, the sourness more reminiscent of a rhubarb crumble, and if I’m honest, I was then almost hoping for a custard type sweetness to develop. Sadly this wasn’t too come but, whilst the flavour did dissipate quickly, it did leave a very refreshed palate behind with no discernible after taste.

Compared to other sour beers that I have experienced I’d describe Salty Kiss as well-mannered however be warned, if disrespected and guzzled down like a session ale it will bite back, grabbing the back of your jaw the way a vintage cheddar might.

Overall I did enjoy it; not as complex as some of ales I have tasted recently but it does have a place. It would sit particularly well at a barbecue, at the point when you’ve eaten too much meat and drunk too much beer, when a cheeky cold can of Salty Kiss would act as a welcoming and refreshing palate cleanser. Maybe sour beers are back on my menu!

 















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