It’s time that everyone walks away from the IPAs and realizes the gose is starting to make serious inroads of becoming the beer du jour in Florida. Seriously, they’re just everywhere.
Admittedly, most Florida gosii (I’m just assuming this is gose in plural) tend to predictably be flavored with local, tropical fruit.
Jen and Pete from Tomoka Brewing in Port Orange completely ignored this. By a lot. Instead, they went asian with the very creative Tom Yum Thai Gose (Gose, 4.2% ABV, 7 IBU).
To explain, the beer has a traditional, light golden look with a very fizzy, effervescent mouthfeel.
And the thing smells like Thai food. Seriously, it’s like Pad Woonsen in a pint glass. No small coincidence coming from a beer named after a traditional Thai soup, usually served with shrimp and lime (look at the can artwork. It’s basically a recipe for the dish).
That comes from the liberal addition of four different peppers, coriander, lemongrass, and salt. All of those are equally at play and harmonious in the aroma of the beer.
But don’t worry about the peppers if you’re afraid of that. They are very, very tame in the flavor of the beer. Instead, there’s a big, citric tartness, electrified by the ample salt and lemongrass and rounded out with a spicy coriander kick. The peppers tend to influence the coriander more than they would turn the beer into hot sauce.
And yet, with all of that, the beer still tends to be light and refreshing, accessible as anything and yet incredibly complex for refined palates to enjoy as well. Thai isn’t a traditional inspiration for Florida brewers, and it’s good to see Tomoka owners Jen and Pete taking a step in this non-traditional direction.
Now I want curry. Jen and Pete, this is your fault.
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