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Beer – #939 – Boneface – The Juice Dry Hopped Gose

Boneface. The Juice. A Dry Hopped Gose. I like Gose. Just in case you read somewhere that I didn’t, when in fact it is sour beers I’m not a big fan of, yet  and I always seemed to be drinking them in one   kind or another.

I reluctantly brought this, since they make four beers, of which I brought three, then cunningly and clumsily I dropped one, and just ‘had’ to replace it, and buying a single beers seems somewhat sad. So all in I bought two, making the complete set.

I’ve already had the magnificent Outlaw IPL, and so expectations are high. However it is a Gose, and expectations are low 🙂

very tart, crisp and relatively short,

This 500ml bottle is 4.5% ABV  which is about 135 calories a serve size. This is 1.9 standard drinks worth of things.

Brewed by Boneface Brewing, in the unusual style that is a bit of a mouthful: Grodziskie/Gose/Lichtenhainer. BoneFace are in Wellington, New Zealand

The Juice has a lot going on.

A dry hopped Gose, sour wheat ale in a German style, brewed with salt.

The Juice and me

A mouthful to describe, but the unique processes add a clean tart taste, making the juice a surprising mouthful of joy.

Dry hopping and Gose’s don’t normally go hand-in-hand, as dry hopping is often reserved for ales to provide aroma and Gose’s are known for tart, briny light beers. However, Boneface have achieved the best of both worlds by dry hopping this tart beer.

Aromas of fresh cut grass (dry hopping) are off-set by salty citrus.

The palate is very tart, crisp and relatively short, a very unique, very enjoyable beer

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Maaaaate … that’s the aroma of an IPA or Pale ale, a hopped beer, not a germanic lager type thing, this isn’t proper!

Pour is pale yellow, cloudy with a white cloud fluff of head that seems to want to sit happily on the top there. It’s very much paler than I thought it might be.

That’s two things that I’ve been confused by. Continuing with that hoppy aroma in the glass, that’s not supposed to be there, and before I drink I have this expectation…..

That’s a peculiar experience of beer, that gives you this hopped up nose on opening and then completely not that on drinking with sourness, saltiness, tanginess, tartness, citrus twists. My oh my.

Such easy and enjoyable drinking, a beer that avers more towards sour than anything but it is very interesting and very drinkable. I’m not sure though that you could drink a lot of it, and the one would be more than enough to set you up for something else.

The Salt thing, genuinely I don’t get that in this, then again, as I have often said I’m no expert in these things.

I am pretty certain though that this was clever and engaging stuff.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as of its things from the thing. What a happy confusion of a beer this is, hoppy nose lulls you in and then you get a refreshing tangy citrus circus act that dances around with all the noise and theatre, leaving you wondering what just happened. Indeed,

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Fine Wine Delivery but you should find it in good places.
  • Am I enjoying it? Yes, it’s a party.
  • Would I have another? Not two in a row, but I would have this again, sure.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? It’s nice beer, hoppy confusion and citrus tart sour beer on the tongue, I might get the blindfold out and do a blind tasting, something I think I’m also confused about.

Music for this:  ”  Muse ”  and ” The Resistance ” on The Spotify thingy

Muse are an English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994


Sour wheat beers were common in many parts of medieval and early Industrial Europe. Two styles – lambic and Berliner weisse – survived, but many others did not. Gose and Lichtenhainer are historic styles of sour wheat beer. Grodzisk is sometimes tart, sometimes not. Gose is seasoned with salt, Grodziskie and Lichtenhainer contain smoked malt. Historical sources are mixed about Lichtenhainer containing wheat, so modern interpretations may vary. Grätzer is an alternative name for Grodziskie. All three will be relatively low alcohol, with a strong wheat character, but will be distinct from classic examples of Berliner Weisse or lambic. As all we have are historical recreations, substantial differences may exist between interpretations



5 comments on “Beer – #939 – Boneface – The Juice Dry Hopped Gose

  1. kingmidget
    June 4, 2017

    Nope. Not gonna do it. Had one Gose in my lifetime. Never gonna have another.


    • Philip Walter
      June 4, 2017

      They’re like that though, mostly horrible and uninteresting weak sour fizzy water. This one was one of 4 from the brewer, I felt at leat compelled to try them all. I’ll try to avoid them in future, but I’ve been making a bad fist of it recently


      • kingmidget
        June 4, 2017

        The one I had was from Sierra Nevada — one of the grand-daddies of the craft beer movement. I had hopes for it as a result. I took two sips and threw the rest of it out. There are still several bottles of it in my garage, months later, and I don’t plan on drinking them. Sour fizzy water … that about gets it right.


      • Philip Walter
        June 4, 2017

        Some people get suckered in so-and-so is doing ‘the something’ and because you have a fear of missing out you can get pulled along. I liked this to the mars bar episode in Seinfeld where they started eating them with knife and fork… A lot of brewers went all in and continue to produce soured beer, because the beards like it and the sheep think they’re what they should be drinking. I feel sheepish every time I have one.


      • kingmidget
        June 4, 2017

        My son got the Gose and brought it home. I’m pretty certain sour beers will be a short term fad. There is so much experimentation going on. A lot of it good. I don’t know very many people who are fans of the Gose.

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