Today on the Crafty Surprise I’m enjoying the Rye ‘N Gose Sling by the guys at Colonial Brewing Co.
The clever name straight away tells you so much about this beer! The Colonial Brewing guys have a man crush on Ryan Gosling? No surely that’s not it, you know it’s going to feature Rye and style for this one is a Gose. The first thing I thought of when I saw “Sling” was Singapore Sling, therefore there was going to be Gin in this beer.
As I do my usual pre drink can inspection I soon discover that sure enough this Gose contains Gin. This brew was concocted in collaboration with “The Westwoods Gin” for the 2017 GABS Beer Festival.
The can reads” A KETTLE SOURED SEAWATER GOSE WITH RYE MALT. WEST WINDS’S BROADSIDE FINISHES A CITRUSY GIN SLING WITH SUBTLE SPICE & US HOPS.”
The can itself is a pretty cool black and silver to gunmetal grey colour theme with a manly pink print including the Scorpion featured on Ryan Gosling’s famous jacket in the movie Drive. It also comes with a fully removable lid rendering this can topless where the aroma can still be enjoyed by shoving your nose right in the can. Normal can openings don’t allow your nose to get in on the action. This is essentially the most important part to fully enjoying the experience of drinking craft beer. It makes this Gose the perfect drink of choice for an event where glass is not allowed.
OK, I think it’s time to now peel the lid of this can and see what it has to offer. I’m pretty excited as I couldn’t make it to GABS 2017.
Pale in colour and very clear with a small interrupted head that’s trying its best to stick around along with a medium level of carbonation.
There are a quite noticeable citrus and piney aromas on the nose. The beauty of the topless can means I can get my nose right in there and pick up the aromas, as compared to the glass I’m using today does not have the same effect. If I was to drink the Rye ‘N Gose Sling again I would definitely be throwing that bad boy into my IPA glass.
Due to this being the 2nd Gose I have ever tasted I knew a little bit more what to expect. I’m picking up the sourness of lime and a small amount of the seawater. There is also a spicy flavour going on there which I assume is the Rye that has been added into the mix. As I’m approaching the end of this beer it’s becoming more sour and bitter in a good way which must be a result of the beer hitting is optimum drinking temperature.
The body is fairly light and the carbonation is moderate as it dances with the citrus tang on my tongue. The finish is a medium length and quite spicy.
This is a very enjoyable beer, I love how the sourness is subtle and not puckering. The Lime kept me coming back for more, but unfortunately, I only had one can which was a bit of a letdown. I can’t believe I have been so one sided all this time just drinking pale ales and IPA’s when they’re different styles like the Gose floating around. I definitely will now have to broaden my horizon and explore some of the other styles of beer out there.
3.8 out of 5
Have you tried the Colonial Brewing Co Rye ‘N Gose Sling? If so we would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.