When you think about gose-style beers, normally the light and tart style is associated with warm weather. Goses are usually sessionable and tap into citrus flavors to create a nicely light sour-type beer. Harpoon decided to take that concept and turn it into a winter seasonal with Giving Gose. This beer is 4.7% ABV and features cranberry flavors, perfectly tied to Thanksgiving and the holiday season.
Harpoon tapped into their New England roots choosing to utilize the classic flavor of cranberries as the base for this brew. The beer itself is light and easy-drinking in traditional gose fashion. The cranberry flavor is vibrant and full, giving the beer a crisp and bubbly profile. Notes of sea salt come through, but blend nicely with the tangy cranberry flavor instead of overpowering the beer. Overall, Giving Gose is a delicious entry into the gose-style that highlights the tart & tangy combination one would expect.
If you’re on the fence about giving this one a try, maybe it helps to know Harpoon is donating $1 for every 4-pack sold to the regional food bank of the territory where the beer is sold!