The summer is coming to an end, but we're not going out without a "Woooo!" - at least not if Back Bay's Farmhouse Brewing Co. has anything to say about it. To round out the hot weather season, even though we're probably in for a couple more months of it, Farmhouse Brewing Co., in collaboration with Aloha Snacks, has just released Ric Flair's Strawberry Ice Gose - a fruited sour brewed with strawberry puree to bring out flavors with the intensity to rival that of the Nature Boy himself! We got our hands on the craft beer to review, and we were not disappointed!
Ric Flair's Strawberry Ice Gose, Farmhouse Brewing - Craft Beer Review
Cracking open the beautifully designed 16oz can and starting the pour, the first thing you'll notice is the sour strawberry aroma coupled with a translucent, pink color. If your can has been sitting upright for a while, you may be surprised by the clarity of the pour, but with a swirl of the can, you'll soon see the impact of the strawberry puree. The pour finished thick and hazy, with strawberry puree particulates floating around in the glass and eventually settling if you wait long enough (which is hard to do.)
With my first sip, I was extremely pleased with the strong, upfront, in your face strawberry flavor coming out of this Gose. In similar beers, I find myself looking for more of that fruit flavor, but this one delivers on that expectation. For a fruited sour like this, the fruit intensity all depends on the point at which the fruit is added, leading me to believe that the puree was added later in the brewing process to get this profile.
"This flavor profile, combined with the fact that this Gose has a super low ABV of only 3.5% make this an easily crushable beer"
The Ric Flair's Strawberry Ice Gose has a satisfying, full-bodied mouthfeel that I could best describe as rich and creamy, reminiscent of a smoothie ale. The flavor profile strikes a fine balance with the tartness of the strawberry up front, and a salty, somewhat dry finish, and almost no bitterness to speak of. This flavor profile, combined with the fact that this Gose has a super low ABV of only 3.5% make this an easily crushable beer, although I'd recommend taking your time to enjoy it - savor the cold beer with sun shining on your face while you still can!
Ric Flair declared strawberries to be his favorite fruit. While I can't necessarily agree with that, I can say this Ric Flair's Strawberry Ice Gose from Farmhouse Brewing Co. is one of, if not my favorite Gose to date. I highly suggest you check it out if you have the opportunity.