In this edition of the Afternoon Beer Break, we are headed back to the Boulder, CO-based Left Hand Brewing. And, as with their prior beer we reviewed it has a rather interesting color. This time, it was yet another style that Iâ€™ve not experienced before, in the form of the Left Hand Brewing Wheels Gone â€˜Round.
First up, letâ€™s talk about the social mission that the Left Hand Brewing Wheels Gone â€˜Round is undertaking. Yes, thatâ€™s right, a beer with a conscience. In this case, itâ€™s to highlight the charity work that Left Hand is undertaking to raise awareness (and funds) for Multiple Sclerosis research. Since 2008, theyâ€™ve raised over $3 million, and of course theyâ€™d love for you to join in that fight as well, perhaps by supporting the rides they organize (you can get more details on that over at Team Left Hand).
I will admit, when the Left Hand Brewing Wheels Gone â€˜Round came in, I had no idea what a gose beer was. Well, a quick trip to the firehose of information that is the internet, and a concise article illuminated the subject. First up, a gose is a regional beer first brewed in Goslar (in Germany), and is a style that has a special exemption from the German â€œpure beerâ€ rules, due to itâ€™s use of salt (and sometimes coriander). In this case, Left Hand is indeed using some salt in the mix of ingredients, which they call out as:
- Rocky Mountain water
- Malted Barley
- Malted Wheat
- Lemon peel
With that inclusion of raspberry, you wonâ€™t be too surprised to note that the Left Hand Brewing Wheels Gone â€˜Round pours with a pinkish hue (though not quite as bright a shade as the Flamingo we just reviewed). There is a definite berry nose once poured, and the initial hit of flavor is a strong raspberry, but not one that is overly sweet (thankfully). While it does not pour with a great amount of head, this is a fairly fizzy beer, which I find refreshing. As I made my way through the glass, there is a bit more of the sourness that you pick up from the lemon peel in the mix, which (from the earlier reading) is a more pronounced flavor youâ€™d expect from the style.
I canâ€™t speak for all gose-style beers, but for the Left Hand Brewing Wheels Gone â€˜Round, this is a sourer beer that I actually rather liked. Others that Iâ€™ve tried have just been way too sour, but here, itâ€™s a less pronounced component of the beer. While it may not be one Iâ€™d seek out a cooler-full of for camping, itâ€™s not a bad one to mix in now and again for some variety. And hey, itâ€™s bringing awareness to a good cause as well, so why not take it for a spin? lefthandbrewing.com
- Berry nose
- Strong raspberry up front but not overly sweet
- Fizzy but not a lot of head
- Sourness creeps in later, but not overpowering
Details from Left Hand Brewing
- COLLECTION: Limited
- STYLE: Lemon + Raspberry Gose
- COLOR: Pink
- BODY: light
- ABV: 4.4%
- IBUâ€™S: 14
- PKG: 6-pack Cans, Keg
- MALT: Pale 2-row, Wheat, Acidulated
- HOPS: Apollo