Persian Lime Gose
1 16 oz can, $3.49, 4.5% ABV
Purchased at Harvest, West Hartford
I just read that Two Roads was the 15th fastest growing brewery in the US from 2015 through 2016. They produced about 42,000 bbls in 2016. Two Roads is not small.
I also read through a 250+ comment thread on facebook asking, “What’s the best brewery in Connecticut.” I never seriously enter such discussions publicly for a multitude of reasons, but will insert jerky comments like, “here are the best in alphabetical order” followed by a listing of all 48 currently open in the state.
Looking at the 48 holistically, one could (easily) argue that the best answer is Two Roads. They are well-funded, profitable, large, and their footprint is massive. And all of their beer is good.
Their standard line-up is solid. Their small release line-up is exemplary. And then there are their sort of “mid-release” beers. This is where, I think, they sometimes run into a little trouble with some fanboys.
These are the beers that they make on a rotating, but not constant, basis. They are all good, but always stay within the confines that a large market demands. What I mean is, their “NEIPA” isn’t super hazy and fruity. And their sours (not the super limited sours, but these distributed ones) aren’t super sour. They appeal to far, far more people than, say, an OEC sour or a Fat Orange Cat “NEIPA.”
I get it. And I respect it. If I had a mild complaint it would be the same as the guy’s above – that Two Roads has released a few “beer sodas.” The first is their Road Jam Raspberry Wheat and the second is this one, the Persian Lime Gose.
Note: I enjoyed this one much, much more than Road Jam.
And I don’t generally like “beer soda.”
Two Roads Says:
We source the freshest Persian lime juice through a local craft juicery and blend it into a classic Gose brewed with an added twist — flaked rye! The result is a strikingly vibrant fresh lime aroma and flavor that shouts refreshment.
Our Persian Lime Gose provides a dominant fresh lime flavor with a backdrop of salt and light sweetness.
A couple things here. One, “Persian limes” are more commonly referred to as “limes.” That’s right, there’s nothing “Persian” or “Iranian” or exotic about them. They are the same things you slice up and put in your Corona.
But no one has ever accused Two Roads of not seizing a marketing opportunity when it presents itself. (I say that with admiration.)
So, yeah, it’s now not so crazy to learn that a “local craft juicery” has Persian lime juice on hand.
Without checking, I think I’ve had a couple other Connecticut lime goses. Hooker’s Lime Time and Kent Falls’
Shower Beer Lime Zest Gose.
Hooker’s is/was fine; more salted than this one. Kent Falls’ is/was sublime. Perfect in every way – and much more sour, “beery,” and full-bodied than the Two Roads effort. (Kent Falls also hand zested/squeezed all of their limes, which is bonkers.)
This beer is… very, very light – even for a gose. I tasted no salt. And it had a sweetness from somewhere. An almost soda-like sweetness. If you’ve ever had, say, the lemon-lime soda from Hosmer Mountain, it’s similar to this beer.
And again, it’s good! And it will appeal to a million people this summer; like, literally a million people. And that’s what Two Roads does! And it’s why I say they probably are “Connecticut’s Best Brewery” in so many ways.
And it’s also why so many fanboys poo-poo them. It’s an interesting conundrum. And one that can probably be illustrated with what I wrote above: Persian limes are just limes but Two Roads is smarter than you so they named it “Persian lime” and that sounds exotic and fancy and it will appeal to non-sour, non-craft beer fans as much as the typical craft beer drinker who doesn’t give a crap about AbInBev buying Wicked Weed..
Genius all around.
Overall Rating: B+
Rating vs. Similar style: B