Sour beers divide people quicker than a poorly timed political joke at the company dinner party. People who you used to think of as “friends” or “comrades” swiftly turn to legitimate foes. For some of us, a sour beer can be blissful, enlightening, and refreshing. To others, it can be an unknown force summoned from the darkest depths of Stephen King’s mind.
For my brother and I, usually every time we have a Berliner Weisse, Lambic, or a Flanders Red, we treat it like some sort of blindfolded adventure. Do we really trust this funky smelling liquid? We do? Really? Are you sure about this? No? Wait—oh okay it’s good.
If you have an open mind and honestly if you like sour things then you might be open to trying a sour beer next time you’re out. It’s always amazing to think of the spectrum of sour beers upon each tasting. Some land more on the funky side, a result of wild yeast and odd fermentation practices, while others fall on the brilliantly clear yet, “I just put 10 warheads in my mouth and I’m going to cry” category. Some don’t taste that sour at all. For Conical Form, a spruce tip Gose, we like to think it lands somewhere in the vast middle.
Mild in tartness which is always a plus, Conical Form displays a beautiful pale golden color with brilliant clarity. On the nose, you get some typical funk, but nothing to be worried about, and the palate is graced with just enough tartness to make the sour junkie in the group give an ecstatic thumb’s up, while the newbie won’t make too much fuss at all.
Is it a taste that is acquired? Sure. But we hope that someday drinkers from both sides can come together and simply appreciate the zany ambition that it takes to craft a well done Gose. We believe that Kinsmen Brewing Company did just that, so we give this Conical Form four thumbs up, ecstatic of course.
Kinsmen is located at 409 Canal Street in Milldale. Kinsmen is pouring on Thursday from 3-10pm, Friday & Saturday from Noon-11pm, and Sunday from Noon-8pm.