Terrapin Beer Company

Athens, GA

4.5% ABV | 7 IBU | 2.3 SRM

Label descriptors: Coriander, grapefruit peel, sea salt

When I sat down to start this beer review I scoured the label for information and this is, admittedly, my first time seeing SRM on a label. I actually had no idea what it was. We’re all about learning here at Bitch Beer HQ so I thought I’d pass that info along to you! According to BrewWiki, SRM stands for Standard Reference Method “the color system used by brewers to specify finished beer and malt color” and breaks down like this:

1.0 – 3.0 SRM – Pale yellow color
3.0 – 4.5 SRM – Medium yellow
4.5 – 7.5 SRM – Gold
7.5 – 9.0 SRM – Amber
9.0 – 11.0 SRM – Copper
11.0 – 14.0 SRM – Red/Brown
14.0 – 19.0 SRM – Brown
20.0   SRM – Black

So according to this list, Good to Gose sits right in the middle of that pale yellow descriptor. Now on to the beer review!

In the age of trying to make the most sour beer on the market, this is delightfully simple. Ben and I always try every new brew Terrapin puts out and when this hit the shelves, we had to throw it in our cart. I have been on a sour kick lately which couldn’t be further away from my usual hopcentric go-tos. My first of the six pack was enjoyed in a Reformation koozie under the unrelenting Georgia sun installing a new battery into my car (okay, so Ben installed it but I’m an excellent observer). Before I knew it, the can was empty! It really does go down that smooth. The tart hits you right at the front with a hint of salt then gives way as the flavor of grapefruit peel lingers. I agree with the can description, it does distinctly taste like the peel rather than the flesh of the grapefruit due to a slight bitterness. However, I don’t actually taste much coriander but that’s okay with me. If you haven’t found a gose that’s brought you aboard the sour beer train I suggest giving this a shot. The tartness is just that, tart, and brief, in and out. Add a koozie and some sunshine and you’ve got yourself a nice afternoon. (I didn’t include the battery repair, I wouldn’t do that to you.) Cheers! -Ashley