Brewery – Fifty West
Beer – Ocean City Gose
Style – Gose
ABV – 4.7%
IBUs – 16
Pouring a pink hue due to the addition of hibiscus, this strawberry rhubarb gose has a small amount of sea salt creating a refreshing balance between the acidity and fruity sweetness leading to a clean, dry finish.
First and foremost… if you didn’t see this can on shelves next to your Fifty Fest Tangelo Fruit Stand IPA cans, it’s because it only sat there for a little while. There was an issue with an off flavor, and the cans were all pulled from shelves to prevent people tasting it, and thinking that was what the beer was supposed to taste like. Think of this can as a collectors item of sorts now.
The beer was part of the 2017 series of limited run cans featuring the Fifty Fest ‘Golden Tickets’ which grant the holder free admission into Fifty West’s Beer, Food and Music festival called Fifty Fest. Beyond that – it’s a can of a really tasty Summery Gose.
Since I’ve gotten to try it both fresh on draft at the brewery, as well as sampling this can – I can say that yeah – it tasted a little different out of the can, but it wasn’t bad. However… I’ll use my draft only experiences to tell you my thoughts, just to be fair.
My Thoughts on Fifty West Ocean City Gose
The beer pours a really beautiful hazy pink color in the glass, with a really thin, and quickly dissipating head on top.
Aromas are light funk, and a sweet touch of the strawberry.
The taste is really great, with a sour pucker right up front and center – then finishing with the sweet hints of strawberry and rhubarb. All of that is punctuated with a hit of sea salt. It’s refreshing, and really damn tasty sitting in the sunshine by the Volleyball courts or on the patio at Fifty West. I could drink quite a bit of this in the summer heat.