Gage Roads Spring Suit

Style
Fruited Gose
ABV
3.8%

The Good Drinks team has been casting its net far and wide as winter has turned to spring. They released a rather sprightly and refreshing apple cider under the Gage Roads banner and launched the low carb Rider Lite beer in clear glass bottles with an eye on a younger audience, as suggested by the brand's instant alliance with music festivals.

With Summer Spring, they're back in more familiar territory, at least for our audience: it's a fruited sour following in the footsteps of 2022's Cheeky Pash and 2021's Party Wave. Here, they've opted for pomegranate and guava, the winning combo as chosen by a public vote. Visually – at least inside the pink-purple-lilac cans – the fruit’s impact is minimal, while aromatically the souring lacto commands much of your attention, gently embellished by a floral perfume from the pomegranate and a grounding salinity.

The fruit appears to be lying in wait for Spring Suit to wash across your palate. Again, it does so with a subtlety more akin to earlier local takes on Berliner weisse and gose, back before brewers embarked on the purée arms race that led them into imperial smoothie territory; you could even argue this is a fightback against such largesse. There’s a musk-like character accompanying the tartness of the fruit too before that salinity returns to soften the landing, making for a fruited sour that doesn't go out of its way to hide any semblance of sourness.

James Smith

Published October 7, 2023

Name
Gage Roads
Address

Peter Hughes Drive
Fremantle
WA 6160

Phone
(08) 9314 0000
Open Hours

9am to 5pm

Tours

By appointment

WA Beer & Brewing Conference 2024 2
Indies 2024 B

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