Beer Review: Goose Willis – Brew York

The kings of celebrity name puns, Brew York, have a few of their classic, core range beers dotted around the supermarkets these days. I haven’t had the chance to try many of their beers, but the ones I’ve had, have been delicious. ‘Goose Willis’ is a gooseberry sour that was originally brewed with BrewDog in York as part of their annual Collabfest back in 2017. It went down so well they’ve kept on brewing it!

The beer pours a pale straw colour with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. I haven’t tasted or smelt gooseberry in a while but the aroma is instantly recognisable and genuine. The body of the beer is very well balanced with a solid lip-puckering tartness being level out by a nice sweetness. The overall flavour reminds me a lot like elder flower cordial in all honesty and, as a result, is really rather drinkable.

A quick note on the can art: Action star Bruce Willis in the form of a big goose? I’ve seen stranger things on a can and I these wacky designs suit the Brew York style well!

This is a really good sour and probably one of the best available in the supermarkets at the moment. The added lactose is adding the sweetness which acts as a nice counter to the sharp gooseberry flavours. There is lots of flavours packed in with touches of citrus as well. I’d argue this is pretty solid value for money for a sour, particularly considering the prices for many other sours these days. I will certainly be on the lookout for more of Brew York, and particularly their specials, as some of them seems incredibly interesting (plus there a couple of gluten free options for the old man!).

Score: 8/10

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Additional Information:

  • Hops: Nelson Sauvin
  • Malt: Malted Barley, Wheat
  • IBU: Not Available
  • ABV: 5.3%
  • Gluten Free: No
  • Vegan: No
  • Purchase Location: Morrisons
  • Purchase Price: £3

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