“Crisp Kölsch style ale, brewed using only the finest German malts and Tettnanger and Hallertau Blanc hops, then infused with Pinot Noir grape skins and a restrained touch of rose water to create a clean sparkling beer with delicate floral aroma and an endearing blush of pink.”
Appearance: Slightly hazy straw golden pour with two fingers of fluffy pink-hued off white head. Reasonably good retention with sudsy lace clinging to the glass.
Aroma: Crisp, clean and refreshing. The combination of Tettnanger and Hallertau Blanc hops give the aroma a true old world quality bringing spicy, floral, soft herbals/mildew, subtle citrus and an almost funky gooseberry note. We must admit the Pinot Noir grape skins are almost MIA if not for the suuuuper delicate tannins and forest floor accents. Pretty damn good but…it all comes together nicely.
Flavour: Very conventional Kolsch base with the grape skins providing an extremely subtle touch of earthy red fruit. The malt bill is so clean and crisp and those old world hops accentuate with their spicy, herbaceous/grassy and light florals. Picking up restrained hints of rosewater and pear before it punctuates with a nice clean finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, snappy and light on. Mild-moderate body and fine carbonation. The 5.5% ABV is a nice touch.
Overall: GP can do no wrong! Dead set these guys could brew their shittest beer and it would still be better than what a lot of other breweries can do on their best day. They’re just a cut above the rest.