Golden Coast Mead - Hibiscus Sour
Today we take a look at Oceanside, Californias Golden Coast Mead Hibiscus Sour offering. We'll be the first to admit that mead is considered more of a wine than a beer. Mead is brewed with only honey, water, and yeast. Which means it is fermented. So it's definitely fair game. When we tried Golden Coast Mead's 12% ABV Hibiscus Sour we were pleasantly blown away. In fact, we liked it so much we have two more of their offerings on deck to review. The sour would function well as a digestif or with some light protein like fish. We can also see it making a delicious vinaigrette.
Appearance: This mead sour has a slightly pale red color and is clear without being completely translucent. It forms almost no head when poured.
Smell: Bright citrus and hibiscus notes hit the nose upfront, with a very pleasant honey smell cutting through at the end.
Taste: The initial hit to the palate is lemon, which then gives way to subtle honey flavors. The hibiscus comes at the end, bringing it all together. The combination of sweet and sour balances this mead exquisitely.
Marketing: While not available in cans, we are going to talk about mead in general. We feel that mead in general is getting a bad rap. Our initial thought was "it will be too sweet", but nothing could be further from the truth.