Allagash Old HLT - Allagash Brewing Company

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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 50
Gots: 41 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brez07 on 05-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 199 | Reviews: 60
Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Highly carbonated, a thin white head, and looks a pale orange.

S: Tart cherry smell overpowers this beer.

T: A nice fizz with the taste of cherries and mixed fruits. Almost a wine aftertaste.

M: Nice initial bubble feel with a sweet aftertaste.

O: A very good wild ale. I'll gladly enjoy this beer again.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a reddish-copper color, hazy, with a puff of fizzy tan-red head that quickly sank to a persistent ringlet. Aroma of ripe cherries, lactic and acetic, sugary malts. Similar to the nose, nice taste of sugary malts and cherry pie, lactic with slight twinges of acetic acid, with a notable yeastiness in the background. Medium body, smooth and gently carbonated, a bit tart, and some alcohol warmth. A nice beer, and very good for the style.

Photo of vandemonian
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Old HLT is a really nice sour beer. The best sour I've had from Allagash.

A: Orange colour and decent head that fades fast. 4

S: Delicious sour smell. Reminds me a lot of the RR sours. 4.5

T: Sour with some subtle Maltiness. Really fresh and sour. 4.5

M: Good and foamy. 4

O: 4.5

Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into 3F stemware. Bottled in 11/11. Thanks a ton SneezyAchew!

A: Pours a fizzy iced-tea color with golden highlights. Bone white head is thin and quickly disappeared into a faint collar. Carbonation is very active, and a stream of bubbles shot to the surface until the glass was drained.
S: I get dominant notes of cherry pit tannins, cherry skin, lemon zest, musty earth and a touch of sweaty socks and brett.
T: Buttery and lightly tart notes of cherry skins and red fruits mixed with earthy, musty brett. The base beer is greasy and malty, and I wish the flavors were a tad drier and crisper. Sourness is toned down but nice.
M: Bubbly active carbonation but not frothy, greasy and smooth mouthfeel, not harsh, with a medium body.
O: A solid wild ale. I like them a little dryer but I would have no trouble drinking this again. Very mild tartness mixes well with solid red fruit flavors. Thanks again, Mike.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy amber with a thin head. The nose is a very subtle acetone with an almost syrupy, fruity undertone. The taste isn't much different with modest sourness and a sweet cherry aftertaste. Very sweet for a sour, but not cloying. There is also a nice burn on the back end. Overall it was a bit of a let down, but still tasty.

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to sincereNc for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from growler into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a ruby red-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cherry, sour, tart, and subtle funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, sour, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. Everything going on in this one was really quite well balanced and enjoyable. All of the right flavors and aromas were there for the style without being overwhelming to the point where you couldn’t drink this in large quantities. I could probably drink this one all night long given the opportunity. Unfortunately, I have not had the chance. A definite must try.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been seeing this around town lately and finally ran into it at Barcade for their Philly Beer Week Allagash event 2012.

Old HLT pours out in the glass a brownish red color with some dark amber tints. A dismal amount of off white foam graces the top forever, retaining, yet not clinging to the walls. Smell is tart cherry scent with some type sweet spice and some faint caramel. Very earthy with minimal funk, cherry forward. Tastes great, HLT is not a sour forward beer, it's more of a fruit beer with a mild twang with a brown ale base I suppose. It reminds me of a less bugged up version of Supplication, which aint a bad thing. This is some mighty tasty stuff if your not looking to bug up your stomach. Cherry flavor, minimal caramel, light bugs, brown ale, ta da. Feel is on the lighter side with carb throughout the 10oz's, it does not dwindle. I could go for this again. The alcohol is not present at all, that could be a problem, i could drink a bunch of this.

Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish tinted amber color, bubbly off-white head, decent retention and some sticky spots at the top of the glass. Scent leads with ripe tart berry, tangy and earthy funk, fresh milled grain, light herbal charachter. Taste follows suit, solid tart fruit from raspberry to cherry, faint wine, tangy and tart, earthy and herbal. Medium bodied, prickly on the tongue, dry. Quality and flavorful brew that balances a lot of its flavor components nicely.

Photo of n2185
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear orange with a finger of white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of sour and tart notes here--cherries, lemons, and a touch of vinegar. There are some sweeter bubblegum notes underneath.

T: very sour on the tongue, with lemons and cherries dominating with light acetic flavors. There are slight funky notes as well with a dry, tart finish.

M: medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer could use a little more carbonation.

O: a good soir overall. Tart and very sour, but still refreshing.

Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was shared by muskabeatz, thanks Evan!

This beer pours a light bodied cherry red in color, looking very similar to Founders Cerise. The nose is nice and tart. It is full of spicy cherry. It's intriguing. The flavors instantly stimulate your palate. It features mellow cherry with a nice tartness. It also has a yeasty mustiness to it that is different. It's almost like a musty Kriek. It drinks light and slightly tart with nice cherry characteristics. I like it. The nose brings me back in every time. Overall this is a nice sour. If this were available I would make sure to snag at least a few bottles.

Photo of jegross2
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Old HLT from Allagash Brewing Company out of Maine.
Score: 87

2012 vintage bottle from the 03/31/12 release. Served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 05/06/12 while waiting in line for Great Taste of Madison tickets at the Steve's on University. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Sunset orange color. A layer of fizzy off-white head at pour settles to ring around glass. Very hazy appearance. There is a lot of sediment floating around in the glass, which ultimately settles into a chunk at the bottom of the snifter. Minimal lacing, poor retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Sour cherries, vinegar, pears and juicy granny smith apples. More vinegar as the beer warms. 4/5

Taste: Lots of tart cherry and sweet vinegar. Touch of red grape. There is a a bit of "earthy wheat" flavor too. Musty aftertaste. A touch of stainless steel sweetness. I like the upfront flavor, but the finish is not as good. Mild pucker, no funk. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high carbonation. Fizzy, almost soda-like, mouthfeel. Finishes dry and a little sweet. 4/5

Overall: A solid non-funky "tart lemonade"-like sour, but nothing too unique or complex. Very drinkable and hidden ABV. This kind of tastes like a jolly rancher.

Recommendation: Worth drinking, but not worth going out of your way to find.

Pairings: Pound cake.

Cost: $10 for a 375ml bottle.

Photo of woosterbill
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into an Old Engine Oil snifter. Big thanks to Dan for sharing this one. A new Allagash sour is always cause for celebration.

A: Yeasty amber body with some off-white froth on top. Ok.

S: Deep, robust sourness, with a nice balance of tart cherry and lemony, grassy funk. Simple, and simply awesome.

T: Cherries are prominent without being dominant, with some funk and bitterness building on the finish. Some nice earthiness. Really good, but not quite as fresh and deep as the nose.

M: Medium body, full of creamy froth. A bit too airy, but good.

O: Excellent beer, plain and simple. It lacks the vivacious sourness of the Coolship brews (not to mention their depth of complexity), but it's worth seeking out in its own right.

Cheers!

Photo of brystmar
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the original Pony Bar.

Keg was acting up, so they filled pitchers and poured 8oz tasters from that. HLT was slightly flatter than normal because of this, but the added creaminess was worth it. Tart and funky with subtle cherries, though its funkiness overpowered the other flavors.

HLT is a more aggressively "American" wild ale compared to their other Coolship beers, which often shoot for the traditional gueuze style. It seems Allagash can do no wrong these days.

Photo of craytonic
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Pizzeria Paradisio

Appearance: Light orange-hay pour, nice head
Smell: very intriguing, lots of fruit with a touch of funk and sour, some vanilla notes as well
Taste: Not particularly complex but very enjoyable, a playful sourness with some raspberries and other lighter fruits
Mouthfeel: Very creamy body, great carbonation
Overall: Extremely drinkable, very easy to put this away despite the 8% ABV. Hope they bottle it.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big white head, medium brown body, hazy.

Massively tart nose, maybe sour cherries.

Surprisingly light, some apple cider vinegar, and a trace of cherries. Very Cantillon-seque, but balanced. Not too sour.

Quite bright, which keeps it from being overwhelming.

I think I was expecting a thick, sweet oud bruin (maybe Kasteel Rouge but dialed back). This was more like a Cantillon twin!

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At first I worry, then a sigh of relief, there is the carbonation. Quick, fleeting. Just awful retention and no lacing. Rudy, reddish brown and translucent. The aroma is so subdued, but what is there is brett and cherry pie crust like. I also detect some washed rined cheese on the nose...nice.
Cherry pie, faint / light lactic twinge and some brett like hay. The washed rined cheese shows up again here but more prominent. The flavor is soft and very pleasant. Phenols, bretty phenols on the end. Prickly carbonation, not thin, but light, lemonaid like. While the component parts of this beer are not amazing by themselves put together they create a wonderful beer. To often we look for big flavors instead of nuance. Truly enjoyable.

Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Maine Beer Company stemmed glass.

A: Pours a blood-orange color with a small white head. Head retains nicely.

S: Nicely balanced nose of mildly lactic funk and juicy, sour red fruit. Fragrant sour cherry flesh, lactic acid, hay.

T: Taste is very balanced as well. Briefly puckering tart red fruit (sour raspberry, cranberry) laced with some rich cherry sweetness. Earthy and slightly lactic yeast underneath, which evolves into hay, sweet caramel, more cherry, wheat, and a bit of a lactic note in the finish.

M: Very highly carbonated (probably from the bottle conditioning), almost annoyingly so. It calms down after a few minutes.

O: This is a pretty interesting wild ale - decently complex, and unique because of the lack of oak in the aging process.

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 05/04/12 notes. Had 2 glass of this at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont, Washington, DC, and then a third glass at the Big Hunt later on as I really liked it.

a - Pours a deep, purple-reddish color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, sour grapes, sour cherries and dark fruits, spice, light oak. Awesome sour nose; I really loved it.

t - Tastes of sour red grapes, cherries, and other sour dark fruits, brett, light funk, oak, spice, vanilla. Not quite as sour as the nose, but still very nice.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Some nice acidic notes and super easy to drink; doesn't feel like it is 8% ABV at all.

o - Overall I thought this was a great beer. Not the sourest or funkiest beer in the world, but some really nice brett and sour dark fruits, and very easy to drink. Was very awesome to have this on tap at multiple places in DC, and had no problem having a few glasses in one night. Hope to see it again!

Photo of CloudStrife
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle poured into a chalice. Bottled Nov. 2011. From the brewery.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden ruby with a 1 finger white head. Tons of visible carbonation, this looks like a champagne. Some sediment visible in the glass. Head sticks around for a while, no lacing.

S: Tart smell with hints of cherry, spice and vanilla. Some wheat and belgian yeast makes up the backbone.

T: Mildy sour with cherry overtones. Some belgian yeast and wheat. A cranberry like sour. The tannins provide a nice bitterness at the end. Almost like a lambic on steroids.

M: Light on the palate with heavy carbonation. Tart and effervescent.

Overall not a ton going for a wild ale but nonetheless very tasty and drinkable. Even without liking cherries I can enjoy this brew.

Photo of pitasoup
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Dupont Paradisio for James Brown Night of the Funk

A: murky amber-rose-yellow gradient, low transparency and almost no head. looks like a solid block of sienna. even the edges are not transparent enough to show a shadow, despite the overall lightness of hue

S: tart funk, more brett L than C, cherries, wheat malts, oak, grassy barnyard, delicate florals, low carbonation makes it difficult to draw smells out. what does make it out is nice though

T: lactic and pedio tart, tannic, then cherries. unmalted wheat, grainy almost as if there were oats, then lots more sour. slight bit of sulfur and banana left on the tongue afterwards. as it warms, more pepper, spice, and floral notes come out. not as subtle as supplication, but a very comparable flavor profile overall.

M: light-medium body, tannic almost astringent mouthfeel that finishes dry and dusty, the least likeable part of the beer

O: quite nice overall, but as far as cherry/kriek wild ales go, schaerse and supplication are far tastier, imo. it could use more barnyard stinky funk and less of the grapepeel dry funk. glad to have tasted, but also glad not to know that i'd rather not seek out a bottle.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso.

Pours somewhat cloudy with tons of visible carbonation. Color is a pinkish-red with a bit of a copper hue to it. Think head of fizzy pink-tinged bubbles that go away fairly quickly, leaving a thin collar.

The nose has a light fruity presence. Red fruit, to be a bit more specific. As it is served, it is hard to pick out anything specifically. Some lactic character behind that along with a bit of earthy funk.

The flavor is quite nice. It starts out with a hefty hit of fresh, tart raspberries, following that up with some additional acidity. Lactic all the way with some from the fruit. Nothing acetic. Pretty good Brett character. Seems like Brett B and L, though Allagash claims to have a house Brett, so who knows.

Bottle is light with carbonation that is quite lively. Effervescent to say the least. Dry finish, with a moderate level of acidity hanging onto the palate for just a bit, yet it's not bracing to the point where I feel like I need to rest between sips.

Overall, this is really quite nice and I'm glad that I stopped in for it. The fruit and acidity are extremely well balanced and the beer itself is very drinkable. Highly recommended. Now I need to find a bottle of this.

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, there is considerable sour funk, coupled with some noticeable vinegar. There seems to be some underlying fruit as well (maybe some blackberry or cherry), but it's hard to pick up with the brett aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with this beer delivering a pretty impressive gueuze/lambic taste experience. The sour funk isn't overdone however, and I am picking up some noticeable fruit as well. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and frankly I would not have guessed I was drinking a 7% abv. beer. The finish is long, with some light tannic and considerasble sour funk (to no great surprise).

A nice enough beer, but just not my cup of tea.

Photo of TerrenceOBrien
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange, with a slight reddish-brown hue. Slightly cloudy with a thin pale head that dissipates quickly, almost like a soda. The scent is light on the nose, only a hint of cherries and a solid (but hardly overpowering) malt aroma. Flavor continues along the same line. The backbone is a pleasant malty sweetness, but the cherries add their own fruit sweetness along with a pleasant dose of sourness. The sourness is far from overbearing, just enough to highlight crisp and slightly dry flavors.

Photo of Richard33
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After it gushed onto my carpet, poured into a Unibrue Tulip.

Poured with little to no head. Copper in color with orange hues.

Smell is great! Tart cherries and apple abound. Smells a little metallic with some nice leather like funk.

Cherries up front bite at the cheeks. Green apple and bready crackers. Again, a little metallic flavor as well.

Mouth is super smooth with a minor alcohol warming.

A really interesting mix of sweet and tart. Hope my gusher was an isolated issue. Haven't seen many bottle reviews yet. Overall, a really enjoyable wild ale. My only issue is with the slight metallic taste that seems to last long into the finish.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pigs Fly. The 10 oz serving was rust colored with a small off-white head.

Nice aroma, mostly sweet and cherry. A little bit funky.

Beautiful taste. Crackers, sweet and tart cherry. A little more sharpness at the end of the sip.

I thought the sweet/tart aspect worked really well, and made this a wonderful beer to drink.

Allagash Old HLT from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.