Allagash Coolship Red - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 973
Gots: 65 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gregc on 06-02-2010

Spontaneous beer aged with raspberries.
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Reviews by BeerAdvocate:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):

Raspberries gone wild! Two-year- old spontaneously fermented beer aged on local raspberries for several months. You need to have had the experience of picking ripe raspberries to understand the language of this beer. Huge complexi- ties found after every sip. Very intense. Simply awesome.

LOOK: Bright rose

SMELL: Raspberry jam, musty, Band-Aids, farmy

TASTE: Fresh, juicy & tart raspberries, grass, dry, lime, mineral, musty cellar, floral, oaky, vinous

More User Reviews:
Photo of bishopdc0
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I realized I put this under the wrong beer. but here it the correct review

Had at the tap take over Gasharoo at Novare Res. The brewers walked around pouring samples.

Deep red beautiful
The aroma is tart earthy like one would get from smelling a bucket of fresh raspberries

The taste is sublime a mix of carbonation and sweetness in the front. The raspberry comes fresh fresh earthy my wife said its the only raspberry thing that actually tastes like eating a raspberry. Wonderful

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-27-2011 00:52:32

Photo of mdaschaf
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Jay and Paul for bringing this one down to Evo.

A: Pours a pink/watermelon color with a small light pinkish, foamy head on top. Not much retention at all or lacing.

S: A little musty/barnyard aroma going with some nice raspberry coming out. Very sweet and tart with a little of the oak coming through as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of juicy raspberries, great tart qualities. On the earthy side, with a little bit of grass and a slight lemon flavor. The oak comes through a little, but the tart/juicy raspberries really steal the show here.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation, slightly prickly, with a little bit of a dry finish. Great tartness.

O: Fantastic beer, one of the best wild ales I have had. The flavor was incredibly vibrant, the type of beer I would love to have on hand everyday of the year.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BlessedBeBeer for this one. 375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Cantillon flute. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 2 finger foamy light pastel pink head with poor retention. Beer is a stunning, clear red. No Lacing, poor legs. More lambic looking than wild ale here. Extra points because I think it might be categorized wrong.

Nose is robust tart cherries. Wet hay, cobwebs, light cheesiness, dank rotting wood. Again, more lambic-like than wild ale. There's a conspicuously missing Brett presence also. Nontheless, really good but a bit muted.

Opens tart lemon, cherry, cobweb, band-aid, and plastic. Fruit presence is noted but hides behind a big gueuze profile. Really magical. More building sourness in the middle as the cherries emerge a touch more, sprinkling the tartness. End is yeasty with a puckering finish and tart, dry aftertaste. One of the best American Wild Ales I've had to date. As close as it gets to traditional Belgian lambic.

Light bodied with high carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and dry and puckering going down. Dry and filmy finish with a bone dry aftertaste. Outstanding.

This beer comes out of nowhere for me. While I've tried a number of Allagash's limited offerings, none of them even come close to the achievement that is Coolship Red. Whether you age it or decide to drink it now, I'm sure you'll be impressed by this one.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled March 20, 2014.

Appearance - Pours a hazy pink. Small white head. Settles quickly to nothing.

Smell - Awesome. Oak. Lemony acidity. Lots of acidic raspberry. Lightly funky.

Taste - Super oaky. Lemon sourness. Raspberry starts tame and gets extremely sour. Even gets a little acetic. Very intense.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Intense sourness makes it less crisp. Well carbonated.

Overall - It's delicious, but I think it's too sour.

Photo of bum732
3.77/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

S: Very bold raspberries up front, some oak presence, other dark fruits, little to no funk, just a touch of perceived tartness.

L: Hazy, pinkish red, little head and retention.

T: Strong, raspberry tartness up front, quite bracing. Fairly clean tartness, somewhat light with some citrus-like acidity. Sweetness pretty well balanced with acidity. Finishes dry, but quite clean with a medium raspberry finish. A touch of cocoa and more oak as it warms.

M: Medium high carbonation, medium bodied.

Not bad, a little one-noted and quite tart. But nice fruit flavor and fairly drinkable.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
5.7% ABV, Date bottled: 2/6/2012

Many thanks to Rochefort10NH for this bottle I never knew I wanted until it showed up at my door! :)

A - It's without surprise that Coolship Red pours, well, red. Bright red in fact, it's topped by a pastel pink head which, again without surprise, disappears almost instantly as the effervescent hissing subsides; a pretty good indicator that this beer will have quite a bit of acidity to it.

S - Coolship Red packs a wallop of freshly crushed raspberries which do their part to try and compete with the wild, funky aroma of this spontaneous beer. Barnyard horse blanket and damp straw emerge with a sharp acidic bite to the finish which bites at the sinuses with sourness for an exceptional aroma. Earthy oak finishes out, barely shining through the funky aroma.

T - An epic battle continues to rage between the bushel of fresh crushed raspberries and yeast funk that plays out to the flavor of every lambic-lover. Damp straw and wet rocks persistently push to the forefront of Coolship Red's flavor leaving some of the grittier spontaneous funk behind like horse blanket and goatiness.

M - Somebody turned the Sour Power knob to 11, cause this beer is ridiculous! The intense blend of tart raspberries and sour, biting acidic fermentation and earthy tannic oak combines for an aggressive feel that's elevated further by prickly carbonation and a light, crisp body. Give this a light swish in your mouth if you're looking for that lock-jaw intensity!

O - With ease that seems to come almost naturally, Allagash's Coolship Red rivals some of the classic Belgian lambics in straight up barrel aged funk and full, unadulterated fruit flavor. This is by far the best American-made lambic I've ever had and one of the sours out there, period.

Photo of Plloyd1981
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Killer

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 of 5 coolship beers shared by dsgolovin. Thanks, David.

Appearance: Big on lacto and tart raspberry. A little plasticy and metallic, faint barnyard. This has a good fruit character, but it isn't bursting with raspberries.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tart raspberry and tannic seed. Quite lactic, funky, very dry. Good oak presence in the finish, which shows good depth. The body feels thin compared to a real framboise, and the fruit character could use more intensity and depth, but it's nice overall.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 5/17/14

Note: Bottled March 20, 2014, purchased at brewery

Note 2: Review 800

Appearance: Legitimately, objectively, remarkably red - deep red tones, with some lighter pinks around the edges and some purple at its core - basically, the color of raspberries - hazy - pours with a medium-sized, light pink head and retains some wisps of a cap - doesn't leave much lacing, but it's still very pretty

Smell: I really have no choice but to describe this as "nose-puckering," because it straight-up smells very sour - sharp, acidic sourness, with some damp, funky lactic aromas - an abundance of raspberry, with a ton of ripe raspberry flesh - oak becomes increasingly prominent as this warms, imparting some woody aromas and funky wood aromas - light, light touch of acetone in the back, but otherwise this is stellar

Taste: Awesomely sour, basically - among the most sour of sour beers that I have sampled - mouth puckering with a residual sourness that you can feel almost burning down your throat - sharp and acidic, as well as damp and lactic - perhaps not as much of a straight-up acidic sourness as some offerings from Cantillon (sorry, Allagash), but there's a nice mix of different kinds of sour - raspberries are big in the flavor, with tart, sour raspberry flesh - minimally sweet, just a dry, tart, sour fruitiness - oak, some wood funk, some yeasty funk, and maybe a hint of vanilla - very light hint of acetone, but it works

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low but adequate carbonation, sour and funky finish

Overall: Truly, the coolest ship

This is a gem. Intensely sour, with some great, tart raspberry flavors... And this is a fresh bottle. I can only imagine what is going to happen with this in a few years. This is definitely worth driving up to Maine to get (as well as anything they create with their coolship).

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to the Allagash crew for providing this for our SMBDC meeting. I've been fortunate to have this on a couple occasions, but the sample at the meeting was the largest I had received to date. Finally getting around to putting this on BA.

Pours a hazy pinkish color, no head or lacing in the tasting glass.

Smell had a strong presence of raspberry with a slight funkiness.

The taste really emphasized the raspberry fruitiness of it with a nice crispness, not overly carbonated like some lambics could be but I'd say it's the right amount for this beer, the sour/tartness isn't extreme but there is an acidic backdrop.

Probably my favorite of all the coolships so far, this is definitely one I hope they're able to make more of.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
The beer is a dark clear ruby.

Smell:
Fruity and sweet with a bit of mustness. Tarty.

Taste:
Tart with a bit of sour as well.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth.

Overall:
A very good lambic and worth buying if you see one. This one is very different than most other lambics that you find on the market.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small, short, lambic style rocks glass. Low carbonation as expected. Zero lacing. Pink body, hazy. Aroma of raspberry and maybe some grapefruit/passionfruit. Taste is raspberry, some tart cherry, slight watermelon. Tart and refreshing. Delicious. 

Photo of Etan
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle from the recent batch sent to me by Valdieu2, poured into a Cantillon tulip.

A: Pours a ruby body with a nice light pink head. The head recedes immediately.

S: Sweet raspberry flesh, tart skin, some mouthwatering acidity, a good dose of oak and horsey brett, a little bit of pleasant cheesiness. Potently fruity and funky, very impressive.

T: Puckeringly tart raspberry, slightly acetic, some lactic notes, very dry oak, wet hay, a bit gamey in the finish.

M: Very light-bodied, scouring carbonation, dry.

O: Can't really find any major flaws with this one. The fruit character in this batch is great, as is the balance of acidity and funk. Very promising for Allagash's spontaneous program.

Photo of claspada
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of and shared with mrand01.

Pours a light red/dark pink and really hazy, with this sort of white cloud of stuff dissolved in it. The head is thin, white, small bubbles, low retention, no lacing, moderate carbonation. The color is pretty but plenty of floaties are evident even with a careful pour.

Aromas begin with a ton of raspberry, sweet tarts, a bit vinous, some lactic character and a hint and oak. Lots of raspberries although not out-of-line for a fresh fruit lambic. As it warms you get a lot of funk and barnyard; I normally rag on people because I have never actually smelled a barnyard in a beer but this smells a little like manure, wet hay, funky cheese, must. Really complex here.

The flavors begin with tart berries, dry oak, lemon and light vinegar. Not very sweet at all, so you are getting the essence of the raspberry flavor without too much sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to medium carbonation. It is really refreshing and delicate. Fairly acidic. Very bright on your tongue with pinpoint carbonation.

Overall this was incredible and probably the best made Wild/Sour Ale I have ever had from an American brewer; this was made in Maine, no way. Quite fruit forward and equally funky with not much sourness yet, not sure how this will age, but I really like how this is tasting right now. Really complex and well worth seeking out and trading for if you have the arsenal to get it done. I think only 400 bottles were made so this may be hard to come by, so I am glad I was fortunate to be able to sample this rare gem.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever shared this one at Jerz tasting

Look: Pours a nice light red color with about a 1/8 inch head that does not stick around very long and neither did my pour

Smell: The nose is very fruity with raspberry being the front runner. You also pick up the tartness in the nose which makes me think the beer will be overly tart

Taste: Boy was I wrong about the beer being overly tart. The beer has a great balance of tartness to flavor ratio. Again the beer is pretty much just straight raspberries which I really liked very light and fruity. Good flavor

Mouthfeel: Light body with ample carbonation and a bit dry on the finish

Overall: It was a good beer but I am not sure as good as everyone at the tasting was acting like it was. It is one of the beer wild ales I have had because of the balance. So highly recommended

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.88/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like cherry 7up. Really clear and sparkly red appearance. Small white head that dissipates. Very nice.

Clean raspberry scent. No overpowering funkiness. Even has a cherry 7up smell to it.

Strong pithy bitterness. Seems to be the theme with Allagash's funk. Raspberry flavor is there but not as strong as I would like. Seems like more of a balanced fruit lambic. Seedy raspberry taste. Fairly light in acidity. Refreshing. Tannic like bitterness on the finish is a little overwhelming.

This was nice to drink but it lacked in many areas.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BlessedBeBeer. Served in an Allagash tulip.

Pours a beautiful pink-red with a niece very light pink head and good lacing. The nose carries some fresh raspberry with good funk and oak. Light sourness. Flavor has strong raspberry and light must. Faint oak. Good sourness. Light body with good carbonation and a dry finish. Boom.

Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

375ml corked and caged bottle.

pours hazy dark pink, nearly red, with a small white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. date and cherry. nail polish remover. big vinegar sourness and acidity. white bread. bit of feet. some nut and seed character.

taste is good. similar to the aroma, but with mellower sourness. caramel. earthy.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. good balance. nice depth. restrained acidity.

Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Bright red colored beer, little bit cloudy, with a white head that faded to a nice ring and left a bit of lace.

S - A little bit funky, lots of raspberries. Smells pretty sweet with some decent tartness.

T - Very sweet and raspberry tasting with not tons of funk yet. Decently acetic and sour. This is one of the better tasting Allagash beers I've had.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, dry finish.

O - Out of all of the Allagash beers I've had this one is probably the best. Not world class exactly, really good with some potential to develope.

Photo of mikeg67
3.54/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours raspberry-pink with fluffy pinkish head. Aroma is of raspberries, funky yeast, sweet malt and vinegar. Body is full, tart and tangy. Taste is tart, sour, funky, raspberries, woody. Finish is long, tart and sour. Not as complex as Belgian sours, but refreshing and easy drinking brew.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to Steveadore for trading this beer my way!

375ml C&C bottle. bottled on 10/18/2012.

Loud pop as the cork leaves the bottle neck.

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Translucent rosy red bodied beer thats almost a medium pink color. 2 full fingers of white head with a pink hue that drops down to no head.

Smell: Fresh and juicy raspberries. Mellow oak note and a light funk.

Taste: moderate tartness that mostly tastes like really juicy raspberries. Hint of musty and dusty funk. Wet oaky note. Little bit of vinegar and tannic notes in the finish that is slightly sharp for a moment which is followed by more big raspberry notes. Its more of a fruit forward sour and the raspberry flavors are very well done. Superb balance of the fruit flavor and tartness in the beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. Nice level of dryness in this beer. Its got that perfect amount of sour that make your mouth water after every sip. Its got a nice clean and bright finish as well.

Overall: This is the 2nd Coolship sour from Allagash that I have gotten to try! I think that this is slightly better than the Coolship Cerise. I really dig the Coolship series by Allagash, they brewing some wonderful domestic sour beers. They are just as good as most of the belgian fruit lambics that I have had from the likes of Cantillion and Drie Fontenein.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sour! Gets you in the corner of your jaws. Real nice raspberry flavor shines through, especially in the finish. Outstanding.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Coolship red pours a hazy pinkish-red into the glass with a tiny creamy head on top. The foam leaves some spots of lace on the glass between each sip.

The aroma is very funky. Cream cheese, tart cherries, oak, vanilla, raspberries, green apples. It's a very complex aroma.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is dry and smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor is every bit complex as the aroma. Tart fruity flavors of raspberries blend nicely with oak, vanilla and hay/wheat. It finishes tart and dry with lingering raspberry flavor.

Definitely a sipper. Different flavors come through on each sip. Complex and drinkable, but maybe not for the sour beer newbie.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 1.29.14
Bottled On: Oct 18, 2012

A - Pours a clear light red-orange with a fizzy white head that is gone instantly.

S - Tons of raspberry, funky-tark. Amazing nose!

T - Nice raspberry, then lots of tart oakiness.

D - Light body with good carbonation, tart finish.

O - Amazing nose and flavors with a nice tartness and funk.

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Allagash Coolship Red from Allagash Brewing Company
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