Allagash Coolship Red - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by Maxwell:
3.91/5 rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
The beer pours a pale pink color and is full of fizzy bubbles that form a light head of soda-like large bubbles that fizzle away quickly. It looks very carbonated with tons of little soda bubbles that slowly fade away. The beer sits in the glass somewhere between deep pink and ruby red with a hazy body that is a bit dark and impenetrable to the eye. As it settles, the beer starts to look a lot like ruby red grapefruit juice. On the nose, the beer smells of deep funk and cherry fruit leather with a touch of fresh raspberry and fruit-rollup. The funk is the most prevalent of the smells. On the tongue, the beer tastes of fresh and funky acidity that leads into a sour pucker with a touch of fruity sweetness and an oddly strong lingering bitterness that mixes in with the acidity. The flavor begins as tart puckering fruit that sits between raspberry and cherry flavors and then moves quickly into a deep and grassy funk with touches of bitter grass. The finish returns to a lovely, syrupy raspberry flavor and a touch of bitter tannin from the raspberry skins. The aftertaste is of bitter grass and with faints hints of raspberry fruit. In the mouth the beer feels fiercely prickly with carbonation and a medium and slightly slick body. Overall, I’m not quite sure what I think of this. The grassy bitterness is a little off-putting, and not quite what I’m looking for in a framboise, but then again, this is a Maine version of a farmboise and it has some signature American bitterness. Personally I want the raspberry flavor a little more forward on the tongue, but as is in this beer it is light and nuanced. The funk is great in the beer, and the grassy bitters are actually interesting, they’re just not what I normally look for in the style. This is a good beer, but is not my favorite, my girlfriend liked in more than I did, though, so perhaps you will too.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2013 18:42:50 | More by Maxwell
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4.11/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 23:54:43 | More by Alieniloquium
Allagash Coolship Red from Allagash Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.