Allagash Coolship Red - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by Maxwell:
3.91/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
06-29-2013 18:42:50 | More by Maxwell
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4.5/5 rDev -0.2%
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
02-10-2012 21:57:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.58/5 rDev +1.6%
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
01-07-2012 01:56:23 | More by bishopdc0
4.4/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
12-09-2011 21:47:09 | More by mdaschaf
4.68/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
11-09-2011 01:57:47 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.11/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
07-10-2014 23:54:43 | More by Alieniloquium
3.76/5 rDev -16.6%
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.
08-25-2013 01:15:29 | More by bum732
Allagash Coolship Red from Allagash Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.