Allagash Coolship Red - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 974
Gots: 65 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thank you a million to Gary for sending these our way...shared with Mike and Scott side-by-side with Cerise and Balaton.

a - ddp red poured with a nice head that fizzed away in an instant. almost lebleu pink.

s - raspberry explosion. really nice.

t - strong fresh raspberries with some sour funk.

m - good carbonation and a bit drying. the raspberry adds some mellowness to the drying in a nice way.

o - overall, my clear favorite of the three. all of us agreed...as we drank them more, the balaton grew on me more and the red and balaton were close to the top. a real treat.

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

A bottle shared by Sideshowe, split with oglmcdgl during beer week, Red was one of the best, if not the best beer I had all week, This was in a Tired Hands wide mouthed tulip glass.

This one ha some glow to it, a pinkish red body that is not blood red, a softer shade than that. A loud pop when the cork goes, red has some pinkish bubbles that dissipate with time. This is a looker.

Smell is raspberry and other darker berries in the nose. Quite impressive and Belgian lambic esque to the max. I get some musty barnyard and hay in the nose and a bit of pickle juice. Pretty much, the real deal.

And yes, this is the closest thing to Belgian lambic brewed in the states that I have ever had hands down. I've had many, this one takes the cake. That much is apparent after a few sips. Impressive raspberry flavor even with some time in the bottle, Barnyard funk, you know the deal.

Feel is less than medium with a nice sour twang when the liquid reaches the gullet. Wowsas. A sipper, no need to take this down quick. Savor it. Enjoy it, I probably won't ever see it again except for when it shows up at Monk's Cafe in bottle or draft form when volume increases. Red and a few coolships already seem to be registered in the state of PA. Cant wait for more.

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

Shared by Thorpe, thanks! Served in a Stone IRS snifter. At the time of this review, this beer is currently the #18 beer on the "Top Beers - American Wild Ale" on beeradvocate.com. Fun.

Beer is red 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.

Aroma is sweet, dark cherries, tart, citric, mild acetic acid, some lactic and succinic in there as well.

Beer is light and airy on the palate, tart in the corners, mild acetic brightness and some nice fruit flavors on the front, this is a sweet little beer. Dances on the tongue while you drink it. I'd have this again for sure.

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

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is pink with a small head. Fabulous aroma, teeming with raspberries. Smells like a fruit lambic - oh yeah. Grea taste. I'm a big fan of this one. Utterly delicious. Raspberries with sour funk. Reminiscent of Cantillon. Highly recommended.

Photo of rudzud
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Tim for this one. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Bottle is slightly over a year old.

A - Pours a very nice crystal clear light red raspberry hue with a thin quarter inch pink head that fades immediately to leave light wisps. Great colour!

S - The nose EXPLODES with raspberry tartness here from as soon as the cork pops. More seed and skin that sweet flesh. The aroma is nicely tart, almost with flashes of green apple. More tart than any specific fruit. I heard this was insane when it was fresh.

T - Taste is just as good as the nose. Again, more tart raspberry seed and green apple skin. Not overly tart, but definitely lightly flemmy. Unlike the nose the taste here is distinctly raspberry, lightly puckeringly so. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, great carbonation keeps this light and even with the "flemmy" factor the carbonation makes this easy to take another sip.

O - Overall this is my favorite Coolship to date. Just delicious and well crafted. Allagash truly is dialing in their coolship.

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

amazing brew here, as authentic a lambic as i have gotten from the united states, its sour, dry, funky, and unlike even some of the best belgian ones, it is beautifully carbonated. the use of raspberries here is lovely as well, not as intense as say an atrial rubicite, but used more elegantly and refined in a special way. the bright pink color of this is gorgeous, while the white head on it is fluffy and permanent, with a certain enticing character. it smells as good as any raspberry beer out there, tart from the fruit, but also very sour from the wild yeasts and critters, which manifest themselves in an acidic and lactic mouthwatering aroma. the flavor is sour beer first, raspberry next, but the fruit stays all the way through the finish and slings to the edges of my mouth as the rest of it is dried out completely. such a clean finish for a beer this flavorful. the yeast profile is amazing, as good as any, thats the point of this coolship project from what i understand, to make very authentic and delicious wild yeast ales, this is so punchy and juicy and sour and awesome, i wish they would distribute to colorado, what a gem this beer is. nearly flawless on the overall, i cant think of a single thing i would change.

Photo of yourefragile
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle shared by thorpe. Also enjoyed a bottle of this with Tucker and Chris in a wet field the morning of HF's Harvest Festival over breakfast.

Appearance is a very appealing deep pink color with a light, wispy pink head. Mildly sour aroma loaded with fresh raspberry (and cherry?), oak and light funk. Earthy body loaded with tart and funky raspberry, not as much oak as the nose. Light body with strong, active carbonation; prickly on the palate and refreshing dry finish. Delightful.

Photo of halo3one
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

March 2013 release

Best pure "framboise" I've had (over FFAC, RdG, LPF, Wild One Rasp, etc)

Nose: tart, raspberries, funk, lemons , rye

Taste: very sour, very funky, raspberries, touch of "band aids" that comes with aged RdG or LPF.

Overall: I'm not a huge framboise fan but this is the one of the best.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Coolship glass.

Appearance- The deepest ruby I've ever seen in a beer. Quick pinkish/white bubbly head that lasted seconds. Some nice lacing around the edges. Absolutely beautiful.

Smell- Raspberry jam, that patented funky Allagash coolship aroma, sharp yeast smell.

Taste- Funky raspberry juice, that same Allagash coolship "vicks" taste, mild acidic lemon, cider vinegar, herbal/earthy notes. Hard to describe in full detail.

Mouthfeel- Medium sourness, plenty of carbonation, dry finish.

Overall- Soooo good. Way better than Cerise. This beer has it all.

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 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 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 stephens101
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle captured at the source and whisked back to the prarie. Big thanks to Brian for sharing this one. It doesn't get much better than sharing good beer with good friends.

Poured ruby red with pink hues. The tan head settled reluctantly. Smelled slightly sweet with a mash up of fruits and oak. Tart of course with cherries, tangy orange, grain, and taffy to the tongue. Medium bodied, smooth and mostly dry. Right on and near perfection across the board.

Popped this complex but inviting brew along with the Curieux and Confluence, among a few other rarities and local elites, which begs the question, can you avail yourself of too much good beer in one evening? The answer my friends isn't floating in the wind, it's swishing in the snifter, and it's a resounding HELL NO. Gimme, gimme, gimme some more.

Photo of nhindian
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Cantillon cervoise. Bottle generously sent by 603BeerMe, thanks so much Clark!

Bottled on 11/04/2010.

A - Pours a deep rose color, almost like a blood red mixed with grapefruit juice. It actually has a big, bubbly head, about 2-fingers in head and light pink in color, but it's so active that it completely fizzles out within 10 seconds, leaving mere traces of it's existence. Some slight lacing, but it's not exactly sticky so like the head, it's gone quickly after its appearance. The body is cloudy, but you can still see some carbonation streaming up the sides.

S - The nose on this is simply exquisite. Unlike some sours, the tartness and microorganisms that live in the beer don't overshadow the fruit, and you can quite clearly distinguish the large amount of raspberries in here. Likewise, there isn't an overwhelming amount of sweetness that detracts from the other flavors. A nice amount of funk balanced with acidity, it definitely comes across as sour. There's a strong bleu-cheese note in here, like a Roquefort or Gorgonzola. Has a bit of musty dankness as well, like wet hay or a dusty crawlspace.

T - The taste starts with a heavy kick of tartness, drawing comparisons to the some of the best Belgian sours I've had. All of the notes from the nose are present and accounted for here as well, with juicy raspberries leading the way. It is all-together fairly earthy, from the vine-picked quality of the fruit, to the mustiness, to the funkiness, it all draws a vision to the little shack that Allagash fermented the beer in, quietly transforming into the beer it is today. Some lemon, leather, and grass as well, and even the oak comes across nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. Very dry which makes the flavors that much more sharp and clean. The tartness gets into the corners of the cheeks to keep them on edge and ready for the next sip.

D/O - Drinkability is high. I have to say that this is in the same echelon as the Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen I've had, and definitely the best 'framboise' I've had. It doesn't have the sweetness that unbalances some beers, and it's not overly sour to the extent that it's hard to drink. Every flavor in this is clear and accentuated, and it is simply a joy to drink.

Photo of NuclearRich
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Obtained in a trade. Thanks pistol pete! 375mL bottle poured into a Belgian snifter-type glass.

A. Pours a bright pink with purple hues. A bit hazy. Large white bubbles froth to form a nice big head that subsides very rapidly, leaving a tiny collar and almost non-existent lacing. A very pretty color, although I would ideally like a bit more retention

S. Smells lightly sweet and tart, with some acidic funk. Pleasant.

T. Tart raspberries are the mainstay flavor, with a bit of hay funk on the back. Quite nice.

M. Light bodied, crisp carbonation. A light coating of acidic funk stays with you for awhile.

O. A really nice lambic type. Tart, light fruit, a bit of funk. Cant ask for too much more. Not to mention, it is something really nice to get my hands on.

Photo of alaimoa
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: raspberry red with very little head but small rolling bubbles and lingering white lacing
S: amazing, raspberry and strawberries dominating with barley any champagne notes coming through
T: upfront raspberry, tart lemon, backend sour lingers
M: could have used a bit more carbonation - not quite champagne carbonation but enough to carry the amazing taste
Overall: need to get my hands on another one of these, can't ask for much more

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 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 hopley
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Did a 2/3/14 tour of the Allagash Brewery and was treated to a Coolship Red at the end - split a bottle 3 ways and was delighted with it. My first observation was the overall appearance - limited head but a beautiful clear ruby red color. Smell was distinctly fresh raspberries. Taste was great - not too sour or tarty, just enough funk to taste. Mouthfeel was what was expected - light to medium. My overall opinion is that this is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer for anytime - winter, summer, beach, mountains, etc. It's not over the top in any direction - which is what makes it right. Hope they bottle this one for broader distribution as I would definitely buy it again - in fact, they should create a mixed 4 pack with one of each variation - raspberry, cherry, Resurgam, etc. Thank you Allagash for this!

Photo of PHBoiler
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is my favorite american wild ale. It combines the complexity of a lambic-style sour with a fruited sour. The beer pours a perfect deep pink hue in the glass with a bit of foamy white head. The smell is quite tart with a bit of funk. You can smell fields but you can't distinctly pick up the raspberry on the nose. The taste is harmonious with a smooth pucking tartness that is well rounded. It tastes like a not quite ripe fresh picked raspberry. It's a beautiful beer. The mouthfeel is so smooth and properly carbed that it really elevates the base. This one and RR Beatification are at another level for american wild ales to me.

Photo of Plloyd1981
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Killer

Photo of trotnixon
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in tap at the Allagash tap takeover at Novare Res on April 5, 2014. The color was most amazing. It looked like Kool-Aid. After trying this I feel like I've never before had a real lambic. This changed my outlook on lambics forever. After being bowled over by the appearance, the taste, smell and mouthfeel each provided pleasant support to the initial, Wow once this was placed in front of me.

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mouth puckeringly sour and delicious, the raspberries add a wonderful sweet fruity aspect to an already amazing beer.

Photo of BrewedAwakening
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into 3 oz tasting glasses at the Southern Maine Beer Drinkers Club August meeting, as a gift from Rob Tod and Jason Perkins.

A: slightly hazy, with the hue of fresh raspberries. very reminiscent of a rose petal.

S: fresh raspberries and barnyard, almost like standing half way between the raspberry patch and the horse stables on a hot summer day.

T: taking a sip of this beer is like picking a fresh raspberry, popping it in your mouth, and squishing it between your tongue and the roof of your mouth until the fruit dissolves. as the raspberry fades, the complexity of the wild yeasts comes into play.

M: stays beautifully in the mouth with a fruitiness and crispness, hangs on the tongue as the flavors unfold.

D: extremely drinkable. with every sip, my mouth began to salivate as a sign that my brain wanted more! i feel very lucky to have experienced this beer. i can only hope this is a sign of things to come from Rob and Jason.

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Allagash Coolship Red from Allagash Brewing Company
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