Allagash Coolship Red - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 6.86%
Wants: 973
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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Ratings: 420 | Reviews: 75
Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Torgo for popping this bottle open at a tasting...certainly a brew I never expected to see. Jazzed to try it. 500 ML bottle.

Pour is like a lovely pink wine. Smell is tart, tart, with light raspberries.

Taste is identical, heavier on the raspberries. Tart, tart raspberries slip-side over the palate. Extremely drying, almsot to the point of gritty sandpaper on the palate. Fizzy. A small pour of this isn't enough: a bottle to myself would be just about right.

This is an excellent beer & a fantastic wild, right up my alley, tart & sharp without bending your face into contortions. Love.

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

375ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Huge thanks to whoever shared this at CdC.

A: Pink! Cloudy pink body with some fine pink bubbles on top. Pretty.

S: Fresh cherries (the bottle says raspberries, but like some other reviewers I noticed a clear cherry presence; maybe I'm crazy, but that's what I smelled and tasted), moderate funk (more grass than barnyard), and absolutely great.

T: Cherries up front grassy, almost bitter funk shortly thereafter. Fruit and a hint of vanilla on the finish. Great.

M: Fairly light, lively body. Solid.

O: This is my second experience recently with Allagash's spontaneous-fermentation efforts, and again I'm hugely impressed. This tastes as much like an authentic Belgian Lambic as can be, and is decidedly better than a number of sours from across the pond. I would like to see a bit more depth and individuality of funk (i.e., more like 3F, less like Cantillon), but I won't be too picky. I just can't wait to see Allagash ramp up production of these delicious beers.

Cheers!

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 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 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 ElGallo
4.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks JR for sharing this one. Poured into a snifter (right after sharing a Supplication). Bright sparkling red in color, small head, a little lacing, decent carbonation. Smells of fresh raspberries with some mild funk. Tastes fruity and a little tart, but not as sour as I expected. Nice dry finish. Like a piece of veal or a single A pitcher, this is a young sour, with many intersting years to come in the bottle. And though its jealous and boisterous cousin Mattina Rossa wants to take center stage, the Red is the bottled raspberry sour of public release for now. It is very nice at such a young age; hopefully I'll get to try some again a few years down the road.

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 Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for this rare tick, much appreciated! Poured into tulip.

A - Pours a cherry red color, thin collar, some wisps on top.

S - Sweet cherries, oak, fruity funk. Not exactly a fresh fruit notes, but more of a processed fruity note...think Fruit Rollup's...or Sweet Tarts...something like that. That said, it's not a bad thing, just not fresh fruit.

T - Tastes fruity, oak, tart/sour notes. Not quite as sour as I was expecting from the previous reviews. Don't get me wrong, it's tart/sour, but not in a huge amount. More fruity tartness then a funky sour.

M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A decent sour, not mind-blowing...perhaps I had overly high expectations on this one? That said, it's good, but not on the upper level of American Wild Ales.

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mike generously shared this bottle, and I luckily have another bottle courtesy of Greg (Reagan1984). Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick ring, partial cap, and minimal lace. Bright red, lightly hazed body.

S - Raspberry, sweet tarts, a bit vinous, some lactic character, hint of grapefruit and oak. Lots of raspberries - quite sweet, although not out-of-line for a fresh fruit lambic. Funk and acetobacter are fairly low at this stage.

T - Taste is again hefty on the raspberry and sweet tart. Some nebulous doughy pale malt, light oak. Pretty acetic stuff, reminiscent of sour raspberry candy.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium body, and a dry finish with some obvious tannic oak character in there.

D - Quite enjoyable stuff, albeit extremely fruit-forward at this stage. I'm looking forward to see how this ages compared to genuine lambics and am curious to see what sort of complexity is inherent in Maine's wild yeast. I hope they can ramp up production on this, as it's one of Allagash's best offerings.

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 dasenebler
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL, corked and caged. First and only(?) batch released August 2011.

Pours a radiant pink with a short-lived bubbly head.

Aroma is incredibly fragrant and fruity, with huge raspberry notes. Lots of funk and acidity, with some oak as well.

The flavor is very sour, bordering on Cantillon territory. Wow. Dry, oaky and mouth-puckeringly tart. The raspberry is mostly in aroma, though some fruit comes through on the palate. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated at first, but fades quickly.

This is a pretty remarkable beer for an American brewery to be making. Though not technically a Lambic, this is a very authentic tasting beer. I'm excited to see what other sours come out of the Coolship series.

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

I picked up two of these 375 ml bottles at the brewery the day they released this batch a few weeks ago. Popping the cork on the first one, I was greeted by a champagne fizz, with a hint of raspberry for the nose. Pouring the beer into your standard Allagash glass, a small pink head rises quickly, and recedes even faster, to nothing.

The first few sips reveal a very delicate wild ale, with the obvious raspberry on the tongue, but is not to sweet or tart. Pleasant, light sourness. I enjoy the little bubbles of carbonation that attack your tongue, though, there is virtually no head retention, or lacing.

A very refreshing beer. I would imagine it would pair perfectly with some fine, dark chocolate.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.97/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy George I was able to snag a few of these.
A nice fluffy pink head forms and begins fizzing very loudly. It’s a really bright purpleish/pink color and lasts only for about 30 seconds. Then it fades to nothing. The beer is a hazy pink color that reminds me of pink lemonade. No lacing at all.
Aroma is at first acidic and tart. Best described as a raspberry vinaigrette. Irt’s almost too easy just to say raspberry and I do get fruit even berry.. but less specifically defined as raspberry. Some more depth and some oak as it warms.
Tart, acidic, dry, lemon, vinegar, very light berry. Not very sweet at all, so you are getting the essence of the raspberry flavor without too much sweetness.
Really refreshing and delicate. Fairly acidic. Very bright on your tongue with pinpoint carbonation.
Nice little beer. Very happy I was able to score a bottle and take care of a few trading buddies.
Late in the glass I tried pairing this with some dark chocolate. Well that was a bad idea. Don’t do that. The tartness and acidity cut way too much to the bone for the chocolate flavor. Oh well, I tried. Wish I had some nice blue cheese or some creamy brie. (BA page suggest pairing with chocolate..I respectfully disagree)

Photo of sk8man121
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle ($15 at the brewery) poured into Allagash Coolship tumbler. Bottled 11/4/10.

A: Pours a brilliant, deep pink with strawberry highlights. If there's any such thing as "phosphorescent red," this is it; like kool aid, really. Quickly rising effervescent 2-finger head dies just as fast into a thin ring on the glass. Leaves no lacing.

S: Extremely traditional lambic smell right off the bat; hay, barnyard funk. Raspberry is there, but fainter than expected. Smells very clean.

T: Immediate gueuze-like characteristics hit the palate; lemon, hay and tons of acidity. Red-wine vinegar dominates the center, as well as just enough raspberry to get the point across. This is an EXTREMELY DRY lambic; not a touch of sweetness going on here, which makes it all the more drinkable. Top notch.

M: Spritzy as can be; exactly what I was hoping for. Rather thin otherwise, but characteristic of the style.

O: All I can say is what a shame this is such a limited release. If this was readily available, I could drink it on a weekly basis. The most lambic qualities I've seen in an Allagash release by far, and it works ohh so well.

Beg, borrow and steal for this one.

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 cpetrone84
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a beautiful dark cherry red with a very light pink colored head that is rather creamy.

S-the nose has a great funk to it, awesome earthy mushroom funk, light notes of leather, hints of acidity with a ton of ripe juicy raspberries that are moderately sour.

T-strong notes of leathery brett with a fair bit of earthy funk. the raspberry fruit is lighter than the nose with just a hint of sourness and a touch of mineral flavor to it.

M-creamy full body, soft on the palate with a lighter carbonation still lively on the back of the throat with a lightly dry finish.

D-this has a great funk to it that is well integrated with the fruit flavors. the nose is extremely vibrant and colorful but the flavor is slightly less so. still great stuff and extremely drinkable.

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

From a bottle, pours a bright cherry red with a soapy head, and a lot of interior bubbles. Nose is bright, bright, and funky. Lambic-like and a touch medicinal. Flavor is mineral on the front, a touch of that medicinal quality, and herbal. Very full and funky, though not especially fruity. Pretty good, and it's impressive that Allagash was able to make this, as it's so distinctive from their other sours, including Gargamel, etc. Ultimately it has flaws, and the nose is a lot better than the mouth, but it was a pleasure to try.

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 ToasterChef
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from my tasting notes of a decent sized sample I consumed at an epic tasting event held with the members of the SMBDC. A big thanks to Rob Tod and Jason Perkins for donating this beer.

Pours as a clear pink and brown mixture with a pink foamy head. It is incredibly pretty. Just looking into the glass, I can tell this is a special beer, a feeling I would have even if I didn't know the significance of this beer. The nose has a lot raspberries, as well as some musty yeast notes and a little sourness. The flavor has qualities of a fine fruit juice with a sour middle and effervescent finish. Sour juice flavors linger on after each swallow. Throughout each taste there is a lot of raspberry. It has a medium body and leaves behind a good coating. It has excellent drinkability; no single aspect is too strong (you could argue that the raspberries are ever-present, btu even they are restrained and taste great, the benefit of aging on the actual fruit and not using juice or an extract). This is an amazing beer, perhaps the finest Allagash product I've had to date. I do hope I am able to try it again someday.

Photo of Brez07
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this at the recent Southern Maine Beer Drinkers meeting. 3oz pour into a tasting glass. Thanks to Jason and Rob at Allagash for letting our group try this beer (along with Resurgam)

A: Pours a cloudy ruby/grapefruit color. No head or lacing, but the small sample doens't really allow for any. My pour was towards the end of the bottle, so there were some floaties (likely from the raspberries)

S: Light raspberry essence. Other fruit flavors came out (such as apple), but nose was mostly raspberry. Small hint of funk in the finish

T: Wonderful burst of fruit, again mostly raspberry. After this, the beer goes dry and slightly tart

M: Light bodied, low carbonation, dry finish

D: Very delicious beer which I am extremely grateful to have tried. The one thing I would like to see is more carbonation though. Looking forward to when these Coolship beers are released to the public

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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