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Allagash Coolship Red - Allagash Brewing Company

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77 Reviews

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 463
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 995
Gots: 75 | 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: 77 | Hads: 463
Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Ruby blood-pink body, one finger light pinkish head. Quite a bit less head and retention than I'd expect for the style, but certainly not flat in appearance. No lacing. These pinkish-purple beers are always a thing of beauty.

S- Raspberry juice, touch of wheat, a good bit of funk that mixes with the raspberry juice. A different kind of funk than Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus, certainly less funky but it does have a distinct, leathery character.

F- Not particularly complex but quite tasty- raspberries, a bit of musty hay, vinegar (5/10 sour), no lactate, a bit of lemon helps round the palate out. The acidity is nicely balanced with the raspberry sweetness which is not jammy at all. The raspberry presence is basically its essence without the jam or syrup that we're used to in other walks of life.

M- Medium bodied, sufficiently carbonated but seems to me that this is a little flatter than I would expect of a wild ale.

O- Beautiful looking wild ale with a nice raspberry character that translates very well to the beer's character without being too unbalanced.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle dated 11/4/10

A: Pours translucent pale red/pink, thin soda like head that very quickly evaporates into nothing. Looks a little flat.

S: Light raspberry, oak, funk, slight grape skin

T: tart raspberry that is a bit subdued and in good balance with oak and funk. A little lactic, not overpowering. Not quite mouth puckering.

M: Medium body though carbonation is too low for my taste.

O: Great balanced taste, though I'd prefer it'd be more acidic. Carbonation was a little flat. A great beer, but not perfect.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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.


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Photo of scottfrie
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks for sharing, Jeff!

A: Pours a clear rose color with very active looking carbonation but almost no head.
S: This has some funk to it! I get big notes of sweat, barnyard must, straw, oak, fruit pith and a touch of sweet raspberry. The fruit in this is very fresh smelling.
T: Not as funky as the nose, but there is a good amount of tartness. Raspberries all the way with a few dry tannins. Finish is lightly sweet and greasy, and the aftertaste is funky and dry.
M: Greasy mouthfeel yet dry in the finish, body is slick and carbonation is fizzy.
O: A very flavorful and fruity sour. Oak is drying and greasy. A wonderful brew. Thanks Jeff.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
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)

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well I just popped a beauty from @walderek
Allagash Coolship red (aged in oak with raspberries. Bottle date Oct. 18, 2012
Pours a beautiful amber with hints of pink toward the edge of the glass when held up to the light. Frothy finger of loose foam quickly recedes and disappears within a minute. Smells of a dry white wine, like a chablis or maybe more in the direction of a Spanish Cidra. Taste begins litely sour with the chablis qualities then builds to a stronger raspberry tart meets sour. Finishes more raspberry tart.

Sat on this one for a while. I like it pretty well. Wish I had tried it fresh as well to compare.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -8.7%
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

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of halo3one
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of alfrantzell. Thanks, Arne! From notes.

A: Pours a hazy strawberry red, with light pink head. No retention or lace.

S: Raspberries, mostly lactic sourness with a touch of vinegar, mushroom funk. The latter is what I appreciate most in good gueuze, especially some of the Armand 4's, so to find it here is pleasing.

T: The flavor is balanced; some raspberry beers can run away with the acidity and become incredibly harsh to drink. The fruit flavor is bold, lending some tartness and working well with the mostly clean (lactic) sourness. But some vinegar in the finish does give it a light burn on the way down.

M: Aside from the light burn, the mouthfeel is clean; no residual sweetness or syrupiness. Semidry.

O: Good overall! I think this was one of the pilot Coolship Series beers, and it bodes well for the program...

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Photo of hopley
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a dark clear ruby.

Fruity and sweet with a bit of mustness. Tarty.

Tart with a bit of sour as well.


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.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright red, super bubbly. Great looking. Smell of crazy sour raspberries. Taste is very sour. Raspberry and lemon flavors, not really any funk. Very acidic. Mouthfeel is very effervescent. It doesn't seem too complex but the raspberries are balanced out nicely with the sourness. Upland lambics are crazy sour and this is a notch below those, and I prefer this one.

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Photo of bum732
3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Well and truly red. Like Hawaiian Punch red. Lively carbonation pulls throughout. A flash of pale pink head bubbles, fizzes, and then disappears. No cap or collar. No lacing. Just effervescent red. Some deeper purple notes outside of direct light. Decidedly hazy.

Smell: Macerated raspberry layered with oak, straight up lacto, and some solid funk. Earthy in good measure with a big punch of oak barrel. Raspberry flesh, juice, and even some fruit tannins. Bracingly tart. Sharp acidity pushing almost to vinegar. Tons of fruit, even some hints of cherry skin and cranberry. Very mild hint of acetone as it warms, but you have to dig for it. Funky with some ripe fruit and then some. A bit damp and earthy.

Taste: Acidic and decidedly so. Lactic acid builds as it warms with some solid citric notes as well. Tons of juicy raspberry flesh. Oak is prevalent and becomes more so as the beer warms. Some backing raspberry sweetness to try and balance some of the hyper acidic and tart elements. Damp and musty earth. One of the most tart and acidic beers I've ever encountered. Pops of tart raspberry up front with a bit of a thin middle and then a ton of puckering tartness on the back. It lingers. A vague sort of yeast lingers in the back. A touch of acetone as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body. Carbonation runs close to medium, but treads light. Bracingly try on the finish. Smooth at the same time.

Overall: Where I'll have my viking funeral.

It's Allagash and it's a coolship release. It's fruity and crazy sour. It's worth any and all drives to Maine. Seriously though.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
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).

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Allagash Coolship Red from Allagash Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.