Allagash Ghoulschip - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 254
Gots: 64 | FT: 7
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Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Brez07 on 09-25-2010

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Ratings: 242 | Reviews: 65
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful mead like look. Nose has a lot going on. The barrel really plays on the smell. It has a nice dusting of funk and sour. Sour is consistent but not overpowering on the tongue. Nice pumpkin based dry tannins. Wonderful overall.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden body. Medium white head and collar.

Smell - Acidic and musty. Some pumpkin comes through.

Taste - Sharp sourness up front. Woody here. I still get some pumpkin, but it isn't as strong as it is in the aroma. I get a lot more molasses, though.

Mouthfeel - Medium high carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Eh. Don't love the combination of flavors so much.

Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Quick notes:

Really nice aroma, teasing sour notes and just a hint of pumpkin (not pumpkin spice).

This comes through on the flavor quite well. There's a mellow, organic pumpkin seed flavor, melding very well with a subdued sour note. Slight flowery sweetness; I don't get much, if any, molasses.

This is one of the more delicate sours I've had, and the pumpkin adds a nice touch without becoming just another spiced pumpkin beer.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

This beer pours with no head whatsoever. It is a bright new copper color and is opaque with fairly apparent carbonation.

This beer has almost no nose that I can detect, in fact, I really can't smell too much at all, maybe a hint of brown sugar?

The taste is a sugary sweetness up front that is moderate and is quickly tempered by a hint of funk . This said, the beer is NOT nearly as crisp, acidic, or funky as with a normal wild ale. As the beer warms I get a bit more funk, but really this is all brown sugar up front. No notes of pumpkin at all even though there is quite a bit in the brew.

Not a bad beer, a very unusual example of the style and one that is well worht a try. I definitely prefer their normal coolship releases though.

Photo of badgustav
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

I am not a fan of pumpkin beers. The only ones I touch at this point have the words "barrel aged" on the bottle, but I will try anything Allagash puts out, fortunately, this met both requirements.

Remarkably sour for a pumpkin, the pumpkin and molasses come out in the finish. This is a fine Nelgian-style offering, with the seasonal flavour adding to the beer without being the focus. The body was light and invigorating, and I was truly sad when it was gone.

I came by this bottle by accident, and I'm now sad I didn't know better to gather more,

Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours cloudy orange with quickly dissipating white head. The nose is pumpkin, tart apricot, squash, earth, wood, light vanilla, coconut and faint sulfur. The taste is tart apricot, tangerine, white grape, sour pumpkin, saltiness, mild acidity, wood, earth, faint mustiness, subtle vanilla and touch of alcohol warmth with a dry, tart finish. Medium body and fine, carbonation. Pretty smooth, mellow, good depth of flavor and very drinkable.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Crooked Stave Tulip. September 2011 bottle date.

Appearance- Hazy brownish/amber with zero head, but some decent lacing.

Smell- Molasses, squash of some sort probably pumpkin, bretty funk, some lemon and mild oak.

Taste- Orange/lemon, molasses and honey, light pumpkin-like flavor, brett-style funk.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonated, medium tartness, sweeter and not dry.

Overall- This is so good. It's a new permawant. Might even be my new favorite Allagash.

Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy orange with small amount of head. The nose has a large amount of vegetal qualities with notes of squash and pumpkin flash, and wave of acidity throughout. The taste starts with a significant tartness and mellows into the vegetal qualities. Again, pumpkin flesh comethrough and a touch of fruity sweetness balances things out at the end. The carbonation is high with a moderate body. This is an oddity of a beer and it definitely wins points for originality. Not something that would keep me coming back.

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

Drank an an Allagash tasting with all the others. Beer is brown with a mild haze but no real head to speak of.

Aroma is mild woody and some lactic sourness but overall it is rather mild.

Not my favorite of the bunch, the pumpkin seeds come through a little but not much. It is an interesting beer though. I'd have it again maybe in the future. Sourness is mild, mostly at the back of hte palate where the finish is dry.

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jopais for the hookup with this one. 375ml bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a clear orange color with a white ring of lace holding across the top. Some spots of lace stick to the glass along with thin fingers.

The smells is tart and fruity. Cheese comes to mind along with footy funk and lots of it as it warme up. It has a hint of something along the lines of apple cider and some phenolics like plastic.

The tastes a also a bit reminescent of cider. Some sour fruit esters blend with funky cheese. Across the back it is tropical and earthy. There is a bit ofnresidual sugar and caramel grain inclusion to round things out.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is easy drinking and a unique creation. At no point did I feel like I was drinking a pumpkin ale by any traditional stretch. However, I wouldnt hesitate to have this again. For what it is, I enjoyed it.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429 alongside several other Allagash sour/wild ales. Thank you very much, Mike!

The beer appears orange with a mild haze and a small, fizzy head. The aroma brings wild yeast, tart apples, oak. Nice flavor, though I couldn't pick out any pumpkin or squash character. Lactic finish with mild acidity. A bit of pucker. Fairly light in body and easy to drink. Another tasty wild ale from Allagash.

Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mildly hazy dark orange in color. Forms a moderate sized, bubbly head that reduces to a bubbly collar. No lacing.

S: Aroma is rather sweet and floral along with notes of pumpkin flesh and a light bit of vinegar.

T: Taste is lightly sweet, floral, and pumpkiny, though not pumpkiny in the traditional beer sense. Mildly vegetal (in a good way) with a bit of pumpkin seed bitterness and a touch of lemon acidity.

M: Very dry. Bitterly dry. Light bodied with lower carbonation.

O: A rather different beer, though as someone whom is not a fan of either sours or pumpkin beers, I can say that I appreciated that this beer was neither a traditional sour nor a traditional pumpkin beer. Overall, I ended up liking this beer much more than I expected to.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -4.5%

2011. Sour kicked up. Gourd flavor to smooth it out at the end. Solid.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at AndrewK’s tasting.

Bottled 9/2011.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild tartness and acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink but I am not getting any pumpkin in the smell or taste.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from a 1 year old bottle. Ghoulship pours a hazy amber with a small fizzy head. The foam fades quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is funky with notes of sour apple, oak, and a touch of vanilla.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor is tart with sour apple notes followed by some malt sweetness. A touch of citrus and a hint of spice is detected at the end. Once gone the tart fruit flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty funky beer. Not as tart as other beers and quite drinkable. After a year the beer held up very well.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a stemless snifter.

Big thanks to Florida9 for sharing this bottle!

I feel this stuff went well with the spooky decor (wink! inside joke)... It pours a lightly hazy gold topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, brett, light powdered sugar, pumpkin shell, and sweet carrot. The taste holds notes of sharp, funky lemon, light gouda, toasted pumpkin seeds, cardamom, and a hint of clove. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall, a pretty tasty sour, though it comes across a tad thin to me. Beyond that, though, the complexity is very nice, if a bit oddball.

Photo of Chico1985
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Armsby Abbey last week, an Allagash rarity I've always been intrigued by.

Pours into an Allagash glass a hazy orangish-brown with a small white head, it retains pretty well leaving some lace.

Scent yields lots of lactic+bretty bug notes, tartness, bready notes.

Like the smell it's kind of a simple wild ale but it works. Lactic notes definitely stick out still with plenty of bretty bugs. Pumpkin seed, light spice and some toastiness come out with warmth adding some complexity. Medium amount of sourness, pretty easy drinking for the style.

Decent mouthfeel, highish carbonation, could be a bit more full.

Overall a pretty interesting beer. The pumpkin seeds give it a unique feel, but without them this may be just an average wild ale, could use more layers, but certainly worth trying.

Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey to kick off their anniversary week party.

A - Pours a rather nice crystal clear golden hue pour with a good one finger head that that leaves thin lacing.

S - Aromas of light sour and gentle funk with some roasty seed notes; alot more that I remember.

T - Taste is very earthy, lots of seed notes and good funk. Much morefunk than I remember. Isn't quite as one note/flat either. Slightly old pumpkin flesh too.

M - Mouthfeel is nice with solid carbonation for a wild. Super drinkable.

O - Overall this was a tasty brew. I'm really liking how it is coming along with age.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from a recent tasting, courtesy of daryk77 - thanks man! The date was on the bottle, I just didn't happen to write it down.

Poured into a snifter. Light pumpkin hazy orange, with an eddy of white head that wraps the beer in a thin ring. Some retention on this.

Nose is an unmistakable sour ale, with good funk, musk, lactic acid, citrus. There is a mild sweetness lingering in the back, but I doubt I would have recognized this as pumpkin if I hadn't read it on the bottle.

This is a great sour ale to be sure, but where's the pumpkin? The sour base is quality - puckery sour, loads of lactic and funky goodness - but that sweet pumpkin counter just wasn't there.

For a brew that pushed the pumpkin content so, I was quite let down by this lacking. I guess I had something more specific in mind that just wasn't there. Perhaps what I got was precisely what the seeds and oak were going to add to this brew. If that is the case, then, the combination didn't really add anything to the complexion for me. Not a bad beer at all, just not what I was looking for.

Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky orange/amber color with an off-white head. Smells very metallic. Not really any pumpkin, but I guess that’s not that big of a surprise. Some lactic tartness to it, maybe a little bit of oak and fruit (apple). The flavor is also quite metallic, which just really ruins the beer. Some tartness and oak, lightly tannic. Not really much going on and not all that enjoyable.

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy dark orange color with tangerine hues and a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Splotchy lacing left behind.  Really nice color and good retention.

Earthy, funky aroma with lots of oak, bretty bugs and lactic funk.  Very authentic smelling with quite a but horsey/barnyard character.  Slightly floral/vegetal but i would have never guessed that this beer was made with pumpkin or molasses.  Decent barrel presence with some vanilla and toasted oak.

Medium bodied with a tart, puckering mouthfeel and a decent amount of earthy funk.  Good sourness with subtle acetic vibegar but not harsh or solvent.  Nice barrel presence with dry oak and subtle vanilla flavor.  Decent amount of barnyard funk but it doesn't taste as authentic as it smells.  Some light fruit and citrus but I'm not picking up any autumnal flavor.  No pumpkin, roast or molasses.  Well balanced and easy to drink with lingering tartness.

Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Amy Fowler for this beer and the wonderful Coolship glass to go along with it.

A - pours a murky orange with just a small amount of foam that quickly faded to a ring of bubbles
S - There is a lightly sour vinegar note to the aroma but not alot else, some lemon and bright citrus, yet nothing too overpowering
T - taste upfront is some mild vinegar along with lemon aspects, as it follows through you can almost taste the pumpkin seeds although the molasses are non existant. The lemony vinegar flavor lasts throughout and is there in the finish as well.
M - good lively carbonation but not overcarbed to the point you cant taste anything, its not prickly in your mouth, but can be foamy.
D - This is a very nice flavored beer although some of the intended flavors seem to be lacking. I don't think I could drink more than one but its still a very unique beer to try and again thanks to Amy for the hook up.

Photo of sidetracked
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hopleaf during CCBW.

Pours a cloudy orangish amber with white head. Nice lacing.

Sour vinegar dominates the aroma, but it's not too abrasive.

Upfront taste is sour, vinegar ... very lambic-like to me as I don't notice any fruitiness ... just more of a static, but enjoyable, sourness. Taste follows through to the finish. Sourness fades as the flavor lingers on the palate, presenting some maltyness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Very enjoyable beer, but nothing spectacular. Nice level of sourness that is between boring and mouth puckering. I'd have this again if it was available and I was in the mood for a sour, but wouldn't seek it out.

5/23/2012

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EDIT ... after reading a few other reviews I'm starting to wonder if the keg wasn't actually Ghoulschip or if I was served something else ... take my notes with a grain of salt as there was no pumpkin fruitiness, toasted malt or malty molasses sweetness.
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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a tip that this was drinking well now, can't wait to try it now. Only other time I've had it before is at one of the big beer festivals and it was so-so.

Poured carefully to not get the yeast... just yet. It yields a light fizzy head covering that fades fairly quickly to almost nothing, but somehow leaves a touch of lacing, over a mostly clear, slight chill hazed honey orange colored beer.

Nose brings a nice sour aroma, plenty of wild yeast in this sucker. Great tart fruity aromas, with a soured malt like aroma, but light malt. Light acidic like aroma with a lactic acid and some light funky wild yeast, Brett lambicus or possibly bacteria. I do get a hint of tasted oak and some mashed pumpkin with a hint of a toasted aroma.

Taste picks right up with the wild and sour flavors. Plenty of Brett lambicus, wild funk with some lactic acid, fairly acidic, and a bit of a bready malt flavor. Sourness is there but not crazy, mostly held in check, with light tart fruit flavors, and again a bit of pumpkin on the background but it's not in the fore front of the flavor. Again light toasty flavors, I think from the toasted pumpkin seed, a light sweetness with sticky feel. Faint hint of toasted oak barrel as well. Acidity is definitely tehre but not overpowering, like the sourness. Finish is dry but sticky and slightly phlegmy, bit more tart fruit and pumpkin, light bready malts, sourness, light acidity all linger.

Mouth is med bodied, fuller than I expected, with plenty of carbonation and some acidity but not a lot.

Adding the yeast makes it cloudy and darker orange red colored, brings a bit more wild flavors and malt flavors surprisingly, and seems to cut down on the acidity a bit.

Overall pretty good, a nice sour that isn't overpowering with sourness or acidity, but def has some of both. A nice wild component that adds a hint of funk and bready malt flavors. Light sticky finish, but overall a tasty beer. Wonder how it will continue to age.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in an 8oz snifter

A deep orange, bordering on amber with a thin off-white cap. Little to no retention, as the cap fell to a thin collar. Dots of lace on the glass.

A little bit pumpkin and molasses are working hard to balance out some funk and green apple. A delicate dance going on here.

On the palate, the tartness and barnyard funk poke through up front, but are quickly swept away by a strong malt profile, pumpkin and molasses. There is a vanilla sweetness that lingers a well.

Medium body with prickly carbonation. Slightly tart, with tannins providing an interesting texture.

This is a unique pumpkin ale that really works to push the boundaries. A good beer with some interesting qualities.

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Allagash Ghoulschip from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.