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Allagash Ghoulschip - Allagash Brewing Company

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242 Ratings
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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
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Photo of bishopdc0
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the gasharoo

Noted as brewed in 2008 with pumpkin and pumpkin seeds but no spice. Aged in chardonnay barrels

It is a deep amber red color with a generous head that remains.

The aroma is very potent. I could smell it when the bar tender put it down. Sour black cherries with a sweetness from the malt very nice

Very nice the sour taste is upfront.with the ca4rbonation. There is an earthiness that comes through and reveals the oak taste. The sour melds into a slight chardonnay wine taste with a crisp finish. Very nice

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 kingcrowing
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at NotF poured into a sampling glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a very small white head thy fades fast. Nose is a bit of that pumpkin flavor but it's not over the top, it's mellow.

Taste does have some pumpkin sweetness to it but it's not super strong. It's got a nice funky bite to it but it's really mellowed by the pumpkin. Mouthfeel is light and slightly sweet, with a creamy finish, very unique.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to Jay and Paul for bringing it to Evo.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/brown color with a very small tan head with little lacing.

S: Reminds me of pumpkin seeds actually, some pumpkin spice, with cinnamon and nutmeg, a little bit of molasses, and a little bit of funk.

T: More pumpkin, not as much spice as the aroma, but definitely there. A little bit of barnyard funk, and slightly sour. Very earthy.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. In terms of sour/tartness, on the lower side.

O: A nice wild ale, not overly sour, but I think that works well with the flavors in this beer, the pumpkin and spices.

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 SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 375ml bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared by schen9303.

Pour yields a .5 finger creamy off-white head with decent retention. Beer is a semi-clear orange-bronze. Lacing is stringy and with good cling. Good looking beer.

Nose is exceedingly tart. Pumpkin is noticeable but is not spicy or sweet but rather creamy and spritzy. Some roasted pumpkin seeds are noticeable also. A bit strange but really good.

Opens tart cobweb, lemon, wet wood, and roasted pumpkin seeds. Brett, spice, and the slightest bit of residual sweetness in the back. Reminds me of a gueuze. Almost a total lack of fruit character, just sour. Finishes lemon tart with the same, lingering sour aftertaste. Surprisingly good.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and goes down warm with a touch of spice at the end. Finish is accented and dry with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Nice.

To be honest, I'm really surprised by how good this one is. The description as a pumpkin sour really threw me off but this one turned out very well. Balanced tartness with a great, smooth mouthfeel and a nose that's exactly what I'm expecting. Eager to see how time will treat this one.

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 thagr81us
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during Brewvival 2012! Served from tap into a Brewvival sampler imperial pint. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, earth, tart, sour, and cherry. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, earth, tart, sour, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with heavy carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. If I am honest, this one fell a little short of what I was hoping it would be. While really good, it just felt like the flavors were a little diluted to me. Didn't kill the beer at all, but definitely held it back from the full experience. I actually enjoyed the Mattina Rossa more. Still a solid brew from Allagash that I suggest any fan of the sours tries at least once.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to caguiar for this beer. Shared with fellow BA’s in line at the FFF Anniversary Party.

Appearance – A hazy semi-brown/orange color with about an inch of tan head that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Pumpkin spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon mixed with actual pumpkin. Slight oak and barnyard funk; brett and wet hay.

Taste – More pumpkin flavor than I was expecting, and also less tart. The pumpkin flavor is somewhat muted though (you can taste it – just not really pick out specific flavors/spices or what not). The funk is also subdued. There is more of an earthy barnyard quality than funk and tartness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Overall – A bit disappointed to be honest. I don’t know why but I was hoping this would be somewhat similar to Ichabod 2009. Very easy to drink, just odd that all the flavors were “muted” in a sense. Very curious to see what age will do to my other bottle.

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 Doshkin
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - quite opaque, dull brown/orange, an inch of head that lingers for a while and leaves some pretty lacing

s - tart and sweet. the pumpkin comes through the smell more than in the taste.

t - when cold, it's mostly all sour. as it warms, the molasses comes out more. there is a warming aftertaste.

m - medium, though lighter than expected for the alcohol content, which is masked very well with the flavors.

o - i love allagash... they never fail to produce a good beer. this is the second limited release i've had (first was vrienden) and i'm very happy with it. i will continue to support this amazing company

Photo of largadeer
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4 of 5 coolship beers shared by dsgolovin. Thanks, David.

Murky light brown pour with a head that crackles away instantly.

Smells like earth and crusty bread, pumpkin and spice, molasses. There's only a touch of sourness on the nose.

The palate has more tartness, and showcases an interesting mix of vinous fruit notes with bready malt, spice and roasted pumpkin, molasses sweetness. The mouthfeel is pretty chewy, and the finish is more sweet than sour.

Reactions were mixed at the table, but I found this quite good.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this on-tap during the bottle release but decided to wait and review off one of the bottles.

Pours a clear golden/orange color, large white fizzy head that fades quickly to get out of the way, not much lacing though.

Smell has a nice mix of sourness, funky brett, a woody oak presence that adds a nice complexity, not picking up much of the pumpkin or even molasses that they added.

Taste has the right balance of sour tartness, woody barrel character, funked up malt, slight earthy presence possibly from the added pumpkin even though the pumpkin flavor itself is not evident.

This beer has changed for the better from when I first sampled it. When I had it on-tap it had a very earthy flavor with hardly any sourness to it. While it still has a bit of earthiness, the sourness has perked up quite a bit.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper pour; small white head

Lambic-like aroma (funk and acidity) and slight gourd. Not much else.

Malt, wheaty, light yeast flavor. Some caramel and Allagash funk. Not much pumpkin at all. Nice little bit of tartness. This is actually a pretty good beer. I know saying it has pumpkins in it sort of throws you off but it's really hard to find any in this beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On cask at Night of the Funk. Pumpkin lambic, I like it already. Pour yields a hazy caramel-brown with a thin off-white head. Nose has a bit of pumpkin there, though I'm sure that's a bit of bias knowing that it's in there. Nonetheless, good notes of funk and Brett come through to dry this one out and throw in a really rustic character. The flavor does actually have a touch of gourd and earthy hay and funk. Pretty good and nicely unique, though nothing earth-shattering. Feel is a bit prickly given the serving format and has a nice mellow funk. Drinks quite well and certainly points for originality (along with a shout out to Jolly Pumpkin for working a similar concept).

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

First had: bottle shared by ThoreauLikeAGirl. Thanks!

Poured a slightly cloudy burnt orange color, with a thin layer of delicate bubbles on top. Nose is sour with hints of citrus and grassy funk. Didn't really get much pumpkin in the aroma or the taste, but it definitely had a nice wild sourness to it, light funk, with probably more lemon pith and light cherry notes than anything in the fruit department. I suppose pumpkin seeds could be construed as an afterthought. Nice balance of caramel and a touch of brown sugar and vanilla. Pretty light in the mouthfeel, yet still quite complex overall. I'm kind of glad the pumpkin flavor really didn't come out much, because I think it would've detracted from the beer's overall complexity. Very nice.

Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SpdKilz for the share at the FFF Anniversary party.

A - Golden-orange colored beer that is pretty clear. A finger of off-white head that left some nice stick on the sides.

S - Very tart, it has the smell of a good American Wild. I was thinking Pumpkin Beer but it's not quite what expected. There is a decent bit of molasses and pumpkin seeds, with maybe a little bit of pumpkin meat.

T - Very tart with some pumpkin seeds, molasses, and maybe some light caramel. It's a light smelling beer that isn't particularly fruity, but is nicely sour. Pretty good, if different than expected.

M - Semi dry finish, medium bodied, nicely active carbonation.

O - Good take on an American Wild. Might be one of the best Allagash beers I've had. Wouldn't mind drinking this again.

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 Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

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

Bought at the ghoulschip release, also drank from the tap at 8am.

Appearance - A nice orangish tint, pretty transparent. Thin white head that does not stick around.

Aroma - I was surprised at how much of the pumpkin seeds and molasses you could pick up on this. Being that it has been aging for 3 years you wouldn't expect those characteristics up front. The whole thing is wrapped up in some vinegar tones.

Taste - Tartness up front, pumpkin seeds in the middle, vinegar in the back. It is a very well blended sour in my opinion and incredibly drinkable. Really great stuff

Mouthfeel - Great carbonation, pretty chewy actually.

Overall - This is another great beer from allagash, i think the process in making these coolship beers is AWESOME and very innovative. Im glad i have a few of these bottles now, it was worth the trip.

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during their Allagash pre-event on the final Sunday of Belgium fest.

The beer pours a pumpkin orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty wild in this one, as I pick up considerable wine and sour funk, with some interesting underlying orange citrus as well. The flavor profile tended to replicate the nose, but with a bit more sour than I expected. It tended to completely dominate the flavor profile and drown out pretty much anything else. There was some light vanilla and underlying fruit as well, but it was hard to pick up with all the sour going on. Mouthfeel was fairly long, with a wash of sour at the end.

A nice enough beer, but not the extraordinairy flavor treat I was expecting and hoping for.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. bottle poured into an over-sized wine glass. Liquid comes out an autumn orange color, somewhat hazy, not as hazy as some other sours I've had before. Pale orange head, but it's more like fizz, not much of it and it goes away pretty quickly. Still there's some really good glass retention.

Smell is really good. Smells as if it would be acidic and tart. Smells like tart white grapes and quite a bit of oak. Some slight natural pumpkin and maybe some nutmeg. Earthy and some natural funk.

Taste is really good, I can see why people like sours after trying this. Pretty tart with some natural acidity. Almost a cranberry flavor but it has some really ripe lemon zest and maybe some lime peel as well, just not as sour as they are. There is some natural pumpkin flavor here as well, but again, not very strong. The oak is a dominant feature in the taste.

Mouthfeel is really good. The carbonation was good, better than I expected, thought it would be too flat, but it's almost fizzy. It's incredibly dry and tart, but has a sweetness to almost like a cranberry sauce if it were in liquid form. Super crisp with a nice dry, tart, and somewhat earthy finish. It's full bodied, the taste lingers for awhile after each sip. The pumpkin is dominant here in the mouthfeel, pumpkin beers always have a distinct mouthfeel and here's where the pumpkin qualities come out in my opinion. The drinkability is there, it's a sipper, but it goes pretty quickly. Solid all around brew from Allagash. I'm really not a big sour guy but this is a quality brew from Allagash, I can see why they people like it.

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