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Allagash Ghoulschip - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 248
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 21.74%
Wants: 257
Gots: 65 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a stemmed tulip.

Appearance: The beer itself is a murky tangerine orange color with a brown center. Splotches of head exist instead of a real head.

Smell: Lemon zest, barnyard funk, dry pumpkin, and some fall spices.

Taste: It is sweet and sour up front but not overly sour, with lemon zest combining with the dry malt up front. Pumpkin, clove, and allspice contribute to a dry, pumpkin tartness that combines a bit of malt and lemon zest at the end.

Mouthfeel: It starts medium bodied with a soft creamy sweetness, then slowly becomes more acetic, dries out and finishes with a lighter body. A bit of residue sits on the inside of my lips.

Overall: This is not my favorite sour. The other guys in my tasting group liked it better than me.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Ghoulschip (Im assuming someone misspelled this when it was initially added) I believe 7%abv - sampled on tap at ChurchKey for Night of the Living Ales. Review from notes:

Murky caramel body without much of a head. Not the best looking brew I have ever seen. Nothing about this aroma really shouts 'pumpkin', but there is certainly funk. Definitely barny. The body has a significant vinous tart from whatever barrel this brew was resting in. Finish moves with a vanilla soft/sweetness as well a nuttiness. This is the only point where Im really detecting pumpkin anything and I believe it is from the seeds. The barrels and ship certainly add some critters and make this a wild more than anything pumpkin. However still a solid brew/drinkable brew from Allagash.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went up to the Ghoulschip release at Allagash and grabbed some of these. Got to go into the Allagash barrel room and try a taste before buying. Let's crack a bottle and do an official review. 375ml, bottled September 2011...

A: As soon as you pop the cork, a ghoulish mist creeps out of the top of the bottle. A hazy orange pumpkin color with a small off white head that quickly fades to a few bubbles atop the brew. Decent.

S: I get some tart pumpkin upfront with a faint oakiness in the middle. Some nice pumpkin and peach on the back. Decent.

T: A nice smoky pumpkin upfront blended well with a quickly following medium tartness which gives an almost peach flavor. A nice creaminess on the backend blended with some more tart. Good.

M: Full body with a big carbonation. An almost vinegar type finish. Good.

O: All in all, I've never been a fan of sour beers, but this one blends tartness well with flavor. The tartness is definitely in the front, middle, and back of the palate, but it blends with different flavors in each. The taste is definitely the payoff in this beer. Give it a try if you like sour brews.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.


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 Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of aorloski
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Sep. 2011. A huge thank you to SneezyAchew for a couple of these.

A: Pours a cloudy dark caramel color with two fingers of very bubbly bright white head that stuck around for a while before fading into a thin collar that left a handful of spotty lacing down the glass.
S: Lightly tart notes of lemon zest, yeast, straw, dry oak and spices. I detect a bit of coriander, but the molasses doesn’t necessarily stand out. Smells pretty good, but I’m not getting any pumpkin.
T: Still no pumpkin but there is a bit of molasses-like sweetness in the finish. Flavors are full of dry oak, spices, and lightly sour citrus juice and rind.
M: Very active carbonation which froths up and tingles my mouth. Body is medium and the mouthfeel is slick and greasy beneath all the carbonation.
O: A very drinkable sour with very enjoyable flavors. It’s a shame this tastes nothing like pumpkin, but it has a good taste regardless. Thanks again, Michael.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of largadeer
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Mikeymikee.

Orange amber with brown highlights. Small off white head. Nice tart nose. Not much pumpkin but still pleasant. Tart citrus with a hint of maltiness. Modest spice profile. Flavor is lightly tart with a touch of pumpkin. The pumpkin spices are easily picked up. Light body. Very nice wild. Nothing earth shattering but solid a effort. Maybe time will help things. Luckily I have more.

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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex! Poured into HF stemware.

A - Pours a mirky orange color, white head, thin collar.

S - Fruity, woody, floral, some nice light acidic sour/tart notes, citrus. All very light and subtle, very nice and enjoyable.

T - A little more spices compared to the nose, but overall, pretty similar. Citrus peel, fruity tartness, light oak, nice acidic feel, light funk in there too. Not a whole lot of pumpkin here, but I'm not complaining.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - I enjoyed this one more then I thought I would, truth be told. It's a nice wild and I think I would almost rather have this over some of the Coolships. I would definitely have again, so hopefully I can acquire a bottle for the future.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Allagash Ghoulschip from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.