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Allagash Ghoulschip - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.72%


Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brez07 on 09-25-2010)
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 16:23:52 | More by Chico1985
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 00:17:17 | More by rudzud
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2012 19:31:33 | More by corby112
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sidetracked

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2012 16:13:12 | More by sidetracked
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2012 15:45:58 | More by ColForbinBC
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Pour House in New Jersey (Huh?)

Ghoulschip goes in the glass a nice bold orangish color with no head by the time it got to me. A slight haze to this ghoul, not entirely possible to see through. No lace, no head, no bubbles. Im not going to fault this though.

Smell is nice and ripe with autumn scents, the pumpkin is there, molasses not so much. Some slight funk with some light orange. A big whiff brings forth some mineral quality, barnyard notes, and the closest thing I have smelled to a true Belgian 'sour'. I realize the coolschip is young, but the bugs are putting in work.

Well, goddamn, this is that stuff. An interesting take on a pumpkin style of beer with natural bugs. Slight pumpkin and molasses flavor with a nice sour bite in the middle finishing with the slightest bit of butter. the funk is there, with a nice sourness and some sour apple in the finish.

Feel is a gaining on medium, with some carb going for it regardless of the kinda dead look that is seen. The sourness is not to big, not to small, just right with backing phunk. aftertaste has some underlining apple in it. No qualms here.

Well my 1st dive into the Allagash Coolschip was a nice one. Im not a fan of pumpkin type beers, but whatever Todd and crew did to this worked. Nothing is overstated, everything is there, give it a try, if you can.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 03:39:21 | More by BARFLYB
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A hazy amber pour with a modest head that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Apple, grape and pumpkin, with a sour overtone

Taste: Fruit flavors, up front, with the tart element developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the pumpkin adds another angle along with some depth of flavor from the molasses

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: The pumpkin and molasses make this quite different from any other sour I have encountered; well worth seeking out

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 02:42:10 | More by brentk56
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 15:35:25 | More by johnmichaelsen
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 18:16:46 | More by thagr81us
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brystmar

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger.

Pours amber with red hues, slightly hazy. Minimal head, no lace. Tart fruit up front lets you know this is a sour. Mild pumpkin sweetness in the background. Bretty yeast spices things up.

Tastes like a gueuze. Tart fruit and spices tingle the tongue, funky yeast and oak barrel flavors join in before a cleanly dry finish. Zero pumpkin, even after it warmed, but that's fine with me. This is a great sour!

Medium body and deliciousness make this easy quaff. Wish this were more readily available. Props to Allagash for another great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 23:11:29 | More by brystmar
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 10:53:24 | More by Jimmys
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchkey in DC for Night of the Living Ales

A: Hazy yellow-orange pour with a small white head. Lacing and retention are both great.

S: Spicy, with hints of pumpkin and Brett. The spices are balanced nicely with a musty funkiness. Really interested to see how the pumpkin and sour tastes mix.

T: Very interesting taste. The pumpkin/spices and Brett mix famously. The sour and funk sort of overpower the spices on the taste, but not in a bad way. The mix of the two is delicious.

MF: Very dry finish, light body, carbonated well.

O: Very strangely tasty. Certainly would recommend it to anybody. I can very easily see how this beer could have gone terribly wrong, but Allagash nailed it. Wish I had a bottle!

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 05:04:55 | More by russwbeck
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bishopdc0

Maine

4.18/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 23:26:39 | More by bishopdc0
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 12:49:22 | More by jbaker67
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 23:41:36 | More by Seanniek91
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.06/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 06:55:39 | More by homebrew311
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 18:15:57 | More by drabmuh
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 15:53:40 | More by stakem
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 17:17:05 | More by Huhzubendah
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Florida9

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 19:40:44 | More by Florida9
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 19:19:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 20:15:24 | More by WanderingFool
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 02:09:09 | More by TMoney2591
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 15:20:32 | More by JohnnyBarman
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womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 20:27:39 | More by womencantsail
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Allagash Ghoulschip from Allagash Brewing Company
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