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Allagash Ghoulschip - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

228 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 247
Gots: 62 | FT: 5
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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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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).

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  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 TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AutumnBeerLove for the hookup on this one. Served in a Cantillon tulip alongside all the 'real' Coolship beers.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and a few spots of lace. Hazed dark orange body that verges on brown.

S - Super lactic, with vanilla, spicy oak, tart citrus, stone fruits, and minimal apparent pumpkin. I suppose I'm not surprised as 'pumpkin' beer is largely a result of offensive amounts of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice, none of which were used in this beer. In any case, a very nice American wild.

T - Taste is a tad less good, with some carbonic seltzer water and astringent oak character marring the otherwise enjoyable combination of lactic sourness, vanilla, and stone fruits. Like many Allagash wilds, there's still a decent amount of brown sugar malt sweetness in the periphery.

M - Medium body, zesty carbonation, and a hint of warming that reveals the near-7% ABV. Dry and tannic texture. The surplus of bubbles helps keep things light here.

D - I remember being underwhelmed when I tried this in November, but I think it's shaped up quite nicely since then. One of the more enjoyable small batch offerings from Allagash. I liked this more than many of the Coolship beers.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -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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Allagash Ghoulschip from Allagash Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.