Allagash Ghoulschip - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 242
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 4.13%
Wants: 254
Gots: 65 | FT: 6
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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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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 242
Photo of largadeer
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,344 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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 (508 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndyAvalanche for the bottles
poured in to lost abbey stemware

Color: Copper,orange, auburn hues glow from this beer. A dime sized white ring forms around the top of the glass.

Nose: Pumpkin, light molasses. toasted oak(which I love) slight sour funk and other seasonal spices: allspice, nutmeg(faint) and clove.

Palate: This is where Ghoulschip shines! The drinkability of this beer is insane good. The carbonation is just right and the abv is well masked all through this beer. This brew has a medium bodied feel on the tongue and it provides plenty of sour funk and oakiness. I love the feel of molasses at the back end and the spice profile on the finish. The pumpkin comes in waves to add some pleasant sweetness.

Finish: a nice sourness with good sweetness and subtle dry finish. Def a good American sour

93/100 (832 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip.

Some what hazy auburn on the pour with a small head at first that dissipates into a ring, then into nothing. Tiny bubbles can be seen dancing to the top.

Lemony tartness with horse blanket following soon after. Pretty funky. Smells almost like a gueuze to me, I am having trouble detecting the pumpkin and seeds. Molasses is nowhere to be found either. Never the less, the beer is pleasant smelling.

Sharply tart on the tongue at first, then moves into nice notes of horsey and earthy funk. Barnyard is strong in the flavors. As well as tart, lactic acid flavors. A bit cheesy with nice lemon puckering like flavors to back it up.

Medium bodied with plenty of drying. Spritzy in it's carbonation

Great funk and tart flavors, hardly a pumpkin beer. Was incredibly excited to finally try one of the coolship beers from Allagash. Can't wait for the fruited ones. (883 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. This one pours a hazy orange color with a finger of creamy beige head. It settles leaving some soapy lace.

The aroma has a rich pumpkin smell to it with a lemongrass type aroma. Lots of sourness here with some good funk. Good pure pumpkin flavor with a finish that is sweet and tart. The molasses comes through nicely with a good tart funky finish.

The body is light with good carbonation. Even seems a little creamy. Overall really awesome stuff here. Nice to see some new stuff being done with pumpkins. (531 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a Surly Darkness glass. Huge thanks to JAHMUR for sharing this spontaneously fermented treat.

A: Cloudy orange body with a thin, dense layer of ultra-fine tan bubbles. Nice.

S: Pure sourness. Lemony acidity, grassy funk, and flinty earthiness. Smells like a genuine Lambic. Bravo.

T: Lemon sourness up front, with some malt and, yes, pumpkin, joining in midway through. Grassiness on the finish. Clean, tasty, tart, and great.

M: Ultra soft, ultra fine, and nicely carbonated. Delicate, velvety, luxurious.

O: Terrific sour. I was hugely disappointed with this beer when I tried it at Night of the Funk a couple years back, but this bottle is nothing short of spectacular. If this is a sign of how Allagash's koelschip program is shaping up, I'm incredibly excited. Definitely ISO whatever else they release in this series.

Cheers! (849 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Corked and caged bottle poured into my tulip at cellar temperature. Huge thanks to phingdong for sharing a bottle with me. After having the Allagash coolship offerings at NOTF, I am beyond excited to try this.

Appearance: Bright orange in color. The first pour is almost all beige foam. Initial three finger head recedes into a nice lacing. A touch cloudy as well.

Aroma: Lemon, brett funk, tart green apples, and a touch of oak. Minimal pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, and a nice bit of molasses. Nice tartness overall.

Taste: The tartness of the aroma is there, but this is definitely sweeter. Molasses and roasted pumpkin backing add a nice layer. Lemon, tart green apple and a nice dry funk. More funky than sour from my estimation. Oak from the barrel is present too. Nicely balanced and not overly sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light mouthfeel. On the lighter side of carbonation.

Overall, a nice, well done American wild. Nice balance of sweet sour and funk. The pumpkin is minimal, but not really needed. I wish this trended more on the sour side, but the nice funk notes make up for it. I am really glad I got to try this. (1,140 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (979 characters)

Photo of viaingo
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: American Ale/Pumpkin Ale
Color: Amber. Very cloudy.
Body: Moderately carbonated. Very flavorful.
Head: Very small white head that does not leave much lace but really improves the taste.
Taste: Delicious! Very tart at first but turns gingery very quickly. Almost tastes like a cider in the middle. Pumpkin seeds were very prominent and separate from the pumpkin flavor. Dry but smooth finish.
Aroma: Very complex. Prominent pumpkin flavors with molasses and spice finish.

overall this was an amazing beer. This perfectly personifies the fall season with a perfect fall beer. The bottle itself was classic Allagash, corked and pretty. I have tried Allagash Curieux and Allagash Dubel and Tripel before and the Ghoulschip takes the cake. I did notice that once the beer became warm you could distinctly taste each component in this craft beer. The seeds definitely gave it a flavor I have never tried before. I am counting the days before I can purchase another bottle next year. (983 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (1,600 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. The color is slightly hazy straw colored, with a nice fluffy white head. The head settles nicely into a thin layer.

The aroma has some nice sour lemongrass with a bit of mustyness thrown in. Some sweet malt is intermittently detected.

The taste seems to have some sweet malt flavor in the forefront, I can get a bit of pumpkin. This is followed by a sour finish, with lemon rind being dominant.

This seems to have a slightly fuller body and bigger mouthfeel than most wild ales. The carbonation is average.

Another good one from Allagash. I appreciate that this one is a bit different. (612 characters)

Photo of Pete27lax
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking my first bottle from the release on 11/9/11

Pours from the bottle a slightly hazy amber color. Decent head with not much lacing. Good looking beer though.

Smell is fantastic! Very strong sour/funk smell upfront. Just a very tart yet nice aroma.

Taste was definitely the most enjoyable aspect of this beer. Sweet, tart, sour immediately upfront in the taste. Pumpkin notes come out as the beer sits and warms. Definitely up there with my favorite wilds.

Mouthfeel was very enjoyable as well. Moderate carbonation with a dry feel throughout and dryness after.

Loved this beer! Very happy that I attended the release and got multiple bottles. (657 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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! (566 characters)

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Allagash Ghoulschip from Allagash Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.