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Allagash Ghoulschip - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

201 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 226
Gots: 54 | FT: 4
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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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-05-2012 01:28:10 | More by mothman
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Florida9

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

10-30-2012 18:32:32 | More by Davepoolesque
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

10-28-2012 23:29:27 | More by AndrewK
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

10-28-2012 16:08:54 | More by PatGreer
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

10-22-2012 17:34:07 | More by imperialking
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

10-02-2012 08:13:56 | More by shoyoroll
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FullObs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-25-2012 22:03:53 | More by FullObs
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-13-2012 01:58:26 | More by Auror
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

09-12-2012 10:36:46 | More by yossarian14
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-08-2012 18:44:56 | More by jaasen64
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev 0%

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.

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-23-2012 02:24:45 | More by Mcooly
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

08-18-2012 12:46:42 | More by t0rin0
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-17-2012 01:07:12 | More by hopsolutely
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

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

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-08-2012 22:31:23 | More by rpstevens
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-24-2012 23:36:20 | More by DaveHack
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womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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.

07-16-2012 20:27:39 | More by womencantsail
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-05-2012 16:48:55 | More by JohnnyChicago
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

06-25-2012 19:31:33 | More by corby112
Allagash Ghoulschip from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.