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Allagash Ghoulschip - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 260
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 21.79%
Wants: 257
Gots: 73 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brez07 on 09-25-2010

Allagash Ghoulschip is our version of a pumpkin beer. We brewed it, on Halloween 2008, with a monster mash that included shredded Maine pumpkin and toasted pumpkin seeds. After much toil and some trouble, molasses were added to the boil. The wort then spent the night outside, in our Coolship, possessed by the yeasts of beers past. In the morning, the cooled wort was racked into a stainless tank and pitched with our house yeast. After primary fermentation the beer is then transferred to oak barrels. Ghoulschip fermented and aged in the dark recesses of our cellars for almost three years. The resulting beer is light bodied and pumpkiny in color. Apricot dominates the aroma, with vanilla and caramel lurking in the background. The flavor profile is scarily clean, with a dry, tart finish that will haunt you. Boo.
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Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 stakem
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of WanderingFool
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Chico1985
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
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 rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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 womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
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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Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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 -6.8%
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 jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
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 MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of largadeer
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Sean9689
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 BARFLYB
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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 John_M
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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


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Allagash Ghoulschip from Allagash Brewing Company
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