Allagash Big Little Beer - Allagash Brewing Company
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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DefenCorps:
4.22/5 rDev +9%
On tap at 72 Hours of Belgium yesterday. Thanks for the recommendation, Ryan and Eric!
Very light yellow, dense white head great retention and lacing. More is excellent. A blend of stone fruit, citrus, a little spice and flowers, this smells refreshing. Malt character is very light, this is all yeast and light hops. The palate opens light, juicy with yeast and stone fruit. Ripe peach and nectarine, are present. Light spice, white pepper with some herbal character are also present. Drying, spicy and yeasty on finish, this is excellent stuff. Carbonation is high, but works here.
02-22-2011 03:03:19 | More by DefenCorps
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
On tap at The Lion's Pride, where I celebrated my birthday.
The beer was a golden color with a rather large white head that left a good deal of lace.
Sweet malt aroma, very outdoorsy. Some kind of spice notes.
Sweet, bready taste. Just a hint of a peppery spice.
A crisp, refreshing beer, and a nice prelude to the meal.
01-26-2011 15:08:08 | More by lordofthewiens
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
This beer was made by taking the less concentrated runnings from the same grain bill as "Little Big Beer" and is fermented with a Trappist ale yeast strain.
Above is according to Beermenus.com
Growler pour from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY
The pour is a dull light golden tinged amber, fairly clear. The head is off white, staying at about 1/2 inch and going to a lighter film, collar and then leaving some typical good beer spots and blobs of lace.
Delicate floral nose, sweet with a hint of perfume.
Yeasty and flavorful, notes of tropical fruits, melon, mango, lime, with a moderate bite of peppery hops in the finish. Light and refreshing.
As another reviewer mentioned, I'd rather be enjoying this one during a warmer time of year....would go great with some cheese, salads and bread on a nice summer afternoon...
03-15-2011 03:10:27 | More by Billolick
3.1/5 rDev -19.9%
Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA
A clear golden straw with a relatively persistent yet thin white head atop. Decent and consistent lacing run down the glass. Pretty.
Very difficult to pick up much of an aroma off this beer; there's very little here. I smell a hint of fruitiness and some Belgian yeast, some pepper, but everything is very faint.
A very pleasant taste but it follows the nose in the sense that there's just not much here. There's a slight tang and sweetness from the Belgian yeast, some floral hops and a touch of malt character but it's all very faint, yet pleasant.
A rich, smooth, airy mouthfeel; very nice.
A decent and pleasant light Belgian style pale ale, but nothing exciting or anything that leaves me wanting another.
04-29-2011 03:17:38 | More by ehammond1
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Review from notes. Had on tap at the Pickled Pig Pub in Rehoboth DE.
A: Came in a snifter glass. The beer is a slightly hazy golden/yellow color. A nice white, one finger head sat on top with great retention and moderate lacing.
S: Very grassy with nice citrus notes, mostly lemon. Almost reminds me of a hefe in some aspects. The belgian yeast comes through as well.
T: Similar to the aroma, the grassiness is a bit stronger and tastes very good. Light citrus fruits (mostly lemon) and some light green apple. There is a nice spice component from the yeast and a little bit of pepper as well.
M: Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. Extremely crisp and quite refreshing.
O: A pleasant surprise in the beer dinner. Very easy drinking and the crispness helps a lot. Not overly complex, but the flavors were ones that I liked. Definitely a good beer for the summer.
05-10-2011 17:02:16 | More by mdaschaf
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
Big Little Beer... interesting name, I wonder where that comes from. Maybe this is from the second runnings of another beer? Anyway...
It pours a clear straw gold body beneath a short head of white foam. The head retention is good and the lacing is adequate.
Not much comes through in the nose. There's some straightforward, lightly sweet malt, a bit of light fruitiness (apples, grapes, a bit of citrus), and a hint of yeasty chalkiness and subtle spice.
The flavor follows suit, and it's spicy and dry. The golden malt is sweetish, but not sweet, and just slightly bready. It mainly acts as a base for the yeast and hops to work off of, displaying citrusy, lemony, and grassy hop notes amidst a chalky yeastiness and gently peppery spiciness. The bitterness is restrained, but present, and it finishes dry. Nicely balanced throughout.
In the mouth it's medium-light in body and crisp.
Overall, I found it quite interesting. At first I thought it was very much like a Belgian style witbier, but as it warmed it became more fruity. It's readily accessible to even the most virgin palate, and remarkably drinkable. At 5.5% alcohol by volume, there's not much to stop you from having another. Well done!
02-25-2011 14:48:35 | More by NeroFiddled
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
On-tap at Brewvival 2012
Poured a hazy light gold with a think white head. Mildly funky aromas of ripe pear and crisp toasted grain. Taste is a similar mix of apple and pear, grain, and Belgian yeast. Crisp mouthfeel, with a medium body and good carbonation. Decent enough, but not very memorable.
05-06-2012 19:43:06 | More by jsanford
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY
A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some flavors of spices along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink but seems like could use more balance in the taste because there are contrasting flavors.
12-04-2011 13:39:23 | More by metter98
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
Had over at Novare Res during their Christmas beer geek week, from my limited notes.
Pours a golden color with a huge fluffy white head, leaves a good amount of lacing, slightly hazy.
Smell has a light spicy malt aroma with a bit of Belgian yeast to it.
Taste has a crisp carbonation, pale malt taste dominates with a subtle spice presence with a bit of light fruit flavor, finishes dry.
01-05-2011 01:38:00 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a goblet.
Appearance: Pours a clear light golden color with a finger of fluffy white head and good lacing.
Smell: Light and very crisp. Belgian yeast spice and some citrus notes.
Taste: Citrus notes and Belgian yeast spice dominate, but the beer is very light and drinkable. There is a mild bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: This is a really easy to drink beer. Full of flavor but not heavy at all. I would definitely have another.
10-19-2011 23:29:41 | More by oline73
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
Clear golden yellow with a few lacey dribbles left from floating amoeba skim retention.
Lil' musty with some mint. Reminds me of some sort of organic herbal shampoo, hand lotion or your bath product of choice. Our server at Ebenezer's said it was an American pale ale but I'm not buying it.
Green apples, slighly spicy and easy, dry finish. Tastes delicate, almost light and fluffy. Minty/herbal hop.
It's a'ight but I'd like to try the big boy version now.
08-27-2011 20:39:03 | More by donkeyrunner
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
Pours a dulled gold color, moderate white soapy head, decent lacing. Scent is quite yeasty, some musty earth and grass followed by light citrus, toasted nuts and brown sugar. Quite a muted taste, yeasty, lightly sweet malts, mild citrus -quite grassy and herbal on the background. Lighter side of medium bodied, lightly sweet finnish. Passable but not memorable.
06-13-2011 13:33:16 | More by rfgetz
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a light, cloudy yellow color with a small white head and a spot or two of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose brings some light bready malt, a bit of grain, and some light earthy hops. Bit of a floral character there as well. The flavor has some of the herbal hops and some grain along with a bit of citrus and spice. Good carbonation and a nice body; pretty refreshing. Solid brew.
05-19-2011 21:55:19 | More by Thorpe429
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
Tap at Armsby Abbey
Huge creamy 2 finger creamy head, hazy pale yellow colored beer, lacing.
Nose nice Belgian pale, nice Belgian golden malts, light toasty almost straw like, light lemony floral hops which are noticable but not huge, light Belgian yeast.
Taste starts with Belgian yeast funk, farmhouse dry yeast flavor almost wild funk but not quite, light citrus and lemon zest hop flavor, golden malts, some light Belgian golden malts, weird almost meat like funk flavor that starts to come through and ruin the beer a little. Finishes dry with hint of bitterness, light Belgian yeast, and sticky feel.
Mouth is med bodied, good carb.
Overall not quite sure, weird flavors, nice hops, nice light funk yeast.
10-06-2011 23:02:31 | More by jlindros
Allagash Big Little Beer from Allagash Brewing Company
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