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Allagash Big Little Beer - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Big Little Beer
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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed for the 2010 Beer Advocate Belgian Beer Fest. This is the "small beer" of the two beers brewed for the 2010 fest. Brewed with two types of Pilsner, Red Wheat Malt, Victory Malt and Demerra Sugar. Hopped with Northern Brewer, Mt Hood and Nelson Sauvin. Fermented with Belgian Yeast Strain with significant phenolics and spice character.

(Beer added by: deltatauhobbit on 01-05-2011)
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Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a dimpled glass stein @ the Corner in Litchfield, Conn.

A: Cloudy, pale golden yellow beneath a frothy, two-finger head of bubbly, crisp carbonation. Chilled haze and light, yeasty tinge made it look a bit like Country Time.

S: Spicy, minty hop leaves crackle along with a slightly citrusy malt and grain aroma.

T: Light bodied, fine and sugary malts tense up the front of the palate with some granular, malty sweetness. Belgian candi sugar and fruity esters swirl with banana, clove and mint to a dry and effervescent finish.

M: Light-bodied, mildly sticky and sharp with a brisk carbonation and yeasty bite of ginger.

O: Not the finest American BPA I've had, but Allagash might have been going for their Tripel Light here. Doesn't have the fruity, spicy complexity I was hoping for, but I wound up with a surprisingly drinkable light Belgian pale. Not likely to get very soon, but not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 21:40:04 | More by Gambrinus1184
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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.

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A - Served a hazy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of light wheat with some sweetness, citrus, and grass. There is some Belgian yeast as well and a touch of funk.

T - Starts off with some sweet grains with some lemon and citrus and some light yeast. Through the middle some funk comes through with some more grain and lemon, as well as some gassy hop flavor. The finish is a mix of bigger yeast characters with some funk and lemon.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a very crisp and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balance Belgian session ale with some light hop and Belgian yeast flavors.

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A- Bubbly white lacing. Thin with poor retention. Cloudy orange color.

S- Citrus and hoppy. Lemon and bitterness.

T- Slightly hoppy. The hops and lemon are paired nicely. Bitter finish.

M- Very light body. Bubbly and lingering finish.

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A: Pours a half finger head of decent cream, okay thickness, and and bad retention. Colour is a cloudy yellow.

Sm: Light lemon ester hops and clean barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lemon ester tinges, with clean barley as the foundation. Simple but pleasant and refreshing. Full and appealing without featuring any strong flavours. Here's a beer that embodies subtlety; I'd like some of the Russian Imperial Stout fans to try beers like this because you don't need heavy-handed strong flavours to form a good beer. I'm certain someone with a better palate than mine (and more than a 5 oz sampler) could identify these notes.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Very nice thickness. Complements the flavours.

Dr: Extremely drinkable - this beer's strong suit (and often Allagash's). Ultimately, however, it's too simple for me to consider seeking out in the future. Give her a spin though, especially if you fancy the style.

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Allagash Big Little Beer from Allagash Brewing Company
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