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Allagash Big Little Beer - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Big Little Beer
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87
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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Soonami

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-24-2011 02:26:54 | More by Soonami
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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
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Billolick

New York

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
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ehammond1


3.1/5  rDev -19.9%

On Tap

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
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mdaschaf

Washington

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
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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
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jsanford

Georgia

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
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-13-2014 23:42:24 | More by DrBier
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metter98

New York

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
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Patrickbrusil

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-25-2012 15:29:36 | More by Patrickbrusil
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Had over at Novare Res during their Christmas beer geek week, from my limited notes.

16oz pour.

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
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oline73

Maryland

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
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tjseveryday

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.2%

12-08-2011 22:12:56 | More by tjseveryday
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pperez38

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-06-2011 05:06:41 | More by pperez38
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

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
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-05-2011 01:48:00 | More by dbrauneis
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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
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MaineMike

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-18-2011 00:19:16 | More by MaineMike
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-18-2011 12:45:10 | More by nathanjohnson
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shufon

New York

5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-15-2011 03:46:42 | More by shufon
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clord717

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-03-2012 23:36:25 | More by clord717
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-14-2011 19:02:10 | More by JRod1969
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

On-tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a rather large white head.

S: Lots of phenols on the nose with tons of pepper and other spices. The malt character is almost all bread and biscuit. Despite being a malt driven beer, there is only a light sweetness, which mostly comes from the fruits such as bananas and pears.

T: The fruit (banana and pear) stands out a bit more on the palate. Again, lots of pepper flavor and plenty of bread and biscuit malts. These give the beer a nice crisp feeling. Just a light bitterness on the finish.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is high.

O: I haven't been wowed by Allagash as a whole, but this was a pretty nice beer. Really simple and clean.

07-02-2011 06:40:39 | More by womencantsail
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Allagash Big Little Beer from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.