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Allagash Big Little Beer - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 71
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 6.08%
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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:
Beer added by: deltatauhobbit on 01-05-2011

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.
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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 71
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives with a hazy honey color capped by a perky head that trickles some lace down the side of the tulip glass

Smell: Herbacious spice, stone fruit and a hoppy edge

Taste: At the outset, pepper and clove flavors combine with the stone fruit and citrus to create a nice hoppy Belgian flavor profile; the finish is crisp, fruity and bitter

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Appropriately named, this "little" beer packs a lot of flavor - delicious (480 characters)

Photo of gfreed
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A beer of unusual qualities: the color of a tripel (a color which I find gross); the aroma of a West-coast IPA (that is, sophomorically over-hopped); the head of a Kolsch (thin and spit-like). Sitting in a glass, it looks and smells, well... unappealing. But the taste is superb! It's loaded with hops but lacks the sharp edge that I find so unappealing in over-hopped brews. It's refreshing but not thin or bubbly. The body is dense in the pineapple-juice vein; the low ABV makes this unusual thing entirely drinkable. Very odd, but also very good. (549 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (584 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great brew enjoyed @ Hop Juice Fest 2011.

Settles a hazy orange color with very little head, leaving spotted lacing as it dissipates. Vinager and tartness infiltrates my nose. The taste is tart and sweet afterwards. Great balance. Sour vinegar ensues and is matched with a earthy wheat taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp tartness. Drinkable and awesome. (374 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served in my Uprising Chalice at Novare Res.

A: Golden translucent liquid. White foamy head. Some lacing.
S: Crisp aromatic yeast aroma. Lemon drops, but not overly sweet. Grapefruit hops.
T: Tastes light and crisp. Pink grapefruit flavors. A touch of tartness. Semi-dry finish.
M: Medium body and high carbonation. Only a bit of a coat and stickiness. Good for a small beer.
D: Enjoyable to drink. I would prefer to have it in July and not in December, but still it is tasty. Low AVB makes it somewhat sessionable. The crisp finish gets to me a bit, but I could handle two or three rounds of this beer. (628 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,206 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks in philly

Pours an extremely pale straw color with a slight haze. Crop of white head rests on top, leaving patches of lacing on the glass.

Funky yeast in the nose with peppery spice. Some floral hops with fruit sweetness. Notes of pear and apricot.

Slight bitterness with floral tones up front. A pleasant note of cracked pepper persists throughout the profile. Pear and apricot fruit sweetness in the backbone with straw and biscuit-like malt. Faint tartness as well. Finishes dry and crisp.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, dry and crisp on the tongue. Exceptionally drinkable with a nice combination of flavors - I really enjoyed the peppery spice as well. (690 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Big Little
Looks straw yellow, dense white head with requisit lacing. Aroma is intense, very spicy, lots of phenols and hints of vinousness.  Beautiful hop aroma component thanks to the Nelson.  A truly interesting smelling beer.  Pretty hoppy concoction that is ultra dry and has spice notes in the middle.  Clean malt bill, just a good session ale. I'm missing the fruity flavors I'm used to in most bpa's. Very dry, winey and crisp. I feel the hop bill really make this ale, sadly it does pack a true belgian yeast influence. Regardless Iike it alot. (567 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (544 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (883 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden color and a mostly clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, bright white, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Smelled of citrus, malt, and some yeast. A decent aroma.

T: Tasted of a bit of citrus, yeast, malt, and even a mild hoppiness. This is a generally well-constructed, tangy, enticing flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, crisp finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a solid, likable, drinkable beer. (521 characters)

Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 10 oz mini-imperial clear glass tumbler at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Honey-amber gold with short 1/2-finger cap of eggshell-colored head with good retention and generous lacing.

S: Aromas are really not toned down at all in the yeast department -- still a mildly tangy, phenolic, tart aroma. This matches well with soft pale malting and herbal, lightly citrus, grassy hops.

T: This beer would be a really good every day Belgian pale ale as the malt character is still there but at a more manageable ABV. The yeast component is still very flavorful with tangy, tart, and dry character. The pale malt is plenty substantial to with some light fruitness which works well with the yeast character. The hops contribution is more subtle but lends some herbal notes.

M: Medium bodied with lively, active carbonation and medium-dry finish with tart, slightly bitter aftertaste.

O: A really nice beer from Allagash -- if they bottle this and price it appropriately ($7.99/4-pack), this will give Duvel a run for its money given its lower ABV and greater drinkability (and probably lower price -- hard to believe Allagash and lower price are in the same sentence). (1,187 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (747 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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... (821 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (320 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (729 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/11/11 notes. Had on tap at Dupont Paradiso in DC last night. Was pretty excited when the bartender told me they were putting on a keg of the Little Big beer, as I LOVED it at BBF, but it turned out to be Big Little beer...oh well. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky bright yellow color with one and a half fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells spices, Belgian yeast, pepper, cloves, and light bananas. Good, focusing more on the spice and pepper.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, bready malts, bananas, spices, light pepper, cloves, and some citrus hops. More bananas and less pepper than the nose, and a big step up for me. Hops kind of reminded me of a Belgian IPA almost.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice smooth and creamy body, and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good Belgian pale ale. Really liked the bananas and bready malts in the taste, and pretty easy to drink. Would definitely have it again. (981 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at American Craft, $7 for a 40cl pour into an Allagash glass. The beer is medium-dark gold color, with about a finger of foam that laces in sheets. It smells hoppy in a Belgian IPA way, also a little sweet. It tastes very flavorful for the low ABV, initially sweet with a long lasting every//spicy aftertaste.

The only real indication of the lower ABV might be the thin mouthful, but that's probably just overanalysis. This stuff is tasty and I'm buying another as I watch the Bears game. (507 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (402 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (716 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in NYC. Excited to try this BPA from Allagash.

Appearance is golden color with a one finger head. Its` nose has belgian yeast, apple, malts, some lighter hops. The taste contains some spice, lemongrass, citrus, herbs. MF is light-medium, with a slight bitterness to it. This beer drinks easily and a couple glasses of this with some appetizers would be a perfect fit. One of the more "sessionable" offerings from Allagash. (437 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (615 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint on tap at the hulmeville inn.

A- small cap of bright white head that doesn't stick around to long and only leave a few bits of lace stuck to glass. The brew is a hazy straw yellow in color.

S- very crisp and bright vegetative grassy hops and a some spice that works with the spice from the yeast. Malts come off with a fresh doughy kick and a light sweetness.

T- grassy and fresh with some herbal spice to it. Hops blend with the belgian yeast and really bring the slightly fruity spice to a new level then most bpa. Malts come off a bit dry with cracker and biscuit. Mild sweetness with a light floral perfume touch.

M- a bit fuller then medium in body with a very assertive carb that has some bite to it. Rather dry finish.

D- a good bpa and a bit different then most so its cool to see a twist on the style. I hop Rob held on to some of this and tossed it in some funky barrel to see what happens. Now I want to try little big beer. (952 characters)

Photo of paulozanello
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color, moderately hazy, with a fluffy white head that shows some nice lacing.

Aroma is mild and of floral, fruity and citric hops. Also some mild pilsner malt and yeast funk but hops definitely dominate.

Taste is pale malts, citric fruit with lemon zest and orange, some coriander and a bit of yeast funk barnyard towards the end. Also some hop bitterness and a very dry and astringent finish. No wood/barrel character detectable.

Body is medium light and medium to high carbonation. Mouthfeel is again extremely dry and astringent. That kinda makes it a little heavy on the palate, lowerig the drinkability despite the somewhat lighter body.
Overall an ok beer, I like the bretty notes but not so much the mouthfeel and drinkability. (758 characters)

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