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Allagash Big Little Beer - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Big Little Beer
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very good

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
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:
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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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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

Photo of gfreed
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Photo of xnicknj
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Allagash Big Little Beer from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.