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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

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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2/5  rDev -48.3%

jraras, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Haven Gastropub with kojevergas below me. Poured in a 5 oz tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

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.

O- Light beer, decent taste. Pale ale through and through. Wouldn't bother with again.

Murrhey, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

ehammond1, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of amphion1065
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in an Allagash sort-of tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright, hazy gold. A one-finger white head forms and lasts. Clingy lacing.

A somewhat funky, if not particularly "buggy" or "wild," aroma. Pretty heavy citrus notes, with a strong lemon presence. Some hay, wheat. Yeasty.

The taste is far hoppier than I expected. A pretty evident bitterness throughout the palate, and it unfortunately throws off a lot of the citrus fruit flavors and subtle funk.

Mouthfeel is nice and effervescent. An easy drinking BPA, for sure.

Fine, pretty unremarkable. Allagash can and does do a better job emulating easier-drinking Belgian styles.

amphion1065, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a 5 oz sampler in old town Orange, California. It was at some cafe down the street from Provisions on Glassell. Expectations were high, as I quite fancy what I've had previously from Allagash. Reviewed from notes. I didn't pair it with food.

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.

kojevergas, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Hulmeville Inn.

A- Big little beer sports little to no head just a sparce glip of off white bubbles/foam. The Liquid is pale golden in color with a few bubbles rising.

S- Pale malt rising with traces of grass and some light citrus that barely comes up. A peice of bread in the morning. A unmistakable Belgian east strain.

T- Big little beer should be little little beer because there is little taste. Everything is so faint. Belgian yeast mixed in with the tamest of tame tropic fruit, bread and some pale malt. Little to describe.

M- Light bodied and moderately carbed up, there is a dry finish with no real aftertaste, the 'taste' comes and goes.

D- I drank my pint with ease and did not need another little big beer. I ordered a Weyerbacher Verboten and the difference is astounding. I can say that BLB would be a good candidate for some barrel aging with some bugs, this beer could absorb some nice flavors.

BARFLYB, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

jsanford, May 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Patrickbrusil, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

rfgetz, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Thorpe429, May 19, 2011
Photo of MaineMike
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

MaineMike, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ms11781, Jun 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

BlackBelt5112203, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at CK in DC. Beer is yellow, mostly clear with a soft white head of small bubbles that has low retention, low carbonation, and no lacing.

Aroma is a little grainy, a little bready / yeasty, interesting.

Beer is really watery, thin, dry, grainy at the back, minimal malt backbone, I guess for a small beer it is interesting but not a great example.

drabmuh, Nov 27, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

donkeyrunner, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

paulozanello, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Gambrinus1184
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.

Gambrinus1184, Oct 03, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

oglmcdgl, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

metter98, Dec 04, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

jlindros, Oct 07, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

mltobin, Dec 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

pperez38, Dec 06, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

dbrauneis, Dec 05, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ScottyC54, Mar 17, 2012
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Allagash Big Little Beer from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.