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Allagash Big Little Beer - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 71
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
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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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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...

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +5%
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).

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Photo of ehammond1
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Allagash Big Little Beer from Allagash Brewing Company
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