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Allagash Big Little Beer - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Big Little Beer
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87
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%


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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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 01:43:35 | More by ChugginOil
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 13:33:16 | More by rfgetz
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 21:55:19 | More by Thorpe429
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mdaschaf

Washington

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2011 17:02:16 | More by mdaschaf
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 03:17:38 | More by ehammond1
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Billolick

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

Serving type: growler

03-15-2011 03:10:27 | More by Billolick
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2011 14:51:35 | More by gfreed
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paulozanello

Brazil

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 23:39:00 | More by paulozanello
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 14:48:35 | More by NeroFiddled
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 03:03:19 | More by DefenCorps
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 15:34:55 | More by oglmcdgl
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 09:16:28 | More by BARFLYB
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2011 15:13:41 | More by ToasterChef
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 15:08:08 | More by lordofthewiens
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 01:38:00 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Allagash Big Little Beer from Allagash Brewing Company
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