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Allagash Big Little Beer - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Big Little Beer
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BA SCORE
87
very good

69 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-14-2011 17:18:40 | More by THECPJ
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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.2%

12-08-2011 22:12:56 | More by tjseveryday
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California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-06-2011 05:06:41 | More by pperez38
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-05-2011 01:48:00 | More by dbrauneis
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 19:51:45 | More by amphion1065
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 13:39:23 | More by metter98
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Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-03-2011 12:56:00 | More by 2dogbrew
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Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-28-2011 03:54:32 | More by mrshoes
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drabmuh

Maryland

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 23:15:32 | More by drabmuh
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Maine

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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New Hampshire

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Pennsylvania

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-19-2011 17:48:49 | More by mrandypandy
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-19-2011 03:21:23 | More by DoctorB2B
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Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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New York

5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-15-2011 03:46:42 | More by shufon
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Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-15-2011 00:35:39 | More by JAHMUR
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BelgianDip

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-14-2011 20:34:46 | More by BelgianDip
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-14-2011 19:02:10 | More by JRod1969
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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avalon07

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 13:20:45 | More by avalon07
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pmlondrigan

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 02:10:47 | More by pmlondrigan
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argock

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 14:46:52 | More by argock
Allagash Big Little Beer from Allagash Brewing Company
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