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Allagash House Beer - Allagash Brewing Company

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 249
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 23.92%
Wants: 30
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 10-05-2012

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 249
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

part of me expected this to be bretty and funked out like crazy, but i was sort of glad it wasnt. they do enough of that awesome stuff and its cool to have something different from them. this one is a belgian pale all the way, glad to see it listed here as such.its denser golden honey colored with some chill haze on it and a bubbly thick head, just off white, and lasting really nicely, patient looking beer. it smells somewhere between a belgian and a saison on the nose, a little farmhouse element to it, largely probably coming from some wheat that must be in this, but also from the yeast, which has some bubblegum notes to it in the smell, but is quite tame and more herbal frankly than anything else, almost like hay or tea or something. the flavor carries over almost all of the elements from the nose, but it adds a couple too. the most obvious are the hops, which are not bashful in the slightest, but quite pronounced on the tail end and grassy bitter bitey as well, working well with the yeast and grain happening here, this beer feels rustic and raw intentionally, less refined than so many, and sort of left to its own devices which i like a lot. i love the low abv, it tastes and feels a lot bigger, like it could be a baby tripel or something, really really well done, although at the end of the day probably not all that different from a lot of others in its field, its just special because this is an american product. you wouldnt know it without reading the label, thats for sure.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Sampled on May 1, 2015.

Golden yellow pour with modest white head.

Aroma is toasted malts and a vague will yeast sourness. Clean and crisp.

Medium chewy body.

A good toasted bread flavor with a hint of wild yeast tartness. But fairly easy drinking.

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Photo of Etan
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From valdieu2.

Pours a pale hazy blonde. Nose is a bit green and hoppy with mild creamy esters. Taste is light stone fruit, slight bitter hippy edg, coriander. Nice slightly hoppy BPA.

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Photo of illpass78
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasting glass on tap at the brewery.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy straw. Fair amount of lacing on way down. Nice carbonation visible. White head.

Aroma: Some clove, some spice. Mostly faint.

Taste: Some apple and pear flavors are more forward in the taste than the nose. Some lemon, too. Spices are more faint than in nose.

Mouthfeel: Sessionable depth. Basic pale ale feel.

Overall: Nice easy brew. Not as complex as some of Allagash's offerings, and certainly not a "big" beer, but it doesn't try to be or have to be.

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Photo of Ri0
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Hazy light straw with a white 1 finger head, good retention. Thin ring and nice amounts of webbed lacing on the glass.

S - Belgian yeast clove and fruit aromas, lemon zest. Light cracker malt aromas along with minor pepper/spice.

T - Mild and grassy to start with Belgian yeast and light cracker. Fruit notes of pear and apple mixed with a touch of lemon zest. Finish has some clove and spice.

M - Light bodied, perfect carbonation and a dry finish.

O - A nice representation of a BPA.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

Pour is transparent golden amber with a tight off white head. Nose is strong, candied sugar and farmhouse yeast with notes of grain, lemon, and a faint pepper and grassy hop. Taste is also sweet, candied sugars are a little lighter with a touch of grain, candied sugar comes behind with farmhouse yeast, light pepper, lemon and some grassy hops through the finish. Body is light, a hint syrupy, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle courtesy of Ineedabeerhere (Thanks Joe!). Served in an Allagash chalice. Pours a dull orange with a slight haze to the clarity and a tight, 3/4 inch bright white head. Nose is a bit subdued - suggestions of the Allagash house yeast strain as well as a hint of tangerine. Taste consistent with nose with a light bitterness at the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a consistent, even carbonation. Overall, a simple and drinkable BPA - too bad it's brewery only; I'd love to have a log on-tap.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sampled with my friend Stopper. Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter, the beer is a clear gold color with thin bleached white head of 1 cm that fades to a thin edge layer quickly.
Aroma is mild grainy malt with a bit of herbal hops and hints of general sweet fruitiness. Mild all around and very easy to drink.
Average to light body with fine tingly carbonation.
The flavor is similar to the nose with a bit of caramel and grain that gives to a bit of herbal hop that finishes with some drying after each sip. no hint of the low booze and not an terribly complex beer but certainly interesting and a good candidate for session.
Glad to have tried this beer.

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Photo of Omnium
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes at the brewery on 10-17-13

A - Hazed straw yellow with one finger of fizzy white, medium lacing.
S - Light pear, citrus zest, wheat, a hint of spice.
T - Very nice balance, some light bread malt, a refreshing fruit portion, just the right hint of spice.
M - Crisp and refreshing.
O - Excellent sessionable beer, good flavor.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Allagash House Beer pours a slightly hazy gold with a moderate sized, rocky white head on top. The foam fades slowly and leaves a sticky netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is spicy with citrus notes blended in. Orange and lemon citrus, pepper, clove, ripe fruit, and bread are all present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor is more subtle than the aroma. Lemon citrus and light fruit (apple/pear) are present, but not as strong. It's bready with some light spice notes at the end. Finishes dry and mildly tart with a taste of Belgian yeast. Once gone the bread and yeast notes linger on the palate.

This is an easy drinking well balanced beer.Tasty and not overpowering with Belgian yeast character.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 3/10/13, cheers MasterSki and Sean9689 for the bottle

A hazy golden orange that gets lighter towards the edge of the glass, enough clarity to see a few bubbles but it looks pretty still, a finger of foam falls quickly leaving a single thick ring of foam

S citrus, herbal notes, honey, bread crust and dry corn flakes, strange Belgian yeast, faint apricot and spicy hops

T fruity and spicy, much like the nose but some hay replaces the corn flakes

M light bodied and well carbonated almost fluffy, spicy grains linger

O I could drink a few of these with no issues, light and refreshing with enough going on to prevent boredom for ages

would make a great summer session brew, a fair bit going on in something I could drink by the gallon

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Just bought my first rack, love the wooden case, it should make hauling my homebrew into hunting camp much easier! $60 total, $20 for the case and $40 for the beer, subsequent refills are $40 total.

This beer pours with a very nice head, small bubbles and very frothy. It lingers for quite some time before finally subsiding to just a thin pale-white coating. Carbonation is fairly apparent and the beer itself is a hazy, dark yellow (color of late august straw).

The nose is very yeast-forward, it has hints of cloves and some spice (I can't quite put my finger on it.

This is the most heavily hopped BPA that I have ever had. The hops are bitter though, the hop addition must be very early in the boil and of low AA. Its a nice combination, the beer finishes fairly dry too. Once the hop bitterness fades there is a residual taste of yeast, not too much, but enough to notice. The overral effect is a slightly bitter, low ABV, session bear with nice clove notes.

A lovely beer (and a gorgeous wooden case) this will be purchased again.

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Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Allagash tasting room.

Beer is clear golden in colour with a moderately-sized white head. Decent retention, good lacing.

Nose is a bit faint, but nice. Pear, yeast and bread.

Taste contains yeast, light fruit, and is fairly bready. A bit of spice and notable grapefruit hop flavours. Moderately bitter. A strongly hopped Belgian session ale?

Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Goes down easily.

Overall, quite a nice beer, especially at the low ABV. A very nice session beer.

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Photo of millionsuns
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I could drink this stuff all day and dream about it all night. It's not a slap-yo-mama beer, but it's my go-to beer for any occasion. From nerds to novices, nobody I've shared it with hasn't told me how great it is.

Poured into an Austin Street pokal from a 12oz bottle.

A: Straw with lattices of foam stretching across the top after head dissipation, leaving similar latticed lacing on the glass. Hazy early sunset in a glass.

S: Smells like a slightly sweet, spicy BPA - inviting, but nothing crazy. Don't sense the hops at all - just the grains and the signature Allagash yeast. I'd know that anywhere.

T/M: This is the thing: A rush of grains gives way to a summery sweetness and complexity that lingers til your next sip. This is no ordinary house beer. This is what the brewers at Allagash drink while they're working, and they don't know how to make anything ordinary. The bottle's simple label belies an herby, tropical/bubblegum, wheaty wash that covers the entire palate with fine Belgian goodness.

O: Available only at the brewery, and only by the case, and at $40 for the case, it's like the deal of the century. Stupendous straight from the bottle, anyone from the Portland area should consider this their new no-brainer house beer.


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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz beer poured into an allagash chalice.

Quick review as I sip this with a friend.

Hazy golden appearance with a frothy white head. Beautiful nose- nice marriage of hops and yeast. Coarse jab of herbs, earthy leaves, and citrus peel. Banana, tropical esters, and traces of white pepper. Taste is much the same, but with a little more spice action. Nice witbier-esque frothy mouthfeel. A great beer overall. Pleasantly yeasty with some fun and coarse hop action. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of stakem
2.81/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a matching Allagash cervoise. The brew appears a hazed golden with lighter yellow around the edges. A finger of frothy off-white cap displays solid retention with support from rising bubbles. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves a full wall of patchy lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma has that spicy belgian yeast aspect that is earthen with a bit of clove. Some grassy character to herbal and almost vegetative. As it warms up, it gets a bit phenolic and cheesy. Some smells bring out almost plastic and mineral aspects that are not terribly inviting.

The flavor reiterates the aromatics. Spicy belgian yeasty quality with hints of grass and herbs almost more vegetative than anything else. As the brew warms up, it gets a bit sulfuric with almost a plastic note. This brew tastes quite disjointed and slightly off.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. When hearing this was a new Zealand hopped brew, I sort of had a level of expectation. What this ended up being was a bit of an awkward belgian style ipa but with the bitterness well restrained. I think it is a muddled mess and not something I would want to drink in any quantity. I do appreciate the chance to try it though.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy, bright amber color. Standard bubbly head. Lots of ringy lacing.

S-Sweet and yeasty with a nice noble hop presence. It has blatant Belgian influence but its not a yeast bomb which I enjoy.

T-Bubblegummy and spicy with some grainy sweetness. Stronger than advertised noble hoppiness. It all works well together.

M-House Beer=super drinkable and appeasing upon the tongue.

O/D-A tasty brew. Exceeded my expectations. Not the biggest Belgian Pale guy but this one is legit.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to scott for tossing this one my way, been dying to try it. Enjoyed from an allagash glass. Look is honey orange with a thin creamy foamy head that hung around. The head moved as a unit and didnt leave any lacing when i.swirled the glass. Smell is soft grassiness with hints of clove and bubblegum. Definitely a belgian pale. Taste is much spicier than the nose suggests. Peppery with subtle fruit notes. Surprising bitterness on the finish. All in all very cool to try this beer, but not something i would chase down but a great unoffensive beer that could be enjoyed by beer novices and seasoned tickers alike. Great house beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery tasting room. The beer is a bright, yellow-gold coloring with a filmy, sparse, surface coating of off-white head. Nose of citrus hops, with a subtle Belgian yeast funk and spice. Flavors are light, with a bready backbone holding a bitter, resiny hops overlay. Citrus highlights throughout, with a toasty character throughout. The aftertaste is slightly spiced and citrusy, with a clean, slightly dry finish. Very solid, very drinkable brew.

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Photo of JRed
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden with white head that stays around. Smells of funky flowers, lemons, wet grass, and hay. Tastes of funky sunflowers, lemon sweetness, hay. Light bodied with medium carbonation. A great session with funk character. Really fuggin nice in the summer heat.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a tasting snifter at Northdown pre-Cubs vs. Cards.

A - White foam settles to wisps, a thin collar, and minimal lacing. Lightly hazed orange body.

S - Orange citrus, stone fruits, some earthy and slightly musty yeast character. Bready and mildly sugar malts come out as the beer warms up. The yeast character is complex and seems far more 'authentic' that most American Belgians.

T - Very light in taste, with a bit of estery Belgian yeast, bright orange, and some bready and lightly sweet malts.

M - Light in body, with mild, lower carbonation. Pretty clean on the palate and perhaps a touch too watery, even at 4.5%.

D - A very easy-drinking Belgian table beer that is one of the most convincing American examples I've tried. I could imagine drinking numerous glasses of this at a beer garden somewhere.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by mixylplik3, thanks for the opportunity Matt!
Pours a lightly hazy medium golden color with a huge beige head that persists forever. Aromas of citrus clove and pepper with a hint of honey like sweet maltiness. The flavor is a sweet malty concoction with a fair amount of clove and pepper with bits of orange and light tart citrus rounding it out. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet light phenolic mouthfeel. Nice beer, not really my favorite style, but better than some others I've tried.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12. oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin later. It is s pale orange color with clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Slightly sweet and bready malts, tangerine, and spice.

Taste: Hops are a bit more noticeable in the taste. Tart lemon flavor and lingering bitterness like the style traditionally should be.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and tingly bitterness.

Overall: I scored this bottle from a friend when I was up in Maine a few weeks ago. Never seen it before and only sold through the brewery store from what I was told. Cool stuff.

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thank to Tim for sharing. Poured into a Kate the Great tulip, reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a straw hue with a light fizzy head that fades relatively quickly.

S - Light funk and just a flash of rubbery yeast. Good grassy, floral hops and light lemons.

T - Hoppy quafable beer here. Faint bready yeasty malts with european grassy floral hops. Light bitterness.

M - Drinkable, lightly carbed. Stuff goes down incredibly easy.

O - Overall this was a very tasty beer. super drinkable, crisp, definitely lives up to its name of being a house beer/table beer. Well done.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Allagash House Beer
12oz, no date/code.

Cloudy, glowing orange. Fluffy white head retains at a finger. (3.5)

Aroma is yeasty, earthy and a touch spicy. More hops would be nice, seeing as the yeast character is not particularly pleasing. (3)

Dry and pretty bitter. Spicy, peppery and decidedly phenolic. Basically follows the aroma with a touch more complexity. Bread, hay, straw, wood, leaf. Slightest bit of lemon. Clean, no esters. Rindy bitterness really builds up on the palate. Medium carb, semi-watery feel, refreshing. (3.5, 3.5)

A decent Belgian pale. I like the dryness, but I really think it could use some more fruit character and hops. I don't think the Allagash White yeast strain carries over particularly well to this style, though it's still a nice beer. (3.5)

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Allagash House Beer from Allagash Brewing Company
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