Elgood's Coolship | Elgood and Sons Ltd

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Elgood's CoolshipElgood's Coolship

Brewed by:
Elgood and Sons Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by emerge077 on 04-12-2014

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 92
Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a a slightly dark amber, with no head, or no lacing. It looks basically still.

Smells like oak, earth, vinegar, and some mild fruit.

This tastes kind of woodsy and weird, and not in an actually good way, unfortunately. It's got a fairly intense vinegary flavor, along with a kind of damp cedar thing, and a kind of weird herbal taste that's hard to place.

This is medium bodied, fairly dry, with barely any carbonation.

I can't really recommend this one.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap into tulip:
Head was thin, but pour was to the top. Watching the orange-tinged white head dissolve into the glass, leaving soapy bubbles collecting spottily around the edges. The beer itself is golden orange, definitely more the latter, hazy on initial pour, ending up clear (also ends with no head to speak of).

Nose definitely leans sour: just starting to turn overripe tart fruit is the impression I get initially. I actually get some sour melon, and a hint of wood in some whiffs (the former more presently)

Taste is lemony sour to start. There's a bland watermelon like "flavor" behind the sour opening - not really sure that explains it well, watery but not without flavor. I actually notice that I get this if I keep the beer to the sides of my tongue, ha. Back to the sour notes: lemon initially, but eventually there is also a wine-like taste but more tart than that; it's not vinegary - but just a wine that sat a day too long after opening. In some sips, the lightly prickly, tickling carbonation combines with the sour to give an impression of sour peaches.

Moderately sour offering in my mind, a fairly neutral flavored tart beer. Straightforward and tasty.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Note: Coolship #3

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint honey + medium yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of unripe berries, white grapes, apple cider vinegar, and lemon citrus. Light to moderate amounts of tartness in the aroma.

T: Overall this beer has light to moderate amount of sourness with moderate flavors of unripe berries and white grapes. There is a light flavor of tart lemon citrus and moderate flavors of apple cider vinegar. Minimal amount of bitterness present which fade away almost instantly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: This beer is quite approachable for someone not too into sours - and is the first "English Lambic" that I have come across. Nice complexity to the flavors and aromas of this beer and pretty easy to drink. Paired nicely with my lunch.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hopcat in Madison, WI.

Overall I thought this one was very good...had never heard of them before. Very tart, especially in the taste, with sour fruits, light funk, oak, and fruity malts. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of Mikus
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Balanced lactic sourness with an acetic tinge. Clean and refreshing offering and a nice change of pace. Interested in looking up the 'coolship' info and finding more Elgood brews!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light amber color with little head. Aroma of tart unsweetened vinegar and hints of unripe berry. In the taste, unripe fruit, vinegar and lemon. Quite acidic but nice. Refreshingly tart, though near puckering. Has a smooth, light to medium carbonated feel. Overall, a quality sour ale, a coolship done right. Still not at all a replica of Belgian lambic, it's more like a sour brown. It is more palatable than any Unblended Lambic I've had, however. Id have this again.

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Photo of bschinelli
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm just going to say this was an experience. Poured a light hazy straw color in the flute (6oz) with very light, white tight bubbles. Lot's of vinegar and sourness in the nose, almost overpowering. Sour vinegar on the tongue, almost like wine vinegar. Not bad, just not great. Lots of bitterness on the tongue gives a puckering mouthfeel.

Overall, not bad. Couldn't do more than the 6 oz., though.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.82/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

On tap at the Federal Taphouse in Lancaster PA. Flat appearance with the fruit and sour hitting the nose. A lot of bang in the taste with pucker to the end that has you going right back for another sip. Outstanding sour that I will hope to sample again someday.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at POPE, Philly, PA

Served in a goblet, a honey-amber colored liquid, flat, no head whatsoever, no carb, thus no lacing whatsoever. Looked like a glass of juice. In the nose...whew...anyone have some fries [or rather, chips] to go with all this vinegar??? Acetic acid overload, and just about nothing else aroma-wise. In the taste, another acetic twinge up front, very acidic, apples, cherries, some lacto tartness, cork. Medium body, chewy, fairly drinkable, but I really wouldn't go back for a second pour of this one. I'm not sure I'd call this a lambic.

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Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bangers & Lace, quick review from written notes.

Murky light reddish brown color, thin film of foam across the surface, minimal spotty lace.

Unique aroma, slightly acetic, sharp apple cider vinegar. Definitely more Flanders inspired though the brewer calls it a lambic.

Very tart and puckering, verging on sour, definitely a big cider vinegar component, almost one note, though it's pleasant enough. Dry finish, light carbonation, acetic. Kicks the salivary glands into overdrive, made a good apertif for a few snacks.

Overall this is closer to an unblended Oud Bruin or something, nothing close to traditional Belgian lambic, but enjoyable in its own right.

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Elgood's Coolship from Elgood and Sons Ltd
3.84 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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