Sixteen Counties | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We named this beer to honor the rich tradition of farming in the sixteen counties of Maine. We brew the beer with malted Maine-grown barley, unmalted Maine-grown red wheat, and Maine-grown organic oats.

Sixteen Counties has a bright copper hue with aromas of lemon rind, flowers, and candied grapefruit. The first sip opens with herbal hop notes, wheat cracker, and citrus and ends with a balanced, dry finish.

Added by DinoBlueShoes on 11-08-2014

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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Jason
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Tight bubbled lace meets a deep amber hued brew that carries a faint haze. Little bit of brett funk in the nose with some lush fresh hop resin. Smooth and crisp, lots of malt layers that open up with each sip. Fresh hop flavors throughout, resin and wild flowers to start then more of an orangey piney flavor. Little bit of Hawaiian sweet bread and tropical fruit in the finish. Wow, Allagash needs to do more fresh hop beers ... this one is a winner.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 10/6/16 opened on 7/30/17

An ode to sustainable farming in Maine.

A bright golden-copper color. Gyser-style streaming bubbles in the middle rush up to create a rather dense and creamy white foam cap. The bubbles continue to rush and create new foam coverage throughout the session, thanks to the lively, bottle conditioned pitched yeast.

The aroma has, sun dried golden wheat and oats, a funky, sweet N Sour yeast, a pilsner-like, honey sweet malt and light, sweet tropical fruits from the hops and perhaps the yeast. Very complex nose. Later on it gives off some serious herbs and spice racK effects.

The mouthfeel is exceptional. Finally Allagash delivers a Belgian-style ale that actually hold up to the real deal authentic Belgians....Farmhouse? Tripel? Perhaps a bit of both ?
combined with locally sourced ingredients from Maine! ....It's light, lively, lush and smooth in the middle with a slightly dry finish. Just perfect. This liquid just dances on the palate.

The malty complexity is simply awesome, pilsner flavored with a dash of wild honey but stays light and crisp. The yeast is bold and very complex, sweet N sour, funky earth and slightly fruity. The hops are very grounding with earthy, and slightly fruity notes. The local Maine red wheat and oats adds amother level to the complexity and lush mouthfeel. The wheat and oats give this an otherworldly earthy flavor that is just perfect. ...Stylistically, this one falls under Farmhouse/Saison for me.

Highlights and overall effect: The unique and complex yeast strain flavor's. Bottle conditioning. The overall depth of complexity in all aspects with a most wonderful mouthfeel. The adjuncts add an X factor of WOW!!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of chiefbender
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyLarue
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mctizzz
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thick white head.

Smell: Almost no smell to it, scarce citrus notes.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of citrus with cloves.

Overall: Good IPA, taste more like a hefeweizen or a Belgian White than an IPA. But it was good, and I would not turn it down if it was offered to me again.

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3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale gold hued with a substantial cloudiness. There's a half inch of creamy off white on top. Moderate lacing is present. Sweet light candy syrup and light Belgian malt lead the way in the nose. The taste is as advertised in the nose with the exception of much less sweetness and actually what seems to be a light bit of coriander or orange peel in the finish. The mouth is very dry, crisp, and refreshing.

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4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of christinelovesbeer
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MontfortBrew
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcbroome
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skabiski
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Allagash Brewing Company "Sixteen Counties"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 11/29/17 09:35" and sampled on 06/07/18
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what is this? Let me try to figure it out without reading the label. It's poured a very hazy yellow gold body beneath a massive head of off-white foam. It smelled of Belgian yeast as I was pouring it, and upon closer inspection there's some grainy, seemingly wheaty malt, and what I though was coriander but might just be spicy/mineralish yeast. Well it certainly looks and smells nice. ... ... ... I've been waiting for the head to settle for some time now, at least 3 or 4 minutes, and it's barely dropped - that's impressive! OK, I can't wait, I've got to taste it... it's definitely spicy and phenolic, but also grainy and fruity. I can't tell if there's extra spice added or if it's just from the yeast, and at this point I'm now guessing that it's a saison. Let me see... no, no mention of saison on the label, just "golden-hued" ale. It also mentions "grapefruit notes" but I'm not finding that, although there is some citrus to it, and I think, even some banana. It's also quite floral, and that lingers in the dry finish along with some mild spiciness. Looking back I still have a solid surface covering of foam, although thin, but the lacing wasn't nearly as good as the head retention. As it warms the floral character is picking up even more, and I'm getting some pear and tropical fruit, maybe some orange. The malt is nicely balanced, and pretty wide in flavor as well. A firm bitterness balances it. In the mouth it's medium bodied leaning towards medium-light, and delicately effervescent with a pleasant caress of the tongue. Conclusion - I don't know what this is stylistically, but that's OK because it's definitely Belgian in character and the Belgians don't really adhere to styles. In fact, served blind I'd absolutely argue that this came from Belgium - it's that good. I'm definitely going to look for more of this for the summer, although I feel it's really perfect for all year 'round. Definitely worth trying.
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Photo of avisong
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mindfuldave
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wroywel
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjstacker
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjones5045
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zimm421
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy, translucent straw with a big pillowy white head. Very long lasting retention, and sheets of lacing.

S: Green banana, white bread, dough, vanilla, pear, lemon bars, tart pineapple, grass.

T: Wonderful melding of citrusy hops and Belgian wheat character. Lemon oil/lemon cake, pear, and banana mix with grapefruit, white peach, and pineapple. Soft, wheaty, white bread/doughy malt forms a creamy, solid malt backbone. The back end dries out with some light hay and coriander, and then dry grapefruit pith note lingers. Finishes clean and lightly dry with alcohol completely hidden.

F: Well-rounded, well carbonated and bordering on creamy. Thins out a touch near the finish, but stays lightly dry and clean.

O: A very well made, flavorful Belgian pale ale. Highly recommended.

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