Pick Your Own | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pick Your Own begins as a sour red ale that’s aged in an oak foudre with Lactobacillus and Pediococcus for two years. After adding fresh, local raspberries, cherries, strawberries, and blueberries, we age it for an additional three months. The finished beer is a vibrant, ruby red with an aroma of ripe berries and vanilla. As you might expect, berries fill the flavor. Pick Your Own finishes dry with notes of bread crust and a lingering, tart juiciness.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,080
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
164
pDev:
8.08%
 
 
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57
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Trade:
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 164
Photo of ajm5108
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lots of dark berry expression - blackberry, elderberry, a little bit of raspberry - and the tart level isn’t too intimidating, the lacto compliments the acidity of the berry nicely. Finishes dry

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Photo of Benish
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: poured the color of fruit cocktail juice with very little head. No translucence.

Smell: The aromas were heavy on the jammy strawberries; it’s a mix of licorice Twizzlers and fresh picked strawberries. Very sweet, almost candy-like. No heavy tartness or funk at the nose, just very fruit forward.

Taste: immediate cherry juice upfront. Notable lactic tartness with heavy sweetness of the fruit juices. Then there were layers of strawberry and raspberries with a finishing dryness. Very sour throughout but it otherwise taste like a fruit cocktail! One could say say it has a little bit of a sour fruit candy thing going.

Mouthfeel: light bodied and very acidic in the mouth.

Overall: really love the fruit forward flavors in this one. Some heavily soured beers make if hard to discriminate the taste but this doesn’t disappoint.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, cork and caged, bottled 12/20/2018. Served in a stemmed glass.

Dark purple reddish body, one finger pink head, good retention, thin collar, not much lacing. Smell is massive berries. Wow. Strawberry is dominant here, along with a distinct raspberry tartness. Light cherry skin. Blueberry isn't really distinguishable even as it warms. Light graham cracker, mild-moderate acetic acidity, a bit of oak and vinous character, not much lactic acid- has more of an acetic acid character. Light hay. Not particularly funky- seems the fruit covers it up some. On the palate, this is an explosion of fruit flavours. The acetic acidity jumps up a notch to moderate, fairly acetic with just a bit of lactic acid to it. Strawberry is still present but to a lesser degree than the aroma suggests- it is more mild, with a bigger cherry and raspberry tartness to it that is more distinct than the nose would suggest. The blueberries don't really seem distinguishable still, however. A bit of grainy crackery malt, mildly damp oak, very light lemony funk. It all comes together pretty well to create a pleasing sensory experience on the palate. Medium lighter bodied, good carbonation, moderate acetic acidity that doesn't seem to be too bracing or bothersome- it is more of a fruit tartness I think, from the raspberries. Easy to drink, lots of fruit flavours here, not boozy or tough to drink in any way. Allagash keeps doing great things and I continue to look forward to seeing beers like this on the shelves when I travel to Chicago.

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Photo of JRed
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep red in body with off-white head. Conjuring up scents of cherries, blueberries, raspberries, vanilla. Sour flavors revolve around all of those berries and vanilla. Mouth puckering and delicious. Refreshing.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/20/18; drank 5/21/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy purple appearance.

A slow pour yielded a nice pink head; minimal lace.

A dark berry blast in the nose, with mild cream & faint oak notes.

Medium mouthfeel. Raspberry & mildly tart blueberry flavors up front; sweet strawberry, mild cream & faint oak notes on the finish.

A tasty, fruity treat that's not puckering but is pleasantly tart. I'd have another!

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Photo of hopley
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2016.

Look - nice clear ruby red, initial finger head but settled to nothing but kept a little swirl in the center as I drank it

Smell - berry smell - distinct but not over-powering

Taste - tart but not overly-so, very quenching, the berry mixture comes through perfectly, just as it should - and is not overpowered by the wild yeasts

Feel - medium, almost a bit thin, but just right - this is a delicate feel for a delicate beer so you don't want anything more than what you've got here

Overall - a really nice sipper and a pleasure to drink, glad I tried it.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

366 days old:
huuuuuudawgy. sahr. tort. bubbles big. could have a better head but the color makes up for it big time. the nose is spectacular- total funky berry explosion.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think it is very delicious but should be drunk slowly as it is quite tart.

Look: Semi-clear red, slightly brown, with a thin white head

Aroma: berries, some yeast and oak

Flavor: The flavor is berries, raspberries and cherries, perhaps the other berries too, as well as a lemon like tartness. There's a dry oak flavor and some yeast.

Feel: light body, carbonated

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Photo of arensburgh
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2018.

Ruddy color on the side of raspberry and red ale, quite clear. Carbonation is evident. The head foams up quick, a pale pinkish color, and dissipates fairly soon, but builds up quickly if swirled.

Smells like a malty vinegar-type sour, with strawberry and raspberry coming through the strongest, and blueberry less so.

The acidity isn't overwhelming, although I know it's a kind a lot of beer drinkers might not like if they're not used to sours. It remains fairly light for the type and definitely gives berry flavors, especially the more tart ones. The acidity comes through midway through the taste, and lingers into a light bitterness. While it's not a crusher, it's a beer that's hard not to keep tasting, exploring the flavors and the way everything balances together so well.

I really, really like this one. Goes up right next to the Une Année sours for me.

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Photo of colts9016
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My 1200 beer had to go with an Allagash. I received this beer from a recent BIF. The beer is 42 degrees and served in a tulip glass. Loosened the cork cage and pull the cork off the beer. The beer gave a nice champagne pop with without the fizziness. A gentle pour on the beer produced a two finger light reddish head. The head has poor retention and left no lacing on the glass. The head was airy and dissipated to nothing. The color of the beer is ruby red with mahogany hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with carbonation bubbles within.

A huge berry exudes from the beer. Next, citrus and sourness with a woody note. Lastly, I smell bread, wheat, grass, and a subtle sweetness.

A bright berry flavors with a sharp tartness. Next, I get the sourness with wood, bread, grass, funky, earthy, barnyard, and lemons.

The mouthfeel of the beer is fizzy and tart.

The body of the beer is light, high carbonation, and a medium finish.

This beer packs a punch with the berry flavor keeping balance with the beer. Tartness in the beer is assertive but not too overwhelming. The funky barnyard comes in to play after my mouth processed the berries and sourness. The beer is a quite a tasty wild ale a must try.

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Photo of Damian
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12.7 fl oz (375 ml) corked and caged bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Waterbury, VT
Served in a tulip
Date Bottled: Mar. 29, 2018

Gorgeous appearance. The crystal clear, ruby colored body was topped by an immensely tight and frothy, near three-finger tall, light pink crown that slowly dropped to thick, lasting collar. Large swaths of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was terrific. Super musty and fruit forward. Lots of funky barnyard character and ripe raspberry. Perhaps some cherry too. There was a crisp, dry, powdery yeastiness as well. Good amount of oaky barrel. As the beer sat, the raspberry intensified. More sweetness also came forth.

The flavor profile was much more tart and acidic than I anticipated. Red wine vinegar notes dominated. Raspberry was detectable here as well, but the berry notes were fairly subtle and tasted rather sour. Lots of lemony tartness and acidity in the center. More lemon and vinegar on the back end and in the finish. Hint of dry, oaky barrel too.

The mouthfeel was astonishingly light and fluffy. Super crisp and highly effervescent. Very champagne-like.

The appearance, aroma and mouthfeel on Pick Your Own was excellent, but the flavor profile seemed overly tart and acidic. Furthermore, the cherry, strawberry and blueberry notes were almost completely undetectable. Overall, this is a solid wild ale, except for the lack of fruit character.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Bert's
Slightly hazy dark pink with a bubbly white head that quickly recedes. Tart and puckering flavor and aroma with a beautiful mixed fruit component that hits this one out of the park. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Berries do indeed lead the charge, with the strawberry and blueberries especially running it. Very acidic, tastes like a fruit by the foot. or gummy. Feel is burning water, thin and super sour. Smell has the full array of berries more balanced. Ok but allagash has done better

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Photo of Budlum
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2018 bottling - Fruit forward with perfectly balanced yeast funk. No particular fruit flavor overpowers another with sweetness that is balanced by pleasant tartness. Feel is adequately dry, but could use a bit more carbonation. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Bright ruby red with nice lacing. Aroma is spectacularly complex with blend of funk and fruit. Taste matches aroma with alot of sweetness from the fruit, some moderate sour and funk. Feel is only place I can ding it. The greatest sours finish clean. This one has some residual stickiness/syrupiness in my throat. Overall its spectacular.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Had this beer on-tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, poured into a snifter glass. Had a dark reddish color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of cherries, strawberries, a funky quality, and wood.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of Belgian yeast (the funkiness abounds here), lots of different fruits (cherries, strawberries, raspberries, etc.), vanilla, and a bit of wood. The flavor isn't as sour as some wild ales, but that doesn't matter; it's incredibly vibrant and sweet. Well-balanced.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively and smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An extremely enjoyable, very well made wild ale. Drinkable.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is by far the best beer I’ve had from Allagash! Cloudy appearance...thin...wicked cherry scent...tart AF...dry smooth finish that leaves a stale cherry aftertaste. This is fantastic. This is like those mass produced bags of dehydrated cherries you find in the store.... but those good expensive ones with the fancy label. Shoulda bought more of this.

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Photo of bobv
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch creamy off white (very light pink) head over a dark pink/red body with nice lacing while head sticks around. Wonderful nose of all the fruit. Tart berry flavors that iust won't quit. Very nice mouthfeel and overall, another home run from Portland. Cheers!

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Photo of mkh012
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3 months ago.

The look is a pretty, deep purple-red with zero head and active carbonation visible.

The nose is red wine, black cherry, blue cheese, and lemon.

The taste mostly follows, with berry, lemon-lime, and bread crust. 5/10 sourness. Dry on the backend.

Typical Allagash sour ale in many ways. You could tell me this was Emile or Avance, for example, and I'd believe you. Not a bad thing ultimately, but the label promised a bit more fruit. Still an 8+/10 wild ale.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 fl. Oz. Bottle. Date Bottled: Mar 29 2018. Opened on 6/26/18. Cork and cage.

The deepest hue of Amber I've ever seen in a beer. Ruby red highlights. Very lively look. Silky smooth but bubbly, white foam has pink within it. A constant layer holds up.

A very rich and wild-berries style aroma.Mead, strawberry jam, dense and bright tropicals...the mega combo of wild style berries really pushes the limits. Think..Lambics on steroids. The aging, oakie effect is sweet and woody tones of vanilla and old pine wood.

Sour´wild -§ yeast >Wild berry tartness> effervescent dryness> earthy bitter and tart style flavors run wild on YOU!! Crispest possible dry bready maly thingy...balance and extreme edges.

Sooo damn lighy, crispy, jazzy dry but yet somewho smoooth as shiiiii.....t. Dtyeee finish. Very light. Easy breazy.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Vibrant red with light pink white head
S: Strawberry, cherry, pie crust, oak
T: Medium sour, cherry, blueberry, light sour raspberry, lemon
M: Light
O: The berries dominate but I'd prefer a slightly dialed down acidity

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.

A: An array of berries, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, light blueberries and vanilla, coupled with a moderately light sourness.

A: Bright red, clear, with a moderate uniform head with adequate retention, light lacing in the glass.

T: Bright berries upfront, moderate raspberry, cherry, strawberry, light blueberry, coupled with light bready malts, and moderate lingering sourness through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and light but pleasing acidity.

O: Solid the beer has a great berry aroma and flavor with a moderate lingering sourness.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks goes out to larryi86 for this brew.

12.7 oz. Bottle
Caged/Corked
Date Bottled: Nov. 23, 2016
ABV: 6.2%

Been Awhile Since My Last Allagash Brew!

Poured into a tulip a very nice clean/clear ruby red color, very nice carbonation, with a very quick pink/foamy head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with lots of cherries, raspberries, strawberries, sour/tart, nice funkyness, nice oakyness. The taste is really nice, malty, yeasty, with a very nice touch of cherries, raspberries, strawberries, tart, pretty nice funkyness, with some nice oak. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very nice brew. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks Larry!

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Photo of larryi86
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, dated 11/23/16, poured into a flute

A- A clear ruby red with a two finger pink head.

S- Sour, cherries, raspberries, touch of strawberries and blueberries, some vinager and oak.

T- Sour, cherries, raspberries, some hints of strawberries, touch of tart blueberries, some oak and hints of vanilla.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- Another great fruit sour from Allagash, worth seeking out!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer rating # 2450.

375ml C&C bottle with silver cage cap that has the stamped logo an Allagash leaf.

Bottled on date of 12/21/2015.

poured into wine stem.

Appearance: Dark red body with a nice full finger of head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Sweet and tart mixed berry jam medley. This is very fruit forward. A light Flanders Red malt profile to add more sweetness. Hint of acidity as well in the form of green apples and lemons.

Taste: This one has some nice pucker to it. 6 out of 10 level of sourness might even be pushing a 7. The nose did not hint at this beer being this sour and it is right at that spot where it is just sour enough, but not too sour. The nose promised a fruit forward sour beer and the taste is loaded with a nice berry medley that is very jammy. Just a light bit of Allagash's signature funk with some dry earthy oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Adequate carbonation and this is got the perfect level of dryness that is more than semi-dry and less than being overbearingly dry. The mouthfeel is near perfect.

Overall: Pick Your Own is the 29th different Allagash beer that I have drank / reviewed and I gotta say that Pick Your Own is a top 3 Allagash beer for me. Pick Your Own is better than most of the Allagash fruited coolship sour beers for my personal tastes.

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