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): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This sour red aged in one of our oak foudres for 2 years. After that we added fresh, local raspberries, cherries, strawberries and blueberries and aged it an additional 3 months in barrels. Wow, the color and flavor on this beer is crazy! The berry blend dominates the flavor with raspberry leading the charge. Pick Your Own is full bodied, finishes dry with notes of bread crust and leaves a lingering juiciness.

Added by MasterSki on 11-24-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,312
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
138
pDev:
8.37%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
26
Trade:
4
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Photo of arensburgh
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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 unclekeith
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of broadway848
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickSchimmel
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer is ridiculous!!!

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Photo of fosters9
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of colts9016
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damian
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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 dexterk1
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnnniee
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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 peterpunk15
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
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 oline73
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jheimbigner
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregSemenza
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dfhhead25
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLK7299
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of TheWolf
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Pick Your Own from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 138 ratings