Hoppy Table Beer | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
While Hoppy Table Beer was inspired by the Belgian tradition of low-ABV, easily drinkable beers, it still occupies a hop-forward spot all its own. Brewed with our 2-row malt blend, Maris Otter malt, and oats, the beer is then spiced with a subtle addition of coriander. We ferment it with our house yeast for classic Belgian citrus aromas. Hoppy Table Beer is hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Comet, and Azacca hops, then dry hopped with more Comet and Azacca. A mildly hoppy aroma full of grapefruit springs from this straw-colored, light-bodied ale. Flavors of pine and stone fruit balance the beer’s clean, slightly bitter finish.

Added by zimm421 on 06-25-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,646
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
317
pDev:
6.98%
 
 
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10
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Photo of Mikexw
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wrigfen
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened this and the carbonation was so massive that it greatly overflowed the glass despite pouring only about half of the liquid allocation in. I had to wipe up probably a quarter of the beer. The color is a light straw color and very hazy with a 2 inch billowly and thick dense, off white head. I'm smelling an earthy saison yeast and grassy hops. The mouth is moderately carbonated and dry.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I will start by saying I basically got this for free. It's bottle dated Feb 8th 2017 and it's now Oct 2018, and it says drink fresh. So this is a year and a half old batch.
Poured from a 12oz bottle to a tulip, lightly chilled (48ish).
Pours a slightly hazy, mostly clear, very Belgian yellow, with a MASSIVE 3 finger fluffy, plumey head that is not going anywhere. Peaks of lacing like meringue glued to the walls of the glass. Crazy.
Nose is Belgian yeast, cascade hops, a touch of bubblegum, and a slightly off-putting cheesy/foot odor that may very well be a sign of this batch's age. I'm digging the whole aroma minus that cheesy foot. It's not a bretty-barnyard type funk. It's kinda icky. Maybe a slight candy grape element as well. She's still putting out head like your mom's daughter.
On the palate, I'm not getting the foot cheese, thank god. I'm getting everything I got on the nose. A conservative maltiness, cut through by the array of hops that give it just enough fruit and floral to keep it crisp and drinkable, while hardly imparting any bitterness at all. It's a Belgian pale ale. Everything you want in a Belgian golden ale and everything you want in a pale ale, perfectly crafted together. It is remarkably Belgian in character thanks to Allagash's stellar house yeast, yet delightfully, hoppy but also very gentle. This is incredibly drinkable. The bitterness is not lingering or overbearing in the slightest, but it's there just enough to keep it dry. I'm thinking it'd be better ever-so-slightly colder.
An, as-gentle-as-i-could-be re-pour yielded a now 4 finger head of foam. This has to be because of its age. I've never seen anything like it.
Overall, despite being an old bottle, I actually thoroughly enjoy this, which is good, because I have 8 more, but I will definitely be drinking all 8 of them, so hopefully that says enough. I will give this an overall rating of a 3.9 on the edge of a solid 4. I'd love to try a fresh sample.
It's not terribly complex, it's not world class, it's not an IPA or a Belgian golden ale... it's...well, it's a Hoppy (Belgian style) Table Beer by Allagash, and it's quite nice. Get it, if you're on the fence.

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Photo of peterpunk15
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cgwami
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of irkennedy
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great Great Beer

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter at Consume.

But what if my table isn't so hoppy? Regardless, this stuff pours a mostly clear brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises bright, citrus-y hops, mild grass, light cracker, and a hint of what may or may not be mild melon. The taste brings in more of the same, along with plenty of that Belgian yeast spiciness one would expect from the label's appellations. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very pleasant BPA, nothing too flashy in any direction, but decidedly drinkable. Works well with the quinoa and risotto cakes here, lemme tell ya...

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Photo of gcasher
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can
Pours translucent pale yellow with foamy white head. Bubbly lacing.
Smells tasty and slight citrus fruit hops. Taste follows aroma. Slight hoppy bitterness. Fresh and clean.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have decided to steer away from The CANQuest (tm) for a little while so that I might get rid of some of the remaining pesky bottles. There are fewer & fewer bottles that I buy these days so this is a finite number.

From the Bottle: "Notes of Stone Fruit with a Hoppy, Balanced Finish"; "Dry Hopped Belgian-style Ale".

I Pop!ped the cap & performed a slow pour into the awaiting glass since Allagash's beers tend to be bottle-conditioned & I wanted any lees to remain in place. It puffed up with two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a typical Belgian yeast funky mustiness along with a light spiciness. Mouthfeel was medium, but highly carbonated. The taste had a honeydew-like sweetness to go with the bready, musty yeasty flavor underlain by a light peppery spiciness. I was reminded of Duvel or Orval, but much lighter in terms of its flavor. Hmm. The yeast had clearly done its job as the finish was bone-dry with a lingering musty pepperiness. The cost was a little spendy, but I see where they are now putting it in CANs, so it bears revisiting.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful straw colored pour produces a glowing white, foamy 1.5 finger head which rapidly recedes leaving little surface cap & lacing. Aroma is pale malt and citrus on a Belgian yeast backbone. Taste is lemony citrus & pleasantly hoppy but a little thin leaving a bitter, chalky aftertaste. Light to medium bodied and lively with carbonation the brew is smooth with an oat like creaminess. An easy drinking, light, tasty beer.

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Photo of drtth
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The lightly hazed pale yellow beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” white head that recedes slowly to a thin cap and then a thin irregular island of foam on the surface while leaving a sheet of foam and lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates two arches and lots of small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas include bready pale malt, some spicy character, some light coriander and some citric, earthy hops.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some bready pale malt, some coriander, a bit of grapefruit zest, a touch of white pepper and some fruit and earthy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly prickly with the moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the malt sweetness and the spiciness begin to face leaving behind just a bit of grapefruit zest and some earthy bitterness that linger into the short dry ending.

Overall I’d say that this beer is a nice example of a Belgian Pale Ale that is reasonably complex, drinkable and enjoyable and I’d be happy to have another or use it as a Table Beer. It should go well with food and be a fine beer to have on offer for friends during a dinner with lots of good conversation to follow.

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Photo of Twal
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ShaneSeaver
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good everyday beer. Not for hop-lovers, but a good drink for those skeptical of hop-forward beers.

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Photo of Oldmancoyoteface
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite everyday beers. It’s clean hoppy finish goes great with a hot day or a flavorful meal. I think this is a sleeper and once people really start trying it it’s going to blow up.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJSFS
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mlatvakokko
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drichman14
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bdiiorio
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bump8628
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle that was bottled way back on 07/28/17. Sampled on March 25, 2018.

Milky straw yellow pour that appears unfiltered. The white foamy head is large at first and then fades.

Since it is so old I am probably not getting the best aromas that it has to offer. I can pick up hints of herbal and citrus notes with a toasted white bread backdrop.

Medium body.

Unfortunately this long after it was bottled, it has become more of a malt bomb with a tobacco-like and herbal quality to the taste. But it seems to finish clean. I'll try a fresher one next time.

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Hoppy Table Beer from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 317 ratings