Hoppy Table Beer
Allagash Brewing Company

Hoppy Table BeerHoppy Table Beer
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Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #10
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,824
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 6.73%
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
325
From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  10
Gots
  75
SCORE
89
Very Good
Hoppy Table BeerHoppy Table Beer
Notes: 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.
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Photo of New_placemat
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light golden yellow with bright white head. A very balanced beer in terms of hop aroma and bitterness, it's a wonderfully refreshing ale with a flavor that doesn't fade quickly but also doesn't overstay it's welcome like some other hoppy beers.

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New_placemat from Pennsylvania, May 02, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer could not have a more apt name. Akin to a Champagne, it's dry, hoppy and works well with just about anything you decide to pair it with. Carbonation is off the charts. Not sure I'd actively seek out, but if I saw it available as a lunch beer, I wouldn't hesitate to order.

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Bird_Priest from New York, Feb 19, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a single bottle as part of a mixed six-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for about eleven dollars. Have had, but not reviewed brew from these guys before. Do not seek out, as not a fan of their more popular styles. Bottled-on date of 7/18. Given the age, this was pretty good, would like to try fresh.

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brewme from Massachusetts, Feb 15, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.
Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch white head over a slightly hazy, straw colored body with some sticky lacing. Nose of hops, bread, slight citrus, and even slighter coriander. Taste of a bit of spice, a bit of mild citrus, a bit of hops, and all brought together by the always satisfying Allagash yeast. Well done. Nice feel and overall, go check it out for something a little different. Cheers!

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bobv from Vermont, Nov 26, 2018
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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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Franziskaner from Missouri, Oct 13, 2018
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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 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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TMoney2591 from Illinois, Aug 23, 2018
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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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gcasher from Pennsylvania, Aug 18, 2018
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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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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Aug 18, 2018
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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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drtth from Pennsylvania, Aug 12, 2018
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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 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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puboflyons from New Hampshire, Mar 25, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at The Thirsty Moose in Portsmouth, NH!

Just what I had hoped for from a Table Beer. Properly hopped, slightly spicy and funky, with an outstanding feel and body. Top notch offering from Allagash, as expected.

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Gatch from Rhode Island, Feb 19, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a huge and Rocky head. Light stone fruit and citrus are the top notes. Very yeast-driven too. Dusty. Coriander and pepper, briefly. Grain bill keeps things very light and dry with a crackery taste and round fluffy/creamy feel. Mild astringency from the hops. Hops lend some citrus and orange as well before going earthy and piney into the finish. A hop forward and crushable Belgian table beer. Tasty.

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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts, Jan 07, 2018
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice, white foamy head that is slightly creamy but dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a clear pale gold. It looks nice and solid but nothing mind shattering.

The smell is fairly simple but still good. The beer has a good clean grapefruit bitterness contrasting well with the fruitier Belgian yeast and spice notes. The oat note isn't anywhere to be found

The taste is good. It has as good moderate grapefruit bitterness upfront with a lighter Belgian yeast note. The oats finally make an appearance but are still pretty faint, yet lingers on alongside the hop notes.

The feel is good. It's a light bodied beer that has a fairly dry finish to it.

Overall, it's a pretty good table beer and worth getting.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter from the 12 oz bottle via Zid----Cheers!
This ale pours a lightly cloudy pale yellow with a nice head of white
foam that dissipates to a thick ring, a thin layer, and shows some very
nice sudsy lacing. Nose of light pine, subtle citrus notes, strong herbal
hops, and soft grain notes. Flavors nail the profile of a hopped table beer
with soft grain and sweet honey touched malts awash in light peach and orange
zest. Light grapefruit and subtle coriander spice falls nicely on the rear of the taste
and finishes with subtle cracker notes. Excellent mouth feel; light body, medium
high carbonation, and a lightly dry finish.

Overall, a solid representation of a Belgian table ale with an American flair.

Cheers

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle tried at Ladyface Alehouse. Bottled 5/10/17.

Pours a really nice hazy straw yellow, thin head of foam, thin lace.

Aromas are light but pleasant. Coriander, citrus, little hints of grain.

Bitter, light, but super crisp. Floral, bitter, sharp hops. You get some yeast and spice to balance it all out. Very complex beer for being so light.

Light bodied, crisp, a little dry, seltzery carb. Very good summer beer.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Dec 03, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Robust session beer. Pours a hazy light straw yellow color with a huge bubbly/frothy head. Excellent retention and thick blobs of lacing all over the pint glass. Aroma is grapefruit, lemon, a little coriander, malt but very little yeast or other spices. Plenty strong for such low abv. Flavor is similar to aroma but there is a distinct grassy hoppiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. The citrus, maltiness and grassy hops blend very well. A good summer beer.

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JayQue from Virginia, Nov 09, 2017
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold with a slight haze in color with a thumb's worth of head. The head breaks moderately and there is some decent lacing. Smell is hops and then some malts and spices. Taste is hop forward but yet a little mellow, citrus, some tropicals, and then mild malts. The feel is thinnish and the carbonation is medium.

A definite win on this one. Easy to drink and low ABV make this a no brainer for summer afternoons on the dock or at the beach.

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polloenfuego from Ontario (Canada), Oct 10, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - normal looking beer
Smell - Very Belgium hoppy scent
taste - less hoppy and belgium but still there and good
feel - good body and carbonation
overall - still fantastic!

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Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Greenish yellow color with a definitive haze. Moderate, but lasting, head. Some streaks and spots on the glass for lace.

The smell of a freshly opened hop pellet container dominates the nose. Light pale malt in the background.

holding the liquid on my tongue, I get taste of dry, barely malted barley along with the feel of effervescence. The body is thin which makes this feel like a light beer. The flavor, however, is full with a deceptively potent malt base. The hop is straight up bitter without any of the alternate flavors that often come from some of the more popular varieties.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Sep 09, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOD 2/22/17. Clear golden pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of citrus over classic Allagash Belgian yeast notes. The base is subtly sweet and allows the citrus notes to flourish. Orange and pineapple with just a touch of zest arrive first and are underscored with a touch of lemon. Next comes a note of coriander and very light phenolic clove. The spice aspects tend to remain underneath.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that has a bit of oiliness at the end. The carbonation / body balance is outstanding. The middle is a mild burst of effervescence while the finish is prickly and finely bubbled.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding. For a session beer, this packs world class flavor intensity. The citrus notes of the nose aren't as dominate on the palate however, nor do they separate. The presentation is that of a quite flavorful citrus blend that hints at being sweet. Bitterness is moderate yet smooth and well rounded - no sharp edges - just a nice herbal bitterness that escalates towards the finish. Belgian yeast character arrives past mid-palate and is light clove coupled with the added coriander. The very slightly dry finish lingers with herbal bitterness and a touch of zest.

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tillmac62 from South Carolina, Sep 06, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass on tap at Delicious Heights, Berkeley Heights, NJ yesterday.

hazy yellow body, good white head, nice lacing

faintly hoppy aroma, none of your belgian spices

Taste follows the nose

Mouth is around medium, finish is somewhat sour and bitter.

Overall, decent refreshing good tasting session beer.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Sep 06, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz snifter at THG.

A: Pours a lightly cloudy deep golden color with a finger of soft bright white foam that faded into a thick collar. Thick sheets of sticky lace were left down the glass.
S: Lightly bready and grainy, herbal hops, subtle fruit sweetness. Light nose as expected.
T: Bready malt, crisp grains, slight roast, with clean earthy and spicy hop. Subtle bitterness. Subtle fruit sweetness among the earthy spice. Grassy hop. Lingering herbal bitterness in the aftertaste.
M: Medium-light body, crisp and clean mouthfeel, bright and tingly carbonation.
O: Light and refreshing, easy to drink, and crisp with clean bready backbone.

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scottfrie from California, Aug 31, 2017
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