River Trip
Allagash Brewing Company

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Style:
Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #14
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,741
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 9.87%
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
147
From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  10
Gots
  21
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: A companion to backyards, backwoods, and balconies alike. River Trip is a Belgian-style session ale with hop-forward grapefruit and stone fruit notes. It’s brewed in the table beer style with local grains and spiced with coriander for an extra hint of citrus. Dry hopping with Comet and Azacca contributes to the mix of melon and grapefruit notes in the beer’s aroma.
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale hazy yellow with a frothy white head that slowly dissipated. Heavy lacing was present. The nose was a very faint grapefruit pith. Light grapefruit taste with a mod-light hop bite finish. Unfortunately, I find the taste a bit bland. Moderate body and carbonation.

Jul 11, 2021
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Found this in our river house fridge (fitting I know) as it was left over by some other family members. Not really at all what I was expecting, but good in its own right. River Trip has a lot of the same characteristics of Allagash White, but it seems a little dialled back in terms of flavor. A more beer like beer if that makes sense… Less lemon/orange notes and more wheat/hop bite. Overall a steady beer that was enjoyed by its water body name sake.If you’re looking for a local comp, think Cisco Grey Lady

Jun 30, 2021
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docbobbykaa from Connecticut

3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste is the big thing for me.
Grapefruit. That's what hit me right off.
Not for me. Maybe on a very hot summer day. But only if I can't open an Allagash White.

Apr 08, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass. Date on can is 1/1/20, so about a year old here.

Looks decent enough in the glass. Hazy dull yellow body. Good bright white head which shrinks to a fat ring and covering leaving some attractive lacing.

Not getting much on the nose, good or bad. A little light fruit.

On tasting, quite bitter, some grapefruit, a little dry. Quite a lot going on for a 4.8.

Mouth around medium, finish a long drying bitterness.

Overall, extremely drinkable. Tasty, lasting pleasant bitterness. Nice beer

Dec 28, 2020
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TrojanRB from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow. Head dissipated quickly.

Smells of lemon, yeast, honey wheat

Taste has that Belgian yeastiness....kind of spicy / zesty lemon. There’s a lot going on and it’s not quite balanced

Long and dry finish.

Seems like they tried to do too much with this beer

Dec 27, 2020
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, lemon zest, wheat malt, spices and tropical fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and very dry. Good brew.

Nov 09, 2020
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can. River Trip pours hazy yellow. Not too far from Allagash White in appearance actually. Thin white head. Light lacing rings. Aroma in noticeably Belgian. Lightly spicy, and phenolic. Definitely get a grapefruit hop aroma as well as grass and noticeable grains. Simple an effective. Flavor is reasonably crisp. The hops and Belgian elements are a bit at odds initially but after a few sips, my palate begins to understand the liquid music. Grapefruit zest hoppiness, Belgian spice/fruit/dryness, dried oats. Has some body on it for a beer of it's stature. Medium carb and low bitterness. Pretty solid but I'd much prefer if this ditched the nouveau hoppiness in favor of some more traditional. I mean can I just get a wooden crate of their House Beer instead? I mean, I'd take that over 99.9% of any beer so...

Oct 31, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 7.23.2020 , opened 9.20.2020

Poured into an ipa glass, two finger fluffy white foam retention , settles to one finger at five minutes, a frothy layer after 12 minutes , good lacings

Aroma is citrus , lemon , grapefruit , yeasty

Taste is lite grapefruit , Hint of lemon, hint of coriander

Very sudsy , Light mouthfeel, no acidic bite ,sessionable

Good beer

Sep 20, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright gold appearance with an average size white head and good lacing. Yeasty aroma, spicy, with a light touch of melon and pitted fruit. Taste begins with a crisp, cracker-like, toasted bread flavor before evolving to a zesty, citrus influenced hop profile. Light bodied, lively carbonated lingering mouthfeel.

Sep 15, 2020
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold. Smell is grapefruit and clove but subdued. Taste follows with some spiciness and lemon. A bit fizzy but goes down easy. Nice beer

Aug 16, 2020
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hoegaardenhero from Virginia

3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Low abv beers can be pretty hard to come by and seem to be very difficult to make well. This isn’t quite there and is under flavored in every way, but it gets the job done. It’s definitely a beautiful beer, though, with great head.

Jul 27, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this on tap at my local tap house, Tapped in Greenville NC.
Poured into a pint.
Appears golden yellow with a nice foamy head and lacing that lasted.
Smells lightly citrusy, wheat, coriander, yeasty.
Taste follows the nose, definitely spicy forward.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Which is light and nicely carbonated
Overall, crushable. I would definitely like one of these after a river trip or the after party river trip.

Jul 24, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(16 oz can, packaged 04-23-20; purchased single off shelf... decanted half into a fat tulip)

L: clear, bright, yellow-gold liquid; spongy white foam collapses rather quick, leaving a messy, chunky collar... honestly, looks a bit like High Life... with the dregs swirled and dumped into the glass, thick cloudiness washes out the clarity

S: grapefruit rind, marshmallow-floral, blueberry skin, subtle (coriander?) spice; hints of honeyish grain in the background... overall, lovely expression and intensity... with dregs in, mild yeasty, leafy, and under-ripe banana tones emerge

T: pungent, peppery spice hitting up front, lingering long through the extra-dry finish... its dryness seems to accentuate the green, verdant elements of the hop(ping)... soft honey-ed, lightly-toasty, cereal-grain flavor slowly builds in the aftertaste... a tiny burp wells up a musty, floral element... with dregs in, flavor definitions soften only a bit, however, a firm, leafy bitterness develops, while its perfumy floral character enhances

F: when bright: thin, light, quick, snappy... with dregs: silky-smooth... hops and phenols seem to initiate a phantom warmth... nearly done the glass when I notice oats were used in this - source of the silk?

O: elegantly-nuanced, very easy drinking, lovely spicy zip... one of the better table beer takes I've tried, owing to the smart hop choices which, though far from being subdued in application, compliment the base beer rather than stifle it... yeah, I'll get this again (1668)

Jul 12, 2020
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

DATE: July 11, 2020... OCCASION: just finished talking via Google Meet with our Tasmanian friends--COVID may have killed their trip, but it won't stop our friendship... GLASSWARE: Hobgoblin pint... pours a hazy, filmy, thick golden yellow body... its head us a soft, soapy white cream... its aroma is heavy on the coriander, with banana, soft herbs, lemon zest, orange, and salty, toasted cracker... at under 5% ABV, smooth, light-bodied and zesty at the teeth... its finish is dry and encouraging the next sip... the profile is rife with coriander, lemon, and melon... orange, nondescript garden herbs, clean cracker, and noble hops make this a perfect match for a warm, humid night.... this wins with a refreshing air and a flavor profile that develops nicely over its entire glass... another winner from Allagash, who perfected the summer beer with its White a while ago...

Jul 12, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Cloudy bright orange. Smells of Belgian yeast in the form of light banana and a little apple. Coriander and light citrus. Tastes of coriander, crisp cracker malt, some citrus, and a touch of the Belgian yeast. Not as strong as the nose, though. Just a bit of banana. Medium light. Very pleasant and easy to drink. Good stuff.

Jul 10, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong head production and good retention. Body is crystal clear and the color of pale gold or sun-drenched straw.

The dry-hopping and coriander are evident on the nose, mingling with a light grainy malt base and Allagash's house yeast to produce a Saison-like aroma of grain, bubblegum, lemon, grapefruit, grass, hay, and honey.

Initial impression is a flat, grainy, moderately dank brew. As it sits on the palate, and as you refresh each sip, more flavors emerge: very light honey; lemon; grapefruit peel.

Lively and crisp; carries a heftier body than such a low ABV brew deserves.

Fairly straight-forward, but absolutely delicious and delivers on the premise. No complaints.

Jun 28, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tour of summer brews continues with Allagash River Trip in a 16 oz. can. Cloudy yellow on the pour with a big fat head and soapy lacing. Aroma is a powerful scent of grapefruit and hops. Taste is fruity and crisp with a slightly bitter hoppy finish. This is a very good brew that I will buy again....

Jun 19, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This hazy yellow can pour hosts a 1 cm fine foam cap. The aroma is banana and bubblegum. The flavor is malt and Belgian yeast with some tangerine and a bit of coriander. The body is light, but the flavor is full. This is a great summer brew.

Jun 12, 2020
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faraday326 from California

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid hoppiness but not overwhelming. There are definite hints of floral and citrus. Not heavy on the spices coriander is there. Quite drinkable for the style.

May 19, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

With Spring coming around New Haven it's time to ditch the stouts and the heavier IPAs and bring back the lighter beers. I don't know what style will be trendy this summer, but I vote for these Belgian style session ales. The Belgian yeast is doing hard work on this beer, frothing the head in an aesthetic fashion and giving it a nice herbal quality on the nose. The taste is a wonderful mixture of bubbles and Belgian flavors. Not too many fruit flavors or yeast touches, but more grain and continental hop notes, and an overall quality of being very quenching.

May 18, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:
Pours an intensely bright, lemon drop yellow. A broken archipelago of white foam strands leaves a slippery sheet of lacing that slides down the glass.

Bouquet:
A fistful of Belgian white wheat interspersed with bananas and a dainty whiff of apricot.

Feel:
An energetic, light body characterized by a fizzy field of ubiquitous micro-bubbles. Sessionable as advertised.

Taste:
Tame, tart banana wrapped up in a thin, wheat wafer. Light, clean, and crisp.

May 08, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow in color with a lightly hazy complexion. There’s an inch of densely packed, frothy eggshell white on top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of faint citrus and sweet Belgian pale malt. I’m tasting faint citrus and sweet pale Belgian malt. The mouth is moderately carbonated, crisp, and dry.

Apr 26, 2020
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16oz can into Tulip. Canned on February 12th, 2020.

L: Cloudy gold, finger and a half of white head has very good retention.

S: Nicely citrusy, some grapefruit and melon, a touch of peach.

T: Grapefruit and peach here.

F: Dry, crisp, light bodied.

O: Not as good as I expected. But not bad either.

Apr 19, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good-to-great beer to accompany lunch... or to quench on a River Trip as the name suggests.
This is not the best ale with subtle dinner as its ABV is low and its hops more active than fits well with a good dinner. But, River Trip focusses on being refreshing. And that works well with lunch which typically is not as subtle as one finds in the dinner table of good kitchens.

River Trip Looks like a BPA, but could have more foam that sticks around longer. While Smells are pleasantly refreshing and citrusy, they are not rich and not noticeably yeasty. Tastes are well-balanced; hops finally introduce themselves to me here and keep the good times goin'. Good bubbles and the grapefruit nose and mouth finishes the sensations. Glad I bought a 4-pack with summer lunches coming up.

I'm finding more and more to like about Allagash. Hence, the OA Big Hugs. They are on my list for a visit.

Mar 27, 2020
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ATL6245 from Georgia

4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, pale gold. Fluffy white head with good retention.

Aroma: Citrus and tropical fruit.

Flavor & Aftertaste: Citrus flavors. Low sweet malt base. Moderate bitterness. Clean aftertaste with a mild lingering bitterness.

Mouth-Feel: Light bodied and dry. Medium palate carbonation. Clean, short finish.

Overall: Allagash does such a nice job of making these Belgian styles that look like they would be watery and boring, but are far from that. River Trip is light on the palate, but not light on flavor and aroma. Produces a nice, persistent head when poured. AT 4.8% ABV, I really like its session-ability. This will be an excellent companion during warmer months. It will also pair very well with seafood dishes. Another top quality beer from Allagash.

Mar 06, 2020
River Trip from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 147 ratings