Allagash Brewing Company

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Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #33
Ranked #12,563
4.14 | pDev: 7.25%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 18 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint can - dated 2/16/20 - poured into a 2020 Coolship glass at 42°F.

Pours a fairly clear deep golden-brassy hue, topped with two largw fingers of loose, webby, pure white head with excellent retention, slow, albeit visible effervescence. Wispy lacing is left behind as the head slowly recedes.

Nose: Soft cereal grain aromas with round malted barley and a bit of rustic frankness set the foundation that could easily be one of their other golden ales or even a saison. I'm guessing that real grainy note is from the buckwheat. It's hearty and raw, but there's plenty of malty nuttiness to round it out. There's a huge burst of Belgian yeast esters, and the first thing that really sticks out is pink bubblegum. Sometimes it's all clove, sometimes it's all green banana, here, it's bubblegum. With a swirl, a little bit of nutmeg peeks through along with some ripe stone fruit notes, maybe some pear and green apple too. There's a slight peppery note behind a huge wall of floral aromas, but the pink bubblegum note remains throughout.

Palate: It greets the palate with malted barley, that grainy buckwheat, and a surprising amount of granola, which lends a sweetness to it, and an oaty softness. The Belgian yeast just explodes with classic esters lending bubblegum, unripe banana, and a whole melange of fruitiness, as well as tons of spicy phenols with nutmeg, clove, pepper, and allspice. Very Belgian. Lightly hoppy with some spicy, floral, and grassy European-style hops which help cut into those heavy esters, as well as contribute a subtle drying bitterness in the finish. Ultimately, the bubblegum ester note wins, and lingers on fairly long after the finish.

Mouthfeel/Body: Crosspath drinks squarely within medium-light territory. It's snappy, crisp, and refreshing, but there's still some malty body and weight to it. In fact, it drinks heavier than expected for 5.5% ABV. Could easily pass for 8%. There is no stickiness though, and it dries out nicely. Very lively, active effervescence.

Overall: It's certainly a Belgian-style golden ale. The flavour packed into 5.5% ABV is very impressive. Something about the granola/buckwheat combo makes for a nice hearty fullness, with absolutely zero stickiness or residual weight. The Belgian yeast is a little overwhelming with its potent ester/phenol notes - particularly pink bubblegum, but so is the way it often goes. If you like Belgian golden ale, and you want a ton of flavour in a small, organic package, this will do just fine.

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Photo of hman43
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours golden. The bubbles coming up through the beer remind me of champagnes bubbles. It has a white fluffy head and head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has moderately high levels of spices. There are some earthen elements in the nose with bread and biscuit. There is a bit of a floral touch in the background.

Taste: It has spicy flavors that are in the forefront. There are bread and biscuit elements with floral notes in support. There are hints of earthen elements.

Feel: Even though starts out slightly sweet, it has a dry finish. It has a medium light body.

Overall, the elements work well together as this is a well put together Belgian Ale.

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hman43 from North Carolina, May 03, 2020
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really nice funky Belgian Pale Ale. Hits all the good marks IMO. Nice funky/grassy aroma. Taste is a nice balance of sweetness/dryness playing off each other with a perfect hop crispness in finish. Very well done.

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bubseymour from Maryland, Apr 30, 2020
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3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can - $4.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed (with ultra fine particles) yellow-toned body with a tall, sea spray foamy, white head.

Smell: Wildflower honey brushed grains with a nice, noted nuttiness. Emboldened yeast profile on the nose, flushed with banana and chewing gum.

Taste: Lightly bready, lightly nutty and a sip of oatmilk with a pleasing, noted smoothness. Slender honeyed sweetness. Displays a soundly fruity ester profile, chiefly banana and Chiclets, but also some pears and rose water. Spicy phenols with a clove-like backing. Some pops of tanginess throughout. Belgian yeast all over that finish -- all over!

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's solid. Decent, even. I do wish the Belgian yeast would be a bit more restrained, to allow that nutty, chewing granola quality to shine through.

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Photo of SergeantSuckdown
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very solid American take on the Belgian blonde/ ale style. Unfiltered, light golden color and a slightly complex, yeasty and peppery taste in line with the traditional style. I've had many Belgian ales, and this is an American example worth trying out. Kudos to Allagash

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Photo of HOPodcast
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a tumbler glass from a 16oz can. 1-inch, fizzy, white head with great retention. Eventually recedes into a ring around the glass. Body is a nice, golden/straw color. Clear, not hazy. SRM 3-5. Not much lacing.

Aroma: Yeast hits first, followed by sweet aromas of banana, plantains and honey. Hints of sweet bread, cereal and vanilla.

Flavor: Banana, coriander, clove, honey, Belgian spices and yeast. Cascade hops add a subtle bitterness, playing nicely alongside a layered grain profile.

Mouthfeel: Zesty, lively mouthfeel that mellows as it warms. Granola adds a surprising complexity. Mild carbonation. Finish is smooth, clean and bold. Leaves you wanting more.

Overall Impression: The addition of organic oats and buckwheat combine with Pilsner malt, adding a nice twist to a well-constructed Golden Ale. Vibrant, refreshing, unique and thoroughly enjoyable. Perfect for a hot summer day!

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HOPodcast from California, Apr 01, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint can 2/6/20
Opened and reviewed on: 3/22/20

100% Maine Grown Organic Golden Ale. Buckwheat and Granola.

Only a slight haze within a straw gold color. Active, with a very sparse white foam cover. A very thin cover leftover, no lace.

The nose has a big Belgian yeasty ester, honey sweet with sour herbs, banana and clove. Sweet and milky scented grains in the malt.

A very lively and crispy mouthfeel, sharp grains turn smooth and full in the finish. The addition of Organic oats really makes the feel complex.

Earthy grains mix with a complex Belgian yeast effect that really makes for an interesting and complex Golden Ale flavor. Light in most aspects except for the depth and complexity of both flavor and feel. The malt and Organic oats impresses me most. Belgian "sweet 'n Sour" yeast tones come with herbs and banana combo that manages to coalesce into one unique flavor profile.

Big props to Allagash for always pushing the boundaries of Organic and local ingredients.

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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire, Mar 22, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a can. Poured a pale straw gold color with minimal effervescence and some wispy foam lines throughout the draught glass. A nice white puffy white foam head slowly whittles down, leaving a lacy amount of foam behind. Scent is clean, crisp, classic golden ale scents, and a bit of granola. Taste is excellent, with a nice crisp malt up front and a bit of malty sweetness on the backside. The hops are around and provide a nice complement. Feel has just a bit of lingering bitterness to ready you for the next drink. A superb drink!

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akaizer from Virginia, Mar 15, 2020
Crosspath from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 18 ratings