Coolship Red
Allagash Brewing Company

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #9
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
98
Ranked #237
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 6.7%
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
769
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Coolship RedCoolship Red
Notes: Spontaneous beer aged with raspberries.
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Reviews by djgustafson:
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djgustafson from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 09, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 06/07/12 notes. Very happy to try this finally at RFD during Lupulin, and got about another 6-8 oz.'s of it afterwards at the bar.

a - Pours a hazy deep pinkish red color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of raspberries, sour dark fruits, light funk, tart cherries, acedic. Very nice nose. Not super funky or too sour, but smells great.

t - Tastes mirrors the nose very closely, but with a little more funk. Lots of tart cherries, raspberries, and sour dark fruits, funk, acedic notes.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Acedic, but easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice wild ale, and another winning sour from Allagash. While I preferred Resurgam, and wasn't nearly as funky, this had a lot of nice sour dark fruit to it. Would love to have it again.

Jun 20, 2012
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mdaschaf from Indiana

4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Jay and Paul for bringing this one down to Evo.

A: Pours a pink/watermelon color with a small light pinkish, foamy head on top. Not much retention at all or lacing.

S: A little musty/barnyard aroma going with some nice raspberry coming out. Very sweet and tart with a little of the oak coming through as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, lots of juicy raspberries, great tart qualities. On the earthy side, with a little bit of grass and a slight lemon flavor. The oak comes through a little, but the tart/juicy raspberries really steal the show here.

M: Medium bodied with active carbonation, slightly prickly, with a little bit of a dry finish. Great tartness.

O: Fantastic beer, one of the best wild ales I have had. The flavor was incredibly vibrant, the type of beer I would love to have on hand everyday of the year.

Dec 09, 2011
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raspberries and beer have had a love affair for centuries. And Allagash keeps the romance kindled with the new adaptation of traditional Belgian kriek brewing in America with their raspberry infused sour ale simply and aptly named "Red"

And red it is, but perhaps splashed with a supple hue of orange and pink, the fruity overtones are evident even in the beer's winy appearance. Light on bubbles, the soft carbonation amounts only the daintiest of whitish foam that floats the beer with a creamy yet fleeting texture.

Sharp aromas capture the fruit essence in its entirety. Evading the candyish notion of fruit flavor, it is the brunt of raspberries that makes its mark at every corner with a mix of under ripened berried, fresh berry juice, and the skins and seeds that contribute softer almond and vanilla to the beer's fruit forward scent. White wine vinegar, zinfindale soaked oak, musty sandalwood, a whiff of sea air complement the perfumy aura that seduces the nose.

Mouthwatering even before the glass touches the lips, the intense tartness of raspberries is chased by the juices of the fruit and eases the palate from the pang of acidity that reaches the taste buds with assassin-like precision. At times the taste is so clean, tart, and sharp that the raspberry fruit is hardly distinguishable from any other fully fermented fruit, namely cherries. But as delicious as the fruit flavor seems, accent flavors of cider, slight vinegar, sea salt, earthy brine, drying woods, soft nuts and mild vanilla-like sweetness seem to massage the tongue almost in apologetic fashion for the onslaught of acidity to start the show. It's refreshing to see such finesse and aggression alive in one glass.

Light bodied throughout, the low level of carbonation forces the thin beer onto the taste buds for full mouth feel of acidity, sharpness, and seedy astringency. Finishing with a sudden lactic-tart cleanliness, only the most whimsical taste of cherry returns in aftertaste and informs the next sip.

Superior to the "Cerise", this raspberry sour ale competes favorably with the Boon Framboise-types of the Belgian world. Perhaps a fresher and fuller fruit taste is alive here, but I'm sure it will continue to mature and develop in the bottle toward dryness and complexity for those who are much more patient with cellering than me.

May 16, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

amazing brew here, as authentic a lambic as i have gotten from the united states, its sour, dry, funky, and unlike even some of the best belgian ones, it is beautifully carbonated. the use of raspberries here is lovely as well, not as intense as say an atrial rubicite, but used more elegantly and refined in a special way. the bright pink color of this is gorgeous, while the white head on it is fluffy and permanent, with a certain enticing character. it smells as good as any raspberry beer out there, tart from the fruit, but also very sour from the wild yeasts and critters, which manifest themselves in an acidic and lactic mouthwatering aroma. the flavor is sour beer first, raspberry next, but the fruit stays all the way through the finish and slings to the edges of my mouth as the rest of it is dried out completely. such a clean finish for a beer this flavorful. the yeast profile is amazing, as good as any, thats the point of this coolship project from what i understand, to make very authentic and delicious wild yeast ales, this is so punchy and juicy and sour and awesome, i wish they would distribute to colorado, what a gem this beer is. nearly flawless on the overall, i cant think of a single thing i would change.

Apr 12, 2014
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phishisphunk from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Jul 09, 2012
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LotsofLupulin from Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

Sep 28, 2014
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berto714 from New York

4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 23, 2018
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gator79 from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Apr 13, 2014
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bgfresh from Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +6%

Apr 19, 2014
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ccapurso from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Nov 01, 2014
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mar 12, 2017
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BeerOps from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sep 05, 2015
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nataku00 from California

4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oct 05, 2019
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xtonytx from Connecticut

4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 20, 2016
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rfgetz from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 08, 2018
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cfrances33 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6%

Jun 09, 2013
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Reds76 from Maine

4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sep 07, 2015
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sideshowe for sharing.

Dark cherry red/dark rosé wine color with bright red edges and a half finger pinkish-white head that immediately settles into a thin ring.  Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Intense aroma that bursting with juicy, jammy raspberries, a ton of earthy oak and lots of lactic funk.  Very authentic smelling like a true lambic with very prominent barnyard, horseblanket character.  The strong lactic funk and acetic acid is countered by luscious raspberry and other vinous fruit.  Decent oak presence but the berries really stand out.  So much so you can even pick up the earthiness of the seeds.   Smells great.

Full bodied with a tart, puckering mouthfeel countered by barnyard and lactic funk and a strong juicy raspberry flavor.  Lots of oak and funky bugs along with some cobweb and subtle lactic cheesiness.  Dry toasted oak, musty funk and subtle lactic presence followed by jammy raspberry sweetness.  Fruit still dominant but not overly sweet.  Lots of raspberry flavor countering the tart funk and dry oak.  Sour and tart but not harsh or acidic at all.  Really well balanced and incredibly drinkable.  Very authentic without harsh acidity or acetic vinegar.  Drops off a bit in the finish which is slightly mineral-y.  Surprised about the strong funk and oak character but they elevate this beer to another level.  The best Coolship beer I've had yet.  

Sep 08, 2013
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mani from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +6%

Feb 28, 2014
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DudeBeerYaBro from California

4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jul 06, 2018
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Arbitrator from California

4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of alfrantzell. Thanks, Arne! From notes.

A: Pours a hazy strawberry red, with light pink head. No retention or lace.

S: Raspberries, mostly lactic sourness with a touch of vinegar, mushroom funk. The latter is what I appreciate most in good gueuze, especially some of the Armand 4's, so to find it here is pleasing.

T: The flavor is balanced; some raspberry beers can run away with the acidity and become incredibly harsh to drink. The fruit flavor is bold, lending some tartness and working well with the mostly clean (lactic) sourness. But some vinegar in the finish does give it a light burn on the way down.

M: Aside from the light burn, the mouthfeel is clean; no residual sweetness or syrupiness. Semidry.

O: Good overall! I think this was one of the pilot Coolship Series beers, and it bodes well for the program...

Oct 17, 2012
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Resuin from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oct 09, 2017
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KT123 from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mar 07, 2016
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to Steveadore for trading this beer my way!

375ml C&C bottle. bottled on 10/18/2012.

Loud pop as the cork leaves the bottle neck.

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Translucent rosy red bodied beer thats almost a medium pink color. 2 full fingers of white head with a pink hue that drops down to no head.

Smell: Fresh and juicy raspberries. Mellow oak note and a light funk.

Taste: moderate tartness that mostly tastes like really juicy raspberries. Hint of musty and dusty funk. Wet oaky note. Little bit of vinegar and tannic notes in the finish that is slightly sharp for a moment which is followed by more big raspberry notes. Its more of a fruit forward sour and the raspberry flavors are very well done. Superb balance of the fruit flavor and tartness in the beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. Nice level of dryness in this beer. Its got that perfect amount of sour that make your mouth water after every sip. Its got a nice clean and bright finish as well.

Overall: This is the 2nd Coolship sour from Allagash that I have gotten to try! I think that this is slightly better than the Coolship Cerise. I really dig the Coolship series by Allagash, they brewing some wonderful domestic sour beers. They are just as good as most of the belgian fruit lambics that I have had from the likes of Cantillion and Drie Fontenein.

Aug 26, 2013
Coolship Red from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 769 ratings