Allagash Coolship Red | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Coolship RedAllagash Coolship Red
BEER INFO

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

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spontaneous beer aged with raspberries.

Added by gregc on 06-02-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
528
Reviews:
86
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
7.29%
 
 
Wants:
1,000
Gots:
89
For Trade:
10
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Photo of M_chav
3.09/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of random846
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of phuntasy
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bit too sour for me.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.54/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours raspberry-pink with fluffy pinkish head. Aroma is of raspberries, funky yeast, sweet malt and vinegar. Body is full, tart and tangy. Taste is tart, sour, funky, raspberries, woody. Finish is long, tart and sour. Not as complex as Belgian sours, but refreshing and easy drinking brew.

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Photo of ScotNH
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of CityofBals
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of bum732
3.77/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

S: Very bold raspberries up front, some oak presence, other dark fruits, little to no funk, just a touch of perceived tartness.

L: Hazy, pinkish red, little head and retention.

T: Strong, raspberry tartness up front, quite bracing. Fairly clean tartness, somewhat light with some citrus-like acidity. Sweetness pretty well balanced with acidity. Finishes dry, but quite clean with a medium raspberry finish. A touch of cocoa and more oak as it warms.

M: Medium high carbonation, medium bodied.

Not bad, a little one-noted and quite tart. But nice fruit flavor and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of aleigator
3.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

@ Quintessence - Cherry-red color, small pink head.

Cherries, raspberries, lemon peel, malt, nearly no funk.

Taste reveals a lot more raspberries, backed up by lemon zest, Bretts, crisp mouthfeel. Acidity is decent at first, but results in a long fizzy, sour aftertaste. Light to medium body, very convincing taste.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like cherry 7up. Really clear and sparkly red appearance. Small white head that dissipates. Very nice.

Clean raspberry scent. No overpowering funkiness. Even has a cherry 7up smell to it.

Strong pithy bitterness. Seems to be the theme with Allagash's funk. Raspberry flavor is there but not as strong as I would like. Seems like more of a balanced fruit lambic. Seedy raspberry taste. Fairly light in acidity. Refreshing. Tannic like bitterness on the finish is a little overwhelming.

This was nice to drink but it lacked in many areas.

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 2, oct 9/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

375ml corked and caged bottle.

pours hazy dark pink, nearly red, with a small white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. date and cherry. nail polish remover. big vinegar sourness and acidity. white bread. bit of feet. some nut and seed character.

taste is good. similar to the aroma, but with mellower sourness. caramel. earthy.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. good balance. nice depth. restrained acidity.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy garnet with a thick soapy band of lacing around the edges of the glass as the head recedes. Nose expresses cherry notes, a light medicinal quality and dish soap. Taste follows nose - there is a distinct suggestion of Palmolive in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light in body and mildly acidic with an effervescent carbonation. A solid beer despite the soapiness; however, I don't see this cellaring well.

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Photo of Desp59
3.89/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Maxwell
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale pink color and is full of fizzy bubbles that form a light head of soda-like large bubbles that fizzle away quickly. It looks very carbonated with tons of little soda bubbles that slowly fade away. The beer sits in the glass somewhere between deep pink and ruby red with a hazy body that is a bit dark and impenetrable to the eye. As it settles, the beer starts to look a lot like ruby red grapefruit juice. On the nose, the beer smells of deep funk and cherry fruit leather with a touch of fresh raspberry and fruit-rollup. The funk is the most prevalent of the smells. On the tongue, the beer tastes of fresh and funky acidity that leads into a sour pucker with a touch of fruity sweetness and an oddly strong lingering bitterness that mixes in with the acidity. The flavor begins as tart puckering fruit that sits between raspberry and cherry flavors and then moves quickly into a deep and grassy funk with touches of bitter grass. The finish returns to a lovely, syrupy raspberry flavor and a touch of bitter tannin from the raspberry skins. The aftertaste is of bitter grass and with faints hints of raspberry fruit. In the mouth the beer feels fiercely prickly with carbonation and a medium and slightly slick body. Overall, I’m not quite sure what I think of this. The grassy bitterness is a little off-putting, and not quite what I’m looking for in a framboise, but then again, this is a Maine version of a farmboise and it has some signature American bitterness. Personally I want the raspberry flavor a little more forward on the tongue, but as is in this beer it is light and nuanced. The funk is great in the beer, and the grassy bitters are actually interesting, they’re just not what I normally look for in the style. This is a good beer, but is not my favorite, my girlfriend liked in more than I did, though, so perhaps you will too.

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Photo of BeerMeBro720
3.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from mixylplik3, thanks for the opportunity Matt.
Pours a deep cloudy garnet red with a smallish pink tinged head that quickly dissipates to a ring on top. I can smell the tart as soon as I wrangle the cork out of the bottle. Lots of tart raspberries with a hint of brown sugar make up the bulk of the aroma. Lactic acid and funk provide support. The flavor is filled with lactic and citric acid. Lots of tart berries and lemons with just a touch of brown sugar. Light bits of funk come and go in the taste cycle. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a piercing light sugary tart mouthfeel. This is a very nice sour I quite enjoyed this.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy George I was able to snag a few of these.
A nice fluffy pink head forms and begins fizzing very loudly. It’s a really bright purpleish/pink color and lasts only for about 30 seconds. Then it fades to nothing. The beer is a hazy pink color that reminds me of pink lemonade. No lacing at all.
Aroma is at first acidic and tart. Best described as a raspberry vinaigrette. Irt’s almost too easy just to say raspberry and I do get fruit even berry.. but less specifically defined as raspberry. Some more depth and some oak as it warms.
Tart, acidic, dry, lemon, vinegar, very light berry. Not very sweet at all, so you are getting the essence of the raspberry flavor without too much sweetness.
Really refreshing and delicate. Fairly acidic. Very bright on your tongue with pinpoint carbonation.
Nice little beer. Very happy I was able to score a bottle and take care of a few trading buddies.
Late in the glass I tried pairing this with some dark chocolate. Well that was a bad idea. Don’t do that. The tartness and acidity cut way too much to the bone for the chocolate flavor. Oh well, I tried. Wish I had some nice blue cheese or some creamy brie. (BA page suggest pairing with chocolate..I respectfully disagree)

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 of 5 coolship beers shared by dsgolovin. Thanks, David.

Appearance: Big on lacto and tart raspberry. A little plasticy and metallic, faint barnyard. This has a good fruit character, but it isn't bursting with raspberries.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tart raspberry and tannic seed. Quite lactic, funky, very dry. Good oak presence in the finish, which shows good depth. The body feels thin compared to a real framboise, and the fruit character could use more intensity and depth, but it's nice overall.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to whoever shared this one at Jerz tasting

Look: Pours a nice light red color with about a 1/8 inch head that does not stick around very long and neither did my pour

Smell: The nose is very fruity with raspberry being the front runner. You also pick up the tartness in the nose which makes me think the beer will be overly tart

Taste: Boy was I wrong about the beer being overly tart. The beer has a great balance of tartness to flavor ratio. Again the beer is pretty much just straight raspberries which I really liked very light and fruity. Good flavor

Mouthfeel: Light body with ample carbonation and a bit dry on the finish

Overall: It was a good beer but I am not sure as good as everyone at the tasting was acting like it was. It is one of the beer wild ales I have had because of the balance. So highly recommended

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Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of OneEye78
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ilovebrew
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of supercodes
4/5  rDev -8.9%

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Allagash Coolship Red from Allagash Brewing Company
4.39 out of 5 based on 528 ratings.
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