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:
532
Reviews:
86
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
7.52%
 
 
Wants:
999
Gots:
89
For Trade:
10
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Ratings: 532 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of mdaschaf
4.39/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Jason
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled March 20, 2014.

Appearance - Pours a hazy pink. Small white head. Settles quickly to nothing.

Smell - Awesome. Oak. Lemony acidity. Lots of acidic raspberry. Lightly funky.

Taste - Super oaky. Lemon sourness. Raspberry starts tame and gets extremely sour. Even gets a little acetic. Very intense.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Intense sourness makes it less crisp. Well carbonated.

Overall - It's delicious, but I think it's too sour.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful reddish pinkish hue, smells of a raspberry vinegairette sorta smell, but in a very, very good way.

The taste is puckering, raspberry goodness, with a slight vinegar quality to it, and very drying on the end.

Exceptional brew.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is pink with a small head. Fabulous aroma, teeming with raspberries. Smells like a fruit lambic - oh yeah. Grea taste. I'm a big fan of this one. Utterly delicious. Raspberries with sour funk. Reminiscent of Cantillon. Highly recommended.

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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 BMart
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of dfhhead25
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of AlexFields
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mklisz
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of BeerOps
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dicers
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mike generously shared this bottle, and I luckily have another bottle courtesy of Greg (Reagan1984). Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick ring, partial cap, and minimal lace. Bright red, lightly hazed body.

S - Raspberry, sweet tarts, a bit vinous, some lactic character, hint of grapefruit and oak. Lots of raspberries - quite sweet, although not out-of-line for a fresh fruit lambic. Funk and acetobacter are fairly low at this stage.

T - Taste is again hefty on the raspberry and sweet tart. Some nebulous doughy pale malt, light oak. Pretty acetic stuff, reminiscent of sour raspberry candy.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium body, and a dry finish with some obvious tannic oak character in there.

D - Quite enjoyable stuff, albeit extremely fruit-forward at this stage. I'm looking forward to see how this ages compared to genuine lambics and am curious to see what sort of complexity is inherent in Maine's wild yeast. I hope they can ramp up production on this, as it's one of Allagash's best offerings.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Allagash Coolship Red from Allagash Brewing Company
4.39 out of 5 based on 532 ratings.
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