Allagash Coolship Red | Allagash Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#160
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
592
pDev:
6.89%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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1,006
Gots:
107
Trade:
11
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Ratings: 592 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of billab914
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
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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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -8%
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 BEER88
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev 0%
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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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.97/5  rDev -11.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
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 SadMachine
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rate #3999!

Pours a beautiful strawberry red, with a small pink head that quickly dissipates. Lots of lively carbonation can be seen.

The aroma burst forth with raspberries, but there's a lot more going on here! Pie crust, must, cobwebs in an old basement, and bright, citric acidity. Freshly cut hay is there, but then gets overtaken by cherry and raspberry pie! I could get lost just smelling this beer! Delightful!

Acid and funk play off each other, while the raspberry plays a secondary role. The resident microflora are the stars of the show here, and they put on quite a performance. It's quite puckering, but also dry, which brings you back for more. Raspberry and crusty malt round this out well.

Fairly bracing acidity, with a fairly full body for the style and abv. A good amount of carbonation, and a dry finish.

This really is a treat, and proof that not all American Wild Ales aren't just sour bombs, they can have deep complexity, reminiscent of Iambic. That said, if they could slightly dial back the acidity they would really have a beer that rivals the best sours in the world!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a light pink-ish red, fully clear, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells absolutely incredible- jammy and seedy raspberry, both sour and just slightly sweet, with tannic red wine, oak, and a musty funk that's just delightful.

There's a lot to unpack with this beer. It's probably the best beer I've ever had from Allagash- and that's saying quite a lot, as they make awesome beer. The raspberry flavor is bold and beautiful, but miraculously doesn't dominate, as the base beer is slightly prickly, with a warm musty barnyard funk- earthy but inviting. There's some nice oak and red wine flavors as well. This is just so well rounded.

This is light bodied, and really crisp and clean, with a good level of carbonation for the style.

This is absolutely a home run, and one of the best fruited sours in the country.

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4.55/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.76/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Allagash Coolship Red from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 592 ratings
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