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Allagash Coolship RedAllagash Coolship Red
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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

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517
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
18.22%
 
 
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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 517
Photo of Stevedore
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Ruby blood-pink body, one finger light pinkish head. Quite a bit less head and retention than I'd expect for the style, but certainly not flat in appearance. No lacing. These pinkish-purple beers are always a thing of beauty.

S- Raspberry juice, touch of wheat, a good bit of funk that mixes with the raspberry juice. A different kind of funk than Cantillon Rosé de Gambrinus, certainly less funky but it does have a distinct, leathery character.

F- Not particularly complex but quite tasty- raspberries, a bit of musty hay, vinegar (5/10 sour), no lactate, a bit of lemon helps round the palate out. The acidity is nicely balanced with the raspberry sweetness which is not jammy at all. The raspberry presence is basically its essence without the jam or syrup that we're used to in other walks of life.

M- Medium bodied, sufficiently carbonated but seems to me that this is a little flatter than I would expect of a wild ale.

O- Beautiful looking wild ale with a nice raspberry character that translates very well to the beer's character without being too unbalanced.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright red, super bubbly. Great looking. Smell of crazy sour raspberries. Taste is very sour. Raspberry and lemon flavors, not really any funk. Very acidic. Mouthfeel is very effervescent. It doesn't seem too complex but the raspberries are balanced out nicely with the sourness. Upland lambics are crazy sour and this is a notch below those, and I prefer this one.

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Photo of trotnixon
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this in tap at the Allagash tap takeover at Novare Res on April 5, 2014. The color was most amazing. It looked like Kool-Aid. After trying this I feel like I've never before had a real lambic. This changed my outlook on lambics forever. After being bowled over by the appearance, the taste, smell and mouthfeel each provided pleasant support to the initial, Wow once this was placed in front of me.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 1.29.14
Bottled On: Oct 18, 2012

A - Pours a clear light red-orange with a fizzy white head that is gone instantly.

S - Tons of raspberry, funky-tark. Amazing nose!

T - Nice raspberry, then lots of tart oakiness.

D - Light body with good carbonation, tart finish.

O - Amazing nose and flavors with a nice tartness and funk.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of hopley
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Did a 2/3/14 tour of the Allagash Brewery and was treated to a Coolship Red at the end - split a bottle 3 ways and was delighted with it. My first observation was the overall appearance - limited head but a beautiful clear ruby red color. Smell was distinctly fresh raspberries. Taste was great - not too sour or tarty, just enough funk to taste. Mouthfeel was what was expected - light to medium. My overall opinion is that this is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer for anytime - winter, summer, beach, mountains, etc. It's not over the top in any direction - which is what makes it right. Hope they bottle this one for broader distribution as I would definitely buy it again - in fact, they should create a mixed 4 pack with one of each variation - raspberry, cherry, Resurgam, etc. Thank you Allagash for this!

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Photo of stephens101
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle captured at the source and whisked back to the prarie. Big thanks to Brian for sharing this one. It doesn't get much better than sharing good beer with good friends.

Poured ruby red with pink hues. The tan head settled reluctantly. Smelled slightly sweet with a mash up of fruits and oak. Tart of course with cherries, tangy orange, grain, and taffy to the tongue. Medium bodied, smooth and mostly dry. Right on and near perfection across the board.

Popped this complex but inviting brew along with the Curieux and Confluence, among a few other rarities and local elites, which begs the question, can you avail yourself of too much good beer in one evening? The answer my friends isn't floating in the wind, it's swishing in the snifter, and it's a resounding HELL NO. Gimme, gimme, gimme some more.

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Photo of rudzud
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Tim for this one. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Bottle is slightly over a year old.

A - Pours a very nice crystal clear light red raspberry hue with a thin quarter inch pink head that fades immediately to leave light wisps. Great colour!

S - The nose EXPLODES with raspberry tartness here from as soon as the cork pops. More seed and skin that sweet flesh. The aroma is nicely tart, almost with flashes of green apple. More tart than any specific fruit. I heard this was insane when it was fresh.

T - Taste is just as good as the nose. Again, more tart raspberry seed and green apple skin. Not overly tart, but definitely lightly flemmy. Unlike the nose the taste here is distinctly raspberry, lightly puckeringly so. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, great carbonation keeps this light and even with the "flemmy" factor the carbonation makes this easy to take another sip.

O - Overall this is my favorite Coolship to date. Just delicious and well crafted. Allagash truly is dialing in their coolship.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Coolship red pours a hazy pinkish-red into the glass with a tiny creamy head on top. The foam leaves some spots of lace on the glass between each sip.

The aroma is very funky. Cream cheese, tart cherries, oak, vanilla, raspberries, green apples. It's a very complex aroma.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is dry and smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor is every bit complex as the aroma. Tart fruity flavors of raspberries blend nicely with oak, vanilla and hay/wheat. It finishes tart and dry with lingering raspberry flavor.

Definitely a sipper. Different flavors come through on each sip. Complex and drinkable, but maybe not for the sour beer newbie.

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Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
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.  

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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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 VelvetExtract
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a deep pink. The color is quite magnificent. It's rich and illuminated. Light, popping white foam is pink undertones.

S-Aroma is of tart red berries, blatant underripe raspberries and some wet wood. A fruit bowl of red berries. Light vinous character and funk.

T-The flavor is also delectable. The berries are sharp, tart and acidic. Nuances of oak and rotty wood. The fruits get a bit sweet but that sweetness plays well with the more noticeable funkiness.

M-Has some body to it. Softer carbonation. Feels tannic like wine. Welcoming on the palate.

O/D-Happy to try this one. It was awesome. Raspberry Lambics are my favorite sour beer and this one was great. I would definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: raspberry red with very little head but small rolling bubbles and lingering white lacing
S: amazing, raspberry and strawberries dominating with barley any champagne notes coming through
T: upfront raspberry, tart lemon, backend sour lingers
M: could have used a bit more carbonation - not quite champagne carbonation but enough to carry the amazing taste
Overall: need to get my hands on another one of these, can't ask for much more

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is my favorite american wild ale. It combines the complexity of a lambic-style sour with a fruited sour. The beer pours a perfect deep pink hue in the glass with a bit of foamy white head. The smell is quite tart with a bit of funk. You can smell fields but you can't distinctly pick up the raspberry on the nose. The taste is harmonious with a smooth pucking tartness that is well rounded. It tastes like a not quite ripe fresh picked raspberry. It's a beautiful beer. The mouthfeel is so smooth and properly carbed that it really elevates the base. This one and RR Beatification are at another level for american wild ales to me.

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Photo of kevanb
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, dated October 18, 2012, poured into an Allagash Coolship Tumbler.

The beer pours a bright garnet red color, hues of ruby and pink with a light pink head, very fizzy, that rises up the glass, nearly 2 fingers high, but vanishes immediately and leaves just a trace of film atop the beer and no lacing. The aroma is of bright raspberry, vanilla, oak, lots of funk with some other berry fruit, mostly sweet strawberry. Raspberry is first on the tongue, very fleshy and fresh with lots of barnyard funk behind it. Strawberry sweetness plays with vanilla, chewy oak and mild vinegar. The body is very lively, lots of carbonation that coats the mouth well and has a creamy touch at the finish that is also puckering and fairly dry.

Verdict: One of the best domestic sour beers I've ever tried, especially one that is fruited. The funk is perfect and the raspberry is so fresh and delicious, this could easily be mistaken for a high end Belgian lambic. Kudos to Allagash for this, I can't wait to try more from their Coolship.

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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 HattedClassic
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
The beer is a dark clear ruby.

Smell:
Fruity and sweet with a bit of mustness. Tarty.

Taste:
Tart with a bit of sour as well.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth.

Overall:
A very good lambic and worth buying if you see one. This one is very different than most other lambics that you find on the market.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Coolship glass.

Appearance- The deepest ruby I've ever seen in a beer. Quick pinkish/white bubbly head that lasted seconds. Some nice lacing around the edges. Absolutely beautiful.

Smell- Raspberry jam, that patented funky Allagash coolship aroma, sharp yeast smell.

Taste- Funky raspberry juice, that same Allagash coolship "vicks" taste, mild acidic lemon, cider vinegar, herbal/earthy notes. Hard to describe in full detail.

Mouthfeel- Medium sourness, plenty of carbonation, dry finish.

Overall- Soooo good. Way better than Cerise. This beer has it all.

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Photo of NuclearRich
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Obtained in a trade. Thanks pistol pete! 375mL bottle poured into a Belgian snifter-type glass.

A. Pours a bright pink with purple hues. A bit hazy. Large white bubbles froth to form a nice big head that subsides very rapidly, leaving a tiny collar and almost non-existent lacing. A very pretty color, although I would ideally like a bit more retention

S. Smells lightly sweet and tart, with some acidic funk. Pleasant.

T. Tart raspberries are the mainstay flavor, with a bit of hay funk on the back. Quite nice.

M. Light bodied, crisp carbonation. A light coating of acidic funk stays with you for awhile.

O. A really nice lambic type. Tart, light fruit, a bit of funk. Cant ask for too much more. Not to mention, it is something really nice to get my hands on.

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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 Bowdoinbeerboy
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Shelton Bros. sampler at "The Festival."

This poured with no head and was a pale red color. The nose was a bit deceptive, it smelled faintly sweet, with definite hints of raspberries. However, the beer itself was SUPER bitter and slightly acidic (not quite to the point of being unpleasant).

I liked this beer, but it was a little strong in the bitterness category for my liking.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle dated 11/4/10

A: Pours translucent pale red/pink, thin soda like head that very quickly evaporates into nothing. Looks a little flat.

S: Light raspberry, oak, funk, slight grape skin

T: tart raspberry that is a bit subdued and in good balance with oak and funk. A little lactic, not overpowering. Not quite mouth puckering.

M: Medium body though carbonation is too low for my taste.

O: Great balanced taste, though I'd prefer it'd be more acidic. Carbonation was a little flat. A great beer, but not perfect.

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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 Etan
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle from the recent batch sent to me by Valdieu2, poured into a Cantillon tulip.

A: Pours a ruby body with a nice light pink head. The head recedes immediately.

S: Sweet raspberry flesh, tart skin, some mouthwatering acidity, a good dose of oak and horsey brett, a little bit of pleasant cheesiness. Potently fruity and funky, very impressive.

T: Puckeringly tart raspberry, slightly acetic, some lactic notes, very dry oak, wet hay, a bit gamey in the finish.

M: Very light-bodied, scouring carbonation, dry.

O: Can't really find any major flaws with this one. The fruit character in this batch is great, as is the balance of acidity and funk. Very promising for Allagash's spontaneous program.

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