Ghoulschip | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Allagash Ghoulschip is our version of a pumpkin beer. We brewed it, on Halloween 2008, with a monster mash that included shredded Maine pumpkin and toasted pumpkin seeds. After much toil and some trouble, molasses were added to the boil. The wort then spent the night outside, in our Coolship, possessed by the yeasts of beers past. In the morning, the cooled wort was racked into a stainless tank and pitched with our house yeast. After primary fermentation the beer is then transferred to oak barrels. Ghoulschip fermented and aged in the dark recesses of our cellars for almost three years. The resulting beer is light bodied and pumpkiny in color. Apricot dominates the aroma, with vanilla and caramel lurking in the background. The flavor profile is scarily clean, with a dry, tart finish that will haunt you. Boo.

Added by Brez07 on 09-25-2010

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: American Ale/Pumpkin Ale
Color: Amber. Very cloudy.
Body: Moderately carbonated. Very flavorful.
Head: Very small white head that does not leave much lace but really improves the taste.
Taste: Delicious! Very tart at first but turns gingery very quickly. Almost tastes like a cider in the middle. Pumpkin seeds were very prominent and separate from the pumpkin flavor. Dry but smooth finish.
Aroma: Very complex. Prominent pumpkin flavors with molasses and spice finish.

overall this was an amazing beer. This perfectly personifies the fall season with a perfect fall beer. The bottle itself was classic Allagash, corked and pretty. I have tried Allagash Curieux and Allagash Dubel and Tripel before and the Ghoulschip takes the cake. I did notice that once the beer became warm you could distinctly taste each component in this craft beer. The seeds definitely gave it a flavor I have never tried before. I am counting the days before I can purchase another bottle next year.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this the first time at CBC on Halloween night 2009(yes 2009 the log maybe lasted 10 minutes). The early release hadn't taken much of the wild yeast/bacteria flavors yet and it was a year ago so this review is not that. More recently had it on cask at NERAX North at the Tap in Haverhill. Now the funk has taken hold and in a great way as it still has enough residual sweetness to handle it. Great sour beer that came across more like a gueze than anything else.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this amazing beer last night at the Cask fest at Novare Res. Description said this beer was made with natural, wild yeast and pumpkin on their koelship. Aged in a barrel, served on cask. Was able to have two 5oz samples of this, served in a pint glass

A: Light peach/orange in color. Some frothy head that doesn't stay around that long. Very limited lacing

S: Nice light funkiness starts this one off. Also some belgian yeast and sour... something. What I loved the most about this though was the pumpkin. Just pumpkin, no spices to get in the way

T: Just as the nose, starts with a funkiness. The pumpkin flavor really comes out, but again there isn't the normal large presence of spice, nutmeg, etc accompanying it. Just a slight sweetness. Not overly tart, but enough to let you know it's there

M: I'd say it was medium to full bodied. Very soft, not surprising since it was cask. Light carbonation

D: Of the three koelship beers I've had, this is definitely my favorite. I love pumpkin beers but often find the spices to be to much, so drinking this was almost like a dream come true. It's a shame that this beer may never be made again. Fingers crossed

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking my first bottle from the release on 11/9/11

Pours from the bottle a slightly hazy amber color. Decent head with not much lacing. Good looking beer though.

Smell is fantastic! Very strong sour/funk smell upfront. Just a very tart yet nice aroma.

Taste was definitely the most enjoyable aspect of this beer. Sweet, tart, sour immediately upfront in the taste. Pumpkin notes come out as the beer sits and warms. Definitely up there with my favorite wilds.

Mouthfeel was very enjoyable as well. Moderate carbonation with a dry feel throughout and dryness after.

Loved this beer! Very happy that I attended the release and got multiple bottles.

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Ghoulschip from Allagash Brewing Company
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