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Allagash GhoulschipAllagash Ghoulschip

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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.

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Photo of viaingo
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Photo of cavman
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Photo of Brez07
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Photo of Pete27lax
4.79/5  rDev +16%
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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Photo of sk8man121
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into Allagash Coolship tumbler. Dated September 2011.

A: Pours a completely opaque caramel orange with tangerine highlights. 1-finger head dies into a slim cap.

S: Geuze-like hay, followed by honey and molasses. WTF in a good way.

T: Vinegary and tart up front; pineapple and citrus mingle. Quickly, this turns into middle and finish that is dominated by dry(?!) caramel and dry(?!) molasses respectively. Just gorgeous.

M: Medium-high carbonation. The molasses finish gives this a tongue-coating mouthfeel that really makes this beer in my opinion.

O: I've been lucky enough to have multiple tastes of this beer over the course of the past year and a half or so, this being the second bottle that I've opened since the release on Monday. Is it amazing? Yes. Do I wish this wasn't a one-off? You better believe it. Being an unfruited lambic, Ghoulschip is the closest thing to a geuze that I've tried from Allagash. And it's beautiful.

Sex on a stick. Find.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Crooked Stave Tulip. September 2011 bottle date.

Appearance- Hazy brownish/amber with zero head, but some decent lacing.

Smell- Molasses, squash of some sort probably pumpkin, bretty funk, some lemon and mild oak.

Taste- Orange/lemon, molasses and honey, light pumpkin-like flavor, brett-style funk.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonated, medium tartness, sweeter and not dry.

Overall- This is so good. It's a new permawant. Might even be my new favorite Allagash.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. bottle poured into an over-sized wine glass. Liquid comes out an autumn orange color, somewhat hazy, not as hazy as some other sours I've had before. Pale orange head, but it's more like fizz, not much of it and it goes away pretty quickly. Still there's some really good glass retention.

Smell is really good. Smells as if it would be acidic and tart. Smells like tart white grapes and quite a bit of oak. Some slight natural pumpkin and maybe some nutmeg. Earthy and some natural funk.

Taste is really good, I can see why people like sours after trying this. Pretty tart with some natural acidity. Almost a cranberry flavor but it has some really ripe lemon zest and maybe some lime peel as well, just not as sour as they are. There is some natural pumpkin flavor here as well, but again, not very strong. The oak is a dominant feature in the taste.

Mouthfeel is really good. The carbonation was good, better than I expected, thought it would be too flat, but it's almost fizzy. It's incredibly dry and tart, but has a sweetness to almost like a cranberry sauce if it were in liquid form. Super crisp with a nice dry, tart, and somewhat earthy finish. It's full bodied, the taste lingers for awhile after each sip. The pumpkin is dominant here in the mouthfeel, pumpkin beers always have a distinct mouthfeel and here's where the pumpkin qualities come out in my opinion. The drinkability is there, it's a sipper, but it goes pretty quickly. Solid all around brew from Allagash. I'm really not a big sour guy but this is a quality brew from Allagash, I can see why they people like it.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this on-tap during the bottle release but decided to wait and review off one of the bottles.

Pours a clear golden/orange color, large white fizzy head that fades quickly to get out of the way, not much lacing though.

Smell has a nice mix of sourness, funky brett, a woody oak presence that adds a nice complexity, not picking up much of the pumpkin or even molasses that they added.

Taste has the right balance of sour tartness, woody barrel character, funked up malt, slight earthy presence possibly from the added pumpkin even though the pumpkin flavor itself is not evident.

This beer has changed for the better from when I first sampled it. When I had it on-tap it had a very earthy flavor with hardly any sourness to it. While it still has a bit of earthiness, the sourness has perked up quite a bit.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a Surly Darkness glass. Huge thanks to JAHMUR for sharing this spontaneously fermented treat.

A: Cloudy orange body with a thin, dense layer of ultra-fine tan bubbles. Nice.

S: Pure sourness. Lemony acidity, grassy funk, and flinty earthiness. Smells like a genuine Lambic. Bravo.

T: Lemon sourness up front, with some malt and, yes, pumpkin, joining in midway through. Grassiness on the finish. Clean, tasty, tart, and great.

M: Ultra soft, ultra fine, and nicely carbonated. Delicate, velvety, luxurious.

O: Terrific sour. I was hugely disappointed with this beer when I tried it at Night of the Funk a couple years back, but this bottle is nothing short of spectacular. If this is a sign of how Allagash's koelschip program is shaping up, I'm incredibly excited. Definitely ISO whatever else they release in this series.


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Photo of badgustav
4.5/5  rDev +9%

I am not a fan of pumpkin beers. The only ones I touch at this point have the words "barrel aged" on the bottle, but I will try anything Allagash puts out, fortunately, this met both requirements.

Remarkably sour for a pumpkin, the pumpkin and molasses come out in the finish. This is a fine Nelgian-style offering, with the seasonal flavour adding to the beer without being the focus. The body was light and invigorating, and I was truly sad when it was gone.

I came by this bottle by accident, and I'm now sad I didn't know better to gather more,

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Photo of DavidSomers
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If you like a good Oude Gueuze, you will enjoy this beer. A wonderful blend of sour and funk. If this had been a blind taste test, I would have identified it as a true Gueuze. The pumpkin flavors are subtle and not fully recognizable as pumpkin, but they do give it a unique flavor that makes this beer stand apart. Worth tracking down.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A hazy amber pour with a modest head that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Apple, grape and pumpkin, with a sour overtone

Taste: Fruit flavors, up front, with the tart element developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the pumpkin adds another angle along with some depth of flavor from the molasses

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: The pumpkin and molasses make this quite different from any other sour I have encountered; well worth seeking out

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Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours cloudy orange with quickly dissipating white head. The nose is pumpkin, tart apricot, squash, earth, wood, light vanilla, coconut and faint sulfur. The taste is tart apricot, tangerine, white grape, sour pumpkin, saltiness, mild acidity, wood, earth, faint mustiness, subtle vanilla and touch of alcohol warmth with a dry, tart finish. Medium body and fine, carbonation. Pretty smooth, mellow, good depth of flavor and very drinkable.

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Photo of Doshkin
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - quite opaque, dull brown/orange, an inch of head that lingers for a while and leaves some pretty lacing

s - tart and sweet. the pumpkin comes through the smell more than in the taste.

t - when cold, it's mostly all sour. as it warms, the molasses comes out more. there is a warming aftertaste.

m - medium, though lighter than expected for the alcohol content, which is masked very well with the flavors.

o - i love allagash... they never fail to produce a good beer. this is the second limited release i've had (first was vrienden) and i'm very happy with it. i will continue to support this amazing company

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Pour House in New Jersey (Huh?)

Ghoulschip goes in the glass a nice bold orangish color with no head by the time it got to me. A slight haze to this ghoul, not entirely possible to see through. No lace, no head, no bubbles. Im not going to fault this though.

Smell is nice and ripe with autumn scents, the pumpkin is there, molasses not so much. Some slight funk with some light orange. A big whiff brings forth some mineral quality, barnyard notes, and the closest thing I have smelled to a true Belgian 'sour'. I realize the coolschip is young, but the bugs are putting in work.

Well, goddamn, this is that stuff. An interesting take on a pumpkin style of beer with natural bugs. Slight pumpkin and molasses flavor with a nice sour bite in the middle finishing with the slightest bit of butter. the funk is there, with a nice sourness and some sour apple in the finish.

Feel is a gaining on medium, with some carb going for it regardless of the kinda dead look that is seen. The sourness is not to big, not to small, just right with backing phunk. aftertaste has some underlining apple in it. No qualms here.

Well my 1st dive into the Allagash Coolschip was a nice one. Im not a fan of pumpkin type beers, but whatever Todd and crew did to this worked. Nothing is overstated, everything is there, give it a try, if you can.

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4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful mead like look. Nose has a lot going on. The barrel really plays on the smell. It has a nice dusting of funk and sour. Sour is consistent but not overpowering on the tongue. Nice pumpkin based dry tannins. Wonderful overall.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served as part of the Novare Res/NERAX cask event. This was the public premiere of this beer (and perhaps its only appearance ever) and the one at this event I most wanted to try. It was my first pour of the night.

It was served to me as 5oz on my 10oz mini-Imperial pint. It was colored orange, translucent, and had a few bubbles on top. It looked remarkable like a glass of apple juice.

It had a funky, tart aroma that also blended well with the flavor. It was full of pumpkin flavor, but not spicy whatsoever. It was dry and slightly sweet in the finish and it the coating. It wasn't too tart, especially compared to the other coelschip beers. The sourness was subtle. This is an impressive flavor and unlike any other pumpkin beer I've had.

Both the body and carbonation are on the lighter end. It leaves behind a small but flavorful coat. There is a little bit of a puckering sensation but still very drinkable. All of the flavors are subtle enough to appeal to any sour fan, even those who hate pumpkin beers. I hope this beer make another appearance, as I think many folks would enjoy it.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. This one pours a hazy orange color with a finger of creamy beige head. It settles leaving some soapy lace.

The aroma has a rich pumpkin smell to it with a lemongrass type aroma. Lots of sourness here with some good funk. Good pure pumpkin flavor with a finish that is sweet and tart. The molasses comes through nicely with a good tart funky finish.

The body is light with good carbonation. Even seems a little creamy. Overall really awesome stuff here. Nice to see some new stuff being done with pumpkins.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Did a side by side of the September 2011 bottle and the September 18th, 2014 bottle of Ghoulship.

both bottles have a pretty hefty pop as the cork leaves the bottle neck.

approximately 6oz of each vintage poured into unbranded wine stem.


2011-deep orange body with white head that pours to a thick cap.

2014-yellow body with 2 white head that pours to almost 2 full fingers of head.


2011- this one smells of moderate vinegar and has a hefty dose of Allagash signature funk. Hint of molasses. Not getting much pumpkin in this vintage.

2014- molasses and vegital pumpkin. Toasted sweetness and light sourness with light allagash funk. Smells bright, vibrant, and clean. Hint of citrusy character as well.


2011-not at all like the nose. This one starts off sweet and without much sourness on the front end as the nose would suggest, but the beer has a nice sour kick on the back end of each taste that is less than moderate sourness. definitely more complex flavor, but I would have liked more sourness.

2014-much like the nose. molasses and vegital pumpkin. Light toasted malt sweetness and light sourness with light allagash funk. Maybe even a light salinity or salt character underneath the layers. Slight earthy presence as well.


2011- medium light body with low carbonation levels. creamy and soft carbonation just a little bit less than the 2014 carbonation level. 2011 is slightly drier than 2014 vintage, but I think that the 2014 still has more overall sourness.

2014-light bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Carbonation is extremely well executed. Tiny bubbles that are creamy and soft. semidry finish. Outstanding mouthfeel.

Overall: The 2014 vintage is my preference of the two vintages. Even though the 2011 is much more complex, layered, and nuanced in the flavor profile. The 2011 has aged quite well and will probably continue to develop under proper cellar conditions. The mouthfeel is outstanding on both vintages. Interesting how this beer ages. My first experience with Ghoulship and only the 2nd or 3rd pumpkin sour beer that I have tried.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from a 1 year old bottle. Ghoulship pours a hazy amber with a small fizzy head. The foam fades quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is funky with notes of sour apple, oak, and a touch of vanilla.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor is tart with sour apple notes followed by some malt sweetness. A touch of citrus and a hint of spice is detected at the end. Once gone the tart fruit flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty funky beer. Not as tart as other beers and quite drinkable. After a year the beer held up very well.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a tip that this was drinking well now, can't wait to try it now. Only other time I've had it before is at one of the big beer festivals and it was so-so.

Poured carefully to not get the yeast... just yet. It yields a light fizzy head covering that fades fairly quickly to almost nothing, but somehow leaves a touch of lacing, over a mostly clear, slight chill hazed honey orange colored beer.

Nose brings a nice sour aroma, plenty of wild yeast in this sucker. Great tart fruity aromas, with a soured malt like aroma, but light malt. Light acidic like aroma with a lactic acid and some light funky wild yeast, Brett lambicus or possibly bacteria. I do get a hint of tasted oak and some mashed pumpkin with a hint of a toasted aroma.

Taste picks right up with the wild and sour flavors. Plenty of Brett lambicus, wild funk with some lactic acid, fairly acidic, and a bit of a bready malt flavor. Sourness is there but not crazy, mostly held in check, with light tart fruit flavors, and again a bit of pumpkin on the background but it's not in the fore front of the flavor. Again light toasty flavors, I think from the toasted pumpkin seed, a light sweetness with sticky feel. Faint hint of toasted oak barrel as well. Acidity is definitely tehre but not overpowering, like the sourness. Finish is dry but sticky and slightly phlegmy, bit more tart fruit and pumpkin, light bready malts, sourness, light acidity all linger.

Mouth is med bodied, fuller than I expected, with plenty of carbonation and some acidity but not a lot.

Adding the yeast makes it cloudy and darker orange red colored, brings a bit more wild flavors and malt flavors surprisingly, and seems to cut down on the acidity a bit.

Overall pretty good, a nice sour that isn't overpowering with sourness or acidity, but def has some of both. A nice wild component that adds a hint of funk and bready malt flavors. Light sticky finish, but overall a tasty beer. Wonder how it will continue to age.

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Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Quick notes:

Really nice aroma, teasing sour notes and just a hint of pumpkin (not pumpkin spice).

This comes through on the flavor quite well. There's a mellow, organic pumpkin seed flavor, melding very well with a subdued sour note. Slight flowery sweetness; I don't get much, if any, molasses.

This is one of the more delicate sours I've had, and the pumpkin adds a nice touch without becoming just another spiced pumpkin beer.

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Photo of brystmar
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Blind Tiger.

Pours amber with red hues, slightly hazy. Minimal head, no lace. Tart fruit up front lets you know this is a sour. Mild pumpkin sweetness in the background. Bretty yeast spices things up.

Tastes like a gueuze. Tart fruit and spices tingle the tongue, funky yeast and oak barrel flavors join in before a cleanly dry finish. Zero pumpkin, even after it warmed, but that's fine with me. This is a great sour!

Medium body and deliciousness make this easy quaff. Wish this were more readily available. Props to Allagash for another great beer!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On cask at Night of the Funk. Pumpkin lambic, I like it already. Pour yields a hazy caramel-brown with a thin off-white head. Nose has a bit of pumpkin there, though I'm sure that's a bit of bias knowing that it's in there. Nonetheless, good notes of funk and Brett come through to dry this one out and throw in a really rustic character. The flavor does actually have a touch of gourd and earthy hay and funk. Pretty good and nicely unique, though nothing earth-shattering. Feel is a bit prickly given the serving format and has a nice mellow funk. Drinks quite well and certainly points for originality (along with a shout out to Jolly Pumpkin for working a similar concept).

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Corked and caged bottle poured into my tulip at cellar temperature. Huge thanks to phingdong for sharing a bottle with me. After having the Allagash coolship offerings at NOTF, I am beyond excited to try this.

Appearance: Bright orange in color. The first pour is almost all beige foam. Initial three finger head recedes into a nice lacing. A touch cloudy as well.

Aroma: Lemon, brett funk, tart green apples, and a touch of oak. Minimal pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, and a nice bit of molasses. Nice tartness overall.

Taste: The tartness of the aroma is there, but this is definitely sweeter. Molasses and roasted pumpkin backing add a nice layer. Lemon, tart green apple and a nice dry funk. More funky than sour from my estimation. Oak from the barrel is present too. Nicely balanced and not overly sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light mouthfeel. On the lighter side of carbonation.

Overall, a nice, well done American wild. Nice balance of sweet sour and funk. The pumpkin is minimal, but not really needed. I wish this trended more on the sour side, but the nice funk notes make up for it. I am really glad I got to try this.

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