Allagash Ghoulschip | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
292
Reviews:
69
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.65%
 
 
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Ratings: 292 |  Reviews: 69
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at AndrewK’s tasting.

Bottled 9/2011.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild tartness and acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink but I am not getting any pumpkin in the smell or taste.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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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3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4 of 5 coolship beers shared by dsgolovin. Thanks, David.

Murky light brown pour with a head that crackles away instantly.

Smells like earth and crusty bread, pumpkin and spice, molasses. There's only a touch of sourness on the nose.

The palate has more tartness, and showcases an interesting mix of vinous fruit notes with bready malt, spice and roasted pumpkin, molasses sweetness. The mouthfeel is pretty chewy, and the finish is more sweet than sour.

Reactions were mixed at the table, but I found this quite good.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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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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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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle shared by ThoreauLikeAGirl. Thanks!

Poured a slightly cloudy burnt orange color, with a thin layer of delicate bubbles on top. Nose is sour with hints of citrus and grassy funk. Didn't really get much pumpkin in the aroma or the taste, but it definitely had a nice wild sourness to it, light funk, with probably more lemon pith and light cherry notes than anything in the fruit department. I suppose pumpkin seeds could be construed as an afterthought. Nice balance of caramel and a touch of brown sugar and vanilla. Pretty light in the mouthfeel, yet still quite complex overall. I'm kind of glad the pumpkin flavor really didn't come out much, because I think it would've detracted from the beer's overall complexity. Very nice.

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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to Jay and Paul for bringing it to Evo.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/brown color with a very small tan head with little lacing.

S: Reminds me of pumpkin seeds actually, some pumpkin spice, with cinnamon and nutmeg, a little bit of molasses, and a little bit of funk.

T: More pumpkin, not as much spice as the aroma, but definitely there. A little bit of barnyard funk, and slightly sour. Very earthy.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. In terms of sour/tartness, on the lower side.

O: A nice wild ale, not overly sour, but I think that works well with the flavors in this beer, the pumpkin and spices.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky orange/amber color with an off-white head. Smells very metallic. Not really any pumpkin, but I guess that’s not that big of a surprise. Some lactic tartness to it, maybe a little bit of oak and fruit (apple). The flavor is also quite metallic, which just really ruins the beer. Some tartness and oak, lightly tannic. Not really much going on and not all that enjoyable.

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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a stemless snifter.

Big thanks to Florida9 for sharing this bottle!

I feel this stuff went well with the spooky decor (wink! inside joke)... It pours a lightly hazy gold topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, brett, light powdered sugar, pumpkin shell, and sweet carrot. The taste holds notes of sharp, funky lemon, light gouda, toasted pumpkin seeds, cardamom, and a hint of clove. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall, a pretty tasty sour, though it comes across a tad thin to me. Beyond that, though, the complexity is very nice, if a bit oddball.

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3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden body. Medium white head and collar.

Smell - Acidic and musty. Some pumpkin comes through.

Taste - Sharp sourness up front. Woody here. I still get some pumpkin, but it isn't as strong as it is in the aroma. I get a lot more molasses, though.

Mouthfeel - Medium high carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Eh. Don't love the combination of flavors so much.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429 alongside several other Allagash sour/wild ales. Thank you very much, Mike!

The beer appears orange with a mild haze and a small, fizzy head. The aroma brings wild yeast, tart apples, oak. Nice flavor, though I couldn't pick out any pumpkin or squash character. Lactic finish with mild acidity. A bit of pucker. Fairly light in body and easy to drink. Another tasty wild ale from Allagash.

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Allagash Ghoulschip from Allagash Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 292 ratings.
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