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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
Ranking:
#1,512
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
294
pDev:
10.24%
Bros Score:
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Chico1985
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Armsby Abbey last week, an Allagash rarity I've always been intrigued by.

Pours into an Allagash glass a hazy orangish-brown with a small white head, it retains pretty well leaving some lace.

Scent yields lots of lactic+bretty bug notes, tartness, bready notes.

Like the smell it's kind of a simple wild ale but it works. Lactic notes definitely stick out still with plenty of bretty bugs. Pumpkin seed, light spice and some toastiness come out with warmth adding some complexity. Medium amount of sourness, pretty easy drinking for the style.

Decent mouthfeel, highish carbonation, could be a bit more full.

Overall a pretty interesting beer. The pumpkin seeds give it a unique feel, but without them this may be just an average wild ale, could use more layers, but certainly worth trying.

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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey to kick off their anniversary week party.

A - Pours a rather nice crystal clear golden hue pour with a good one finger head that that leaves thin lacing.

S - Aromas of light sour and gentle funk with some roasty seed notes; alot more that I remember.

T - Taste is very earthy, lots of seed notes and good funk. Much morefunk than I remember. Isn't quite as one note/flat either. Slightly old pumpkin flesh too.

M - Mouthfeel is nice with solid carbonation for a wild. Super drinkable.

O - Overall this was a tasty brew. I'm really liking how it is coming along with age.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from a recent tasting, courtesy of daryk77 - thanks man! The date was on the bottle, I just didn't happen to write it down.

Poured into a snifter. Light pumpkin hazy orange, with an eddy of white head that wraps the beer in a thin ring. Some retention on this.

Nose is an unmistakable sour ale, with good funk, musk, lactic acid, citrus. There is a mild sweetness lingering in the back, but I doubt I would have recognized this as pumpkin if I hadn't read it on the bottle.

This is a great sour ale to be sure, but where's the pumpkin? The sour base is quality - puckery sour, loads of lactic and funky goodness - but that sweet pumpkin counter just wasn't there.

For a brew that pushed the pumpkin content so, I was quite let down by this lacking. I guess I had something more specific in mind that just wasn't there. Perhaps what I got was precisely what the seeds and oak were going to add to this brew. If that is the case, then, the combination didn't really add anything to the complexion for me. Not a bad beer at all, just not what I was looking for.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a hazy dark orange color with tangerine hues and a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Splotchy lacing left behind.  Really nice color and good retention.

Earthy, funky aroma with lots of oak, bretty bugs and lactic funk.  Very authentic smelling with quite a but horsey/barnyard character.  Slightly floral/vegetal but i would have never guessed that this beer was made with pumpkin or molasses.  Decent barrel presence with some vanilla and toasted oak.

Medium bodied with a tart, puckering mouthfeel and a decent amount of earthy funk.  Good sourness with subtle acetic vibegar but not harsh or solvent.  Nice barrel presence with dry oak and subtle vanilla flavor.  Decent amount of barnyard funk but it doesn't taste as authentic as it smells.  Some light fruit and citrus but I'm not picking up any autumnal flavor.  No pumpkin, roast or molasses.  Well balanced and easy to drink with lingering tartness.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Amy Fowler for this beer and the wonderful Coolship glass to go along with it.

A - pours a murky orange with just a small amount of foam that quickly faded to a ring of bubbles
S - There is a lightly sour vinegar note to the aroma but not alot else, some lemon and bright citrus, yet nothing too overpowering
T - taste upfront is some mild vinegar along with lemon aspects, as it follows through you can almost taste the pumpkin seeds although the molasses are non existant. The lemony vinegar flavor lasts throughout and is there in the finish as well.
M - good lively carbonation but not overcarbed to the point you cant taste anything, its not prickly in your mouth, but can be foamy.
D - This is a very nice flavored beer although some of the intended flavors seem to be lacking. I don't think I could drink more than one but its still a very unique beer to try and again thanks to Amy for the hook up.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -64.3%

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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hopleaf during CCBW.

Pours a cloudy orangish amber with white head. Nice lacing.

Sour vinegar dominates the aroma, but it's not too abrasive.

Upfront taste is sour, vinegar ... very lambic-like to me as I don't notice any fruitiness ... just more of a static, but enjoyable, sourness. Taste follows through to the finish. Sourness fades as the flavor lingers on the palate, presenting some maltyness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Very enjoyable beer, but nothing spectacular. Nice level of sourness that is between boring and mouth puckering. I'd have this again if it was available and I was in the mood for a sour, but wouldn't seek it out.

5/23/2012

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EDIT ... after reading a few other reviews I'm starting to wonder if the keg wasn't actually Ghoulschip or if I was served something else ... take my notes with a grain of salt as there was no pumpkin fruitiness, toasted malt or malty molasses sweetness.
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Allagash Ghoulschip from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 294 ratings
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