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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

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Ratings:
292
Reviews:
69
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.65%
 
 
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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 dsgolovin
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in an 8oz snifter

A deep orange, bordering on amber with a thin off-white cap. Little to no retention, as the cap fell to a thin collar. Dots of lace on the glass.

A little bit pumpkin and molasses are working hard to balance out some funk and green apple. A delicate dance going on here.

On the palate, the tartness and barnyard funk poke through up front, but are quickly swept away by a strong malt profile, pumpkin and molasses. There is a vanilla sweetness that lingers a well.

Medium body with prickly carbonation. Slightly tart, with tannins providing an interesting texture.

This is a unique pumpkin ale that really works to push the boundaries. A good beer with some interesting qualities.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AutumnBeerLove for the hookup on this one. Served in a Cantillon tulip alongside all the 'real' Coolship beers.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and a few spots of lace. Hazed dark orange body that verges on brown.

S - Super lactic, with vanilla, spicy oak, tart citrus, stone fruits, and minimal apparent pumpkin. I suppose I'm not surprised as 'pumpkin' beer is largely a result of offensive amounts of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice, none of which were used in this beer. In any case, a very nice American wild.

T - Taste is a tad less good, with some carbonic seltzer water and astringent oak character marring the otherwise enjoyable combination of lactic sourness, vanilla, and stone fruits. Like many Allagash wilds, there's still a decent amount of brown sugar malt sweetness in the periphery.

M - Medium body, zesty carbonation, and a hint of warming that reveals the near-7% ABV. Dry and tannic texture. The surplus of bubbles helps keep things light here.

D - I remember being underwhelmed when I tried this in November, but I think it's shaped up quite nicely since then. One of the more enjoyable small batch offerings from Allagash. I liked this more than many of the Coolship beers.

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Photo of largadeer
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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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex! Poured into HF stemware.

A - Pours a mirky orange color, white head, thin collar.

S - Fruity, woody, floral, some nice light acidic sour/tart notes, citrus. All very light and subtle, very nice and enjoyable.

T - A little more spices compared to the nose, but overall, pretty similar. Citrus peel, fruity tartness, light oak, nice acidic feel, light funk in there too. Not a whole lot of pumpkin here, but I'm not complaining.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - I enjoyed this one more then I thought I would, truth be told. It's a nice wild and I think I would almost rather have this over some of the Coolships. I would definitely have again, so hopefully I can acquire a bottle for the future.

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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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of keanlacrosse
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

Bottled Sep. 2011. A huge thank you to SneezyAchew for a couple of these.

A: Pours a cloudy dark caramel color with two fingers of very bubbly bright white head that stuck around for a while before fading into a thin collar that left a handful of spotty lacing down the glass.
S: Lightly tart notes of lemon zest, yeast, straw, dry oak and spices. I detect a bit of coriander, but the molasses doesn’t necessarily stand out. Smells pretty good, but I’m not getting any pumpkin.
T: Still no pumpkin but there is a bit of molasses-like sweetness in the finish. Flavors are full of dry oak, spices, and lightly sour citrus juice and rind.
M: Very active carbonation which froths up and tingles my mouth. Body is medium and the mouthfeel is slick and greasy beneath all the carbonation.
O: A very drinkable sour with very enjoyable flavors. It’s a shame this tastes nothing like pumpkin, but it has a good taste regardless. Thanks again, Michael.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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

On tap at Max's during their Allagash pre-event on the final Sunday of Belgium fest.

The beer pours a pumpkin orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty wild in this one, as I pick up considerable wine and sour funk, with some interesting underlying orange citrus as well. The flavor profile tended to replicate the nose, but with a bit more sour than I expected. It tended to completely dominate the flavor profile and drown out pretty much anything else. There was some light vanilla and underlying fruit as well, but it was hard to pick up with all the sour going on. Mouthfeel was fairly long, with a wash of sour at the end.

A nice enough beer, but not the extraordinairy flavor treat I was expecting and hoping for.

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndyAvalanche for the bottles
poured in to lost abbey stemware

Color: Copper,orange, auburn hues glow from this beer. A dime sized white ring forms around the top of the glass.

Nose: Pumpkin, light molasses. toasted oak(which I love) slight sour funk and other seasonal spices: allspice, nutmeg(faint) and clove.

Palate: This is where Ghoulschip shines! The drinkability of this beer is insane good. The carbonation is just right and the abv is well masked all through this beer. This brew has a medium bodied feel on the tongue and it provides plenty of sour funk and oakiness. I love the feel of molasses at the back end and the spice profile on the finish. The pumpkin comes in waves to add some pleasant sweetness.

Finish: a nice sourness with good sweetness and subtle dry finish. Def a good American sour

93/100

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of jsilva
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper pour; small white head

Lambic-like aroma (funk and acidity) and slight gourd. Not much else.

Malt, wheaty, light yeast flavor. Some caramel and Allagash funk. Not much pumpkin at all. Nice little bit of tartness. This is actually a pretty good beer. I know saying it has pumpkins in it sort of throws you off but it's really hard to find any in this beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
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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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during Brewvival 2012! Served from tap into a Brewvival sampler imperial pint. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, earth, tart, sour, and cherry. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, earth, tart, sour, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with heavy carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. If I am honest, this one fell a little short of what I was hoping it would be. While really good, it just felt like the flavors were a little diluted to me. Didn't kill the beer at all, but definitely held it back from the full experience. I actually enjoyed the Mattina Rossa more. Still a solid brew from Allagash that I suggest any fan of the sours tries at least once.

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Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Allagash Ghoulschip from Allagash Brewing Company
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