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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249
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73
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Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dheldman
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brian29
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mythaeus
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of w5baron
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NHbeerfishing
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SveNss0N
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of POTABLE83
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of rodmanfor3
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one missed the mark for me.

It tastes like a typical Allagash coolship beer with a subtle hint of pumpkin, which wound up adding a strange bitter finish to the beer.

Worth a try but not worthy of a revisit.

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Photo of qcbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sgregory
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Had on tap at Allagash tasting room at end of the tour. Very nice sipper, but didn't exhibit any significant characteristics. Genuinely pleasant, but overall unremarkable. Not a pumpkin beer fan so was not disappointed that there was little pumpkin noticeable in nose or palate. Smooth feel.

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

Photo of Taby
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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.

Appearance:

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.

Smell:

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.

Taste:

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.

Mouthfeel:

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 dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fievel
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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