Allagash Big Little Beer | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed for the 2010 Beer Advocate Belgian Beer Fest. This is the "small beer" of the two beers brewed for the 2010 fest. Brewed with two types of Pilsner, Red Wheat Malt, Victory Malt and Demerra Sugar. Hopped with Northern Brewer, Mt Hood and Nelson Sauvin. Fermented with Belgian Yeast Strain with significant phenolics and spice character.

Added by deltatauhobbit on 01-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
71
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.55%
 
 
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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some flavors of spices along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink but seems like could use more balance in the taste because there are contrasting flavors.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a 5 oz sampler in old town Orange, California. It was at some cafe down the street from Provisions on Glassell. Expectations were high, as I quite fancy what I've had previously from Allagash. Reviewed from notes. I didn't pair it with food.

A: Pours a half finger head of decent cream, okay thickness, and and bad retention. Colour is a cloudy yellow.

Sm: Light lemon ester hops and clean barley. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lemon ester tinges, with clean barley as the foundation. Simple but pleasant and refreshing. Full and appealing without featuring any strong flavours. Here's a beer that embodies subtlety; I'd like some of the Russian Imperial Stout fans to try beers like this because you don't need heavy-handed strong flavours to form a good beer. I'm certain someone with a better palate than mine (and more than a 5 oz sampler) could identify these notes.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Very nice thickness. Complements the flavours.

Dr: Extremely drinkable - this beer's strong suit (and often Allagash's). Ultimately, however, it's too simple for me to consider seeking out in the future. Give her a spin though, especially if you fancy the style.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives with a hazy honey color capped by a perky head that trickles some lace down the side of the tulip glass

Smell: Herbacious spice, stone fruit and a hoppy edge

Taste: At the outset, pepper and clove flavors combine with the stone fruit and citrus to create a nice hoppy Belgian flavor profile; the finish is crisp, fruity and bitter

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Appropriately named, this "little" beer packs a lot of flavor - delicious

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden color with a finger of fluffy white head and good lacing.

Smell: Light and very crisp. Belgian yeast spice and some citrus notes.

Taste: Citrus notes and Belgian yeast spice dominate, but the beer is very light and drinkable. There is a mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really easy to drink beer. Full of flavor but not heavy at all. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light, cloudy yellow color with a small white head and a spot or two of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose brings some light bready malt, a bit of grain, and some light earthy hops. Bit of a floral character there as well. The flavor has some of the herbal hops and some grain along with a bit of citrus and spice. Good carbonation and a nice body; pretty refreshing. Solid brew.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Huge creamy 2 finger creamy head, hazy pale yellow colored beer, lacing.

Nose nice Belgian pale, nice Belgian golden malts, light toasty almost straw like, light lemony floral hops which are noticable but not huge, light Belgian yeast.

Taste starts with Belgian yeast funk, farmhouse dry yeast flavor almost wild funk but not quite, light citrus and lemon zest hop flavor, golden malts, some light Belgian golden malts, weird almost meat like funk flavor that starts to come through and ruin the beer a little. Finishes dry with hint of bitterness, light Belgian yeast, and sticky feel.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall not quite sure, weird flavors, nice hops, nice light funk yeast.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big Little Beer... interesting name, I wonder where that comes from. Maybe this is from the second runnings of another beer? Anyway...

It pours a clear straw gold body beneath a short head of white foam. The head retention is good and the lacing is adequate.

Not much comes through in the nose. There's some straightforward, lightly sweet malt, a bit of light fruitiness (apples, grapes, a bit of citrus), and a hint of yeasty chalkiness and subtle spice.

The flavor follows suit, and it's spicy and dry. The golden malt is sweetish, but not sweet, and just slightly bready. It mainly acts as a base for the yeast and hops to work off of, displaying citrusy, lemony, and grassy hop notes amidst a chalky yeastiness and gently peppery spiciness. The bitterness is restrained, but present, and it finishes dry. Nicely balanced throughout.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body and crisp.

Overall, I found it quite interesting. At first I thought it was very much like a Belgian style witbier, but as it warmed it became more fruity. It's readily accessible to even the most virgin palate, and remarkably drinkable. At 5.5% alcohol by volume, there's not much to stop you from having another. Well done!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had on tap at the Pickled Pig Pub in Rehoboth DE.

A: Came in a snifter glass. The beer is a slightly hazy golden/yellow color. A nice white, one finger head sat on top with great retention and moderate lacing.

S: Very grassy with nice citrus notes, mostly lemon. Almost reminds me of a hefe in some aspects. The belgian yeast comes through as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, the grassiness is a bit stronger and tastes very good. Light citrus fruits (mostly lemon) and some light green apple. There is a nice spice component from the yeast and a little bit of pepper as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. Extremely crisp and quite refreshing.

O: A pleasant surprise in the beer dinner. Very easy drinking and the crispness helps a lot. Not overly complex, but the flavors were ones that I liked. Definitely a good beer for the summer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/11/11 notes. Had on tap at Dupont Paradiso in DC last night. Was pretty excited when the bartender told me they were putting on a keg of the Little Big beer, as I LOVED it at BBF, but it turned out to be Big Little beer...oh well. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky bright yellow color with one and a half fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells spices, Belgian yeast, pepper, cloves, and light bananas. Good, focusing more on the spice and pepper.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, bready malts, bananas, spices, light pepper, cloves, and some citrus hops. More bananas and less pepper than the nose, and a big step up for me. Hops kind of reminded me of a Belgian IPA almost.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nice smooth and creamy body, and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good Belgian pale ale. Really liked the bananas and bready malts in the taste, and pretty easy to drink. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a rather large white head.

S: Lots of phenols on the nose with tons of pepper and other spices. The malt character is almost all bread and biscuit. Despite being a malt driven beer, there is only a light sweetness, which mostly comes from the fruits such as bananas and pears.

T: The fruit (banana and pear) stands out a bit more on the palate. Again, lots of pepper flavor and plenty of bread and biscuit malts. These give the beer a nice crisp feeling. Just a light bitterness on the finish.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is high.

O: I haven't been wowed by Allagash as a whole, but this was a pretty nice beer. Really simple and clean.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was made by taking the less concentrated runnings from the same grain bill as "Little Big Beer" and is fermented with a Trappist ale yeast strain.

Above is according to Beermenus.com

Growler pour from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

The pour is a dull light golden tinged amber, fairly clear. The head is off white, staying at about 1/2 inch and going to a lighter film, collar and then leaving some typical good beer spots and blobs of lace.

Delicate floral nose, sweet with a hint of perfume.

Yeasty and flavorful, notes of tropical fruits, melon, mango, lime, with a moderate bite of peppery hops in the finish. Light and refreshing.

As another reviewer mentioned, I'd rather be enjoying this one during a warmer time of year....would go great with some cheese, salads and bread on a nice summer afternoon...

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at CK in DC. Beer is yellow, mostly clear with a soft white head of small bubbles that has low retention, low carbonation, and no lacing.

Aroma is a little grainy, a little bready / yeasty, interesting.

Beer is really watery, thin, dry, grainy at the back, minimal malt backbone, I guess for a small beer it is interesting but not a great example.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Hulmeville Inn.

A- Big little beer sports little to no head just a sparce glip of off white bubbles/foam. The Liquid is pale golden in color with a few bubbles rising.

S- Pale malt rising with traces of grass and some light citrus that barely comes up. A peice of bread in the morning. A unmistakable Belgian east strain.

T- Big little beer should be little little beer because there is little taste. Everything is so faint. Belgian yeast mixed in with the tamest of tame tropic fruit, bread and some pale malt. Little to describe.

M- Light bodied and moderately carbed up, there is a dry finish with no real aftertaste, the 'taste' comes and goes.

D- I drank my pint with ease and did not need another little big beer. I ordered a Weyerbacher Verboten and the difference is astounding. I can say that BLB would be a good candidate for some barrel aging with some bugs, this beer could absorb some nice flavors.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden color and a mostly clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, bright white, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Smelled of citrus, malt, and some yeast. A decent aroma.

T: Tasted of a bit of citrus, yeast, malt, and even a mild hoppiness. This is a generally well-constructed, tangy, enticing flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, crisp finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a solid, likable, drinkable beer.

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Photo of mltobin
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in NYC. Excited to try this BPA from Allagash.

Appearance is golden color with a one finger head. Its` nose has belgian yeast, apple, malts, some lighter hops. The taste contains some spice, lemongrass, citrus, herbs. MF is light-medium, with a slight bitterness to it. This beer drinks easily and a couple glasses of this with some appetizers would be a perfect fit. One of the more "sessionable" offerings from Allagash.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dulled gold color, moderate white soapy head, decent lacing. Scent is quite yeasty, some musty earth and grass followed by light citrus, toasted nuts and brown sugar. Quite a muted taste, yeasty, lightly sweet malts, mild citrus -quite grassy and herbal on the background. Lighter side of medium bodied, lightly sweet finnish. Passable but not memorable.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.81 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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