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 dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of amphion1065
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in an Allagash sort-of tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright, hazy gold. A one-finger white head forms and lasts. Clingy lacing.

A somewhat funky, if not particularly "buggy" or "wild," aroma. Pretty heavy citrus notes, with a strong lemon presence. Some hay, wheat. Yeasty.

The taste is far hoppier than I expected. A pretty evident bitterness throughout the palate, and it unfortunately throws off a lot of the citrus fruit flavors and subtle funk.

Mouthfeel is nice and effervescent. An easy drinking BPA, for sure.

Fine, pretty unremarkable. Allagash can and does do a better job emulating easier-drinking Belgian styles.

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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 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Soonami
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of shufon
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of BelgianDip
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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 pmlondrigan
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Big Little
Looks straw yellow, dense white head with requisit lacing. Aroma is intense, very spicy, lots of phenols and hints of vinousness.  Beautiful hop aroma component thanks to the Nelson.  A truly interesting smelling beer.  Pretty hoppy concoction that is ultra dry and has spice notes in the middle.  Clean malt bill, just a good session ale. I'm missing the fruity flavors I'm used to in most bpa's. Very dry, winey and crisp. I feel the hop bill really make this ale, sadly it does pack a true belgian yeast influence. Regardless Iike it alot.

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

Served on-tap in a 10 oz mini-imperial clear glass tumbler at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Honey-amber gold with short 1/2-finger cap of eggshell-colored head with good retention and generous lacing.

S: Aromas are really not toned down at all in the yeast department -- still a mildly tangy, phenolic, tart aroma. This matches well with soft pale malting and herbal, lightly citrus, grassy hops.

T: This beer would be a really good every day Belgian pale ale as the malt character is still there but at a more manageable ABV. The yeast component is still very flavorful with tangy, tart, and dry character. The pale malt is plenty substantial to with some light fruitness which works well with the yeast character. The hops contribution is more subtle but lends some herbal notes.

M: Medium bodied with lively, active carbonation and medium-dry finish with tart, slightly bitter aftertaste.

O: A really nice beer from Allagash -- if they bottle this and price it appropriately ($7.99/4-pack), this will give Duvel a run for its money given its lower ABV and greater drinkability (and probably lower price -- hard to believe Allagash and lower price are in the same sentence).

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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 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 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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Allagash Big Little Beer from Allagash Brewing Company
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