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Allagash Thing 1 | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed for the 2011 Beer Advocate Belgian Beer Fest. This golden ale has an aroma of biscuit malt and citrus fruit, coupled with the flavor of grapefruit rind. Its grassy bitterness makes way for a dry, clean finish.

Added by Jason on 08-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

More User Reviews:
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jsanford
2.81/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy gold with a dense, creamy white head that settles to a thick cap. Crisp aromas of toasted malt and a touch of tart funkiness. Taste consists of mild flavors of grainy malt, some funky yeast, and bitter citrus pith. Mouthfeel is light and spritzy, with a medium-thin body and decent carbonation. Overall not my favorite beer, had a bit of a cleaning solution thing going on. Not sure what this was supposed to be, but I'd definitely pass next time.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super tight white head that isn't going anywhere. Pale golden color that looks like a Belgian pale should be.

The smell wraps up hops, citrus, and some wheat aspects into a loveable bunch.

As with the smell the taste has a slight hop bite and finishes rather smooth and relaxed. Well balanced goodness.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's during their Belgium fest.

The beer pours solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this is pretty much your prototypical, made in America, Belgian style pale ale. There is honey, considerable hoppy bitterness, and some underlying spice. The beer is otherwise a bit thin on the palate (probably to be expected given the abv.), but otherwise this beer delivers a decent amount of flavor for the alcohol.

A decent beer, but I didn't think it really stood out during the Allagash pre-event at Max's.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this on tap at Novare Res. it's slightly funky, but a lot hopper than other Allagshes. Pretty opaque golden body with a white foamy head. Subtle Belgian candi sugar aroma. Butter hop flavor lingers and tickles. Although its only 5% feels a little stronger (but no alcohol flavors). Very enjoyable. Would love to really delve into a bottle, but this will probably remain draft only.

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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at The Flying Saucer in Raleigh.

Golden and hazy with a thick head that would give whipped cream a good run for its money. Great lacing. Floral and fruity aroma with some black pepper. Nice flavors with citrus, honey and spices. A creamy consistency with a nice low carbonation.

An interesting and enjoyable creation.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the BBF.

A - Poured a slightly hazzy light straw with a nice head that dissappeared at your average rate.

S - Nice Belgian pale ale notes. Slight grains and yeast with a nice hoppy presence towards the end (light fruits and grapefruit).

T - Pretty much identicle to the nose like most beers I've had from Allagash. Nice belgian yeast notes up front that lead to really good fruity (grapefruit) and almost grassy hops. Slightly bitter but not overly so.

M - Nice mouthfeel on this one, though I think for the ABV it coul dhave been a bit better. Nicely drinkable, slightly dry/bitter, just think it could have used a bit more carbonation.

O - Overall, I liked this beer. Was my least favorite of the Thing's though. Good appearance, aromas, and mouthfeel with a really tasty flavor profile. Wish this would be bottled.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/24/12 notes. Had on tap at Fireworks in Arlington, VA.. Served in a tulip.

a - Pours a murky yellow orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of mint, spices, yeast, some citrus hops, light fruity malts, and pepper. Nice but a little too much pepper for me.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, bananas, soapy, pepper, grapefruit, fruits, and citrus hops. Very nice, more fruit here.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

o - Overall a pretty nice Belgian style pale ale. Lots of Belgian yeast and spices, and some nice fruit to it as well. Would have it again.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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Allagash Thing 1 from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 33 ratings
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