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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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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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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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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of morebeergood
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My wife and I had dinner at Picco in the South End on Sat night, and I was surprised to see this on the draft list. Served in an Ommegang BPA glass for around $7. Very light colored yellow body. Plenty of carbonation, but not much head. Smell was citrusy and hoppy. The taste though was not as hoppy as one might imagine. Very smooth and well balance, the way a BPA should be. There were hops, but the malt stood side by side. Very easy finish also. While the flavor was not mind blowing, it was a very refreshing beer and a nice accompaniment to a pizza.

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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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3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on Tap at American Craft, $8.50 for a 40cl pour. The beer is a hazy pale gold color and sports a thin but lacing white foam. Very Belgian yeast smelling, with some hoppy character which also presents in a Belgian way (think Belgian IPA).

It tastes a bit bitter from the hops, very authentic tasting if something like Urthel Hop-It is the target. Sort of 1 dimensional in the bitterness, it gets a little tiring after a while. No real sweet flavors for counterpoint.

Not bad but not something I'll return to, especially at the pricepoint. Once again my need to try rare beers just costs me money with no real benefit.

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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into an Allagash goblet (damn you 25cl tininess!).

A: Lightly hazed golden body under a finger of fine, creamy ecru head. Good retention, tons of lace. Excellent.

S: Intensely spicy, with yeast and hops both contributing majorly to the spicy assault. Clove, coriander, and peppery phenols from the yeast combine with some piquant, floral hops in a vibrantly aromatic effect. It’s a bit too one-sided toward spice for my liking, but I’m impressed at how powerful it is in a sub-5% beer.

T: Phenolic and hoppy up front, with all the spice promised by the nose being delivered with interest. A bit of breadiness shows up midway through, but spice doubles down on the finish with borderline-medicinal phenols combining with powerful bitterness to make for a pronounced astringency. I’m really on the fence about this one, since on the one hand I find it enjoyably assertive, but on the other I’m really turned off by its lack of balance.

M: Soft, creamy medium body. Lively and delicate at the same time. Perfect.

O: I think this would have been an amazing beer if it contained just a bit more malt sweetness to balance out the bitterness and yeasty astringency. As it is, all the great things it has going just get drowned out in the harsh finish. Too bad.


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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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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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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

10 ounce pour - $6.00 at Leon's Full Service in Decatur, Georgia as part of their Allagash Takeover event.

Appearance: Bronze-colored beverage, hazed, with a two-inch cap of whitish sea foam-like suds.

Smell: Touches of citrus fruits and dried cilantro atop notes of soft, bready malts and store-bought sugar cookies.

Taste: Light, bready malts, a bit doughy, too, with a surprisingly robust cookie crumb sweetness. Grapefruit and lemon citrus tones. Earthy herbal qualities. Light phenolic undertone. Citrusy, semi-dry finish with a meager, lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: I found it to be a nice, lively, low-ABV beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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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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