Allagash Mattina Rossa | 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): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mattina Rossa is a beer that was a long time in the making. It was brewed in August of 2008 with a base of 2-Row malt and 440 lbs of local raspberries in the mash. It was then conservatively hopped with Tettanang, German Tradition and Saaz and fermented with our house yeast strain. Shortly after primary fermentation, the beer was racked into eleven red wine barrels, nine of which were inoculated with either Lactobacillus or Brettanomyces "Allagensis". After one year, we placed an additional 100 lbs of local raspberries in five of the barrels. The beer continued to age for an additional year, at which time the barrels were blended to strike the desired balance of fruit and funk.

Added by Bendurgin on 08-25-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
451
Reviews:
73
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
8.25%
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
116
For Trade:
18
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Photo of trevorpost
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying a nice summer lunch, out on the deck after a day at the beach, consistingof a tuna salad nicoise and grilled vegetables. I reach for a sour ale for refreshment and hoping that it pairs well with the meal. It does!
Mattina Rossa pours an evocative hazy amber and raspberry color. Looks a bit like a Rosé wine. A thin film of bubbles soon disapates but does leave a ring like collar and lacing.
The first whiff packs a fleeting glimpse of funk. However, this brew's acidic qualities almost instantaneously overpower the funk. There is of course the presence of sweet and sour raspberries as the centerpiece. Furthermore, the aroma of sour grapefruit pulp, lemon, sour cherry and wild yeast contribute to the acidity of things. A touch of wheat malt and fresh hay lingers in the background.
Drinking this brew unlocks all types of sensations redolent of diverse culinary and drinking experiences. The most obvious is it's acidic components. Lemon, wild yeast and tart citruses are one part of the equation. The other is that the mouthfeel has an oily, wet, vinous and balsamic vinegar quality whose acidity makes me cough. Now this might sound like an undesirably quality, however, you're talking to a man here that loves to drink leftover salad dressing on its own. Another obvious quality is the raspberries which impart an understated coating of sweetness and balance. There is so much in this brew that render the body medium and even chewy. The finish is quite dry.
I was quite impressed by this brew. It has one of those flavors that I'm still thinking about on the next day. A magnificent brew I can't wait to get ahold of again.

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Photo of jhavs
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 7irondave
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HermitDan
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rawfish
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ristaccia
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bubseymour
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZEB89
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hendry
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lochraneg
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.

A: Lots of bright raspberries upfront, with a moderate sourness and very faint malts.

A: Reddish-pink color with an orange hue, hazy, with a moderate uniform what head that has decent retention, before forming a film across the glass.

T: Jammy raspberries, faint malts. light lemony flavor with a clean moderate sourness that lasts through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Lots of layered raspberry aromas and flavosr that is well complimented by the clean sourness. Easy to drink and quite refreshing.

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Photo of wroywel
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OrangeMen
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage
~4 months from bottling

Appearance- Pours a bright amber / orange color, moderately hazy. Half finger thick, fizzy, white colored head. Not much head lacing, very clean in the glass.

Aroma- Tart fruits, acidic vinegar twang. Lemon rinds, sour apples, tart raspberries. Drying oak, spicy, floral, vinous notes. Earthy funkiness, wet hay, slight barnyard. Sweet jammy fruits and bready malts.

Taste- Tart fruitiness, lemons, raspberries, zesty berries. Barnyard funk, floral spice, earthy minerals, oak, red wine vinegar, vinous qualities. Jammy raspberries, biscuity malts, graham cracker crust.

Feel- Medium bodied, fair amount of tart acidity up front which mellows on the finish. Crisp and effervescent carbonation, slightly spritzy and palate cleansing.

Overall- Lively tartness up front followed by complex layers of flavor. Bright fruits highlight the beer, featured by acidic zesty lemon notes and tart raspberries. Funky yeast qualities follow as well as vinous characterisitcs and twangy notes of vinegar. Beer finishes slightly sweeter, jammy raspberries and soft bready malts. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of BrewsNRecords
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mltobin
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spinaltapped
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Two fingers of thin, quickly dissipating head, no visible lacing, ruby body, lots of quick down-up carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Unsweetened raspberry puree, vinegar, Greek yogurt, light wood.

Taste: Raspberry, berry forward red wine, rice vinegar, a touch of stomach acid.

Feel: Light bodied, slick mouthfeel, light drying finish.

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Photo of TheWolf
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well balanced and tasty

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Photo of TomMorris
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PprBurke
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Allagash Mattina Rossa from Allagash Brewing Company
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