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Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #16
Ranked #12,479
3.94 | pDev: 8.63%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
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Gajo74 from New York

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, pours a golden, pale straw. A billowing foam head rises to the top, retains well and yields lacing.

The nose displays vinous notes of white grape, along with tart and fruity notes of orange, tangerine and lemon. Aromas of sweet honey malt and cracker, while hinting at a grassy bitterness.

Light bodied, smooth and dry in the palate. Bitter, yet balanced, as the firm malt backbone evokes notes of crisp cracker, dry biscuit and subtle honey sweetness. Fruity esters highlight white grapes balanced with peppery spices. Tart and vinous with a very dry finish. The hops flavors are earthy and citrusy, with notes of grapefruit, lemon and grass.

I loved the simplicity and dryness. Delicately crafted and refreshing.

Aug 29, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle - poured into an Allagash small stem at 38°F.

Pours a golden brassy hue - mostly clear with just a touch of cloud, topped with nearly three fingers of foamy, puffy pure white head with excellent retention. Significant lacing is left clinging to the glass. Visible effervescence.

Nose: Wow, much more straightforward and ale-like than I would have guessed. Some really nice Belgian-style golden malts with grains and round barley malt. Some ultra-fruity Belgian yeast esters lend notes of pink bubblegum, apricot, and papaya. Very little peppery and spicy phenols, with the spice notes leaning more floral. There's some gentle hopping giving off notes of lemon zest, grapefruit, peach, earthy flowers, and some hoppy spiciness. A subtle marshmallow note in the background. Very well-rounded and balanced aroma.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with golden grains and malty barley with that Belgian yeast following closely behind. Very little bubblegum, and more like mixed fruit salad, with some peppery and spicy saison notes, as well as a hint of coriander and cardamom. There's some overripe apricot, and even a noticeable farmhouse funk note going on, which really adds to the complexity. Yeasty, peppery, spicy, with some musty attic and old books. The hops then follow, with some pithy grapefruit peel, lemon zest, dried orange, stone fruit, a hint of grassy/earthy European bittering hops, and a hoppy spiciness, before heading into a resinous, pithy, slightly bitter finish. Dry.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is light-bodied with a fair amount of soft texture from the malt. Not thin or water. The hops lend some weight as well. Effervescence is very fine, and on the lively side as well. Well-attenuated, never sticky or sweet, and has a nice building dryness in the finish.

Overall: This is a very fine American take on a Belgian pale ale. In fact, it's so authentic, I wouldn't know the difference, and would be happy to label this as a proper Belgian pale ale. Everything is perfectly balanced and well-rounded with no rough edges. The malt base is perfect, the yeast profile is authentic, colourful, and quite complex while avoiding being a bubblegum or nutmeg bomb. There's nuance and subtlety, with a very interest funkiness, and it's hopped perfectly for a nice pithy, dry finish. If you're a fan of the style, it's a must try. I can see why this is the beer that Allagash chose to represent them. It delivers on everything that makes them who they are.

May 31, 2020
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Nuttin_but_the_best_Clark from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Visited the Allagash brewery in Portland and was amazed how many brewery only offerings they had which were extremely good and would probably sell well if widely available outside of the brewery. I was extolling Allagash's virtues very early on before it became a household name.

Allagash White is one of my favorite draft beers ever. You can certainly see the similarity in this and the better known Allagash White. This is a stripped down version of that beer without the banana bread and nutmeg spice notes.

What is left here is a fantastic everyday drinking beer. It feels very high quality in a minimalist way. Just as when you go to a very well reviewed restaurant and it is down to earth in a clean, aged farmhouse sort of style ... this beer reminds me of a repurposed old barn with light woods and exposed beams. It takes me back to my days in the Belgian countryside as I sip it.

This would compliment just about any meal. I could drink this with grilled steak, roasted turkey or slow cooked pork. On it's own its a fantastic sipping beer with a low 4.5% ABV. One of my friends' biggest gripes about today's IPAs are the high ABV which means you can't drink more than a few without getting drunk. House beer is a high quality beer which you can sip well into the night without being three sheets to the wind.

I love this beer ... like others said, I regret not buying a case because it is only available in four packs at the brewery. If one could say anything bad about this beer, it has a slight soapy note to it which is subtle but present.

It is a beautiful slightly hazy colour with a nice foamy head and each glass looks like something out of a magazine ad when poured. While many rate this low because of what it isn't ... I rate it near perfect because of what it is. Nothing amazing, unique, offensive or mindblowing about this beer but it's perfection in being a simple near perfect boring beer is getting harder to find in the age of juice bomb beers, cranberry smoothie milkshake beers or beers which are a liquid version of a dessert cart.

Nov 27, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Somewhat cloudy pale yellow body with a fluffy white head. This one is carried by the pear, lemon, and grapefruit esters in the smell and taste. Complimenting grains, yeast, and flowers in both as well. Feel is light, estery, and soft.

Oct 24, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a slightly cloudy but mostly clear straw yellow color, with a fluffy head, and a good bit of lacing.

This smells like pear skin, spicy hops, floral yeast, white pepper, and yeasty breadiness.

This isn't meant to knock your socks off or anything like that - it's just meant to be an approachable and proper Belgian banger. It succeeds wildly well at that goal. All of the flavors are in equal harmony here. There's a light, fresh and crisp hop character here- grassy and slightly spicy, with a restrained and clean clovey and herbal yeast character. I also get a touch of pear, and maybe some grapefruit rind, along with a spicy peppery yeast flavor as well.

This is light bodied, and really crisp, with a pretty fantastic amount of drinkability.

Allagash is always tremendous at building beers with big flavor in clean low alcohol packages. This is really quite good.

Aug 07, 2019
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured from the 12oz stubby bottle into a snifter with a slightly cloudy pale golden body. The one finger cap is white and has a thick and creamy texture rising above the glass with very good retention. Large webs of lacing decorate the glass.

S- Belgian yeast for the most part with spiciness and fruit notes backed by a bit of crackery pale barley and subtle herbal hops. More of an overall balanced brew but some specific things that come to mind are pear, grapefruit, subtle peppercorn and lemon zest.

T- If anything drifts from the aroma it is that the spicy Belgian yeast takes over a bit more and the hops and their bitterness are more pronounced but in the end it is a yeast driven brew with the great balance Allagash has mastered. Peppercorn, grapefruit, lemon zest, pears, a touch of apple, whole grain crackers, yeast bread, vanilla sweets, herbal tea and hay.

MF- Light bodied with a substantial texture that is both puffy and a bit creamy, soft and smooth. Moderate level of carbonation and an herbal bitterness throughout the finish.

A proper house beer for the brewers that pushed Belgian beer into the American mainstream. Hard to go wrong with any beer that comes out of Allagash and this one hits the spot in the warm weather.

Jul 27, 2019
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with lots of bubbles feeding a small white bar pour head that falls slow and laces well. Aroma is nice cracker malts with citrus grapefruit, grapes and pear. Taste is light malt good citrus notes with out being overly hoppy. Just an easy drinking blonde ale that seems perfect. Mouthfeel is light but medium carbonation only even with all the bubbles rising. Overall liking it on this hot Maine day.

Jul 21, 2019
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ONUMello from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip at the brewery
A: Light orange, thin head
S: Dry, malt, a hint wild
T: Matches the nose, I can’t place specific notes but it’s complex for the abv
M: Light-bodied, dry
O: Refreshing. If I lived here I’d get it by the crate

Sep 23, 2018
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dzni from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy copper color, thin head
Smells of grapefruit, orange peel, and spice
Taste of citrus, hops, and spice.
Light bodied, moderate carbonation. A little thin.
Outstanding flavor and drinkability for a lower ABV. I can see why this is the house beer.

Sep 21, 2018
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

8/11/18...pale cloudy, but bright at the same time gold. White foam lips and rings. Malty pear nose. Light bodied. Pear hop forward. Bitter pops up, and then drops off. Stiff base. Tasty.

Sep 03, 2018
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer. Picked up a couple four packs whilst at the brewery, burned through half the stash within a couple days and regret not picking up a case. Perfect summer beer - light, tasty, crisp. Impressive amount of complexity on a small ABV chassis. Not a big fan of the style so I’m surprised I enjoy this beer so much.

Straw gold, hazy body with a puffy white head.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, slight citrus by way of grapefruit and pear, crackery malt, faint pepper.

Good amount of fruity ester but not overwhelming. Bready malt is noticeable and provides a base for the citrus rind and grapefruit to come strong on the back end. Hint of banana, ala Hefeweizen.

Clean, crisp, citrusy with a light bitterness on the backend. Eminently drinkable.

Jun 24, 2018
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - About as expected for a Belgian pale ale
Smell - slight belgian and hops but good balance
taste - slight belgian but like the smell good balance
feel - medium body and carb
Fantastic Belgian pale!

Oct 09, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a large fluffy white head.

The aroma brings a ton of yeast and cracked pepper, as well as a faint hint of orange rind.

Taste follows the nose, with a bit more citrus kick than expected. Lots of peppery spice and sweet dough. Finishes lightly bitter and piney.

The feel is medium light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing, yet creamy and smooth.Good amount of dryness on the finish.

Overall, a very good Belgian pale. Not a ton going on but it's refreshing, flavorful, and very well balanced.

Dec 19, 2016
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crotharagain from Rhode Island

4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Will for setting this aside for me (revised - picked a case up at the brewery because it was so good)
L- cloudy yellow orange
S - yeasty and malty - definitely Belgian
T - same as smell with a citrus hint and peppery biscuit undertones
F - great mouthfeel - superb carbonation
O - Please try this if you run across it - it's a superb Belgian style ale that goes down easy
Hands down, this is the best American Belgian style ale that I've found to date and is one of my favorites.

Nov 16, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. A little hazy and kinda dull golden. Smells of doughy malts, yeast, light spices, and some licorice. Taste starts with the spice and licorice flavor. Bready malts. Lingering spice flavor, like caraway or something. Light body. Low carbonation. Subtle beer, but very nice.

Sep 08, 2016
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz bottle sealed with silver pressure cap.

poured into Jester King wine stem.

Appearance: Opaque straw yellow bodied beer with big bone white head. Head is composed of tiny tightly compacted bubbles. Head has fantastic staying power and leaves thick lacing all over the glass as head recedes. Allagash and New Glarus make some of the most visually stunning beers in craft beer. This is no exception to that rule.

Smell: Wheat and bready dough. This beer smells like you are walking through the Allagash brewery. A yeast driven beer. Lightly fruity and slightly spicey yeast with a hint of bubblegum. Light earthy and light citrus hopping noted as well.

Taste: Light earthy bitterness, hint of floral hops, and lightly sweet citrusy hops profile mixing with doughy malts and oats. The complexity really comes out in the yeast forward flavors of this ale. Champagne like fruitiness, light clove spice, light peppery spice, and a light bubblegum sweetness. Lingering lightly bitter earthy and a grassy hop with a hint of white pepper lingering on into the aftertaste for just the right amount of time.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with medium carbonation. This beer is extremely creamy and luxurious. This is perhaps the best mouthfeel I have ever come across in a session strength craft beer.

Overall: Allagash house beer is its own thing an "American brewed Belgian Single". I suppose you could call it a Patersbier if you wanted to. I drank this beer a few years ago at Allagash and felt that it was a phenomenally crafted beer. After revisiting house beer, I reaffirm that this beer as I remembered it to be. Its delicious and unique. I guess Allagash House has been one of the local "Mainers" secret go to session / crusher beer. Wish this was a beer I could have a fresh supply of year around. This beer is very well crafted in many aspects. This beer is stunning with complexity; its a show stopper. This beer deserves to be its own beer style.

Aug 01, 2016
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nutkick from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Box of beers from longstanding friend up east I don’t see often enough. oh wow, creamy yet zesty somehow, high pressure hop hose cleaning it out, spinning the palate around like a country bumpkin’s head standing in middle of Times Square. Smells like outside, captures nature, a get away in a glass. Yeast is pronounced, in fact all the elements of the beer stand out distinctly. East Coast has its own flavor, this beer typifies that uniqueness I’ve been blessed only to visit. Almost a little wild but totally under control of adept brewer keeping the elements contained in the cauldron of fermentation, bottling it up like a late summer snow globe. If this is what they call a house beer, I feel like I live in a cave.

Jul 26, 2016
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Pours golden with fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, wheat malt and spices. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of spices, yeast, wheat malt and citrus. Finish is long and spicy. OK brew.

Jul 25, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly cloudy gold, with a moderate, soft, eggshell head that leaves clingy, cobweb lace.

Smell is lemony apple, pear, and bright, bready yeast.

Taste is light hay, lemon, with light yeast spice.

Refreshing, semi-dry, and lightly bitter.

Jun 29, 2016
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tempest from New York

4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the Belgian session beer I didn't know I was waiting for. The nose has nutty, toasty malts with a balanced his of herbal, peppery spice that could be hops, yeast, or both. The body is thin and the finish is dry, but with a satisfying bitterness. What a great table beer. There's a bitter grapefruit edge, but this sticks with the dry, pale malts and spicy farmhouse character. I'd buy this by the sixtel.

Feb 03, 2016
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a nonic.

Pours a bright golden sunshine color with a fat white head that leaves lots of lacing and never thins past a thick film. It's bright, clear, and a touch cloudy all at once. Gentle small bubble carb.

A very pleasant nose of yeast, light hops like lemon and grass. A mild touch of funk.

Toasted malt, active yeast, spice, and lemon. There's a slight mineral or medicinal quality that comes from tart apple flavor.

Medium body, smooth and easy drinking. Gentle with no yeast harshness. Clean flavorful finish.

Less is more: less funk, less alcohol, less fruits; all add to more drinkability and enjoyment.

Jan 17, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

part of me expected this to be bretty and funked out like crazy, but i was sort of glad it wasnt. they do enough of that awesome stuff and its cool to have something different from them. this one is a belgian pale all the way, glad to see it listed here as such.its denser golden honey colored with some chill haze on it and a bubbly thick head, just off white, and lasting really nicely, patient looking beer. it smells somewhere between a belgian and a saison on the nose, a little farmhouse element to it, largely probably coming from some wheat that must be in this, but also from the yeast, which has some bubblegum notes to it in the smell, but is quite tame and more herbal frankly than anything else, almost like hay or tea or something. the flavor carries over almost all of the elements from the nose, but it adds a couple too. the most obvious are the hops, which are not bashful in the slightest, but quite pronounced on the tail end and grassy bitter bitey as well, working well with the yeast and grain happening here, this beer feels rustic and raw intentionally, less refined than so many, and sort of left to its own devices which i like a lot. i love the low abv, it tastes and feels a lot bigger, like it could be a baby tripel or something, really really well done, although at the end of the day probably not all that different from a lot of others in its field, its just special because this is an american product. you wouldnt know it without reading the label, thats for sure.

Jun 12, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Sampled on May 1, 2015.

Golden yellow pour with modest white head.

Aroma is toasted malts and a vague will yeast sourness. Clean and crisp.

Medium chewy body.

A good toasted bread flavor with a hint of wild yeast tartness. But fairly easy drinking.

May 01, 2015
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Etan from Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From valdieu2.

Pours a pale hazy blonde. Nose is a bit green and hoppy with mild creamy esters. Taste is light stone fruit, slight bitter hippy edg, coriander. Nice slightly hoppy BPA.

Apr 17, 2015
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illpass78 from Maine

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasting glass on tap at the brewery.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy straw. Fair amount of lacing on way down. Nice carbonation visible. White head.

Aroma: Some clove, some spice. Mostly faint.

Taste: Some apple and pear flavors are more forward in the taste than the nose. Some lemon, too. Spices are more faint than in nose.

Mouthfeel: Sessionable depth. Basic pale ale feel.

Overall: Nice easy brew. Not as complex as some of Allagash's offerings, and certainly not a "big" beer, but it doesn't try to be or have to be.

Mar 14, 2015
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