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Allagash House Beer | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash House BeerAllagash House Beer

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 301
Photo of cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to scott for tossing this one my way, been dying to try it. Enjoyed from an allagash glass. Look is honey orange with a thin creamy foamy head that hung around. The head moved as a unit and didnt leave any lacing when i.swirled the glass. Smell is soft grassiness with hints of clove and bubblegum. Definitely a belgian pale. Taste is much spicier than the nose suggests. Peppery with subtle fruit notes. Surprising bitterness on the finish. All in all very cool to try this beer, but not something i would chase down but a great unoffensive beer that could be enjoyed by beer novices and seasoned tickers alike. Great house beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery tasting room. The beer is a bright, yellow-gold coloring with a filmy, sparse, surface coating of off-white head. Nose of citrus hops, with a subtle Belgian yeast funk and spice. Flavors are light, with a bready backbone holding a bitter, resiny hops overlay. Citrus highlights throughout, with a toasty character throughout. The aftertaste is slightly spiced and citrusy, with a clean, slightly dry finish. Very solid, very drinkable brew.

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Photo of JRed
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden with white head that stays around. Smells of funky flowers, lemons, wet grass, and hay. Tastes of funky sunflowers, lemon sweetness, hay. Light bodied with medium carbonation. A great session with funk character. Really fuggin nice in the summer heat.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a tasting snifter at Northdown pre-Cubs vs. Cards.

A - White foam settles to wisps, a thin collar, and minimal lacing. Lightly hazed orange body.

S - Orange citrus, stone fruits, some earthy and slightly musty yeast character. Bready and mildly sugar malts come out as the beer warms up. The yeast character is complex and seems far more 'authentic' that most American Belgians.

T - Very light in taste, with a bit of estery Belgian yeast, bright orange, and some bready and lightly sweet malts.

M - Light in body, with mild, lower carbonation. Pretty clean on the palate and perhaps a touch too watery, even at 4.5%.

D - A very easy-drinking Belgian table beer that is one of the most convincing American examples I've tried. I could imagine drinking numerous glasses of this at a beer garden somewhere.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by mixylplik3, thanks for the opportunity Matt!
Pours a lightly hazy medium golden color with a huge beige head that persists forever. Aromas of citrus clove and pepper with a hint of honey like sweet maltiness. The flavor is a sweet malty concoction with a fair amount of clove and pepper with bits of orange and light tart citrus rounding it out. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet light phenolic mouthfeel. Nice beer, not really my favorite style, but better than some others I've tried.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12. oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin later. It is s pale orange color with clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Slightly sweet and bready malts, tangerine, and spice.

Taste: Hops are a bit more noticeable in the taste. Tart lemon flavor and lingering bitterness like the style traditionally should be.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and tingly bitterness.

Overall: I scored this bottle from a friend when I was up in Maine a few weeks ago. Never seen it before and only sold through the brewery store from what I was told. Cool stuff.

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thank to Tim for sharing. Poured into a Kate the Great tulip, reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a straw hue with a light fizzy head that fades relatively quickly.

S - Light funk and just a flash of rubbery yeast. Good grassy, floral hops and light lemons.

T - Hoppy quafable beer here. Faint bready yeasty malts with european grassy floral hops. Light bitterness.

M - Drinkable, lightly carbed. Stuff goes down incredibly easy.

O - Overall this was a very tasty beer. super drinkable, crisp, definitely lives up to its name of being a house beer/table beer. Well done.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Allagash House Beer
12oz, no date/code.

Cloudy, glowing orange. Fluffy white head retains at a finger. (3.5)

Aroma is yeasty, earthy and a touch spicy. More hops would be nice, seeing as the yeast character is not particularly pleasing. (3)

Dry and pretty bitter. Spicy, peppery and decidedly phenolic. Basically follows the aroma with a touch more complexity. Bread, hay, straw, wood, leaf. Slightest bit of lemon. Clean, no esters. Rindy bitterness really builds up on the palate. Medium carb, semi-watery feel, refreshing. (3.5, 3.5)

A decent Belgian pale. I like the dryness, but I really think it could use some more fruit character and hops. I don't think the Allagash White yeast strain carries over particularly well to this style, though it's still a nice beer. (3.5)

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks fuj for this comped bottle
The beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin halo of a white head (no lacing). The nose is very bready with a potent punch of yeast and grain. There is an underlying sweetness reminiscent of buckwheat honey and white rice with butter. The taste is quite bready as well with a sweet, honey-like richness. Its flavor lingers and is quite distinct, but I can see it pairing easily with a myriad of dinner spreads. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, bready, and finishes softly bitter and semi-dry. This beer is exactly what I envision in a house beer and gives stillwater's table beer a run for its money.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/16/12 notes. Big thanks to WhereTheWildBeersGo for this one; thanks Joey. 12 oz. bottle.

a - Pours a hazy bright yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of yeast, spices, citrus hops, floral hops, oranges, lemon, some earthy notes. Very nice nose.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, oranges, brett, citrus hops, floral hops, lemon, hay, earthy notes.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. As expected, very easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a very nice sessionable beer. Easy to drink and some nice floral and citrus mixing with Belgian yeast. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a good sized white fluffy head, fades at a slow rate, surprisingly clear.

Smell has a good deal of lemon zest, hop presence is a bit stronger for Allagash but nice and unexpected, grassy and floral, sweet malt backing smooths things out.

Taste is crisp and refreshing, light fruit presence such as lemon, grassy hops follow and stick around for just long enough to impart a nice bitterness, finishes dry, not overly sweet or malty but a great balance throughout, very easy drinking.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fujii13

Light fizzy head, golden yellow hazy color.

Nose fresh hops, grassy floral earthy Euro hops, outfit grassy lemony, nice Belgian light yeast juicy fruity aromas.

Taste similar, light bready malts and yeast, Belgian yeast character, nice Euro grassy hops, blond golden like Belgian, decent bitterness, light straw, etc.

Mouth is med bodied, nice carb.

Overall quite nice, drinkable, dry, crisp, nice combination of Belgian yeast and hops. A well done belgian pale, off what Allagash usually does, but they got another winner.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Much thanks Toasterchef!

Out of the bottle she pours real nice, with a creamy off white head easily three fingers deep with a thick whipped presence. Retention manages well, good staying power if a little soapy but that meringue keeps glued. The body color is beautiful, it has numerous shades of orange amber and yellow gold, with super slow rising carbonation, and a strong middle column of fire in the middle. As it sits the head clumps like crazy all over the glass This is sexy looking, I am transfixed.

What an interesting nose. Sweet malts, a little bit of that classic Belgian sensing candy (sucrose?) but with a different sweet sense. Airy crisp malt and mild hop hiding, but a real creamy sensation whaffs over. It smells like sweet angel food cake, it's crazy, with a little bit of malt husk.

Palate reaches for a light bodied pale ale angle, but easily drinks like nothing going down. Crisp malt pleasanstry followed with a dense mild sweetness. Hop like finish hints just ever so slightly.. I can't pinpoint the profile, you just know it's there, that green leaf bitterness. Real complimenting flavors, that meld nicely, wonderfully balanced. I also love the fact the sweetness on this is so toned down too.

Overall, what a great super beer. An idea of a super session-able Belgian? Pattersbier? And one that seems all American to boot? I love it and I am normally NOT a fan of this brewery. Great friggin job!

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Photo of MacQ32
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Straw/slightly hazed golden and slightly orange, dense near white 1 finger layer of head, good retention, a nice 3-4mm head remians and holds its place 5 minutes later the head looking more like cream. Very nice lacing.

S - Lots of nice belgian clove and pear aromas as well as honey and lemon, and biscuity malt aromas. Slightly peppery as well.

T - Very similar to the white in my opinion, but slightly more bitter and clove influences and a nice subtle pepper kick. More of a pear/apple

M - Fantastic, really really nice to drink. Light-medium bodied, very very smooth and refreshing.

O - I wish this was available where I am, it can only be bought as a case. Might need to bring one back home with me. Very very nicely done, refreshing, flavorful, not very intense but the complexity and smoothness really shine!

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy a good friend, thanks Matt!

Pours clear gold with only the slightest chill haze and an inch-plus head of white. Plenty of torn sheets of lacing and a mostly solid skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with crackery and biscuity malt, peppery grains, cloves, and a hint of honey.
Faint yellow apples and pear skins follow through.

On the light side of medium bodied with a fairly crisp mouthfeel.

Honey-drizzled malt, biscuit ends, and a spicy bitterness starts the palate. The firm bitterness continues with clove-studded apple skins and a tannic dryness flowing underneath.

Finishes crisp and quick with faint malt, peppery hops, and a slight astringency.

Tasty enough but beyond the subtle nicities, the tannic astringency takes away some of the fresh character which you hope would be abundant in a "house" or "table" beer. I wonder if this beer is second runnings from thier triple?

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light bread yeast with semi-sweet Belgian style malt. Taste is a refreshing mix between some light fruity notes with a semi-sweet Belgian style malt backbone with some bread yeast notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Very refreshing with just enough complexity. I would love to have this on a regular basis.

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