Archive for the ‘Allagash Brewing Company’ Category

Tonight’s beer is one that I picked up on a whim, mostly because I love Allagash beers.

ABV: 7.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beer was inspired by the common American crow’s love for blackberries. Uncommon Crow’s aromas of dark chocolate and cherries bloom into big blackberry flavor and a slightly tart finish. We brew this beer with 2-row barley, Midnight wheat, raw wheat, and rye malt, before adding a blend of Perle, Glacier, and Simcoe hops. The beer is fermented exclusively with our house strain of local Brettanomyces yeast. After six months in a stainless tank we add local blackberries. Like its namesake, Uncommon Crow carries a dusky hue. Over the following five months, Uncommon Crow continues to ferment and develops its luscious, uncommon flavors.”

Random: This beer is available in bottles and on draft.

This beer poured with a one finger, light tan head. It dissipated quickly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with crushed blackberries and blueberries along with lots of funk. The taste also had a lot of blackberry and blueberry along with some white vinegar and funk. There were some notes of green apple as well. The booze was apparent on this beer, but overall the body was on the medium thickness side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and tart. I picked this bottle up for $12.99, which was definitely expensive at $1.01 per ounce. I’m glad that I got to try this one, but it’s not worth the price tag.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Today’s selection is another beer from Allagash, one of the most solid breweries in the Northeast. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 9.7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Astrid is a bright golden color with assertive aromas of spice, bread crust, apple, and fennel seed. Citrus, oak, and anise give way to warm vanilla notes followed by a slightly tart finish. We brew this saison with Pilsner, raw wheat, and Biscuit malt, and ferment it in stainless steel for a year with a blend of traditional saison yeast and Brettanomyces. After fermentation is complete, we transfer the beer to Scandinavian Aquavit barrels, where it ages for an additional eight months. Skål!”

Random: I’ve never had Aquavit, nor do I really feel a need to try it.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It took forever to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright orange color with no carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose was very unique. It almost had a gin-like quality, which I assume is due to the Aquavit barrels, mint, oak and some licorice as well. The taste was also complex. It started with the same gin-like quality with mint and oak. It quickly went into fresh-cut grass and some bright citrus and apple slices. I didn’t pick up a huge amount of vanilla, but there was some at the end of the sip. The body was on the lighter side and the alcohol was almost undetectable. It had a lot of effervescent carbonation. The finish was lengthy with grass and vanilla. I picked this up for $13.99, which came to $1.14 per ounce, which definitely wasn’t cheap, but worth it for a unique beer like this. If you can grab one, I would highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is a relatively new beer from Allagash that I was excited to try. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “While Hoppy Table Beer was inspired by the Belgian tradition of low-ABV, easily drinkable beers, it still occupies a hop-forward spot all its own. Brewed with our 2-row malt blend, Maris Otter malt, and oats, the beer is then spiced with a subtle addition of coriander. We ferment it with our house yeast for classic Belgian citrus aromas. Hoppy Table Beer is hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Comet, and Azacca hops, then dry hopped with more Comet and Azacca. A mildly hoppy aroma full of grapefruit springs from this straw-colored, light-bodied ale. Flavors of pine and stone fruit balance the beer’s clean, slightly bitter finish.”

Random: Angel, our older cat, keeps trying to walk on the computer as I blog.

The beer poured with a two finger, fluffy white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and yellow in color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some funk to it and a light vinegar sourness. It had a touch of Sour Patch Kid with lemon juice. The taste started with fresh grass clippings and a touch of piney hops. It quickly transitioned into a sour, vinegar note, which was not as strong as the nose. It had a yeasty and earthy note as well. The body was thicker than I expected with high carbonation. It had a quick and yeasty finish. The bottle set me back $2.75, which came to $.23 an ounce, which was on the more expensive side for a session beer, but still a solid choice.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I really want to go back to Maine. Every time I have an Allagash beer, I miss going to Slab, which is the best pizza place in all of Maine. While I dream of Slab, let’s see how this beer was.

farmtoface

ABV: 5.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Drinking this medium-bodied beer is like biting into a juicy, yet tart, peach. Farm to Face is brewed as a pale ale and then fermented for ten months in stainless tanks with house yeast. After primary fermentation, we add Pediococcus, Lactobacillus, and a whole lot of peaches. In fact, for every gallon of beer we add three pounds of peaches from our friends at Applecrest Farm in New Hampshire. Aromas of green apple and graham cracker accompany a lingering peachy finish.”

Random: I still haven’t tried the drone I got for Christmas.

The brew poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright orange with lots of carbonation. The nose had a lot of funk and yeast along with peaches. There was also lightly toasted oak with white wine grapes. The taste had marked tartness with peach and white grapes. It didn’t have as much yeast as the nose, but there was a lot of white vinegar. It also had a lot of fresh apricots. The body was on the lighter side with intense carbonation, but it didn’t go overboard. The finish was lengthy with tartness and peach. A bottle of this was ridiculously expensive at $18.99, which came to $1.12 per ounce. Despite the shocking pricetag, I thought this beer was wonderful. This wasn’t an everyday beer, but I’m so glad that I got to try it.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

This morning’s beer is one from Allagash, a brewery that I tend to love.

hive56

ABV: 7.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hive 56 is a dark sour ale aged with honey in an oak foudre for eighteen months. The beer is deep mahogany in color with aromas of strawberries, lemon, and tropical fruit; notes of dark chocolate, raspberries, and figs present themselves upon the first sip, followed by a lingering tartness. We brew this beer with a blend of dark Munich malt, chocolate wheat, midnight wheat, and roasted barley, and hop with Cascade and Northern Brewer. Hive 56 undergoes initial fermentation with our house yeast; we then transfer the beer to a foudre with Brettanomyces bruxellensis and fresh honey from our Allagash beehives. Over the course of the next 18 months, the Brettanomyces transforms the honey, resulting in a beer with bold, roasty flavors, and a hint of tropical fruit.”

Random: This beer should be consumed within a year of bottling.

The beer poured with a half a finger of off white head that dissipated slowly. It didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown in color with no visible carbonation because of the color. The nose was filled with Brett, dark fruit which manifested specifically as cherries and red wine grapes with oak barrels. The taste also had significant Brett notes. I didn’t get tropical fruit, but cherries, dark chocolate and some smoke came through. There was a sweetness from the honey that paired well with the red wine grapes. The alcohol did not make an appearance in the taste. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy and tart and reminded me of a complex Balsamic vinegar. Despite how complicated this beer was, it wasn’t cheap. I paid $16.99 for the bottle, which came to $1.32 per ounce. This is a beer that is worth trying, but pop the bottle open on a special occasion.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Allagash that gets high marks. Everything from their barrel collection tends to be pretty solid.

evora

ABV: 9%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Evora is a golden hued ale with aromas of tropical fruit, honey, and spice. Citrus, oak, and earthiness dominate the flavor and give way to hints of bread crust. Malty and robust, this medium bodied beer finishes fruity, dry, and slightly tart. We brew this beer with Maris Otter Malt and flaked oats, and hop with Sorachi Ace, Hallertau and Northern Brewer. Evora begins fermenting on stainless steel with a classic Belgian yeast strain, then moves over to Portuguese Brandy Barrels, where it ages with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis for over a year.”

Random: I can’t remember if I’ve ever had apple brandy on its own.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a golden-yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was bright with apple juice, apricot and golden raisin and light spice. The Sorachi Ace hops came through with lemongrass too. The taste had some bright tropical hops. Again, the Sorachi Ace really stood out. There was also an apple brandy note which gave it more depth. The spice characteristic was lacking, but what did come out was clove. It had some tartness at the end. The body was lighter than expected with high carbonation. It had a lengthy lemongrass and tart finish. The bottle was $18.99 as you can see from the convenient price tag on the bottle. It came to $1.50 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer, but the price point is prohibitive of buying a second bottle. If you have the extra cash, this is worth picking up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is another one from Allagash that I’ve never tried. I love that they used lots of ingredients from Maine for this beer. Let’s crack it open.

sixteencounties

ABV: 7.3%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We named this beer to honor the rich tradition of farming in the sixteen counties of Maine. We brew the beer with malted Maine-grown barley, unmalted Maine-grown red wheat, and Maine-grown organic oats. Sixteen Counties has a bright copper hue with aromas of lemon rind, flowers, and candied grapefruit. The first sip opens with herbal hop notes, wheat cracker, and citrus and ends with a balanced, dry finish.”

Random: This uses Jarrylo, Chinook and Centennial hops.

The beer poured with a huge and thick, four finger head. It was cream-colored and took forever to dissipate. Once it went away, it left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a warm orange color with moderate carbonation. The nose started with citrus, specifically lemon zest. It then went into a slightly green herbal note and lilacs. Bread came through next. The taste had even more going on than the nose. It had the same lemon zest and floral notes, but also had a light clove spice that I really enjoyed. Dates were next and then it went into the herbal note I picked up in the nose with white pepper. I also found a yeasty note which was a nice way to end the sip. The body was on the thick side, but didn’t go to the point of being syrupy. The carbonation was moderate. It had a lengthy finish with yeast and white pepper. I picked this bottle up for $10.99 ($.50 per ounce), which isn’t a terrible price for a quality Allagash beer. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0