Style: American Wild Ale
Allagash Brewing Company Coolship Resurgam
What the brewers say
“A blend of both old and young unfruited spontaneous beer. The name comes from the motto of Portland, Maine. It means ‘I shall rise again.’ ”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Big pineapple, moderate sweaty, sharp Brett. Earthy and woody tobac- co-barn or tack-room notes underpin tropical pineapple or jackfruit highlights. As it warms, grainy malt and just a touch of floral hops comes through.”
Flavor: “Multidimensional without being overbearing. Firm, pleasing lactic sourness acts as a backbone to hang multiple flavors. Brett earthiness pro- vides a pineapple-y, horsey complexity that really works well with the sour. Moderate acidity, lemon zest, light pear, and apple. It’s everything you would expect—earthy, woody, wild, and all the components combine to become greater than the sum of the parts.”
Overall: “The balance of sour and funk in this beer is beautiful. Sour with moderate acidity and moderate bitterness. Slight lingering bitterness, but a great introductory funky beer with a Brett character that reminds me of Orval that has a few months (not years) under its belt.”
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