This is the first year I have tried Allagash Fluxus but according to their site this beer changes each year. This years version has green and pink peppercorns in it.
Appearance is very similar to the past few beers from Allagash – orange with a nice white head. The head on this one was slightly thinner than some of the others but still a nice looking beer. The aroma has some spice and of course the typical Belgian yeast smell from Allagash beer. Taste is pleasant with lots of pepper and some coriander as well as a nice lingering bitterness. There is also a bit of funk with this beer to add another layer of complexity.
Finish is clean and the 750 ml bottle was gone fairly quickly. An enjoyable beer but not sure it was worth the money as I believe this was a $15+ bottle of beer.
Pros: Complex flavor
Alcohol Content: 7.7% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Allagash Brewing
Brewers Description: Fluxus is a beer brewed every year to commemorate the anniversary of our first beer sold in July 1995. The name Fluxus is Latin for continuous change, something we seem to find ourselves in. Every year, Fluxus is brewed with a different recipe, giving our brewers a chance to push the limits of beer.
*Allagash Fluxus is brewed to help fund a scholarship set up for pediatric nurses at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. For details on the great work that they do there, go to mmc.org.
This beer was my second Belgian IPA in two nights after having the Prince Tuesday the night before. These beers were very similar but I enjoyed the Prince Tuesday just a bit more than this one.
Look is very similar, nice orange color and thick white head. The Belgian yeast is dominant in the aroma with some floral hops coming through. Taste is very well balanced with lots of malt character in the beginning, followed by a nice wave of Belgian yeast flavor and then the hops come in. Some apple and a nice bitter finish. Alcohol is there but certainly not overpowering and no burn.
Overall this is a very good Belgian IPA but this style is one that I am just beginning to appreciate.
Pros: Bold/Complex flavors
Cons: Belgian yeast is dominant
Alcohol Content: 7.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Description: Hugh Malone begins with a grain bill featuring a blend of Maine grown barley, imported Pilsner, and raw wheat malt. At the beginning of run off, we add a portion of hops to the sweet wort in the kettle; a technique known as “first wort hopping”. As the boil begins, a generous amount of Chinook hops are added for bittering. Later, in the whirlpool, the beer is hopped with a blend of Centennial and Amarillo, for aroma. This same blend is used, post fermentation, to lend additional hop character to the finished beer. The result is a complex brew with a malty palate, intense hop aromas, pronounced bitterness and a pleasantly dry finish.
*Hugh Malone is a tribute to responsible agricultural practices and informed consumption. Allagash Brewing Company donates $1 from every bottle of Hugh Malone sold, to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), the country’s oldest and largest state organic farmer coalition. MOFGA is a non-profit organization that educates farmers and gardeners about organic cultivation. They work to create resources for consumers interested in buying local and organic foods. With more than 5,500 members and 2,000 active volunteers MOFGA continues to inform consumers about the connection between healthful food, and environmentally sound growing practices. www.mofga.org
Right after I finished the Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ I decided to open my bomber of Little Sumpin’ Wild. They use a Belgian yeast strain for this one.
Appearance is similar to the Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ but that is where the similarities end. Lots and lots aroma with plenty of funk to it and some nice sweet candy smells. You also get a fair amount of citrus – basically there is a lot going with the aroma and it is all excellent.
This is certainly one of the more complex beers I have had with a little bit of everything in the taste. You have the flavors from the Belgian yeast, a nice hop character and just the right amount of funk from the wild yeast. The taste lingers forever and with an ABV approaching 9% you definitely feel this beer.
Overall this is a very good beer and a beer that would work well to introduce others to the wild yeast beers.
Pros: Complex flavor and huge aroma
Alcohol Content: 8.7% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Lagunitas Brewing
Brewers Description: Another Big Sister of the Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale…. Lots of Malted Wheat for a Curious Malt Complexity & and Fermented with Our Belgian Yeast strain leaving it Huge in Flavor and Satisfaction.