Allagash Hoppy Table Beer
Brewed by: Allagash Brewing Company
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Belgian
- Variation: Table Beer
- Seasonal: No
- ABV: 4.8%
- IBU: N/A
Notes: Now available year round.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
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.
Hops: Chinook, Cascade, Comet, Azacca
Malts: Allagash 2-Row Blend, Maris Otter, Maine-Grown Oats
Additional: House yeast and coriander
More Hoppy Table Beer Images
Artwork: Teal label with geometic mountain pattern.
Color: Bright gold with slight haze and iridescent glow.
Aroma: Mild citrus peel and grain.
Arrived in: 12oz. Bottle
Served in: Short Tulip
Lately we have been on a bit of a barrel aged beer kick from Allagash Brewing Company. FV13, and La Tiarna have been great funky releases, to name a few. We knew about their Tripel, Wit, and Black, but thought it would be a great time to revisit their core lineup to see what’s new.
It turns out this Hoppy Table Beer is their newest year round offering, and we were immediately interested with “hoppy” being in the name. What is a table beer exactly? Long story short, it’s an old school Belgian session ale. You can also learn more about about the style from Allagash here.
Hoppy Table Beer poured quite effervescently to start, with an eruptive mass of bubbles. Once it calmed down, the ale was bright golden color, with a slight haze to it. There was also an iridescent quality, making it really pretty to look at with a bright glowing effect near the bottom of the tulip.
The aroma featured a mild citrus peel, leaning towards the lemon side. We also got some grains, and maybe a little hay, but there was definitely a gentle spice to this table beer from the coriander as well.
Allagash Hoppy Table Beer was a fantastically refreshing beer in both mouthfeel, and flavors. A light and airy ale, with just enough crisp, biting effervescence in every sip. It was slightly creamy to start, until its carbonation jumped out with sharpness.
On the palate the beer offered up a flavor profile of rolling citrus. Some Belgian ales have an inherently “orange” characteristic to them, but there was more to Hoppy Table Beer thanks to its dry-hopping regiment with Comet and Azacca — both known for their citrus profile.
Hoppy Table Beer beer started off with a refreshing mild orange to tangerine taste, then brought on some funk as its bitterness apexed. There was some dryness to the finish, where gentle spice emerged along with lingering citrus peel.
This dry hopped Belgian-style ale might be available year round, but its best suited for spring and summer.
Final Score: 3.5/5
Allagash Hoppy Table Beer was crisp, effervescent, refreshing, and of course sessionable. It was also more hop forward than most Belgian ales we’ve run across, which never hurts around here…