Sixteen Counties (June 2017)
Allagash Brewing Company
A Note on This Beer
With a 100 for style on RateBeer, Allagash’s Sixteen Counties rivals Belgian greats like Orval, De Ranke, and Westvleteren.
To reach such legendary acclaim, Allagash does what the great brewers of Belgium do - they use the freshest local grains. Sixteen Counties features expressive malts, wheat, and oats all from Allagash’s home state of Maine. Even the malting process happens in Maine.
All these grains build a world-class, complex, and rustic wheat depth that is accompanied by the bright stonefruit notes of Jarrylo Hops and the ripe banana notes of their vaunted house yeast strain. These fruit flavors lighten it up, providing lemongrass-like dryness that makes it refreshing to the core.
Shining straw gold releases notes of freshly baked banana bread, candied lemon peels, and the peppered orange notes of Chinook and Centennial Hops. Whole-wheat graham cracker notes give it breadth and dimension while wisps of lemongrass and pear aromatics persist throughout. Semi-bitter grapefruit delicately balances with the creaminess of oats before merging into a crisp citrus zest finish.
In Sixteen Counties, Allagash set out to get the highest quality ingredients in the world. In the hands of this brewer that many people believe is the best Belgian Ale maker in America, the results were destined to be one of the best. Drink that destiny in Sixteen Counties.
100 for Style on RateBeer - #12 in the World!
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