Beer Review: ALLAGASH FARM TO FACE 2018

Beer Review: ALLAGASH FARM TO FACE 2018

The presentation begins with a pronounced pop as the cork is pulled from the 375mL bottle of Allagash Farm to Face 2018. The liquid, a bright orange hue, fills the wine stemware, creating a substantial, frothy head reminiscent of dish soap lather. However, the vibrant appearance doesn’t fully align with expectations for a peach sour.

Aroma

Upon diving in for a sip, the expressive aroma reveals notes of pear and cinnamon apple pie. Despite the anticipation of a peach-centric experience, the scent is rich and inviting. The discrepancy between the expected peach aroma and the actual apple notes raises an eyebrow, making the experience less in line with conventional peach sours.

Taste

The letdown persists as the flavor profile unfolds. Dominated by typical elements of saltwater, vinegar, and stinging acidity, the underripe peach and firm nectarine contribute only a fraction to the overall taste. The high carbonation and liveliness in the mouth fail to compensate for the lack of refinement, leaving the overall acidity at an uncomfortably high 8/10, while the sweetness languishes at an inadequate 1/10.

The beer tastes more like a young, green brew with sour apple overtones, overshadowing any remnants of stone fruit flavors. The concluding creamy lactic acid imparts a fleeting softness to the mouthfeel, quickly extinguished by the sharp stinging of acetic acid. Surprisingly, the perceived alcohol content seems to surpass the stated 6.1%, culminating in a headache-inducing experience before the glass is even empty.

Mouthfeel

The finale introduces a creamy lactic acid that momentarily softens the mouthfeel. However, this respite is short-lived as the sensation is promptly overpowered by the persistent sting of acetic acid. The higher-than-expected ABV exacerbates the experience, contributing to an overall less-than-pleasant drinking encounter.

Overall

Allagash Farm to Face 2018, in my assessment, falls squarely into the realm of an average peach sour. This is an unexpected revelation, especially considering Allagash’s reputation for sour perfectionism. The beer’s lack of uniqueness, coupled with its dull profile, becomes more apparent when compared to the brewery’s standout barrel-aged coolship sours. The decision to confine this brew entirely to stainless steel seems to miss the mark, preventing enthusiasts from experiencing the best that Allagash has to offer.

In a landscape where peach sours have become commonplace, Farm to Face fails to stand out, facing tough competition. The absence of distinctive or enjoyable elements further underscores its mediocrity. For those seeking the pinnacle of Allagash’s craftsmanship, this offering may leave them wanting, as it falls short of showcasing the brewery’s full potential.