Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 33
Gots: 61 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ppoitras on 04-27-2007

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.
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Ratings: 699 | Reviews: 260
Photo of CochonKing
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a nice straw color with a slight green tinge. Beautiful head that is thick and lasting about 2 inches tall even on a slanted slow pour. No real disproportionation in the bubbles. By appearance a very well made beer.

Smell - Very floral with an amazing hoppy nose. Notes of lemon peel and coriander. Malt comes from the back of the nose. This beer smells amazing.

Taste - Short and blunt attack from the hop and a strong wave of IBU that disapates slowly and leaves behind a long finish. The malt comes accross on the finish and makes the taste. Acid notes similar to green apples and lemon are on the back of the palate, but more of a faint taste instead of a lasting impact - 3.75

Feel - Medium Light body. Fine bubbles. Very well made. 3.75

Overall - A very good beer. In terms of drinkability it isn't as sessionable as some other Belgian Style IPAs but it is very good. The bottle size seems a little large for how palatable it is. 3.75

Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the hoppier Belgian IPA's out there. Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into my Grape and Gourmet store tulip. Hazy apricot color with a big delicately bubbly white head. Head retention is better than average and the head looks more frothy after the bubbles die down. Aroma is citrus and floral hops, not much in the way of Belgian beer aspects. Flavor adds some Belgian yeast and some light fruit to the big hoppy presence. The yeast is fairly prominent and adds the "Belgian" to the Belgian IPA. Mouthfeel is crisp, bitter and fairly rich. Overall, an interesting and well crafted beer.

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with a long lasting white head.

Smell: Super hoppy, floral and piney.

Taste: Moderate to strong hops up front, which blends into mild Belgian style yeast, into a bready malt backbone. Aftertaste is a nice mix of Beglain yeast and more West-coast style hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Delicious! Feels substantial in every way. Hop profile is like an American Pale Ale, and it goes well with the Belgian style yeasts. Gives it more depth.

Photo of T-34-85
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer, great aroma and flavor, but probably not worth the cost as a "regular" stock beer
Very well balanced with a great level of complexity

Photo of Phigg1102
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice ruby/orange hazy coloring with a huge head of tight aromatic bubbles. Fair amount of citrus and melon in the aroma. More citrus, a touch of pine, marshmallow, and pith in the taste. Moderate carbonation yet slightly creamy mouthfeel. Some yeasty funkiness in this but not as much as I expected, well done overall beer.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10 oz. pour on tap at Plan B D.C.,

Photo of Jimmys
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%

2014 vintage big bottle.

a hazy blonde body on this brew. head is bright white and HUGE. a lot of citrus in the aroma. really inviting. flavor starts with some earthy yeast bitter-bite. quickly moves to a refreshing citrus and pine hop flavor. getting some melon in there too. really tasty stuff.

Photo of LGSurge
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a review, but wanted to clarify the chemical structure on the bottle. Believe that it is Humulone. More information is found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humulone. Cortisol also has C21H30O5, but the structure does not match what is printed on the bottle. Nice play on "Hugh Malone Ale" (http://hughmalone.com/).

Photo of Omnium
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes at the brewery on 10-17-13

A - Slightly hazed yellow gold with one finger of fizzy white head medium lacing.
S - Nice tropical notes of pineapple and a little mango, belgian yest and some spice.
T - Very good flavor, those tropical notes are front and center followed up by a nice spicy clove and even a slight slight hint of mint, finishes more on the tart citrusy side.
M - Dry but not dehydrating kinda dry, crisp.
O - Very good blend of american IPA and a belgian, tons of flavor.

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow, a very beautiful color, with a diminished white head.

S: Grass, tangerine, a bit of yeast and pilsner malt notes, all somewhat light and clear, but in a good way.

T: Tangerine leads, with strong notes of honey, followed by a bit of grass and breadiness. Exceptionally smooth and rich, and very well balanced.

M: Fairly light body, with moderate carbonation. Rich and very smooth throughout.

O: I've been meaning to try this one for awhile, and I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one--Belgian IPA seems to be a style with a lot of range, and this one was fruitier and smoother than many others I've had. I'll definitely have it again when it's on tap or when I come across a bottle.

Photo of JAFoley
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale clear yellow body with three full fingers of white head. Really nice retention but the lacing doesn't quite hold to the glass.

S - Huge sour lemon, orange, mint and floral hoppiness.

T - Moderate citrus bitterness along with orange notes of Belgian yeast and spiciness. Very subtle banana notes.

M - Light body and moderate/high carbonation. Very smooth, refreshing and very drinkable.

O - This was a great surprise. I tend to not like the Belgian flavor profiles to be strong, particularly the banana notes. This however was more restrained, and the biterness made a nice balance with the sour/sweetness. I wouldn't mind seeing an Imperial Belgian IPA with some more hop and ABV.

Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Label says Bottled September 2013.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a full two fingers of frothy white head that retains very well before melting down to a 1/4 inch head. Sudsy non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Funky yeast aroma plays off the citrusy hops bringing notes of pineapple, mango and pear. There's also a decent amount of spice.

T- Taste is more Belgian yeast than hops as the phenols produce a tangy fruit flavor. The bitterness is there but more as an afterthought while the spices and richness from the yeast dance around it. Very smooth for the ABV.

M- Spritzy, tight and crisp. Medium-high carbonation with a lightish body.

O- Not exactly one of the best things Allagash has ever done, nor is it one of the best Belgian IPAs I've ever had, but it's good enough to make me want to revisit it if given the chance.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: straw yellow color. Completely opaque. Two fingers of an off white head that lingers

Smell: grassy and pilsnery malts. Citrus and big Belgian yeast

Taste: opens up with Pilsner malts, grassy and citrusy hops. The hops are almost immediately drowned by an intense Belgian yeast that is spicy and dry

Mouthfeel: extreme dry and bitterness that lingers

Overall: an intense beer that the flavors are a bit too intense for me. The dryness eats right up the rest of the flavor

Photo of brochamb
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash has yet another great beer with the Hugh Malone. Appearance resembles the Allagash style with moderately cloudy, but very nice color (Deep Orange) The smell was very good, but not outstanding. Taste was the best part of this beer. I was very surprised with the citrus mixed with a little bit of pine taste. The Belgian yeasts adds that nice Belgian flavor and keeps you coming back. Not a session beer but a very enjoyable beer. I highly recommend.

Photo of dar482
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden color with a white fluffy head.

The aroma has Belgian yeast, bready malt, some spice, and citrus.

The flavor follows with a longing spiciness that surrounds the palate. There's a bready malt character to keep the beer going throughout. Lots of pepper, some clove. Then it pushes on orange and grapefruit bitterness. It finishes quite dry along with the carbonation cleaning up the beer.

An extremely well constructed Belgian IPA.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2013

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a massive head that lasts forever and leaves huge chunks of lacing

S: Very hoppy with notes of grass, earth, and some citrus. Wheat and pilsner malts come through underneath the hoppiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a nice mix of the hops and malts. Get some graininess from the pilsner malt and a bit of wheat as well. Hops provide grassy, earthy, and light fruity notes. Bitterness is quite pronounced throughout

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very dry

O: A nice Belgian IPA from Allagash. Plenty of hops in there, so it's probably better off drank fresh. If you've got some extra cash and enjoy the style then pick some up

Photo of alaimoa
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle from the brewery and poured into a glass.
Hazy golden color with big white head that leaves spotty legs all down the glass. Smell is okay but nothing spectacular - belgian yeast upfront that has a bit of barnyard to it and some spiced cinnamon. Taste very similar with an upfront bitternes mild malt backbone in a well carbonated but somewhat watery mouthfeel to it.

Overall Gash never disappoints - this is a good brew but didn't knock my socks off

Photo of prototypic
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hugh Malone is a nice looking, hazy, golden color. It’s definitely cloudy, but isn’t opaque. There might be a few specks of yeast swimming around. A white head tops it off. Carbonation looks to be active as it yielded a head that stands two fingers tall. The cork also popped with some force! It’s extremely slow to recede. Lacing was very sticky and thick on the glass.

The nose kicks off with a really nice Belgian yeast scent. It adds a really impressive spicy character to the nose. Clove and pepper are duly noted. Hops complement the Belgian yeast very well. The smell mostly citric and piney. Grapefruit and orange seem to be the primary scents. There’s a slight grassy or earthy note on the tail. That could be attributable to one of the hop varieties. Not sure. Alcohol seems fairly mild overall. It’s there, but doesn’t overwhelm. Smells good.

The flavor is easily as good. Spicy Belgian yeast strikes first and really is the driving force behind the flavor. Clove, pepper, and perhaps cardamom. Citric hops follow quickly and add flavors of citrus grapefruit and orange. Secondary flavors of pine and grass follow. They give more of an earthy vibe. Not bad though. The hops are quite bitter. Overall, the hops and Belgian yeast combine to create a nice flavor. Alcohol is a little stronger than I would’ve expected. That’s slightly off putting. Finishes spicy, hoppy, and quite dry.

The body is medium. Carbonation seems soft despite being quite active. Ultimately, it feels nice and smooth. It goes down easy enough. It’d probably go a little quicker with a bit less of an alcohol flavor. Just an observation.

Allagash is one of those breweries that never disappoints. While Hugh Malone is far from their strongest release, it is a nice Belgian IPA. The alcohol flavor’s a little strong, but that’s the only real complaint I have. Pretty solid all-around otherwise. Worth checking out for sure.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, 2012 version, served in a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy, golden yellow color with a thick, frothy white head. Aroma is pale malts, straw, citrus hops, dried fruits, and spicy/peppery yeast. Flavor is bread, pale malts, grapefruit, peach, and spicy yeast. Mouthfeel is medium, crisp, and a slightly bitter finish. Good beer.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Blind Tiger- pours a clear golden yellow color, one finger of head, modest retention, nice big rings of lacing. Fine looking beer.

Nose is a muddled mixture of lemony hops, pilsner malt, and Belgian yeast. A little dull but not bad.

Taste is about the same- light, lemony hops, with the grainy pilsner malt taste, and a little earthiness from the Belgian yeast. Bitterness is up front while the citrus is most present at the end.

Mouthfeel is good- medium light body, moderate carbonation, semi dry finish. Glad I tried it but not something I'd seek out.

Photo of deebo
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 750 ml bottle from 2012 poured into a pint glass. This year's version clocks in at 7.3% ABV. This beer is highly carbonated providing a big time dense white fluffy head that has big time staying power. Clear (kept the yeast in the bottle for the first pour) and light in color-straw with just a hint of golden. Aromas of hops a plenty-spicy peppery and citrus rind. Lots of that traditional Belgian yeast aroma in here too. Taste is like the aroma, lots of yeast, hops and clean malts. Upfront malty, then yeasty and finally hoppy and a bit bitter. The beer finishes quickly and is dry. As it warms on the 2nd pint the volatile alcohols come out stronger. Overall although not a style I gravitate towards, this is a well done beer with loads of malt, hops and yeast balanced in unison for a drinkable big beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 Edition

A: Pours a cloudy pale copper in color with some orange highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense and foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a quarter finger tall dense thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized thicker cap in the center and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there is a light to moderate aroma of pale malts with some Belgian yeast notes as well (just that touch of fruitiness and pepper spices). Moderate aromas of citrus/orange and pine hops.

T: Similar to the smell, the beer starts out with moderate flavors of pale malts and Belgian yeast - with the light amounts of fruitiness and black pepper spices. After the malts and yeast, there is a moderate flavor of hops - first there is the citrus/orange/grapefruit followed by the pine. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fade after a short amount of time.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to significant amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy. Moderate to significant amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very nice example of the style (Belgian IPA) with good smell and taste - the beer is rather easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, dandelion yellow coloring with a thin, small bubbled, clingy, white head and a slow, steady flow of carbonation bubbling. Aromas of floral hops, jasmine, and a spiciness imparted from the yeast, with a hint of honey and toasted grains. Very mild, well blended aromas. Flavors are very well blended, riding a thin, sharp body. Roasted and resiny hopped forward flavor, with a floral and bitter component as the brew crosses your tongue. Slight buttery biscuit backbone, which supports the hops profile. A touch of fruity and funky highlights can be gleamed throughout, too. Tart, fruity, and hoppy aftertaste, with the fruit taking over into the finish, along with a touch of resin and bitter. Clean, crisp finish. Very tasty, drinkable brew.

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012, 750ml
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Almost yellow. Very similar to a Belgian Wit beer. Thin layer of bright white head. Some lacing if left. Pretty little beer.

S: Hops are nice and floral and citrus on the front end. Belgian yeast spice is there. Some mild barnyard.

T: This almost drinks a lot like a modern white IPA for me. Seems like that kind of blend. Maybe a little stronger in ABV. Getting those nice citrus like hop aromas. Some of that spice from the Belgian yeast strain that they are using. You don't get tons of that coriander or clove that you would from a wit (which is nice). Fairly dry and crisp close.

M: Medium bodied.

Photo of mxchap
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: opaque, deep golden color. Poured in a 150ml glass so no comments on head/retention.
Aroma: Citrus, phenols, and spices. Also a bit of grass and wheat. From the smell you expect a flavor somewhere between a wit and Belgian golden ale.
Taste: Simple pale malt backdrop. Spices shine through, but the citrus and phenols are subdued.
Mouthfeel: Dry, per the style. Light-medium carbonation with a slight alcohol bite at the start.
Overall: A well-rounded beer. Maybe a tad too much spice flavor, but the mouthfeel makes up for it.

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Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.