Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 32
Gots: 64 | 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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Reviews by Chodite:
Photo of Chodite
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the opportunity to try this on tap during American Craft Beer Week fest at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore.

Great, balanced version of a Belgian IPA. I wish I would have taken notes, but of the few tap beers I had - this one took home the gold, no question (and that's saying a lot, considering the number of rare, American craft beers on tap).

Amazingly balanced, incredibly drinkable for a 8+% ABV brew and just an all-around great beer. Not sure how it's only a B+ at time of review.

Wish I could find this even in bottle form.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This poured a beautiful off-orange in color with an immaculate head that was reserved yet full and left a white film with little white pits on top of the liquid and some nice foamy lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell - This is amazing. There is no mistaking the rich, simcoe hops and they are here in force yet balanced with some other bittering hops and a nice malt structure. There is also a fine Belgian candy sweetness that tops things off. This aroma is quite simple yet incredible.

Taste - The hops carry the day at the taste, and again the simcoe dominates but in a nice, courteous way. The malts are a bit lighter but the candied finish from the nose is here for sure. I don't know that it is a classic BIPA but damn this is tasty.

Mouthfeel - This is a bit bigger than medium-bodied but not full with a wonderful, light, tingly carbonation and a satisfying sweetish finish.

Drinkability - I just loved this beer. It was rich, flavorful, unique, and exciting. I don't know how you would rate it to the style but for me this was excellent.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. It was a cloudy, red/orange color with a thin head. It smelled like an IPA, floral and piney. There was a honey background to the aroma, however. The first sip resembled a tripel, but then the pine and citrus hops kicked in, and they lingered for a while. Very enjoyable. I'll have to try more of these Belgian IPAs.

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

Belgian style bomber, caged and corked, no bargain @ $18.99(!), @ Decicco Market in Ardsley, NY. No freshness indication dating system employed. Pours typical orangy amber, medium tan nice looking frothy head, shows better then moderate retention than dissolves to a layer of fine film and leaves some thick sheeting and splotchy lacing. Dull nose of some maple malt notes, light soap and resiny hop oils. Tasty creation, combing two sexy styles, IPA and Belgian ale. This one simply does not meet the mark of the heavy weights of the style. (which are all available for quite a bit less$ BTW) Here, the hops are muted, I found the hops to be limited to an underlying layer of resinous bitterness. Lacking of the heady floral bouquet and citric hop bite of Houblon Chouffe for example. Decent beer, for sure, but overpriced.

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Allagash pint glass. Had at New World Tavern--Plymouth

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, gold in color, cloudy

Smell: toasted malt, floral and pine hops, Belgian spice

Taste: sweet grass and honey in the start followed by citrus hops in the middle and end..Light Belgian spice throughout.

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a bitter middle and end, dry aftertaste, moderate carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: One of the better Belgian IPAs I have had. The alcohol is really well hidden and the hops are not as biting as some Belgian IPAs. This one is really smooth and super easy to drink. I could definitely have a couple of these in a night.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is citrus fruits (mainly lemon) with some Belgian yeast. The flavor is Belgian yeast as well as lemons and oranges. The hop bitterness is there but it is not front and center. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of magictrokini
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy gold with a humongous white head. Rocky, nice lacing. Aroma advertises a great beer. Hoppy, peppery, some pine, and a fragrant, sweet Belgian yeastiness. Flavor does not carry through. Soapy, unbalanced hops with that medicinal herbalness (perfect call swoopjones). The crystal malt goes very well with the yeast, however. Don't get me wrong, the flavor was good, just not great. Probably could have been better without the dry-hopping.

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 kingcrowing
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very pretty orange/amber with a small white head and lots of small bubbles. Nose is light and fruity.

Taste isn too hoppy for an ipa but it's got a nice bite to it with a vey fresh clean finish. Makes for a great summer beer.

Photo of ehammond1
3.04/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear light golden with a thin white cap. Lots of lacing down the glass. Pretty.

A subdued and mild nose. Not a lot here. Some sweet fruit aromas and a presence of Belgian yeast but not an overly aromatic beer at all.

Follows the nose, in that this beer just doesn't have much punch or any powerful flavors. A mild beer for such a relatively high ABV. Some mild sweetness, a touch of hop bitterness, some Belgian yeast tang presence, but everything is quite subdued.

Thin to medium mouthfeel, a touch airy, very easy drinking.

A relatively uninteresting and bland Belgian IPA. What flavors that are here are pleasant enough, but they're hiding!

Photo of mj001jk
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber/orange with plenty of carbonation and a thick creamy head that persists for at least 30 mins in the glass.

Nose is refined and balanced with levels of complexity. It has a slight tangerine citrus component with green grass, pine, biscuit and toffee, which adds a little sweetness. It smells fresh and inviting but not spritzy in any way, I really like the nose.

Medium bodied, great vivacity and creamy richness envelop the palate with flavors of citrus, golden malts and a nice smooth bittering with some spice at the end. Alcohol comes through just a tad strong after the beer warms up a bit, but the flavors are awesome and very well balanced. This is one of my favorite styles of beer, a bastard hybrid between an American Northwest IPA and a Belgian golden ale and this one hits a home run.

Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of slightly muted hops - grassy, pine, and light citrus - with spices and light malts lurking in the background. As the beer warms the spices intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light and sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by loads of hops - grassy mostly with citrus undertones. Midway through the sip hints of clove enter into things and the beer sweetens a bit before ending with a solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this was a good looking Belgian IPA but in terms of flavor it wasn't quite up there with the big boys. Still, it's worth a shot.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For my 100th review, a little something special. I purchased this caged and corked 750 last fall at the venerable C.E. Reilly provisions store on the Pemaquid peninsula in Maine and felt that it was time to finally break it out.

Poured chilled into a tulip glass.

A-Hazy orange with a creamy white head. This beer looks luminous, and is really pretty.

S-Citrus, lemon and orange hops hit immediately, but the nose is soft with pronounced sweet malts taking up the background. Very nice.

T-The taste begins with rich sweet citrus malts passing over to a nice clean crisp and dry hop finish. Moderately complex in the transitions across the palate and a great balance between the Belgian and IPA qualities.

M-Extremely well balanced overall, with a medium bodied rich, creamy feel well balanced by the carbonation. Not foamy, like so many Belgians can be, just incredible. May be one of the best mouthfeels ever.

D-This is an exceptionally drinkable beer....the ABV is hardly noticed. I can't imagine anyone who likes a good brew not completely enjoying this one.

Obviously, I really like this beer, but it makes me wonder what this tastes like when new, and what impact the aging had on it. I see no date code anywhere on the bottle, so hard to say how old it was when I bought it. Frankly, I expected it to be more hop intensive, and I suppose the aging mellowed this somewhat, but in any case I am extremely satisfied with the results. Everyone complains about the price...yes, I think I paid something like $16.99 for this bottle, with $1 going to charity it is still expensive, but as much as I enjoyed it, well worth it...I will look for it again.

Photo of rdilauro
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light Pilsner color with a good white creamy head.. The aroma and bouquet was very pleasant. There was a fine strong but not over powering hop smell. The first mouthful was big and full. Some malt, touch of gentle barley, a hint of tropical fruit, maybe even some pear like taste.
The nose in this one is bigger than the actual taste and finish. That was my one negative about this one.. But all I needed to do is bring up the glass to my nose and the aroma took over.
I will try this one again

Photo of jmz62565
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy carmel,honey color with a giant tan foamy head,and I do mean GIANT. This beer has a ton of carbonation,so be careful when pouring. The smell is lighter than I expected,but I could make out sweet malt and some hops. The taste has a real fruity flavor to it,lemon,woody,corriander,and pine hops are the most dominate flavors. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing pretty well. Not a bad beer,but I expected more from Allagash and it was $19.99 a bottle.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reads "9.5% Alc. By Vol." on the label, so I guess they've kicked it up one full ABV notch since its premier.

Pours a bone-white head which retains for infinity, or pretty close to it. The color is a glowing golden-sunset rust thing...a beautiful beer that gladly leaves lace if you swirl even the slightest bit.

Interesting how the aroma manages to be flowery, herbal, hoppy, doughy and showing some Belgian yeast character, yet all of it so restrained that it's nearly unremarkable. All that promise, and not much pizazz in the end. Hmm. Definitely not too cold, so who knows...

The flavor is also a thing of clever balance and subtlety, but it impresses more than the smell. There are vibrant fruits here (mango, grapefruit, apricot, peach, even a slick banana kind of essence); and the visit to the tropics continues with a tart rind-like hoppiness; vinous, like white grapes/white wine; and a springy, earthy yeast character to add to the depth on display.

Creamy mouthfeel, yet also having plenty of zesty tickle. Light to medium body; grassy astringency in the finish; somewhat dry but a piquant fresh-cut grass element lingers...

This is one of those beers that's complex enough that one single meeting can't possibly give up all its secrets. Who is Hugh Malone, and what's he and this molecular structure doing on the label of this beer? Time for some research, I reckon. Fine stuff, which is par for the course from Allagash, at the very least...

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicely done IPA. I thought it was an Irish dry, and yet it wasn't overly dry. Yeasty and a body to it. Some interesting, calmer IPA even British style IPA with a cloudy peachy colour and some white head. Fruity hoppy malty aroma. A bit dry finish, otherwise nicely done hoppy ale.

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 Cortisol also has C21H30O5, but the structure does not match what is printed on the bottle. Nice play on "Hugh Malone Ale" (

Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brownish amber color with a nice off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and spices and slightly tart with some citric hops and yeast.

T- The aroma starts out with some sweet malt and caramel with a nice slightly spicy citric hop finish. I like it, there's a really nice balance between the malt and hops creating an interesting combination.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good texture and a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- This is another solid beer from Allagash, one that I enjoyed from the first sip to the last. Recommened.

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 mikey711
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had been sitting on this bottle for quite some time so the ipa part is not so much there anymore, but atleast i am getting through my cellar.

A: Vibrant amber color with a small forming white head that provides nice whisps of carbonation on top.

S: Very soapy smelling, nice caramel backbone, some hints of candied sugar. Some breadiness and graininess, not a whole lot in terms of pepper or yeast tones which was a let down

T: Very much like it smells, some caramel notes, a bit more yeast notes, and then some graininess. The hops only provide a touch of soapiness. Candied sugar. When fresh it is much better

M: Slightly rough around the edges, a touch of heat is present as well. Really just could be smoother

D: Better when fresh, one glass is enough

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 thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours a nice copper color with a minimal white head. Lacing is minimal throughout. The aroma was comprised of only mild hops. The flavor was comprised of nice spicy and sweet hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with a nice medium carbonation. Overall this brew had an excellent flavor for an IPA and the sweetness aspect was a welcome change from typical IPA's and made it more refreshing. This was a nice brew with bold flavoring.

Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a cloudy dirt brown color with a good off-white head that left some nice soapy lacing on the glass. The smell is some what faint, I pick up some granny smith apple, lemon, and very light spice. The taste is light bready malt, tart apples, and some dry bittering hops. Not much in the way of Belgian phenols or candi sugar, it is almost hard to detect the Belgian style. The hops don't really standout either. The feel is moderate and quite fizzy. A bit over carbonated actually. The finish is dry, almost puckering. The beer isn't bad but I believe it missed its mark as a Belgian IPA. Not enough Belgian flavors and the hops don't standout. Seems to be more malty than other BIPAs, perhaps this is the reason.

Photo of Maction
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a wine glass, it a sandalwood brown with almost glowing golden edges, and a dense frothy cream-colored head.

S: The smell is of sweet wheat and grains, vanilla, and honey sweetness.

T: The taste doesn't follow the aroma, it starts bitter and dry, but has nice length and evolves slowly into a sweet and smooth middle, with a dry finish.

M: I feel some alcohol, which contributes to the dry finish, but it's definitely weighty and spreads nicely through my palate.

D: This is interesting and complex though subtle. I don't know if it's something I'd want to drink a lot of, especially for the price, but it would make a nice after-dinner drink.

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Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
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