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Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

603 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 24
Gots: 40 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: ppoitras on 04-27-2007)
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Ratings: 603 | Reviews: 254 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had at one of Faustgeist's epic tastings.

A. Clear, amber-orange. Fine carbonation lends a small head to the beer.

S. Metallic, tinny hops, tart under ripe apples, estery in general. Apricots. Musty yeast, sweet, grassy, faint alcohol.

T. Sweet esters, fruity, hint of tartness, apples and grain, keep thinking this should be more dry. Light caramel malt and wet, musty, earthy hops shine through. Interesting, but not a great blend of tastes. Yeast character a bit too strong here.

M. Light, medium carbonation, finishes semi-dry and sweet with mild alcohol warmth.

D. Pretty good for 8.5%, it's smooth enough and intriguing, but ultimately I didn't feel like this was one of Allagash's best efforts. At ~$15 bucks a bottle you can do better.

kkipple, Feb 28, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

RoyalT, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev +1.5%

SkiBum22, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

lordofthewiens, May 16, 2007
Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev +1.5%

bishopdc0, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Billolick, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of Homebrew35
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Homebrew35, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

tigg924, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of lostandwandering
4/5  rDev +1.5%

lostandwandering, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of BrandonMichaud
5/5  rDev +26.9%

BrandonMichaud, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of deebo
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

deebo, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  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.

kingcrowing, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Janeinma, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
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!

ehammond1, May 05, 2011
Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Mantooth, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Hairrrrrrrr, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of mj001jk
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

mj001jk, Jan 20, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Soonami
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Soonami, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

glid02, Jan 28, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Beer21, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

OBIrish24, Dec 22, 2011
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Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.