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Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

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very good

606 Ratings
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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 25
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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a glowing honey/orange color, big fluffy white head, fades very slowly and leaves a ton of lacing. Smells glorious, lots of resinous piney hops, sweet caramel malt, and a whiff of Belgian yeast. Taste is a bright citric hop explosion, lots of pine notes, but all elegantly balanced by the sweetness of the malt. Creamy mouthfeel, tight carbonation, tons of lingering bitterness on the back and underside of the tongue. This is absolutely one of the tastiest beers I've had. Exquisite!!!

EDIT: 9.27.09...I'm editing my review and giving this beer all 5s. I can't find any flaws, so, yeah..it's perfect.

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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.

Chodite, May 12, 2009
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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.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $16.99 for a 750ml bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. I remember having one of these at a friend's house about 5 months ago and really enjoyed it. I have had a few other Belgian IPAs and none of them (except for the Green Flash Le Freak) had a good hop character. This one I do remember being remarkably smooth and a great marriage of a Belgian Ale and IPA. I pour into my Chimay Chalice.

Pours very nice, leaving an inch of white, frothy and light head that retains quite well. Very thick, lasting lace. A deep golden/brownish/orange color. Very nicely carbonated.

Smells as I remembered; perfectly balanced. Fresh, clean hop character matched with a mildly spiced Belgian Ale (white pepper and Belgian Spice).

Taste is equally well balanced. The hops in this one are quite unique. They do not have the standard pine/citrus/grapefruit character I'm used to in a west coast IPA. They are much more mild, yet certainly quite present.

The mouth is the best I have had for a beer with this level of hop backing. Perfectly carbonated, medium body. So smooth and creamy. Good lasting aftertaste. Superb drinkability.

I'm not so sure why this only has a B+ rating thus far. I love the Belgian IPA style and this is either in spot 1 or 2 for me. Highly recommended. Nice job Allagash.

ibbjamin, Apr 01, 2009
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Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.