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Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

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283 Reviews
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Reviews: 283
Hads: 779
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 16.79%
Wants: 41
Gots: 92 | 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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Photo of corey0212
5/5  rDev +27.2%
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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Photo of Chodite
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
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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Photo of ibbjamin
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of clemtig76
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A close friend brought over a 750ml bottle to share. Poured a glowing honey/orange color with a big fluffy white head into my SA glass. I am a hop head and the smell was glorious, lots of resinous piney hops, sweet caramel malt, and a whiff of Belgian yeast. Taste was a hop explosion with lots of pine notes well balanced by the sweet malt and yeast notes. Incredible lacing clings to the glass after every sip. I am indeed lucky to have a friend share such a fabulous beer with me.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of lpayette
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one of those, "I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet" beers. Time to finally roll up the sleeves for a bit and write a review. This particular bottle is probably around 6-8 months old.

Appearance- Is there any Allagash beer that isn't absolutely beautiful? You've got to love pouring their bottle conditioned beers because it seems you can make the head do whatever you want it to. Pour it hard or soft, you're still going to end up with lacing all over the glass.

Smell- Citrusy hops with a nice spice melody. Black pepper in the deep whiffs.

Taste and Mouthfeel- Excellent balance between hops, malt, and spices. Really quite exceptional the more I make my tastebuds think about it. Surprisingly hoppy for Allagash (citrusy), but certainly not overdone and less hoppy than any others I've had in this style. A hint of honey in the middle- just a hint. Lots of orange peel near the end, and a peppery and near-dry finish. Carbonation is subtle and just strong enough to make its way through the medium thickness of the body.

Drinkability/Conclusion- Well go figure, I finally figure out how much I love this beer on my LAST bottle. Looks like I'll be snagging up some more of this when I get a chance.

Allagash sets the bar high with their interpretation of this emerging style. Surprisingly, this is more 'Belgian' tasting than examples I've had from Belgium... but now that I think of it, maybe I shouldn't be surprised at all since Allagash is probably the best maker of Belgian beers outside of Belgium.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw under a mousy 3” meringue-like persistent foam cap that lasts over 3 minutes. Produces Gothic window lace. S: Grassy, pine, fruit, over ripe fruit, Belgian yeast aromas. T: Very fruity palate with tropical, citrus and bubble gum joined by light biscuit. Medium bitterness, medium high yeast character. F: Very creamy, medium light body, medium high carbonation. O: A very drinkable, well made beer.

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Photo of mj001jk
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of Rukasu
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Franklin's in Hyatsville, MD...probably stored at home beyond optimal freshness of 6 months

A - Pale straw/honey colored gold. Thick, dense white head

S - Floral hops, malty sweetness, grass, faint citrus and pine

T - mildly bitter hops, molasses, lemon, Belgian malt

M - Lasting tannic bitterness that remains after swallow. Fairly light for an IPA, but also warming.

O - Pricey beer ($18), but to be expected with Allagash. Quality beer. Despite being kept for longer than optimal, tasted great poured into snifter.

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Photo of LeRose
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. Reviewing after having my third bottle (not all at once...).

Appearance - poured a bit aggressively and was rewarded with an immense foamy head, so getting the beer in the glass took a while. Dense, creamy, white head that took a very long time to fall, leaving beautiful heavy curtains of lace on the glass. The beer itself was a very slightly hazy golden orange color.

Smell - I felt it was actually a bit understated, almost restrained in the aroma. Definitely get the hop aromas, but there is a different character - much fresher and "greener" aroma that is predominantly citrusy and floral, not so much in the way of the more resinous or pine-like aromas. In character with the Amaraillo and Centennial used for flavoring and aroma according to the brewer. There is a light bread-like aroma and hints of Belgian yeast and a bit of spice. It almost comes across as "tame", but in a good way - like everything was put together to have just this effect.

Taste - the first thing I picked up was a very light sweetness followed by the citrus and floral components of the flavor/aroma hops - very intense yet not overwhelming. Mid-palate there is a significant bitter impact (thank you Chinook) but it is very short-lived. It seems to clean the palate briefly and then allows the malt and other hop flavors as well as the Belgian yeast notes to come back to the fore. This "layering" effect was very interesting and completely enjoyable. There's a lot going on but in a subtle way - citrus, spice, earthy leafy notes, some tea-like tastes, sweetness and biscuit flavors from the malt - yet it all seems controlled rather than a muddle of flavors. Nice lingering mild sweetness and I swear there is a mint component in the after-taste - very faint but noticeable as an almost cooling effect.

Feel - lively enough carbonation. It is of medium body - not to light, not too heavy. Nicely drying on the finish, some lingering sweetness.

Overall - I guess it is obvious I think this is a fantastic beverage. It is understated and straightforward in some ways, but there are layers of flavors and aromas going on that all work together despite the potential for a train wreck. It seems mostly true to the style - the hop component is there as well as the Belgian component and everybody plays nice in the sandbox. Well done. I will buy this beer again - no doubt.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy glowing gold with a huge head. nose; spicy belgian funk, citrus rind & subdued hops. taste; lemongrass, citrus hop, clean pilsner/wheat grain, lemon pith, crackery malt, massive pear sweets middle and a light peppercorn kick on the end. finishes dry and lightly mint. strong carbonation and medium mouthfeel. a very herbal and moderately complex BIPA overall. light, well-balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of SFNC
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, not sure why this one does not get better marks. Tart, tangy, effervescent and nicely dry. Looks great, smell great and tastes better. Of note, the head lasted for the duration of my sipping this one. One of the best' I've had all year. Well done Allagash, well done indeed!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 2012 batch, corked, caged 750 ml. bottle.

The pour is a hazy and heady straw yellow. The lively carbonation bubbles feed the plush, foamy head that lingers on and on.

The floral hops are noted on the nose right off but they are subdued as they play against the wheat and pilsener malts that step forward. There is the slightest citrus zing but it simply tickles rather than overpowers.

The body is light to medium and creamy.

The taste is beautifully balanced with an upfront subtle wheat experience and a moderately lingering hop finish. While nothing takes command the hoppy background reminds you that this is an IPA.

This is the way I like my IPA's. It is not too harsh but presents itself enough to satisfy. A fine tribute to an early pioneer of the Maine brewing industry.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. 12 oz. bottle.

Big winner in the looks department. Giant classic Belgian frothy rocking head, bleach white and bright with soft creamy clumping and big staying power. This sucker isn't budging at all, but leaves a whipped up foam of peaks and valleys all on the top. Body color is classic slightly opaque lemon but with a big hint of green hue to it. A complimenting rising carbonation in the middle hits finely as well. Great looker.

Aroma comes with classic and big hop notes. Wonderful spicy florals, big almost cedar like perfume notes with fruit and roses. Dialed down sweetness, but just a hair of sucrose classic and small honey, which balances with this big hop angle note real nicely. Possible phenols of spice going on here too getting into woody clove qualities as well. Real complex and diverse.

Palate manages to bring the goods with no big surprises other than greatness. Slightly moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel just a touch also, with large pine dryness in the mid palate. Finishes with big warmth of hop heat, spicy, black/white pepper accents, and just a hair of orange like fruit. Mid level sweetness in repeated sips of bready and honey like malts. Garden like hop freshness, aftertaste goes from floral, sage, mint and quite varied.

A great tasting Belgian IPA for sure.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle
Batch 3

Poured into a chalice a very nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some slight hop notes, slight citrus. The taste is sweet/bitter, malty, yeasty, slightly hoppy, some citrus notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this has got to be one of the best Belgian IPAs I've had to date.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

Let me start out by saying this beer is very under-rated - this is one of my favourite styles and it is fantastic.

Look is basically perfect, massive head, lots of lacing and great coloring.

Smell is great for the style - a good mix of citric hops, funky belgian yeast notes and spice

Taste is very good, balance, very dry and quite hoppy for such a 'belgian' brewery as Allagash...probably more hopped than houblon, the BIPA I hold all others up to.

Feel is right on, light not too heavy.

Overall this is a fantastic beer, another wonderful one from one of the best breweries in the US or the world.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.44/5  rDev +13%

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.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of bszern
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010, purchased and consumed (ten minutes later) on 5/10/2012.

Poured a cloudy yellow with a solid head that dissipated. Not much lacing, but still a nice looking beer.

Smells a little like a trippel/dubbel, but real hoppy. Already liking this better then the Belgian IPAs from Belgium.

Taste is bitter, but not overwhelming. Spices and citrus are present. Pretty mellow (probably from 2 years on a shelf). No trace of the 7.8% abv.

Mouthfeel is light, and some carbonation remains on my tongue after I've swallowed.

Overall, a great beer. I am going to try to find a newer bottle and compare.

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Photo of WellRested518
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"This thing is like diving into a Belgian bath house full of fresh cut grass, rose pedals, and pineapple while cheating on your ex-wife with Jennifer Love Hewitt. As you embrace her she blows a bubble of Hubbabubba Freak and you're finished. BONE DRY."

In all seriousness, this thing is great. No, it's not BONE DRY, but for a Belgian Ipa it more than fits the bill.

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Photo of americanpsycho
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Allagash and it won't be my last. Nice foam head on the pour. It is well balanced and easily drinkable. Don't let the high ABV scare you off. Primarily citrus and pine taste with Belgian yeast going around. There might be something better out there but this is a pretty good start to me.

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Photo of berley31
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a large bottle marked "Batch #3" (oh, and the ABV on the bottle I had was listed as 9.5%). Large, off-white head that was quite long-lasting. Body is a dark orange / light copper color, and very hazy.

S: Aroma is perfectly balanced and nicely mellow... pine notes in the hops, and a good amount of citrus to make it all work well. Very nice.

T: The flavor is also great... a little hoppy (but not like most American IPAs or even Pale Ales), nicely balanced with a little malt sweetness and citrus.

M: Medium-bodied, and creamy, with average to lively carbonation.

D: Damn, I really enjoyed this beer. Definitely something I would enjoy sipping on again, as it's quite easy to drink... dangerously so for 8.5%-9.5%.

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Photo of Hollybee
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold cloudy appearance.
Pours with a cloudy head nice gold- amber color

Smell brings light citrus, orange notes, expected more alcohol in the nose but there's no burn.
Not a lot of floral hops. Yeasty and bready

Balanced and bitter on the tongue
Smooth to start and then gentle carbonation. Hops balances the sweetness and finishes with slight bitter. Smooth and clean

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Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.