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Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 32
Gots: 59 | 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: 691 | Reviews: 259
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4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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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4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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.

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4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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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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.

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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.

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4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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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4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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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Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.