Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company
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2.7/5 rDev -31.6%
750mL, cork. No date noted.
Pours a very murky orange color with a medium head of tan/off white bubbles. Aroma is very yeasty and bready with only a hint of citrus and pineapple(?). Taste is a bit oaky is this barrel aged? Yeast dominates the flavor profile. Reminds me of drinking a homebrew that was bottled too early. Hops and malt are nearly completely hidden under all the yeast, and this was not a vigorous pour. In the background, you can detect and presence of simcoe hops and some malty sweetness. Mild bitterness, again distracted by the yeast. If you have one, I would recommend ageing a bit. Right now, it is a mess.
04-29-2007 18:11:13 | More by sacfly
2.78/5 rDev -29.6%
I poured this one from the 750 into a belled beer glass.
The head is not huge but fluffy. It leaves a bit of lacing just at the top of the remaining head and is off-white. The beer is deep amber with an orange tint and is well-hazy.
Smells are sweet malts and yeast with subdued hops. Not much there for a Belgian IPA, though the balance is nice.
More full maltieness and a hop balance in the taste too. Good beer but odd for the style (as listed on BA). The Allagash website says to 'drink young' and I am expecting this one isn't young at all, though there is no date for me to check.
Mouthfeel is full, carbonation full, and finish dry with a slight aftertaste/feel.
Drinkability is moderate only.
I like this OK but am dissapotinted by the beer as a representation of the style, especially considering the cost was $18ish and I can get Stone's Cali-Belgique for $7.
02-28-2010 02:43:44 | More by meeekyh
2.98/5 rDev -24.6%
Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber body with an effervescent, even explosive off-white head.
Smell: Grapefruit and pine with a small amount of caramel and candy sugar.
Taste: Thin, dull malt flavors along with a pine and grapefruit hop character as well as an odd yeastiness. Finishes dry and astringent.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Cripplingly fizzy.
Drinkability: A beer very unbefitting of it's pricetag.
07-27-2007 20:31:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
3/5 rDev -24.1%
if you want to spend less buy half moons Obama Presidentail Ale for 4 bucks instead of 16 for this garbage. EXACT SAME THING.
pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy, white head. the head fades very slowly, leaving a massive lacing.
This beer has a very mild aroma. It is rather dificult to pick out any specific aromas. It has a slight grainy aroma. Some slight citrusy lemon aroma is also present. Not much going for it.
This beer tastes like it smells. Very mild, and hard to pick out flavors. Some lemon citrus flavor is present, along with a slight grainy taste.
This beer is light, and crisp. It leaves a very light grainy aftertaste. Carbonation is well for the style.
This beer would probably make a decent session beer. It is light enough, and the flavor is certainly mild enough.
Overall: I wanted this beer to be great, but it just wasn't.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2009 09:51:50 | More by purpletape
3/5 rDev -24.1%
This must be one of the first Allagash brews I have not enjoyed. From the pour, the beer looked amazing. A murky golden orange with very thick foam and a bitter citrus smell. I was pretty excited. But after my first sip, I realized something was a little off. The bitterness I smelled turned into a round, sour taste. Not sharp sour like a flemish sour ale, but round sour, like old milk. I'm not sure if I just got a bad bottle, or if this was their intention, but it didn't work for me. The orange and citrus notes redeemed it enough to make it drinkable, but there was something acrid about the taste that really put me off. All around, I'm a huge Allagash fan, so I'm hoping and guessing this was just an off bottle.
03-13-2011 19:03:35 | More by petacutlasaurus
3.03/5 rDev -23.3%
I actually drank this as my first beer of the super bowl this year. Poured at cellar temp into a wine glass.
The beer exhibits a mahogany color with garnet highlights when held up to the light. A fizzy beige head of .5 cm foams up and fades. Aroma is malty with caramel and brown sugar with some toffee notes too. No real hop presence.
First sip reveals an average body and fine fizzy carbonation.
Flavor is similar to nose with sweet caramel and toffee and again no hop presence that I detect. No alcohol either which is nice. A very straight forward beer that is easy to drink. Not very complex. I am very surprised to see it listed as a Belgian IPA cause the hops were missing.
I wasnt overly impressed with this beer.
02-22-2008 23:31:43 | More by sulldaddy
3.05/5 rDev -22.8%
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!
05-05-2011 05:20:34 | More by ehammond1
3.05/5 rDev -22.8%
This is a Belgian IPA? I may have to refer back to some XX and Houbelon Chouffe just to make sure I wasn't dreaming of some reckless brewer combining copious amounts of hops with fruity Belgian yeasts because this? This... well, it's not worth 15 bucks a bottle or whatever it's going for these days... and it tastes like a Dubbel.
Pours beautifully, light ruby brown, clear, with a finger of head and solid retention.
Smells like... well, like not much at all. Just barely a hint of fruity, Belgian estery goodness, no hops to speak of, maybe a bit of toasty malt sweetness... but in a goblet, with tons of head, to be this absent of aroma-y goodness is a crime.
Tastes... fine, for a dubbel. Hints of raisin and/or currants and brown sugar but with a bit of a bitter tang at the end. If I pretend hard enough I can make some of the fruit sorta grapefruitish in nature... but wtf? If there's any hops here to be detected its on the bittering side of things and yeah, that's great and all, but poorly befitting of the price tag and more importantly, the style.
Nice body and carbonation, pretty clean and crisp... I would happily drink this if offered it in a vacuum, but otherwise? I'm disappointed.
08-01-2007 01:03:14 | More by errantnight
3.15/5 rDev -20.3%
Pours a cloudy pale gold with an abundant cream head. Nice lacing.
Smell is very floral with some ginger, pepper, and nutmeg.
Upfront taste is mildly bitter floral hops. Bready malts come through at the middle cutting the bitterness a bit. Bitter floral hop finish with a little pine, grapefruit citrus, lemon. Some pepper notes? Lingering bitterness.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp finish.
Good bitterness, but kind of unexciting flavor. Aroma is almost like a hopped up saison. Some of what I feel detracts from the beer may just be due to the style in comparison to an American IPA.
05-03-2011 15:39:11 | More by sidetracked
3.18/5 rDev -19.5%
Once again a Belgian inspired beer that also attempts to include an American hop component. I haven't tasted a one yet that delivered on the hype. Poured a dark dull amber with a flat aroma of yeast and dusty sweet malt. Tasted yeasty with a little burnt sugar, and for a brief fleeting moment I caught a hint of those ballyhooed hops - then they were gone. Sharp, piercing carbonation and a kinda foamy-like mouth feel. I just don't like reading a brewery sell-sheet about how they get all jiggy with various hopping innovations and acclaimed varietals only to come up with something that tastes like a mediocre tripel. It makes me feel misled. Especially when you pay 15 dollars for a bottle of it!
06-07-2007 15:57:32 | More by dedrinker
3.2/5 rDev -19%
750ml bottle into nonic.
Cloudy and glowling burnt orange hue with a two finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap.
Large amount of citrus from the hops, along with orange peel.
Tons of orange peel in the flavor, although that may be from a mix of the hops and some of the spices added to the beer. Tart flavors from the malts. Full bodied with a high amount of carbonation, somewhat acerbic.
An okay Belgian IPA. Seems like there was too much orange peel flavor in this one for me.
06-07-2009 23:36:48 | More by BeerSox
3.2/5 rDev -19%
Now that we get Allagash in Georgia we're even getting the special releases. Nice frothy head, fully dimished. Body was hazy, amber. Aroma: light bread, hay, and straw. LIght hoppiness, with herb and grass. Moderate yeast, aswell. Kind of smells like their Tripel. Also banana and apple. Very much like the tripel, but not as malty or yeasty. Ok, but not something I would buy again.
08-29-2008 12:56:24 | More by doubleipa
3.2/5 rDev -19%
Pours a deep amber with light red highlights, and a 3 finger head. Great retention leaves behind no lace, but a thick layer of creamy foam on top of the glass.
Aroma is filled with some spicy yeast phenols, especially a black pepper aroma. Some grassy, citrusy hops are in the background too, but fairly faint.
Flavor is quite mild. Stale grain is dominant up front, followed by a metallic hop component, and a bone dry, lingering finish. Again, spicy phenols a present, but not as much as in the nose. Very little malt character. Mouthfeel is light, with heavy agressive carbonation. Drinkability is decent, not great. Kind of a sipper. You don't long for another taste.
Overall, this is a decent beer, and well made. I couldn't find any real flaws with it, but nothing about it really wowed me. For half the price, the Houblon Chouffe BLOWS this out of the water. Definitely the least exciting of the special release Allagash to date. Not a bad beer by any means, just not overly exciting. I won't be buying it again.
One thing I do LOVE about this beer is the name. Great combination of the history of a great brewer, and a play on words for co-humulone. I also think it's really cool that Allagash is donating a dollar from each bottle to teach others the benefits of organic farming.
07-02-2007 00:40:36 | More by phisig137
Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.