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Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

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569 Ratings
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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 25
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of champ103
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orange color. A two finger fluffy white head forms with good retention. As the foam gently recedes lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Sweet candy malt and yeast. Soapy and oily hops with a lingering bitterness.
T: Follows the nose. Very sweet up front. Very oily and soapy hops again.
M/D: A medium body and high carbonation. The prickly carbonation and high alcohol makes this a slow sipper.

Not bad. Solid, but the oily and soapy hops detract a little to much for me.

champ103, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of impending
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Trappist. Poured a slightly hazy dull yellow straw, minor dense white head, ok lacing.

Aroma tends to a strong pale, hops while distinctive are not overly assertive.

Taste reverses the nose as the hops define the brew. True to the style the hops, while forward, don't contribute a strong pine nor citrus note making it rather indistinct tending towards mediocrity. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel.

impending, May 22, 2011
Photo of mxchap
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: opaque, deep golden color. Poured in a 150ml glass so no comments on head/retention.
Aroma: Citrus, phenols, and spices. Also a bit of grass and wheat. From the smell you expect a flavor somewhere between a wit and Belgian golden ale.
Taste: Simple pale malt backdrop. Spices shine through, but the citrus and phenols are subdued.
Mouthfeel: Dry, per the style. Light-medium carbonation with a slight alcohol bite at the start.
Overall: A well-rounded beer. Maybe a tad too much spice flavor, but the mouthfeel makes up for it.

mxchap, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Ek0nomik
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade.

Appearance: Pours an amber color with two fingers of foamy head. The beer is quite lively in the glass, keeping the head in its place for a handful of minutes.

Smell: The nose is interesting, with notes of plums and raisins coming through, as well as some clove and pepper from the yeast. I'm not picking up any herbal or citrus hop aromas from this which I'm a little disappointed about.

Taste: The palate starts out with pale and bready malt up front. The flavors from the yeast start to come out, with more clove and pepper coming through. The hops are present, exposing a moderate amount of bitterness and some oils that coat my teeth, but the flavor from the hops seem suppressed.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, aggressive release of carbonation on the palate at first, but after sipping on it for an hour it becomes more gentle.

Drinkability: A rather large bottle with the alcohol shining through makes it a good bottle for an evening. I would have liked to have seen more hops on the palate mingling with some of the spices from the Belgian side of the story. Nonetheless, a well put together beer that's enjoyable, and I'd like to try again in a few years.

Ek0nomik, May 31, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat muted orange color. Huge off white head that dissapates rather quickly. Lactic and somewhat solvent like aroma. Quite yeasty. Very malty flavor with a bready/yeasty quality. Sizeable hop presence but I was expecting a lot more. Decent enough body. Overall an ok beer but nothing really stands out. From the card I read on the shelf I was expecting a lot more hop presence. A notch above average. Urthel Hop-It blows this away.

lackenhauser, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first smell is a little phenolic and medicinal. The head is creamy looking, beer is reddish and cloudy in color with lots of carbonation streaming towards the top of the chalice, the taste is odd and slightly harsh. My novice palate cannot seem to detect a hint of the simcoes used in this beer or any hops for that matter. Once, this beer starts to approach room temperature it gets much better. The beer starts to exhibit hoppy qualities (contradicting my previous statements) and is actually pretty good but I still don’t know how my amateur palate feels about this Belgian IPA thing. I probably wouldn’t buy this again but I will try other Allagash beers since this was my first. I think I got a really good deal because this only cost me $8.99 and I think it is supposed to retail for around $15.

ArrogantB, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: straw yellow color. Completely opaque. Two fingers of an off white head that lingers

Smell: grassy and pilsnery malts. Citrus and big Belgian yeast

Taste: opens up with Pilsner malts, grassy and citrusy hops. The hops are almost immediately drowned by an intense Belgian yeast that is spicy and dry

Mouthfeel: extreme dry and bitterness that lingers

Overall: an intense beer that the flavors are a bit too intense for me. The dryness eats right up the rest of the flavor

SportsandJorts, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Griffith, Jan 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

mkirkland80, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

VeganUndead, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of jmilo64
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

jmilo64, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Patrickbrusil, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

mendvicdog, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Geuzedad
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Geuzedad, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of C-Dog
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of MenardMa
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

MenardMa, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one has been on my Wants for a while, finally picked it up at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA during a recent "out-of-towners" sale.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: golden-blonde with three plus fingers of fluffy, lumpy white head that drops to a hillock & leaves some sticky clumps of lacing. Translucent, hazy, with a few streams of fast, tiny nucleation.

Smells of golden delicious apple, bright Belgian yeast spiciness, some lemon, a little hay, & a little like hard candy. Good smell, but I can't say it's nothing I haven't smelled before.

Sweet orange-lemon candy kind of flavor up front in the taste, soon broken by a rind-like bitterness & some alcohol heat. Again, there are the spices from the yeast -- I'm likening to coriander, maybe a little anise, maybe even a little pepper -- that come in & give it some complexity, but those have a hard time holding up against the bitterness & the dryness from the booze. Long, bitter aftertaste as well, in a way that, I'm sorry to say, is sort of deadening to the palate.

On the full-bodied side, at best tingly & engaging & at worst sharp & abrasive. Here's my beer synesthesia coming into play, but the aftertaste is "gray" -- my mouth is left feeling kind of tired, battered even.

Not the easiest one to finish, a little overwhelming, & not in a good way. Hmm, not sure this was worth the "out-of-towner" price I dropped for it. The high points were pretty standard for the style (which is still to say, "good"), the low points were a turn-off. The alcohol wore too much & wasn't justified by the flavor. Decent enough, but not my fave by a long shot.

OneDropSoup, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I popped a 750 and poured into a goblet. Slightly hazy copper color with a nice tan head. Bubbles are big and the head fades to a layer of foam fast, but it does hang nicely on the glass.

Aroma of honey, with some hop spice and a bit of an underlying sour funkiness that I am not sure is intentional. The hops are refreshing to the nose and the whole thing does blend nicely together to form a pleasant aroma.

Things go a bit south from there when tasting this Belgian IPA though. Starts with an initial hop flavor that rapidly fades to a meld of alcohol and some more of that sour funk. Not overwhelming or anything, but it's enough to stand out among the other flavors. Finish is short but bitter and hot with alcohol.

Decent body and seriously carbonated. All in all I would say this beer is interesting and I am glad I tried it. It's not something I would seek out again though. A far cry from the Curieux that I can't get enough of.

ZimZamZoom, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of wildcats10
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

wildcats10, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of beef13
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

beef13, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, translucent burnt sienna hue, hints of deep orange and auburn. A moderate pour yielded two fingers of fluffy, foamy head. Displayed good retention and some lacing.

S: Sweet and bitter aromas, nice malty profile with an array of hops in the nose. Toned down, yet inviting, with an almost dark fruit scent.

T: A big, sugary sweetness comes across first, with an odd malt pairing. Then, the transition leads into a hop bitterness that doesn't seem to fit either. It seems like there's some complexity here, but not enough cohesiveness to the flavor characteristics.

M: Carbonation is generous, giving the beer a creamy texture on the palate.

D: An interesting offering, but not something that I would rank too highly because of the off-the-wall flavor characteristics. The Belgian IPA is a style I haven't had much experience with, but what I have sampled I've enjoyed. This one seems to miss the mark somewhat, but would still be worth a try.

CharlieMopps, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of Zbeetleman
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
Photo of Brown120
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Brown120, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of psdriscoll
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

psdriscoll, Jul 01, 2014
Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.