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Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

556 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 22
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicely done IPA. I thought it was an Irish dry, and yet it wasn't overly dry. Yeasty and a body to it. Some interesting, calmer IPA even British style IPA with a cloudy peachy colour and some white head. Fruity hoppy malty aroma. A bit dry finish, otherwise nicely done hoppy ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 00:47:32 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

08-23-2012 14:47:37 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for Allagash night at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and some soapy and floral hop aromas. Taste is pretty much exactly the same with a medium level of bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Belgian take on an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 05:11:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

01-13-2012 22:35:35 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blurry apricot topped by a massive crown of sandstone colored foam that looks authentic for the style. Allagash is one of the few American craft breweries that, more often than not, creates Belgianesque heads. This one is whipped creamy and is blanketing the glass with boatloads of sticky lace. Whatever else Hugh Malone is, it's a looker.

Simcoe hops was a fantastic choice. An undercurrent of Belgian yeastiness lends a warm spiciness akin to cardamom and clove. Although the nose easily qualifies as good, it isn't great. More power and complexity are needed before the big scores are brought into play.

This Belgian IPA is not one of Allagash's better efforts. There isn't enough barley for the hop load, there aren't enough yeast esters, and the alcohol is too prominent. Given Rob Tod's brewing skill, Hugh has to qualify as a big disappointment... whose flavor score is only salvaged by my hopheadedness.

The lack of complexity and the less than stellar mouthfeel keep the beer from soaring like it should. The flavor profile collapses shortly after contact and does not allow the drinker to patiently probe the various nooks and crannies that ought to be present. Part of the reason is less than expert carbonation. Bottle conditioning (often hit-or-miss) ends up a miss in this case.

A lot more pale malt and a little less crystal malt would have helped build a more delicious and more solid foundation. Although plenty of alpha acids are present, Simcoe hop flavor isn't as bold or as bright as it could be. Think white grapefruit pith, orange oil and spruce tips. Given the current price of hops, it's now obvious why this bottle was almost $20.

For want of a better mouthfeel, a beer was lost. Not quite, but it certainly does dampen one's enthusiasm when feel lets down flavor. While HM isn't flat in a literal sense, it isn't creamy or expansive in the least.

Hugh Malone is all about humulones. Ordinarily, that sort of focus would be right up my alley. However, a well-crafted Belgian IPA is much more than Belgian yeast and a huge hop load. The best versions (Urthel Hop-It, De Ranke XX Bitter and Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel) have absolutely nothing to worry about.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 22:32:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy light copper in color and poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down into lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose along with some notes of yeast.
T: The taste has flavors of grapefruit, spices and yeast; it is accompanied by a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink considering its alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 00:20:57 | More by metter98
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I did not even look this up or know what to expect when going in, which is the way I prefer to try new beers. I figured another Allagash Tripel maybe with a twist. Poured a very hazy amber yellow with a huge three inch plus head of white foam. This reluctantly faded after a few minutes and left behind copious amounts of lace down the glass. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. The smell was very hoppy, which quite shocked me at first. There was the underlying base of yeast, and your typical tripel smell, but above that was this huge aroma of citrus hops, lots of orange peel and sweet tangerine aromas. Now this is what I'm talking about. The taste was superb. Lots of west coast hops in the back. Well forst great feel, smooth, light and great carbonation. Went down real easy and had the slightly fizzy feel that really makes the flavors pop. Nice bread and yeast tones, earthy grains made up the backbone of this one. Then interwovern were extremly frsh cut hops. Very nice orange and grapefruit tones. Very upfront too. The mixture of these gave it a very unique flavor I had not seen before. I actually enjoyed this much more then the other Belgian IPA I have tried. I felt there was much more hoppiness to this one. Overall this was a great great beer. I could easily see myself purchasing this again, however at 15.99 a bottle, not too often, but if you are gonna splurge this is definatly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 12:48:22 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

11-03-2013 00:03:05 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a mahogany color ale with a huge foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some dry with some dry Czech hops. Taste is also dominated by those sweet malt with limited dry fruits characteristics or oak notes. Body is quite full with some great carbonation and no alcohol was noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 18:54:12 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had not realized that this beer was a hop-forward ale. I'm glad I didn't try to cellar it, sacrificing the hop character in regret. A little head's-up on the bottle would have been nice. Having said that, the hop character, though pronounced doesn't give the bitterness or the hop flavor/aroma that classic Belgian hoppy beers do, like DeRank XX, Poppering's, or Houblon. The hops are tucked in right behind the Dubbel or Belgian amber ale maltiness. Those malts are very well attenuated, firm, soft, creamy, rich, and never leaves any residual sugars on the palate. Confection-like sweetness evaporates in the mouth and makes the beer increadibly drinkable. Fruity, rum-soaked peaches, pears, berries, apples, and appricots give the beer a lot of direction. Figs, pecans, and dates also contribute a richness that go along with a light maple syrup flavor. Finishes with an earthy, pungent, hop-herbal note that flirts with the candied malts well into the finish. An excellent beer, but I needed a lot more hop flavor, aroma, and bitterness- especially if American variety hops are used.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 13:30:23 | More by BEERchitect
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 20:31:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-22-2013 00:09:54 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-11-2013 06:00:16 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-13-2013 20:10:50 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-08-2014 04:18:01 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy yellow color, The head was long lasting and left a decent lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer gave off plenty of hop aromas and Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer had a light bready flavor to it with a bitter hoppy finish. The mouthfeel of this had a good strong bite to it with each sip. The yeast didn't really soften this beer up too much. Overall i found this to be a pretty good Belgian Style IPA but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 17:04:57 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

My Accidental Highway to Hell Tour begins right here. I know you're pumped! It pours a lightly hazy pale yellow straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, mandarin orange syrup, wet hay, light pineapple, and a touch o' banana peel. The taste holds notes of banana peel, lemon rind, orange rind, light orange zest, very light clove, melon, grass, and a few pinches of brown sugar and nutmeg. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid BIPA, though nothing overtly special or outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 22:32:52 | More by TMoney2591
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-15-2011 00:39:42 | More by JAHMUR
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-15-2011 18:35:30 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of white head on a slightly hazy, golden colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Distinct spicy pine aroma with lesser notes of grapefruit. Pilsner malt and some spicy yeast notes hide in the background.

T - Sweet pilsner malt and strong hop bitterness up front. Yeasty pepper notes blend with herbal hop flavors, rosemary and basil. Pine character begins to dominate in the finish with hints of Juniper, sandalwood, and yeasty vanilla.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish.

D - A very complex and drinkable BIPA. This has great hop character, and while the Belgian yeast character might be a little weak it is detectable enough to mark this beer as something other than an American DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 02:05:13 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/6/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and some Belgian yeast. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. There’s a mild but complementary citrus and caramel sweetness that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 21:10:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Officially, since it is past the midnight hour, it is my birthday. So before I go to sleep after working tonight, I am cracking this one open. Bye bye 20’s. Hello 30’s.

Pours a clear fairly dark brown with a good sized crème head. Nose is very sugary sweet like candy or even cotton candy and a good amount of wood mixed in there as well. Flavor is mild. Slight hops, pretty big sweetness going on. Besides that? Maybe a little wood. Small amount of spices. Feel has a lot of carbonation to it, but I have to say I think the liquid is a bit too thin. Overall it is drinkable, but for the price? Hell no. This is one of the first beers I have wanted to take back and get a refund. $16.99? Are you joking? $16.99 for what?? Don’t bother.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 01:49:52 | More by RblWthACoz
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle thanks to Reagan1984. The cork exploded out of this one and hit a nearby tree. Served in a wine glass.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of eggshell foam that settles to a thin cap. Splotchy sparse lacing. Semi-transparent glowing dark golden body. Tons of tiny bubbles.

S - Estery alcohol - surprisingly boozy for 8.5%. Faded hops - not getting a ton of Belgian yeast either, although there was a weird sort of plastic flavor. Not so good - perhaps this was better fresh.

T - The taste is better with toasted malts, caramel, fruity esters, and a kiss of honey. Hops? How old was this bottle? Not much bitterness either. This should be bottle dated Allagash!

M - Medium-light body, finishes dry, with a light burn and stickiness afterward. Pretty smooth, with soft carbonation.

D - This wasn't my favorite Allagash offering. Not bad or anything, but not particularly interesting, and certainly not what I expected from the listed style of Belgian IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 00:10:09 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A couple of things before I start my review. First, I am a hop head of the worst sort. I love hops and AIPA is my favorite style of beer. Out of 250 reviews thus far, almost 25% of them have been of IPAs and DIPAs. That being said, I have been having a hard time wrestling with Belgian IPAs. I want to like them, I just haven't found one that I like as much as an AIPA, but I am still looking. Second, Hugh Malone was a pioneer in hop utilization and I have read his book, "Using Hops in Brewing" and respect him as a pioneer in American beer and the use of hops as a flavor and aroma component of beer and agree that beer has been hijacked as Hugh put, "by a group of idiots." By pushing the boundaries of beer and ingredients we recapture the beer market from the idiots, we try harder and we know more and produce a better product. Here's to you Hugh.

Beer served on draft. Beer is yellow in color with a thin, white, broken head. Carbonation is moderate to low and there is lacing on the glass as I drink it.

Beer smells primarily of citrus-like hop aroma. There is also a slight ethereal flavor in the aroma. Overall it smells sweet and hoppy. Let's see how this tastes.

This is what I don't like about Belgian IPAs. The styles of Belgian beers used for the platform for the bittering and flavoring hops are delicate beers to begin with. They are actually tripels with very subtle flavor characteristics that end up completely overwhelmed by bitterness. This beer is no exception. When I drink a beer like this I think, "what would this beer be like without the hops?" Probably a Belgian Strong Pale, another beer that is not known for its over the top malt character or fruity spiciness but a clean bright flavor. The hop bitterness is what is most present in this beer. The citrus flavors (almost orange peel) is present in the mid and some in the front. There is moderate to mild sweetness at the front, but overall the hops mask almost everything. This beer is bright and bitter. Drinkability moderate, mouthfeel is fine. Beer is a little thin for my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 20:37:17 | More by drabmuh
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WesWes

New York

3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a fruity pale malt and Belgian yeast aroma. There is a light hop aroma that seems to blend nicely with the spiciness of the Belgian yeast. The taste is average. It has a warm, pale malt flavor along with a very spicey yeast finish. The hops are present, but they take a backseat to the "Belgian pale ale" flavor. There is a mild bitterness that really reveals itself in the finish, but I'm not that impressed with it. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a flop by Allagash. I've had hybris style beers like this before, but this one falls flat. I like the idea, but the execution lacks. I prefer more IPA character. This tastes like a Saison yeast. It's quite peppery. They should use a less aggressive yeast to highlight the hop profile, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 01:58:14 | More by WesWes
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Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.