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Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

669 Ratings
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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 26
Gots: 55 | 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 Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden/light amber color with a layer of fluffy white head that leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell: Very herbal and hoppy up front. Quite soapy with some lemon like notes along with other citrus and a mild sweetness from the malt.

Taste: Herbal and citrus hop flavors dominate. Still reminds me of artisan bars of soap. The finish is full of bitter citrus peel hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one reminds me of going in to a bath and body shop. Really soapy. Still thought it was good, but I don't think I'll have it again, especially given the price of a bottle.

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Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.