Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 258
Hads: 700
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 32
Gots: 66 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of ccrida
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 (a whooping $18.99, kept in a dark refrigerator at John's Market) poured into my Damnation tulip, Hugh Malone is a murky orange gold with a large very dense and long lasting off white head that slowly settles on the sides, leaving a very heavy, perfect lace around an island of foam in the middle. The first top off resulted in the exact opposite, heavy foam walls with rocky craters in the middle. Even on the final settle a good 1.5 hrs later, there was still heavy foamy lace, wow!

Smell is spicy noble hops and bready malt, similar to an Imperial pils. Strong citrus intensified as it warmed, which I preferred from the just above fridge serving temp, although the alcohol vapors did as well.

Taste is strong alcohol and maltiness, lightly toasted, big but rounded, spicy hops. Grainy wheat tang on the finish with a sharp aftertaste, a bit of orange and honey, the sweetness of the cereals and doughiness of the yeast come as it warms, which is the way to serve it. Hugh Malone reminds me a lot of Hommel - which is an easy $10 less!

Mouthfeel is pretty thick, in spite of the magnificent head, the carbonation, the mouthfeel seems spicy and dry, but heavy and not terribly digestible. As it warmed, it lost much of the sharpness and got very creamy, very nice, from 3.5-4.5, I'll give it a 4 avg.

Drinkability is ok, pretty good but overpriced, even with the dollar a bottle going to charity. I better be really blown away by the 07 Interlude I just tracked down for a $25 in WA!!! As it stands, this one has a bit too much of a bite, on both the taste and the wallet! (1,585 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bomber at room temperature into a pint glass, this one gives you a cloudy copper brown color with a solid but thin off-white head and excellent lacing. I smell easter ham here with clove and champagne grape. The first taste brings more of that champagne feel and flavor. Plenty of mellow clove and some malt. Belgianesque in taste and feel but relatively mellow and easy drinking. I like it as a nice change up, refreshing and kind of unique. (451 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazed but glowing amber color with cap of dense white froth, good lacing. Scent is strong on juicy and fruity citrus hops, strong orange and candied sugar notes backed by a faint grain whiff, light spice and bready yeast. Taste leads with the orange and tangerine notes, spice and bready yeasts come through before the beer mellows into a fresh grain backbone. Medium bodied, a touch of oily heft, bubbly. A very nice surprise, good fruity Belgian IPA. (454 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours a nice copper color with a minimal white head. Lacing is minimal throughout. The aroma was comprised of only mild hops. The flavor was comprised of nice spicy and sweet hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with a nice medium carbonation. Overall this brew had an excellent flavor for an IPA and the sweetness aspect was a welcome change from typical IPA's and made it more refreshing. This was a nice brew with bold flavoring. (477 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

A golden yellow/light orange color with a two finger white cap that fills the tulip. The nose is of sweet bready malt, earth, and citrus with astringent, fruity notes from the Belgian yeast. This could almost double as a hoppy saison. On the palate, fruity notes up front with an astringent feel through the middle. Earthy notes and some light fruit (apple) come out in the finish before a mild citric bitterness. A little bit of spice dots the landscape. Medium body with a bit of a prickly feel. Solid flavor throughout with a decent dose of bitterness. Well-balanced. A tasty Belgian IPA that toes the line of saison in spots. I love a good Belgian IPA and while this one doesn't wow me, it is definitely welcome in my glass anytime. (763 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, fresh hops, and not to incriminate myself, kind of like a bag of weed. In the taste, dry pine hops and a light yeasty presence. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small hop and yeasty aftertaste. Big hops and mellow Belgian like qualities. Quite enjoyable. (353 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (807 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TimmyP for this great extra & the keen-eyed ppoitras for throwing this into my Secret Santa box. No Hugh Malone for years & suddenly it's raining Allagash! Batch 3, for what it's worth.

Split & poured gently into my Sinners & Saints Chalice (& a Hennepin for my wife). Very turbid, even considering the bottle-conditioning, completely opaque even without a hint of distubance. Golden amber with a wispy, who-cares lace-bits. Smell is compelling, sweetness of a Belgian with only a hint of hops.

Hugh Malone, Belgian Strong? Belgian IPA? Belgian Pale? Who knows, who cares. This one singes the tongue with wicked & unexpected delights. The pale malts are lent brains & brawn by the hops, which I've now read are Simcoe, which makes sense, since they'tr burly, hair-growing hops. The lemony hops interact nicely & create a charming contrast to the Belgian yeasts, & cancel out one another's more extreme predilications.

There's a vague, overall spiciness to this that's also welcome. Light & crisp on the palate. Honestly, this one grew on me with every sip.

Excellent brew. I would love to try this on tap sometime out East, but from the bottle, this is another fine beer from the folks at Allagash. I'll be serving the other bottle at my birthday tasting party sometime in January, & I suspect Hugh will go over well with those who are not craft beer nuts. (1,374 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This poured a beautiful off-orange in color with an immaculate head that was reserved yet full and left a white film with little white pits on top of the liquid and some nice foamy lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell - This is amazing. There is no mistaking the rich, simcoe hops and they are here in force yet balanced with some other bittering hops and a nice malt structure. There is also a fine Belgian candy sweetness that tops things off. This aroma is quite simple yet incredible.

Taste - The hops carry the day at the taste, and again the simcoe dominates but in a nice, courteous way. The malts are a bit lighter but the candied finish from the nose is here for sure. I don't know that it is a classic BIPA but damn this is tasty.

Mouthfeel - This is a bit bigger than medium-bodied but not full with a wonderful, light, tingly carbonation and a satisfying sweetish finish.

Drinkability - I just loved this beer. It was rich, flavorful, unique, and exciting. I don't know how you would rate it to the style but for me this was excellent. (1,067 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy bright golden amber with a big puffy white head that lasted the duration of the session and left very good lacing. The smell is subdued and balanced for an IPA with some citrus hops but a significant sweet bready malt aroma as well. Taste is also heavy with sweet malts with the hops playing a supporting role. The mouthfeel is very creamy with good carbonation and a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Very crisp and clean. This is an extremely nice beer and the low-key hop profile makes it more drinkable than the alcohol indicates. Recommended. (600 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hugh Malone was served on-tap at Ginger Man in SoNo.

The appearance is a deep golden color with a one finger head.
Upon taking a whiff, I smell honey, cloves, and some mary jane.
The taste comes across with vanilla, a small batch of hops, and a dallopp of honey. Mouthfeel on Hugh Malone hits me with a light presence overall, some vanilla, light spice on the tongue.
Drinkability is very good, this belgian IPA is great, and I am very happy to have finally had the opportunity to drink it, very nice beer and worth your time. (527 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Allagash pint glass. Had at New World Tavern--Plymouth

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, gold in color, cloudy

Smell: toasted malt, floral and pine hops, Belgian spice

Taste: sweet grass and honey in the start followed by citrus hops in the middle and end..Light Belgian spice throughout.

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a bitter middle and end, dry aftertaste, moderate carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: One of the better Belgian IPAs I have had. The alcohol is really well hidden and the hops are not as biting as some Belgian IPAs. This one is really smooth and super easy to drink. I could definitely have a couple of these in a night. (681 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. It was a cloudy, red/orange color with a thin head. It smelled like an IPA, floral and piney. There was a honey background to the aroma, however. The first sip resembled a tripel, but then the pine and citrus hops kicked in, and they lingered for a while. Very enjoyable. I'll have to try more of these Belgian IPAs. (358 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Label says Bottled September 2013.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a full two fingers of frothy white head that retains very well before melting down to a 1/4 inch head. Sudsy non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Funky yeast aroma plays off the citrusy hops bringing notes of pineapple, mango and pear. There's also a decent amount of spice.

T- Taste is more Belgian yeast than hops as the phenols produce a tangy fruit flavor. The bitterness is there but more as an afterthought while the spices and richness from the yeast dance around it. Very smooth for the ABV.

M- Spritzy, tight and crisp. Medium-high carbonation with a lightish body.

O- Not exactly one of the best things Allagash has ever done, nor is it one of the best Belgian IPAs I've ever had, but it's good enough to make me want to revisit it if given the chance. (898 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This poured clear gold with lots of thick white head.
S: It smelled like tart apricot and lemon zest, and a bit of spicy wheat and alcohol.
T: It tasted like apricot and pineapple hops up front, followed by sour yeast and tart dry citrus. It had a very clean and bitter aftertaste with some funk.
M: It was oily with smooth carbonation; very slick.
D: This was a great beer with perfect balance and bright, crisp taste. It was a delicious mix of bitter and sour and funky and sweet. It had perfect body too, so it was quite easy to drink. Not for aging, but very nice fresh. (577 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden color with a white fluffy head.

The aroma has Belgian yeast, bready malt, some spice, and citrus.

The flavor follows with a longing spiciness that surrounds the palate. There's a bready malt character to keep the beer going throughout. Lots of pepper, some clove. Then it pushes on orange and grapefruit bitterness. It finishes quite dry along with the carbonation cleaning up the beer.

An extremely well constructed Belgian IPA. (459 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a cloudy dirt brown color with a good off-white head that left some nice soapy lacing on the glass. The smell is some what faint, I pick up some granny smith apple, lemon, and very light spice. The taste is light bready malt, tart apples, and some dry bittering hops. Not much in the way of Belgian phenols or candi sugar, it is almost hard to detect the Belgian style. The hops don't really standout either. The feel is moderate and quite fizzy. A bit over carbonated actually. The finish is dry, almost puckering. The beer isn't bad but I believe it missed its mark as a Belgian IPA. Not enough Belgian flavors and the hops don't standout. Seems to be more malty than other BIPAs, perhaps this is the reason. (756 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to my uncle for the Christmas present.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a billowing frothy bright white head that took forever to recede into an oily, thick, chunky film that left a solid sheet of fine lacing was left down my whole glass.
S: Light notes of spicy Belgian yeast mixed with citrus and grassy hops.
T: Rich and tingly flavors of Belgian spices and peppers. Very rich and spicy. The yeast also adds some dry doughy flavors, and the hops add some grassy earthy spices. Finish is juicy and sweet, and the aftertaste is ever so slightly bitter. I get hints of mint and bubblegum as well.
M: Medium body with amply frothy carbonation that tingles up in your mouth with every sip. Mouthfeel is a little rough around the edges because of it. Aftertaste is fairly dry.
D: A very drinkable beer, but not the best in the style. Another great beer from a great brewery though! (928 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A really nice looking beer. Enjoyed this one from a tulip glass. It had a huge/creamy/well structured head that showed some impressive retention. It did fade away eventually and did leave little lacing behind. I was careful not to disturb the sediment and yet the beer itself was fairly cloudy. A honey/Amber color that was too hazy to see any carbonation that may have existed. A decent looking beer.

Yeasty aroma with some spice notes. The tiniest touch floral as well.

Flavor was actually very nice. And I thought it showed some excellent balance. Some nice malt notes up front with a doughy to biscuity flavor, them some sweetness with a touch of honey. Finally the hops take over and present more of a pine flavor. In the background you can sense and taste the yeast as well. Some fruitiness, but not a great deal.

Mouth feel was a bit lighter in body than I had thought. A touch dry at the finish.

Really nice drinkability. I wish I had another bottle to pop open.

Good one. I again show myself that I love Belgian Ipa's!! (1,034 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. I had this on draft. Pours gold with a small white head. Aroma of bready/yeasty malt with spices and sweet fruit. Flavor of sweet fruits initially with a yeasty finish. Pretty tasty although I don't get the hops. Good BSA though. (253 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

***Thankfully I had the foresight to open this one up over the bathtub. Mr. Malone gushed everywhere.***

Poured a medium amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of yeast, peppery spiciness, caramel, and lightly fruity. Tastes of yeast, fruity, and lightly spicy. OK, but not worth the $15 I paid.

Notes from 1/15/08 (348 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gift for my 50th from "Old Bro" Artied2... Poured from a caged and corked 750ml bottle, the cork easily giving up the ghost with a resounding "pop". Label shows some old Maine codger, and a partial chemical-schematic of "humulone", C21-H30-O5.

Filled my Rapscallion chalice with Hugh, the liquid being a touch cloudy and apricot-golden in color. Carbo was plentiful and steady within, and the head was a marshamallow-white dollop of mousse-like foam. The topping started at about 2.54cm before ebbing to a steady 1/4", leaving a lovely trail of lacing inside the glass. The aroma consists of some fruity notes, akin to pear and green apple, plus some hop grassiness. Almost Tripel-like. The feel on the tongue is light and airy, with a mild prickliness very similar to Bavarian Hefeweizens. The body is also on the lighter side of medium.

The taste hits you with light sweetness, with some subtle crackery maltiness. Fruit action follows, with a bit more pear and apple, along with a little lemon rind. Hoppiness has a smidge of spiciness, plus the grassiness noted earlier in the aroma. The finish is chalkily dry, with some memories of the fruitiness clinging to the palate. At 8.50% abv, it was rather weel-hidden, to me. I am just now getting to feel it as my chalice nears empty. An interesting concoction from Allagash.

My thnx go out once again to Artied2 for this "good luck in the over-the-hill club" gift. And, I am doubly-appreciative, as I know this bier is obscenely over-priced (I'd not personally shell out my own coin for this... anyhow...)... ;-)


look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 4

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Photo of prototypic
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hugh Malone is a nice looking, hazy, golden color. It’s definitely cloudy, but isn’t opaque. There might be a few specks of yeast swimming around. A white head tops it off. Carbonation looks to be active as it yielded a head that stands two fingers tall. The cork also popped with some force! It’s extremely slow to recede. Lacing was very sticky and thick on the glass.

The nose kicks off with a really nice Belgian yeast scent. It adds a really impressive spicy character to the nose. Clove and pepper are duly noted. Hops complement the Belgian yeast very well. The smell mostly citric and piney. Grapefruit and orange seem to be the primary scents. There’s a slight grassy or earthy note on the tail. That could be attributable to one of the hop varieties. Not sure. Alcohol seems fairly mild overall. It’s there, but doesn’t overwhelm. Smells good.

The flavor is easily as good. Spicy Belgian yeast strikes first and really is the driving force behind the flavor. Clove, pepper, and perhaps cardamom. Citric hops follow quickly and add flavors of citrus grapefruit and orange. Secondary flavors of pine and grass follow. They give more of an earthy vibe. Not bad though. The hops are quite bitter. Overall, the hops and Belgian yeast combine to create a nice flavor. Alcohol is a little stronger than I would’ve expected. That’s slightly off putting. Finishes spicy, hoppy, and quite dry.

The body is medium. Carbonation seems soft despite being quite active. Ultimately, it feels nice and smooth. It goes down easy enough. It’d probably go a little quicker with a bit less of an alcohol flavor. Just an observation.

Allagash is one of those breweries that never disappoints. While Hugh Malone is far from their strongest release, it is a nice Belgian IPA. The alcohol flavor’s a little strong, but that’s the only real complaint I have. Pretty solid all-around otherwise. Worth checking out for sure. (1,933 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kite & Key during the Philadelphia Craft Beer Express event on 11/13/10.

A - Opaque and unfitered, like freshly squeezed orange juice, with a perfect finger's width of dense off-white foam on top that transformed into an elaborate wall of thick, ornate lacing.

S - Aroma is very citrus-forward but also features Belgian yeast characteristics quite prominently and suggests spicy and musty tones in the background. A hint of alcohol also emerged as the liquid warmed up.

T - Grapefruit is at the forefront, giving Hugh Malone a fruity initial flavor. In the middle, the spicy Belgian yeast character kicks in, giving the flavor a peppery flair. Grassy and pine notes offer lots of hop character as well. Finishes with a tinge of alcohol warmth in the backend.

M - Medium bodied with a slight syrupy texture and a pleasant effervescence. Finishes with a dry, lingering bitterness and mild alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - I enjoyed this much more on tap that from the bottle. The hops really come out more and give this brew a freshness that I enjoyed quite a bit. (1,080 characters)

Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
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