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Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Hugh MaloneAllagash Hugh Malone

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283 Reviews
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Reviews: 283
Hads: 783
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 16.79%
Wants: 41
Gots: 93 | 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:
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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Reviews: 283 | Hads: 783
Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of slightly muted hops - grassy, pine, and light citrus - with spices and light malts lurking in the background. As the beer warms the spices intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light and sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by loads of hops - grassy mostly with citrus undertones. Midway through the sip hints of clove enter into things and the beer sweetens a bit before ending with a solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this was a good looking Belgian IPA but in terms of flavor it wasn't quite up there with the big boys. Still, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of avalon07
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a light orange color and thick, cloudy consistency. There was a big, bright white, creamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing. An outstanding appearance.

S: A big aroma of citrus, hops, spices, yeast. A very enticing nose.

T: Tasted of pineapple, lemon, hops, Belgian yeast, and some spices (pepper, e.g.). A complex flavor, but the citrus element always seems to want to take over. Still, very tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another well made, drinkable beer from Allagash.

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Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap at Map room into a chalice.

The beers medium gold/orange with about 2 fingers of white head that has great retention and lacing.

The aroma is very hoppy, fresh hops, which is great.

It is medium hoppy bitter, not much of citrus or complexity to it.

The feel is ok, decent drinkability.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy straw yellow, with a one inch head, foamy and nice looking, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like pear, grapefruit, breadiness, and flowers.

This is definitely one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had. The yeast strain doesn't dominate here, and allows the hops to shine the way they should in an IPA. There's a definitely floral and grassy character here, with a really nice bready and not too sweet malt backbone, with some grapefruit and pear flavors as well.

This is light bodied, very easy drinking, with a crisp and somewhat juicy mouthfeel.

Give it to Allagash to make a Belgian IPA I actually like. They show their usual deft hand in brewing here.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Love the four pack format. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a huge, frothy head. Aroma is quite Belgian and also very floral. Sweet maltiness, Belgian yeast, flowery and earthy hops. Flavor has a pronounced Belgian quality. Lots of floral hops again. Spicy. Tangy. Finishes with a lingering grassy hop and peppery spice. Noticeable alcohol. Pretty tasty. Not was I was expecting.

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Photo of ccrida
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

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Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.46/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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!

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had high expectations for this one and was let down. Like most from Allagash. This pours much lighter than expected. Solid aroma. Taste is good, but odd when cold. Better as it warmed, but still not let down.

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Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.