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Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 260
Hads: 711
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 34
Gots: 70 | 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: 260 | Hads: 711
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a Delirium Tremens glass. Courtesy of Drazzamatazz.

A: Turbid gold in color with an enormous white head, a good 2 inches worth that absolutely will not recede. Incredibly dense and rocky head with great lacing as well. Really a nice lookiing beer.

S: Lots of citrusy, definitely Belgian in nature, approaches a somewhat plastic note but never really gets there. Quite spicy and nice.

T: Fair amount of hops and hop resins, lots of grapefruit and lemon with just a touch of pine. Decent amount of bitterness. Malt is mostly devoured by a highly attenuating yeast leaving not much in the way of sweetness and really letting the hops and yeast shine. Nice spicy Belgian yeast profile that works well with the hop profile. Just a touch of graininess.

M: Incredibly light, prickly carbonation, and bone dry. This hits all the mouthfeel perfectly.

O: Usually not a style that I really like, but this is a very well done BIPA. I really like the hop combination here and the spicy yeast character, works really well. A very nice beer. (1,047 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice hazy gold in color, with a nice frothy white two finger head at the top that leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Citrus and lemons notes throughout on this brew,lots of grassy hops present.

T: Exaclty like the nose, with a nice flavor belgian yeast.

M: Light bodied, with high carbonation, great balance.

O: Very good belgian IPA, very tastey and perfect balance on this brew. (398 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 10/26/11.

A - Poured into a tulip a clear amber with a two finger head that sinks to a thick blanket and leaves huge creamy side lacing.

S - Fairly nice aroma. Nice citrus and light spice notes (belgian yeasts, maybe some cloves). Good pine/citrus hops.

T - Getting some odd bubblegum flavors in this in between citrus hops and sweet malts/belgian spices. Very unique and different.

M - Nice carbonation for this beer. The spices in it make it quite nice and drinkable.

O - This is a pretty solid beer from Allagash. Good take on the style, very nice spices. (603 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (618 characters)

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

On tap at coalhouse pizza, stamford, CT.
Ok, my only gripe about this is that it was served in a stupid mason jar! Set a side, it poured a slight hazy golden wheat color with a thick white foam. Smells of citrus fruit and slight banana belgian style yeast. Really smells good and what Id expect from the type, but even more aromatic.
Taste if full...belgian hoppy IPA. coats the tongue of alcohol and yeasty fruit. Very tastey and a satisfying brew. I wouldnt hesitate to get again. (483 characters)

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in September 2011 according to the label. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured a hazy amber color with a huge frothy white head quickly filling most of the glass.

The aroma has a pretty nice mix of zesty, citrusy hoppiness and earthy belgian yeast spice. I get some notes lemon zest and pine mixing with some of the earthy clove and nutmeg like spices. Pretty flavorful and balanced aroma overall and very nice for the style.

The taste shows a little more of the earthy, yeast spices to it up front. In the finish more of the hoppiness comes out with some bitter grapefruit and citrus rind flavors mixing with a little lemon zest. Pretty nicely balanced and drinkable.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a pretty solid beer of the style. It had a nice balance between the zesty, citrusy hops and the belgian yeast spices that made it very drinkable.

Although it's a pretty good beer of the style, it's also probably the most expensive version of the style I've ever seen. For that reason alone it will be a one time purchase for me as there are too many alternatives for a fraction of the cost. For what I paid I could have probably bought a dozen Raging Bitches instead. (1,260 characters)

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

The golden color and thick alabaster 3/4" head invited me warmly into this potent Belgian IPA. The 9 ounce pour had a nice bubbly appearance with quite a bit of lacing. Its nose definitely had strong pine and grapefruit notes which also came thru once I tasted it. This finish was crisp and my food match choice woule be fish and chips. (336 characters)

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

On tap at Sunset Grill in Boston

Appearance - Hazy golden yellow, about a fingers worth of head that sticks around for the duration. Great lacing on this one.

Smell - Citrus, piney, floral. grapefruit and lemon zest are the big characters here. Not getting as much belgian yeast as you would expect from a belgian IPA, smells rather west coastish actually.

Taste - Very delicious. A touch of bitterness up front rounded out by big juicy fruits in the middle and ends dry. I wish i could taste a little more funk in this since it is labeled a belgian IPA, but once again it tastes more like a west coast IPA for me. Still great stuff none the less

Mouthfeel - perfect amount of carbonation, nice and dry finish.

Overall - A very nice beer by allagash, not the best allagash I've had and definitely not the best IPA or belgian IPA for that matter but a great beer nonetheless. 20 bucks a bottle at my local shop however would make me run away, i probably will never buy this bottled. On tap for 7 bucks though, it was worth it. Good job once again allagash! (1,060 characters)

Photo of kennylopez
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 2011 bomber into a snifter

Appearance: a golden hazy yellow with a fine white head that poured about two fingers thick yet settled to a nice layer about a bottle cap thick that leaves spots of lacing as I enjoy it.

Smells: there is a lemon and citrus hop in the front, and is followed with a wild like yeast that I think of when I think Belgian style.

Taste: I get a bitter orange and lemon hint. There is a fresh hop taste and a great grass hay yeast that twist this well balanced ale.

Mouthfeel: a well carbonated and crisp IPA. I have the 2011 edition which reads on the label 7.8% and is prevalent, yet subtle. It finishes quite dry and has a sticky feeling, but doesn't linger to long in my opinion.

Overall: It is kind of a pricey brew for my budget now, but I spoil myself with good beer here and there and this is well worth it. If I could drink this all the time I would gladly enjoy, but I believe it is only brewed once a year and I guess that is factor as well. If I see it again I will pick it up I suggest if you were interested enough to read this review then you should try this ale too. (1,115 characters)

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

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured into an Allagash stem glass, this IPA was a slightly hazy amber color with a frothy puff of white head that retained well and left some decent lacing. Brilliant aroma of herbal and citrus hops, and a cornucopia of fresh fruit. As it approached my lips, I actually got the sensation of a West Coast IPA. Hops and more hops, grassy and citric, orange blossom and honey, all overlaid on a solid sweet malt base. Mellows out towards the end and leaves a nice dry finish. Medium mouthfeel, and quite the quaffable IPA. Goes great with food. (584 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light Pilsner color with a good white creamy head.. The aroma and bouquet was very pleasant. There was a fine strong but not over powering hop smell. The first mouthful was big and full. Some malt, touch of gentle barley, a hint of tropical fruit, maybe even some pear like taste.
The nose in this one is bigger than the actual taste and finish. That was my one negative about this one.. But all I needed to do is bring up the glass to my nose and the aroma took over.
I will try this one again (502 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 Brysky
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a chalice

A- very nice amber gold body with no head

S- light hop smell

T- slight sourness but a light hop taste at the back end

M- bit on the light side, was expecting a bit more from it but it was still good

Overall it is pretty good, nothing to special for the price (300 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of Kshock
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy orange color with bright white head and lacing on the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

S- Smells like belgian yeast and some hoppiness, backed up by some malty sweetness.

T- Fruity sweet esters followed by some hoppy flavors, but bitter. interesting how its has a strong flavor without being very bitter. Clean finish like most Allagash beers.

M- Light on the palate and dances a bit with agitation then drys out into a very clean finish.

O- Very well made beer, but what else would you expect from Allagash. (520 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a review for a batch 5 bottle ... Abv has changed to 8.3%.

A: Caution contents under pressure is no understatement. This corked btl POPs with very little pull and needs an immediate glass to pour into or it will volcano all over the place. Pours a yellow amber color which has just the slightest haze and has an angry stream of bubbles trying to escape in my Duvel glass. A rather stark white head forms and threatens never to leave. Lacing is equally motivated to never go away.

S: Orchard pear and some tangerine jump out first followed by a subtle spice.

T: Harshly bitter up front and more spicy than I might have imagined. Bitterness comes mostly from grassy notes and fruity notes take time to develop and are more suggestive of citrus pith/rind and juice.

M: lots of carbonation leads to a prickly palate.

O: Looks amazing. Smells amazing. Though good this tastes like a typical belgian IPA (read as disappointing) (935 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here is one from Allagash that got mixed up with the Victoria series at the Downtown Spec's, so I hadn't noticed it for a while there. Fret no more, Hugh, I will give you a home.

Appearance: Pours a very clear yellow gold color with a huge head 3+" thick that was the product of a monster vortex of bubbles rising. So much so that the head rose after the pour. The head itself is slightly off white to almost peach colored. It was probably 5 minutes before the head started to fall to where I would be able to drink the beer. After the head finally starts to decide to submit to gravity, it leaves some pretty decent, but spotted, lace on the glass.

Aroma: I initially got a good amount of hopping that reminded me of some of the Belgian sour beers, but the malt is reserved through the head. It really seems like I am picking up a subtle wild yeast character through the foam, but let's see once the beer settles a bit...whenever that will be.

Taste: The flavor is also led by the hops, but there is also malt detectable in the flavor as some toasty notes with some bread crusts. The hops are coming back as lemon grass in the flavor more so than I thought from the aroma. The beer is actually pretty hoppy for just about any style, but the finishing hops are quite assertive and win out for the balance of the finish. Though the hops are in control of pretty much the whole beer, there is some balance provided to keep the palate in check throughout the experience.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, but it was a bit out of balance for my taste. There is something about it that I can't quite put my finger on. It is like it has a very subtle wild character, but not enough to contribute anything but an anomaly in the flavor. That said, it is probably just an earthy hops that I am misinterpreting or something. Either way, I will certainly drink the whole bottle, but they make others that I enjoy a lot more than I have this one. (1,941 characters)

Photo of impending
3.47/5  rDev -11%
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.
jd (414 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.04/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear light golden with a thin white cap. Lots of lacing down the glass. Pretty.

A subdued and mild nose. Not a lot here. Some sweet fruit aromas and a presence of Belgian yeast but not an overly aromatic beer at all.

Follows the nose, in that this beer just doesn't have much punch or any powerful flavors. A mild beer for such a relatively high ABV. Some mild sweetness, a touch of hop bitterness, some Belgian yeast tang presence, but everything is quite subdued.

Thin to medium mouthfeel, a touch airy, very easy drinking.

A relatively uninteresting and bland Belgian IPA. What flavors that are here are pleasant enough, but they're hiding! (697 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale gold with an abundant cream head. Nice lacing.

Smell is very floral with some ginger, pepper, and nutmeg.

Upfront taste is mildly bitter floral hops. Bready malts come through at the middle cutting the bitterness a bit. Bitter floral hop finish with a little pine, grapefruit citrus, lemon. Some pepper notes? Lingering bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp finish.

Good bitterness, but kind of unexciting flavor. Aroma is almost like a hopped up saison. Some of what I feel detracts from the beer may just be due to the style in comparison to an American IPA.

10/1/2010 (614 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 n2185
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw gold with two fingers of sticky white head that leaves good lacing and retains well.

S: Lots of grassy hop aromas with some lemony citrus notes. There is some Belgian candy sweetness towards the end.

T: Lots of grassy and lemony hop flavors up front with a light bitterness. There are some lightly sweet Belgian yeast flavors on the finish.

M: Light body with high carbonation, this beer is nice and crisp.

O: Overall, a pretty good Belgian IPA, though I feel like the Belgian notes get a bit overwhelmed by the hops. They're definitely there, but don't balance well with the hop flavors. (614 characters)

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

Poured on 3/21/11 into a Russian River Globe. Thanks to Viciouskinishes for sharing this one, thanks Gabe.

Pours a dark brownish amber with tons of vigorously bubbling off whit head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing at all.

Smell is almost all sweet malts. Some grassy earthy hops to rear their head towards the end though.

Taste is crisp with a grassy hop presence, grapefruit, and spices. A little booze in there but not to much. Malts mix with the spice nicely and make a nice sweet/spice mix.

Mouthfeel is very crisp with some booze and hops after taste but not much. Some bite up front but fades rather quickly.

Overall this is a good solid beer. ABV is low enough were I can take down an entire bottle and not feel to buzzed, taste is pleasing, goes down smoothly, and the dryness keeps you comming back for more. (832 characters)

Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This must be one of the first Allagash brews I have not enjoyed. From the pour, the beer looked amazing. A murky golden orange with very thick foam and a bitter citrus smell. I was pretty excited. But after my first sip, I realized something was a little off. The bitterness I smelled turned into a round, sour taste. Not sharp sour like a flemish sour ale, but round sour, like old milk. I'm not sure if I just got a bad bottle, or if this was their intention, but it didn't work for me. The orange and citrus notes redeemed it enough to make it drinkable, but there was something acrid about the taste that really put me off. All around, I'm a huge Allagash fan, so I'm hoping and guessing this was just an off bottle. (720 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (553 characters)

Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.