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Allagash Hugh Malone | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

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.

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Photo of MEsoJD
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Poured into a snifter glass]

I: I was served a glass of this at Whole Foods in Pasadena. Great staff and nice cozy bar area. Small selection, but great diversity/quality.

B: not applicable(on tap).

A: A transparent light amber body with a white head(moderate dissipation), and good lacing.

S: Belgian yeast/spice, fresh pine hops, grassy, and some citrus.

T: Belgian yeast, apples, pine hops, oranges, clove, and some bread malt.

M: Crisp/slight dry finish, light/med body, good carbonation, and light apparent alcohol.

O: You get a clean sense with each taste and swallow. Hop presence wasn't where I would like, but than again I'm a hop fiend. The Belgian strain, sense of apples, and carbonation were the highlights of this beer for me. It's nothing earth shattering, but it's a pleasant Belgian IPA. I would recommend to try at least once.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into a dfh snifter bottled in sept 2012.

A: pours a hazy straw color with a nice orangeness and a fat finger if white head, dissapates nicley, carbonation bubbles can be seen. Excellent lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, right up front, right off the bat, I realize this is a Belgian ipa, but I was hoping the yeast would take a little more of a back seat to the hop aromas. I get a light floral/grassy hoppyness along with some light citrus hop aromas. As the brew warms I start to get more of a bready wheat malt
Aroma as well. Not a bad aroma, just not particuarly my style.

T: I get Belgian yeast and wheat up front, with notes of bannana peel and earthy straw, underlined with light citrus hops... Then toward the finish the hops kick in a little more with a floral/grassiness.... I get notes of lemon and grass from the hops. Well rounded... A bit heavy on the Belgian yeast for my taste, but I could see this being excellent if you are a fan of Belgian IPAs. Although I do feel it is a bit pricey for what you are getting.

M: nice lush mouthfeel with moderate crisp carbonation, dry and a touch bitter on the finish leaving a grassy/floral hop spiked with Belgian yeast on the palate.

O: this is a pretty good beer, and it started out w/ two strikes against what I typically enjoy, I am not a huge fan of Belgians or wheat beers, but this is pulled of nicley, and if you a fan if the style if suggest that this is a must try.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $19.99 (it's imported from Maine!) and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. 2012 release. Reviewed live within hours of purchase. 7.3% ABV per my bottle. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of billowing smooth rolling soft froth, nice cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the fairly high ABV. Body colour is a lively murky yellow-copper; nontransparent but non-opaque. Lacing is poor and thin. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Light floral hops, hints of juicy lemon citrus, lemongrass, clean pale malts, wheat (?), and hints of crystal and biscuit malt. A very subtle aroma. Ideal for the style. Soft and light; similar to Fluxus and Confluence in this regard. Allagash has mastered the light refreshing aroma. Average to moderate in strength.

T/Mf: Lemongrass, floral hops, a fresh lemon surge on the climax, clean malts throughout, citrus hop esters, and tingly crystal malt from the climax through the third act. Quite well balanced. Light in character. Quite soft; easy on the palate. It doesn't lack body, but it's quite subtle and never beats you over the head. Hops are well paired with the malts. Built quite well for the style. Smooth and wet except for that tingly crystal malt coarseness. Mouthfeel brings out the flavour yet suits the refreshing clean feel. Some cream. A bit luscious. Good use more body, admittedly, or more thickness. Carbonation is good.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. Even refreshing. Hides its ABV quite well. Not the imbalanced hop bomb most American breweries would make. Good job, Allagash. It's a pretty good beer in the style, but I don't know that it's worth its hefty price tag. I'd have it on-draught at a better price, but I doubt I'll come it across it.

The bitterness comes out more as it warms, destroying the balance of the flavour that was so good when it was cold. Serve this one quite cold.


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Photo of TheBrewo
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glowing a rich honey colored brew. It held a whip of a head composed of crisp off-white bubbles. This showed low retention, leaving wet, spidery lacing around the glass. There was no sediment or haze noted, and carbonation appeared mild. The aroma sang of Belgian malts and yeast, with orange peel bitterness, and nice sugary citric flesh. Hops were citric and the malts were toasty, with musk and white flour. With warmth came an oak-aged feel, warming booze, and wheatiness much like a wit. Our first impression was that there was a huge malty background, with hoppy bite finally coming towards the end. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with malty musk, citric rind bitterness of both lemon and orange, white sugars, souring yeast, and pale toasted grain. The peak came with herbal hop, the start of something boozy, mineral, and biting clovey, phenolic spiciness. The finish showed more spice, grass, a bit of souring, more funky yeast, warming black pepper of booze, and cooling vanilla sugars. The aftertaste breathed of bittering lemon hops, drying chalk, cooked barley, biting Belgian yeast, grassy hops, and fusel booze. The body was medium to full, and the carbonation was on the active side. There was nice slurp and sip, with great cream and froth. There was a cooling coating, with a final crisp dryness of yeast and grain to suck the tongue dry. The abv was appropriate, and the beer was easy drinking.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the cooling, spicy aroma, and solid flavoring. The nose was so inclusive, with the aforementioned accolades, along with intense bittering, hoppiness, and graininess that makes you want to sip it again and again. The taste acts only to confirm this drive. The feel does so doubly. This is the reason we love Belgian IPAs.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 2012 batch, corked, caged 750 ml. bottle.

The pour is a hazy and heady straw yellow. The lively carbonation bubbles feed the plush, foamy head that lingers on and on.

The floral hops are noted on the nose right off but they are subdued as they play against the wheat and pilsener malts that step forward. There is the slightest citrus zing but it simply tickles rather than overpowers.

The body is light to medium and creamy.

The taste is beautifully balanced with an upfront subtle wheat experience and a moderately lingering hop finish. While nothing takes command the hoppy background reminds you that this is an IPA.

This is the way I like my IPA's. It is not too harsh but presents itself enough to satisfy. A fine tribute to an early pioneer of the Maine brewing industry.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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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 Flounder57
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having on draft at the Thirsty Pig in Portland.

It pours a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank. It is s pale golden yellow color with decent visibility and signs of carbonation coming up through the glass.

It smells of some bready malts, yeasty esters, citrus hops, semi sweet malts. Taste is along the same lines and has some lingering bitterness that is line with the style.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and some lingering bitterness on the end. Pretty happy with this beer and should try to grab a bottle when I get the chance. Pretty solid BIPA and looking forward bto more in the future.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My review of Sam, now wait... Hugh Malone (Sam's father?). I picked up this bottle based only on the reputation of Allagash alone.

This is a very good looking Belgian IPA. You get a ton of sticky foam right off the pour. There is quite a bit of lacing on the glass each time I finish it.

Smells good too. You get a bunch of belgian presence and hops. It comes through the flavor as well. I like the balance of each.

I downgraded this beer because it really falls off when it warms. You get a lot of bitterness and a little metallic taste. I recommend sharing this bottle to enjoy it at the best temperature.

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought the bottle from California last week. Bottled September 2011. Poured into a snifter.

A: Camel brown color with an illuminating orange hue. Hazy as could be. White, cloudy head is really thick in size but thin in body. Crazy amount of bubbles. Great head retention but over the top amount.

S: Soapy, pine, lemon clean aroma.

T/M: Hops come out in the taste. Very refreshing. Pine, earthy, herbal hop profile with a spicy yeast backbone. Sudsy feel with a lemon burst that coats the pallet with lingering touch. Lighter body for a Belgian and an IPA.

O: Quite refreshing, drinks smooth, lots of subtle flavors that complement each other. Leaves a piney aftertaste. Really glad I tried it, not sure it is worth $23/750ml, but uniquely enjoyable.

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Photo of bszern
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010, purchased and consumed (ten minutes later) on 5/10/2012.

Poured a cloudy yellow with a solid head that dissipated. Not much lacing, but still a nice looking beer.

Smells a little like a trippel/dubbel, but real hoppy. Already liking this better then the Belgian IPAs from Belgium.

Taste is bitter, but not overwhelming. Spices and citrus are present. Pretty mellow (probably from 2 years on a shelf). No trace of the 7.8% abv.

Mouthfeel is light, and some carbonation remains on my tongue after I've swallowed.

Overall, a great beer. I am going to try to find a newer bottle and compare.

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Photo of KajII
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

The pour was a murky medium golden amber with a large (2-3 finger) white rocky head that lasted throughout and had some really good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a strong pale grain malt, pine and grassy hops and a musty cobweb yeast with notes of citrus (lemon and grapefruit), apricot and a bit of coriander.

The taste was a tad bitter from the word go, with a mild apricot sweetness and then progressed into an extreme hoppy taste with a big citrus note and a nice dose of spice at the end. The flavor hung on for a good long time with a good strong hoppy spicy ending.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body with a very pronounced dry texture and a nice prickly carbonation.

Overall this brew is a hop lover’s Belgian dream. Got to give it up to this brewer once again, seems everything they brew is quite tasty...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

Let me start out by saying this beer is very under-rated - this is one of my favourite styles and it is fantastic.

Look is basically perfect, massive head, lots of lacing and great coloring.

Smell is great for the style - a good mix of citric hops, funky belgian yeast notes and spice

Taste is very good, balance, very dry and quite hoppy for such a 'belgian' brewery as Allagash...probably more hopped than houblon, the BIPA I hold all others up to.

Feel is right on, light not too heavy.

Overall this is a fantastic beer, another wonderful one from one of the best breweries in the US or the world.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tulip glass barely contains the huge, white, meringue head before it gradually settles, leaving a dense mousse and big patches of lace. Below this cloud is an almost clear gold beer with streams of carbonation.

The aroma is strong and fruity with funky yeast. Apple juice and a peppery spice are quite evident as well.
Hugh Malone bears a resemblance to white wine, or, more accurately, a saison style.

Spicy, again with apples. There is some hop bitterness, but mostly spice. The finish in pungent and strong.

Vigorous carbonation with a light to medium body.

Hugh Malone is a warm-weather beer that would go well with fish.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Hugh Malone. 750ml bottle says 7.8% ABV, instead of the 8.5% listed here.

A: Very clear yellow pour with a HUGE white head. The stability of the head is absurd, with a ton of bubbles racing from the bottom of my Allagash flute-like glass. The bubbles and head last literally forever.

S: Pouring out of the bottle I got a lot of hops on the aroma, but in the glass it's a lot more focused on the Belgian side. Sweet and piney, I only wish the hops played a larger role here. It smells much like a light and bright Tripel.

T: The taste returns much more to the IPA style. Mainly piney, the hops do have a faint citrus and are most noted at the front. The middle has a nice Belgian yeastiness and is pretty sweet. This is balanced nicely by a bitter finish.

MF: Pretty light and crisp body. You can feel the high carbonation on your tongue as you drink it. Pretty drinkable overall.

O: This was pretty tasty. I quite enjoyed the balance and the crispness of the beer. For my personal preference I wish it was a bit more on the IPA side than the Belgian side, but I certainly didn't mind it. The overall does have to take a bit of a hit from the price sadly, which is simply too high. A common problem I've found from Allagash.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Allagash Brewery tasting room, poured into a 25 cL glass.

A: Darkish golden with almost some reddish hues. Very opaque thick color, unfiltered. Frothy white head retains well.

S: Definite hops, some pininess, also some citrus.

T: starts a bit sweet and belgiany and then immediately turns to bitter piney hops. Pretty unique and complex. I also get hints of grass, citrus, pine needles.

M: Refreshing, crisp, good carbonation, not much alcohol heat or dryness.

O: This "Belgian IPA" is a very unique ale. I certainly like it very much. If you're an IPA fan or a Belgian fan you'll likely enjoy this beer. I recommend it for sure.

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Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of Pjev11
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a big bottle into a glass. Hazy straw in color with a thick off white head that takes some time to recede. Leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Not much going on in the nose. The head is very thick and is holding back the smell. Faint hoppiness.

Slightly bitter hoppy taste. A pretty standard Belgian IPA.

Overall, a good beer but not worth the bloated price tag. I got it for the holidays thinking it would be a nice treat for the family get together. Again, it was a solid IPA but not worth twice the price of similar beers.

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Photo of Chaney
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Whole Foods in Fairfax.

Served in a tulip.

A: Poured a cloudy, peppery, yet compactly eye-popping orange color, with a white sawdust for a head.

S: I definitely got more fruit than hoppiness, but I did manage to get a little bit of that grass-infused hop compound that I commonly associate with this style.

T: I totally dig the finish on just about all of Allagash's brews... so fresh, clean, and inviting. I got a tinge of grassiness, but not too much (thank God!), along with tons of orange zest, and Allagash's distinctive Belgian yeast strain.

M: I had to remind myself that I wasn't drinking a mimosa. A good bit of bubbly carbonation was present, along with tons of bitter citrus and tons of lacing.

O: I'm turned off from this style due to the bitter grassiness that I mentioned. This one doesn't have that quality and it's a better beer for it!

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Photo of Sam21
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased for ~$16. Bottled in September 2011. Poured into tulip.

Appearance – Golden body with a picture perfect fluffy white head. Textbook retention. I poured this beer about five minutes ago and the head has barely receded.

Smell – Candied citrus fruits pour out of the glass. Really juicy. A touch of caramel in the back.

Taste – Sweet fruits galore. Sugared grapefruit, orange, and citrus rinds. The yeast runs pretty wild offering hints of clove and slightly phenolic undertones that cut through the sweetness. The finish is bone dry and has a characteristic American IPA grapefruit bitterness that cuts through.

Mouthfeel – Soft and full carbonation fill the mouth and scrub the tongue clean allowing the bitterness in the finish to shine through. On the lighter side of a medium body.

Drinkability – This beer is so smooth. The sugared grapefruit flavor really grabbed my taste buds and kept me coming back sip after sip. Full bodied carbonation and a palate cleansing bitterness. The Belgian yeast hold things together really well. Solid brew.

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Photo of Rukasu
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Franklin's in Hyatsville, MD...probably stored at home beyond optimal freshness of 6 months

A - Pale straw/honey colored gold. Thick, dense white head

S - Floral hops, malty sweetness, grass, faint citrus and pine

T - mildly bitter hops, molasses, lemon, Belgian malt

M - Lasting tannic bitterness that remains after swallow. Fairly light for an IPA, but also warming.

O - Pricey beer ($18), but to be expected with Allagash. Quality beer. Despite being kept for longer than optimal, tasted great poured into snifter.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at meadhall 12/8/11

A - golden yellow with a hint of orange in there. thick white head with superb retention and good lacing.

S - floral nose orange peel lemon zest bread malts grass hint of grapefruit in there and some bubblegum.

T - grass hops punch quick orange peel bubble gum

M - light to medium bodied with tons of carbonation too much in fact. bit of astringency from the hops but nothing overbearing.

O - its a good brew. not worth the price at meadhall but a good brew none the less.

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Photo of BerlinBomber
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had the pleasure of trying this at Plan B in Glastonbury, CT

I had heard really good things and this definitely did not disappoint

I don't recall having any Belgian IPA's in the past, but if they all taste like this then I am all in

This is really easy to drink so be careful though

Allagash is always top notch

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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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Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.