Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 271
Hads: 752
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 16.84%
Wants: 37
Gots: 84 | FT: 4
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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 SLeffler27
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +1.5%
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 +8.9%
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 -4.8%
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 -7.4%
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 +4.1%
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 +4.8%
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 +14.8%
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 -0.5%
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 +11%
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 +9.7%
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 pokesbeerdude
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of aorloski
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

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Photo of kennylopez
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Brysky
4/5  rDev +2%
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

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy yellow color, The head was long lasting and left a decent lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer gave off plenty of hop aromas and Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer had a light bready flavor to it with a bitter hoppy finish. The mouthfeel of this had a good strong bite to it with each sip. The yeast didn't really soften this beer up too much. Overall i found this to be a pretty good Belgian Style IPA but not my favorite.

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Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
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