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Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

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605 Ratings
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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 24
Gots: 40 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: ppoitras on 04-27-2007)
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Photo of hopdog
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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

hopdog, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of dnichols
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 750 ml capped and caged bottle into a large tulip glass.

A: It poured an amber tinged dusty orange body with a massive two finger off-white head. The head receded slowly leaving a thin layer over the liquid and supporting a layered lacing that trailed the liquid down the side of the glass.

S: It had a floral and spicy profile that rose above a strong base of sweet malts and candi sugar.

T: There was athick and creamy sweet malt and light Belgium candi base that coated the front of the tongue. Just as the sweetness settled in there was a wave of bittering hops that included piny and citrusy hops. It hid the alcohol well.

M: It was medium to heavy bodied with a creamy smooth body and a biting, warm and clean finish. Very modest carbonation.

D: This is a nice balance between an American IPA and a Belgium Tripel. Solid candidate for a session beer for ale lovers.

dnichols, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The notion of a Belgian IPA is a happy little combination of seductive styles.
The use of hops in this guy works very, very well with typical Belgian pale ale characteristics. The hops bite and the Belgian smooth is very appealing. Allagash does a very good job of walking the fine line of merging styles.
This resembles an IPA more than it does a Belgian pale ale as hops are on the aggressive side but the finish is more... yeasty and subtle.
One particularly noteworthy point is that this is pretty easy to guzzle for something that is 8.5% strong.
Allagash hasn't always delivered for me in the past but this guy is something I would like to revisit.

ommegangpbr, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of lpayette
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one of those, "I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet" beers. Time to finally roll up the sleeves for a bit and write a review. This particular bottle is probably around 6-8 months old.

Appearance- Is there any Allagash beer that isn't absolutely beautiful? You've got to love pouring their bottle conditioned beers because it seems you can make the head do whatever you want it to. Pour it hard or soft, you're still going to end up with lacing all over the glass.

Smell- Citrusy hops with a nice spice melody. Black pepper in the deep whiffs.

Taste and Mouthfeel- Excellent balance between hops, malt, and spices. Really quite exceptional the more I make my tastebuds think about it. Surprisingly hoppy for Allagash (citrusy), but certainly not overdone and less hoppy than any others I've had in this style. A hint of honey in the middle- just a hint. Lots of orange peel near the end, and a peppery and near-dry finish. Carbonation is subtle and just strong enough to make its way through the medium thickness of the body.

Drinkability/Conclusion- Well go figure, I finally figure out how much I love this beer on my LAST bottle. Looks like I'll be snagging up some more of this when I get a chance.

Allagash sets the bar high with their interpretation of this emerging style. Surprisingly, this is more 'Belgian' tasting than examples I've had from Belgium... but now that I think of it, maybe I shouldn't be surprised at all since Allagash is probably the best maker of Belgian beers outside of Belgium.

lpayette, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of nick76
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has lots of hops compared to most Belgians. It's also got malt, yeast, pepper, herbs, and spice. The appearance is amber with a foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall it's Pretty good. I am just not sold on Belgian IPA's for some reason.

nick76, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blurry apricot topped by a massive crown of sandstone colored foam that looks authentic for the style. Allagash is one of the few American craft breweries that, more often than not, creates Belgianesque heads. This one is whipped creamy and is blanketing the glass with boatloads of sticky lace. Whatever else Hugh Malone is, it's a looker.

Simcoe hops was a fantastic choice. An undercurrent of Belgian yeastiness lends a warm spiciness akin to cardamom and clove. Although the nose easily qualifies as good, it isn't great. More power and complexity are needed before the big scores are brought into play.

This Belgian IPA is not one of Allagash's better efforts. There isn't enough barley for the hop load, there aren't enough yeast esters, and the alcohol is too prominent. Given Rob Tod's brewing skill, Hugh has to qualify as a big disappointment... whose flavor score is only salvaged by my hopheadedness.

The lack of complexity and the less than stellar mouthfeel keep the beer from soaring like it should. The flavor profile collapses shortly after contact and does not allow the drinker to patiently probe the various nooks and crannies that ought to be present. Part of the reason is less than expert carbonation. Bottle conditioning (often hit-or-miss) ends up a miss in this case.

A lot more pale malt and a little less crystal malt would have helped build a more delicious and more solid foundation. Although plenty of alpha acids are present, Simcoe hop flavor isn't as bold or as bright as it could be. Think white grapefruit pith, orange oil and spruce tips. Given the current price of hops, it's now obvious why this bottle was almost $20.

For want of a better mouthfeel, a beer was lost. Not quite, but it certainly does dampen one's enthusiasm when feel lets down flavor. While HM isn't flat in a literal sense, it isn't creamy or expansive in the least.

Hugh Malone is all about humulones. Ordinarily, that sort of focus would be right up my alley. However, a well-crafted Belgian IPA is much more than Belgian yeast and a huge hop load. The best versions (Urthel Hop-It, De Ranke XX Bitter and Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel) have absolutely nothing to worry about.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of BrewMonkey
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big cork pop on this one. Pours clear light amber with tons of fluffy off-white head that stands up fairly well.

Suprising spicy to citrus hop aroma with a hint of sour fruit.

Biscuity malt flavor with touches of honey, corriander, pepper and a slight mint like bite on the toungue.

Mouthfeel is very bubbly and finishes mostly dry, with a slight residual sweetness like honey. Very easy to drink, and no real alcohol presense.

BrewMonkey, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/15/2007 (bottle):

Don't know much about it, except that it cost $17 for a 750mL bottle, 2-4 times what I normally buy.. Pours a medium brown color, very murky. Off-tan head, big & lasting. Big bubbles & good lacing. Very effervescent, light floral aroma. Not as dark or heavy an aroma as a Belgian strong. Also there's a sharp smell, not quite metallic. But kind of plasticy. Uh oh...I think that usually means something bad. Sharp strong taste, with that same plasticy but more dull. Spicy aftertaste. Warming up some more...Not as plasticy and the flavors are a little more muted. Spicy somewhat hoppy & not too dark or heavy. More perfumy & floral. Goes well with salty chips & salsa. Tasty beer.

jujubeast6000, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - From the $16.00 bottle poured a nice golden amber ale with a beautiful, rocky, dense head that never really settled; modest lace and a stream of bubbles.

S - Hops, alcohol, citrus, peat and even a bit of leather.

T/M - Similar to the smell with a wonderful sourness that frames the hops; this is a complex ale that really changes as it warms. The warmer it becomes, the creamier it gets. Perfect carbonation. Quite exceptional.

D - Well, at 8.5 ABV the envelope is maxed out. I can see pairing this with fish 'n chips, maybe some raw shell fish or preferably on its own year 'round.

pinotboy007, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

ccrida, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of doubleipa
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now that we get Allagash in Georgia we're even getting the special releases. Nice frothy head, fully dimished. Body was hazy, amber. Aroma: light bread, hay, and straw. LIght hoppiness, with herb and grass. Moderate yeast, aswell. Kind of smells like their Tripel. Also banana and apple. Very much like the tripel, but not as malty or yeasty. Ok, but not something I would buy again.

doubleipa, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had not realized that this beer was a hop-forward ale. I'm glad I didn't try to cellar it, sacrificing the hop character in regret. A little head's-up on the bottle would have been nice. Having said that, the hop character, though pronounced doesn't give the bitterness or the hop flavor/aroma that classic Belgian hoppy beers do, like DeRank XX, Poppering's, or Houblon. The hops are tucked in right behind the Dubbel or Belgian amber ale maltiness. Those malts are very well attenuated, firm, soft, creamy, rich, and never leaves any residual sugars on the palate. Confection-like sweetness evaporates in the mouth and makes the beer increadibly drinkable. Fruity, rum-soaked peaches, pears, berries, apples, and appricots give the beer a lot of direction. Figs, pecans, and dates also contribute a richness that go along with a light maple syrup flavor. Finishes with an earthy, pungent, hop-herbal note that flirts with the candied malts well into the finish. An excellent beer, but I needed a lot more hop flavor, aroma, and bitterness- especially if American variety hops are used.

BEERchitect, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of ruckzuck
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 5th Earl Market recently. Totally enjoyed that place. Will need to go back for sure.

A - poured a cloudy, orange amber with an off-white head

S - you get that hoppy IPA aroma at first, but damn if the Belgian don't come in. Some funk and yeastiness to go with the bready malt. These all mix quite well with the aforementioned hop aroma

T - similar to the nose. Again, that IPA action is present, but the Belgian makes a charge into the palate as well. Unlike any recent wars in the last 100 years the Belgian seems to take the upper hand compared to the IPA flavor (no offense LOL. I do have a degree in history so I thought it was vaguely funny). Basically, the beer could use a bit more of a hop flavor to it. Maybe it's just that I'm not used to Belgian IPAs. Who knows? Still, quite enjoyable taste

M - a smooth, medium bodied beer that goes down quite well

D - pretty good. Enjoyed this beer (and 5th Earl) and would've had another, but decided to jet as the gf didn't want anything else. Would drink again. Allagash keeping it real as always

ruckzuck, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle.

The beer poured a very nice cloudy orange-ish color with a big white head, no doubt due to the carbonation. The beer gave off a nice hopy aroma with a hint of sweetness and maybe a little pine. The taste was excellent...at first I really got all of the hops and then the Belgian yeast flavors really kicked in and it just brought the whole beer together. The beer was carbonated just right and it was very smooth, rich and highly drinkable. I will be going back to get a few bottles to keep around. This may become a staple in my beer fridge.

PhillyStyle, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub courtesy of Brickstoredave. Pours a slightly cloudy orangey golden with an okay head. Nice aromas of piney hops and some malty sweetness as well as the typical Belgian yeast. This is a style that I often think can be too far in one direction or the other, but his manages to get it right. On tap its is very nice. The taste is even more on point with piney, spicy hops, some mellow sweetness that serves to underscore the hops, and that nice yeasty, Belgian tang. A tiny bit prickly in the throat, but with a touch of lingering sweetness to counterbalance this. Just delicious on tap. Alcohol? What alcohol?

Georgiabeer, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy brown with a large dirty white head, some lacing.

smell of dark fruits, yeast, citrus, peach, and a touch of caramel.

taste of fruits, touch of sweetness, some metallicness to it, some hops, and caramel in the back, slight dry finish.

froghop, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of andascia
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Most people I have spoken with about this beer find that it falls off the bridge connecting IPAs to beautiful Belgian Golden Ales. Yet, I think otherwise. The taste is simple, pure, and clean. It is not an IPA, bursting with piney resin and floral nodes of hops (as its namesake might suggest), nor is it a deep rich traditional Belgian. But somehow I feel like it takes both sides into account and maintains a simplicity that is rare to find amidst the current market of double and triple super beers. Pours a light honey tone, drinks lightly and clean, and goes down with a slight hint of alcohol. It has a lot of the qualities of both beers it references, sacrificing a few of the deepest, most complex characteristics, but finishes refreshingly and in harmony with a hot summer eve.

I tasted it at the bottle shop at Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA and loved every drop.

andascia, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of chuckd123
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had my first Hugh Malone last weekend at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME. Excellent flavor and taste, definitely different than a typical American IPA. A sweet, faintly fruity beer -- poured a cloudy dark copper color with a nice head. Hard to describe the unique flavor -- someone else called it piney, which is about as good a description as I can think of. Don't go into this expecting it to taste like every other IPA you've tried -- it's got its own taste and is definitely worth a try. As for drinkability - you do notice it is an 8.5% beer, and more than two in a sitting would be tough.

chuckd123, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of 100floods
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening the bottle I smelled a piney sweetness that I wasn't expecting. I knew this was an IPA, but not a beglian one. Pouring into a Caracole tulip glass, there was a split between head and liquid, the head dissovled quickly.

There are faint smells of hops. It could be cascade, i'm not sure. This beer at first feels more like an IPA, but you eventually get that belgian kick. This is an interesting combo because I would never put these two flavors together. There's the sweetness of the belgian influence, but there's that IPA punch without the intense IPA flavor, however, after several burps, I can taste the IPA on the way back up. After a few more sips I realize that the IPA aspect kinda takes a back seat, which is fine. It all works out in the end.

This is definitely a beer that doesn't want to be just one kinda beer. This is not a wild or adventurous beer, but it's a great unexpected combination that works really well, which makes the experience special. Mind you this is my first 'belgian IPA', it definitely got me to investigate more.

100floods, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of corey0212
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a glowing honey/orange color, big fluffy white head, fades very slowly and leaves a ton of lacing. Smells glorious, lots of resinous piney hops, sweet caramel malt, and a whiff of Belgian yeast. Taste is a bright citric hop explosion, lots of pine notes, but all elegantly balanced by the sweetness of the malt. Creamy mouthfeel, tight carbonation, tons of lingering bitterness on the back and underside of the tongue. This is absolutely one of the tastiest beers I've had. Exquisite!!!

EDIT: 9.27.09...I'm editing my review and giving this beer all 5s. I can't find any flaws, so, yeah..it's perfect.

corey0212, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fairly deep brown color. Poured with a finger of slightly off white head. Excellent retention. No lacing.

S: Yeasty and bready with tons of dark fruit. Not even a hint of hops but I think this bottle has some age on it.

T: Tons of dark fruit up front. This is an excellent Belgian Strong dark ale. No hints of IPA at all. Very refreshing though.

M: Nice medium body. Very smooth mouthfeel.

D: Not quite a Belgian IPA but still a good beer. For the price there are much better options out there like La Chouffe IPA. Don't think I can recommend this one.

aerozeppl, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

gford217, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/14/08- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. 2008 release I believe. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Lightly clouded very golden colored pour. Thick and rich white frothy head with very large bubbles. Leaves light lace streaks and spots behind.

Smell- Has some of everything. Saison style funky yeast nose with a good amount of caramel candied malt scents. Yes, hops as well. Fruity tropical scents. Maybe orange and apple?

Taste- Could be a tad more hoppier than it was. Don't know if this qualifies for a Belgian IPA or not. Has a Blegian Stong Ale flavor about it with sweet malt and light amounts of clove and corriander. Hops are semi bitter, but certainly don't play the overwhelming role here.

Mouthfeel- Brisk carbonation level with mild hoppy aftertaste. More sweet in the aftertaste than hoppy.

Drinkability- Despite not being as hoppy as expected, it did taste very good and I thought it was one of Allagash's better special releases...even though it wasn't truly to style. Certainly not worth the $14.99 price tag when I can get Hop To it which is better for under $10.

GClarkage, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty, muddy amber wth a slow recedng head, and very hard to see bubbling through the thick haze. The color looks just an IPA with ome more haze tan usual. The aroma is a medium sweet biscuit with a touch of honey a spicey touch of hoppy earth. The tate starts with the sweet biscuity toasted malts with notes of grains of pardise andhoney. The hops lend a light touch of lemon and some pine forest. The palate is a good balance of sweetness and bitterness. THe finish is long and mildly bitter. Great beer worth buying again and again

scruffwhor, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of WillClark
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the 750ml bottle into a wide wine glass a murky reddish-gold with a decent, whipped egg-white head with good retention that released nice fruity yeast tones. Mouthfeel was lighter than I would have expected, and it has a pleasant dry, bitter finish.

I split a case of this beer with a friend with the intention of aging the other two bottles- one for a year and the other to be determined. I think this beer has a lot going on and time will really mellow it out and give it some more rewarding characteristics.

Over all, this is a nice beer- great packaging and nice little note about donating a buck a bottle to community groups in Maine. But in the end, it's nothing that blew me away and I can only look forward to seeing what this guy has in store next July 13th.

WillClark, Jul 14, 2008
Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.