1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Allagash Hugh MaloneAllagash Hugh Malone

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

654 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 654
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 26
Gots: 53 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 654 | Reviews: 255 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of crossovert
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to discovolante65 for the bottle. This is a special release beer and is considered by Allagash as a "Tribute Beer" which is for charity. I guess that makes me happy for the cause. 8.5% alcohol, 750ml.

Pours into my Duvel glass with a foamy three finger head. Half dissipates quickly and the other half sticks around a bit. The liquid is a nice rich orange/red/amber with some definite opacity. By the time I'm done staring at it, the head is now a nice film floating over the beer, nice lacing is left behind.

Smells similar to the other BIPA I've had though slightly less robust and intense with the hops and more like a Belgian strong pale ale. Has some acute fruity smelling hops that meld with a belgian pale ale medicinal/herbal sort of scent.

The taste of this one is a bit of a letdown compared to the other BIPA I've had. The flavor upfront is a bit stale. it is juicy and malty, reminiscent of a sweeter dubbel or tripel, but it is also somewhat lacking. Hops are there with some citrus/medicine/herb flavors and some bite in the end with some prolonged bitterness. The hops seem too pungent and one-dimensional. Just had a simcoe IPA last night but this one did not impress me as that one did. Alcohol is present and bites the tongue and throat a bit, it could be better hidden. I didn't particualrily enjoy the mouthfeel it had a bit of a dry finish but was also watery and oddly carbonated.

It's hard to compete with the Belgians, and since this is a one-off product it may have been rushed a bit. But overall its a solid beer but weak categorically. It got much better as it warmed up and the yeast was swirled and poured in in the second pour, but the 750ml was quite enough, thank you.

crossovert, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of YankChef
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into wide mouthed (as recommended) valdieu goblet batch 3

appearance: hazy amber/orange with some red hues, very cloudy stuff, head doesnt really hold up to the wide mouth glass and dissipates quickly, besides that a very fine looking beer

smell: honey suckle sweetness as well as resiny hops, piney maybe a bit of rosewater type floral aspects. also some caramel/toffee undertones

Taste: alright im thinking this is aged... Malty almost like a barleywine, slighty toasty on the start with some caramel low-medium roast barley flavor, Still a nice hop punch with a carbonation that is actually surprisinly bubbly. Finish is all dry, astringent and bitter with more of an ipa finish that is not at all belgian to me

overall: really complex stab at this style im not really sure exactly where it fits style wise i guess belgian ipa works, sort of a style defying brew in my opinion worth the chance to try if your into beers that finish really dry and if you like allagash because they dont make many hoppy brews which this definitely is

YankChef, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of berkey
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a tulip. Don't see any date listed on the bottle. From last nights notes.

Pours a dense orange amber body with a great large off white head. Retention is fair and leaves some damn pretty lacing.

Aroma is of sweet and bready malts followed by bitter and slightly pungent hops that in turn give way to some earthy Belgian yeast notes. As it warms up some oaky aromas start to come through.

Flavor follows the aroma but in slightly different proportions. Still sweet and bready followed by that great Allagash yeast. Hops have slightly more citrus than on the nose along with an almost smokey character.

Easy drinking balanced carbonation is just right for the style. Walks the line on which way the balance on the flavor is going keeping your mind off the abv which helps keep it very drinkable.

Overall one of the top American Belgian style IPA's but I have a feeling this bottle was older than others I've tried and the hops have mellowed out a bit. I'm cheating a bit and upping the score a bit based on those other tastings. Score would be even higher if I had taken notes the times I've had it on tap.

berkey, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A passable American take on a Belgian take on and American style. On tap at a far too busy Ginger Man in NYC and served in a snifter.

A rich, clouded gold pour with a large scoop of white, creamy foam and impressive lace. Aroma of pineapple, candied fruit, floral hops, orange and hints of pine, spicy yeastiness and brown sugar. Really impressive. The flavour isn't quite as good as the nose, because the sugars tend to dominate at the expense of the other notes and overall drinkability. Hoppy and bitter of the bat, with citrus rind and grassy notes. Sweet malt and candy sugar overlay pale malts in the middle. Slightly warming, spicy finish with a reassertion of bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.

Hmmm... probably not in the upper tier of brews, but still a decent stab at the style. I felt that the sweetness hindered the drinkability for me, and if that could be reduced this could be a real winner.

bobsy, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of purpletape
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

if you want to spend less buy half moons Obama Presidentail Ale for 4 bucks instead of 16 for this garbage. EXACT SAME THING.

pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy, white head. the head fades very slowly, leaving a massive lacing.

This beer has a very mild aroma. It is rather dificult to pick out any specific aromas. It has a slight grainy aroma. Some slight citrusy lemon aroma is also present. Not much going for it.

This beer tastes like it smells. Very mild, and hard to pick out flavors. Some lemon citrus flavor is present, along with a slight grainy taste.

This beer is light, and crisp. It leaves a very light grainy aftertaste. Carbonation is well for the style.

This beer would probably make a decent session beer. It is light enough, and the flavor is certainly mild enough.

Overall: I wanted this beer to be great, but it just wasn't.

Serving type: bottle

purpletape, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of dudecandle
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a snifter:

A: Beautiful clouded orange-gold color with a solid head and a good cap and lacing.

S/T: Very herbal. The hops are present but not as strong as they could be, even for a Belgian. A good cherry profile as well, possibly some side citrus from the hops. Sweet candy-like malt balance with the hops was good.

M: Nice and mellow. Full, but not too full.

D: This is an extremely pleasant beer. The flavor profile is not terribly dynamic, but it's well-rounded overall.

dudecandle, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a medium amber, nice off-white head.

S: Herbal hops, nice balance with some sweet toasty malt.

T: Almost tasted like an American IPA initially, there is this very pine forward initial flavour, but then it melds back into earth and herb. Sweet caramel malt provides a good balance.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, oily.

D: A solid example of the Belgian IPA style, the only problem is, with the $17 price tag, I'm expecting something exceptional, not just a 'good' beer which this is. If it's ever on-tap I'm sure to revisit it.

Halcyondays, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Pony Bar.

A-Pours a hazy gold with a foamy white head and good lacing.

S-Very nicely complex and deep. Floral notes mix with a pineapple sweet hoppiness, malt and Belgian yeast.

T-Sweet malt starts it off, trailing to a sharp hop finish. Some alcohol in the finish that I did not expect or care for. Otherwise, quite nice.

M-Medium bodied with a lingering boozy heaviness.

D-Very nice except for the strong presence of alcohol.

HV

sholland119, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. I had this on draft. Pours gold with a small white head. Aroma of bready/yeasty malt with spices and sweet fruit. Flavor of sweet fruits initially with a yeasty finish. Pretty tasty although I don't get the hops. Good BSA though.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Maction
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a wine glass, it a sandalwood brown with almost glowing golden edges, and a dense frothy cream-colored head.

S: The smell is of sweet wheat and grains, vanilla, and honey sweetness.

T: The taste doesn't follow the aroma, it starts bitter and dry, but has nice length and evolves slowly into a sweet and smooth middle, with a dry finish.

M: I feel some alcohol, which contributes to the dry finish, but it's definitely weighty and spreads nicely through my palate.

D: This is interesting and complex though subtle. I don't know if it's something I'd want to drink a lot of, especially for the price, but it would make a nice after-dinner drink.

Maction, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of caddybuyer
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For my 100th review, a little something special. I purchased this caged and corked 750 last fall at the venerable C.E. Reilly provisions store on the Pemaquid peninsula in Maine and felt that it was time to finally break it out.

Poured chilled into a tulip glass.

A-Hazy orange with a creamy white head. This beer looks luminous, and is really pretty.

S-Citrus, lemon and orange hops hit immediately, but the nose is soft with pronounced sweet malts taking up the background. Very nice.

T-The taste begins with rich sweet citrus malts passing over to a nice clean crisp and dry hop finish. Moderately complex in the transitions across the palate and a great balance between the Belgian and IPA qualities.

M-Extremely well balanced overall, with a medium bodied rich, creamy feel well balanced by the carbonation. Not foamy, like so many Belgians can be, just incredible. May be one of the best mouthfeels ever.

D-This is an exceptionally drinkable beer....the ABV is hardly noticed. I can't imagine anyone who likes a good brew not completely enjoying this one.

Obviously, I really like this beer, but it makes me wonder what this tastes like when new, and what impact the aging had on it. I see no date code anywhere on the bottle, so hard to say how old it was when I bought it. Frankly, I expected it to be more hop intensive, and I suppose the aging mellowed this somewhat, but in any case I am extremely satisfied with the results. Everyone complains about the price...yes, I think I paid something like $16.99 for this bottle, with $1 going to charity it is still expensive, but as much as I enjoyed it, well worth it...I will look for it again.

caddybuyer, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into nonic.

Cloudy and glowling burnt orange hue with a two finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

Large amount of citrus from the hops, along with orange peel.

Tons of orange peel in the flavor, although that may be from a mix of the hops and some of the spices added to the beer. Tart flavors from the malts. Full bodied with a high amount of carbonation, somewhat acerbic.

An okay Belgian IPA. Seems like there was too much orange peel flavor in this one for me.

BeerSox, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of mltobin
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hugh Malone was served on-tap at Ginger Man in SoNo.

The appearance is a deep golden color with a one finger head.
Upon taking a whiff, I smell honey, cloves, and some mary jane.
The taste comes across with vanilla, a small batch of hops, and a dallopp of honey. Mouthfeel on Hugh Malone hits me with a light presence overall, some vanilla, light spice on the tongue.
Drinkability is very good, this belgian IPA is great, and I am very happy to have finally had the opportunity to drink it, very nice beer and worth your time.

mltobin, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

It's time for round three of the Third Unorganized Invitational, a very expensive magnum of Hugh Malone Ale. Who is High Malone anyways? Well, does it matter at this moment? Let's go on to the beer:

Into a chalice it goes, the beer pours hazy blonde. It's a darker cloudy orange as it sits in the glass, and the head on top is three-fingers thick and holding up well. The nose knows...a little lemon rind, some hops, sour lemon, and grain. Bring on da funk.

I'm not sure what style this really is. It's sweet and fruity at first. Some horse blanket and lemon rind emerge from underneath. Out comes a pinch of hops, which provide more of a tropical flavor to this beer. Oh, it's some kind of Belgian IPA. A luxurious mouthfeel which lubricates the mouth...silky in feel...one of the best beery feelings I've had in my mouth. (Update: as it wams , it becomes more grainy and a little less intersting).

Although this is good beer with a grreeeat mouthfeel, the $15.99 pricetag is a pain in the ass to make it a repeat purchase. Good thing few varieties of this style are widely available.

...and so ends another round of the T.U.I. See you again tomorrow morning, when I will hold a breakfast special.

DoubleJ, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a beligan carbonated american IPA. pours a murky orange yellow. with a off white head that is consistent but doesn't hold like a belgian. nose of lemon zest and grapefruit hop. peppery. palate is a dry lemon. sharper acid in comparison to most. doesn't have a compatible malt style to what i'm used to. carbonation is a bit aggressive on the tongue... goes horribly with the bitter finish of the beer. don't waste your time having this one on tap. i think i mellows out a bit better in the bottle.

rtepiak, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML/ no freshness date

P: Crystal clear gold with a dense dollop of eggshell-colored foam on top. Showed good retention and left some spots of lace behind as well.

A: Citrusy hops that smell like grapefruit and pineapple, along with some sweet malts, spice, and a hint of alcohol.

T: The citrusy hops transfer nicely from the nose to the palate with flavors of grapefruits, lemons, and pineapple. But, there is a piney hop presence in here as well. Smooth, clean pale malts respect their supporting role while the clove-like spiciness works its magic. I assume it's the fruity yeast that's giving rise to flavors of bananas in there as well. While this is pretty tasty, it isn't very complex at all.

M: Medium-full with a smooth, slightly sticky feel that features just a bit of creaminess underneath as well. The carbonation is good, but doesn't match the legendary standards that the Belgians have set. Is that being nitpicky? I don't think so, the mouthfeel could be improved upon to make the flavors stand up more.

Notes: This is good beer. I loved the citrus and pine-flavored hops on top of the Belgian-inspired base for this brew. But it just lacked the complexity to blow me away. All of the flavors seem to mingle nicely together. I was afraid the hops would outshine the competition, but they don't because they seem rather subdued and muddled in the midst of things. Still, pretty enjoyable!

sweetbrew82, May 28, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a clear, coppery amber color with a huge, fluffy off-white head. It takes several minutes for the five-finger foam to recede to a cap on the brew, and it leaves substantial lacing on its journey down, and deposits even more as I drink.

S: Peppery Belgian yeast, rosemary, lemony citrus hops, and melon.

T: Pine hop (out of nowhere) and citrus hops develop the profile first, rounded out by rosemary. Next follows a melon sweetness and yeasty sourness. The taste closes with a pepper bite.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation, actually giving this a fairly creamy feel.

D: Pretty good, but at $17 a bottle, definitely not worth it.

Arbitrator, May 21, 2009
Photo of ericlawton007
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber color with an inch and a half of pillowy head. Lacing is consistent through out the length of the beer. Slight hops aroma, which diminishes with the taste, where a slight earthy belgian yeast is absorbed by the tongue. Mouthfeel has decent carbonation. Not as hoppy as some other Belgian IPAs, but definetly hoppy for a belgian style beer. Nicely balanced, and I was surprised at the drinkabilty given the 9.5% alcohol.

ericlawton007, May 18, 2009
Photo of BrewerB
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Slightly hazy, medium orange. Thin, well-retained off-white head leaves some lacing around the glass. Tiny bubbles continuously stream up the glass.

S - Hoppy nose includes citrus (lemon) and cantaloupe. Moderately intense. Picking up some spicy phenolic characters as well.

T - Soft malt character pairs with a moderate grapefruity hop and a moderate level of bittering. Tinges of spice and a very slight clove flavor. Finishes dry and leaves just enough lingering bitterness.

M - Moderately bodied, moderate-high level of carbonation. Smooth.

D - Well-balanced Belgian-style IPA. Wishing for more of the Belgian character and the hops might have faded a bit (it's been in my fridge for 5 months or so). Otherwise, very drinkable and refreshing.

BrewerB, May 18, 2009
Photo of stumac
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I accidentally aged this brew for 2 years...crazy

this brew pours up a murky rust color with a quickly fading off white head. the nose is light fruits, smoothed out hops, cork, slight slight sourness as this bottle might be juuust starting to turn. I taste light fruits again, mellowed floral hops, pretty buttery mouthfeel, full bodied, heavy carbo. This brew may be 6 months to a year past its prime. Still good but better fresh

stumac, May 15, 2009
Photo of Chodite
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the opportunity to try this on tap during American Craft Beer Week fest at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore.

Great, balanced version of a Belgian IPA. I wish I would have taken notes, but of the few tap beers I had - this one took home the gold, no question (and that's saying a lot, considering the number of rare, American craft beers on tap).

Amazingly balanced, incredibly drinkable for a 8+% ABV brew and just an all-around great beer. Not sure how it's only a B+ at time of review.

Wish I could find this even in bottle form.

Chodite, May 12, 2009
Photo of weazal
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Primarily piny, bright hops with added complexity from a pulpy, citrus like component. About light to medium in intensity.

T: Instantly hits the mouth with piny hops that develops into a moderately bitter pineapple. There seems to be a pleasant undercurrent of sweetness throughout that helps temper the intensity as well as ever so slight roasted malts. The finish does leave a lingering hoppy bitterness in the back of your palate

Overall, it's relatively easy, pleasant, and sufficiently fulfilling.

weazal, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of white head on a slightly hazy, golden colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Distinct spicy pine aroma with lesser notes of grapefruit. Pilsner malt and some spicy yeast notes hide in the background.

T - Sweet pilsner malt and strong hop bitterness up front. Yeasty pepper notes blend with herbal hop flavors, rosemary and basil. Pine character begins to dominate in the finish with hints of Juniper, sandalwood, and yeasty vanilla.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish.

D - A very complex and drinkable BIPA. This has great hop character, and while the Belgian yeast character might be a little weak it is detectable enough to mark this beer as something other than an American DIPA.

nickfl, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Julio's Liquors beerfest is 2007.

Half finger head atop a hazy golden body. This may have been the first Belgian IPA I tried, not sure.

Aroma was of fruity malts, with hints of apples. A slight sweetness was also present. I really didn't get a lot of hoppiness.

Taste was of mild, medium bodies malts, with a very restrained hoppiness. Mild bitterness, but hard to tell if I was getting citrus or floral flavors.

Mouthfeel was smooth and well carbonated. I enjoyed it.

Drinkability is pretty good, too bad like many of the ALlagash line the price is up there. Glad I was able to sample it for free. Thanks, Joe!

connecticutpoet, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of ibbjamin
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $16.99 for a 750ml bottle from BevMo in San Jose, CA. I remember having one of these at a friend's house about 5 months ago and really enjoyed it. I have had a few other Belgian IPAs and none of them (except for the Green Flash Le Freak) had a good hop character. This one I do remember being remarkably smooth and a great marriage of a Belgian Ale and IPA. I pour into my Chimay Chalice.

Pours very nice, leaving an inch of white, frothy and light head that retains quite well. Very thick, lasting lace. A deep golden/brownish/orange color. Very nicely carbonated.

Smells as I remembered; perfectly balanced. Fresh, clean hop character matched with a mildly spiced Belgian Ale (white pepper and Belgian Spice).

Taste is equally well balanced. The hops in this one are quite unique. They do not have the standard pine/citrus/grapefruit character I'm used to in a west coast IPA. They are much more mild, yet certainly quite present.

The mouth is the best I have had for a beer with this level of hop backing. Perfectly carbonated, medium body. So smooth and creamy. Good lasting aftertaste. Superb drinkability.

I'm not so sure why this only has a B+ rating thus far. I love the Belgian IPA style and this is either in spot 1 or 2 for me. Highly recommended. Nice job Allagash.

ibbjamin, Apr 01, 2009
Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.