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Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 682
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 26
Gots: 60 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ppoitras on 04-27-2007

Hugh Malone begins with a grain bill featuring a blend of Maine grown barley, imported Pilsner, and raw wheat malt. At the beginning of run off, we add a portion of hops to the sweet wort in the kettle; a technique known as "first wort hopping". As the boil begins, a generous amount of Chinook hops are added for bittering. Later, in the whirlpool, the beer is hopped with a blend of Centennial and Amarillo, for aroma. This same blend is used, post fermentation, to lend additional hop character to the finished beer. The result is a complex brew with a malty palate, intense hop aromas, pronounced bitterness and a pleasantly dry finish.
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Photo of kingcrowing
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very pretty orange/amber with a small white head and lots of small bubbles. Nose is light and fruity.

Taste isn too hoppy for an ipa but it's got a nice bite to it with a vey fresh clean finish. Makes for a great summer beer.

Photo of selecter70
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit of bad follow-up one night at Lord Hobo, starting off with some rich, dark ales, as this one was quite the transition, although a bit a palate re-adjuster for later brews. Golden yellow with some haze and a bright white fluffy 2 fingers of light head & sticky lace. The aroma was somewhat mild, evoking a peppery lemon yeast. The flavor likewise did the same in a creamy, but still quite easy to drink crisp & bubbly refreshing way. Pretty basic, but a nice summer beer, if you can it cheap!

Photo of beerbutcher
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

deep gold with fluffy white suds

nose of floral lemon zest with slightly fruity and bready yeast notes, touches of spice

palate follows with similar flavors but shows a strong lemon character which overwhelms any malt flavors. bright and tangy, tasting light for it's stength.

good mouthfeel, creamy and lush with malt and bubbles.

overall a very interesting beer. not sure how often i would order this but not lacking personality and has pretty good balance. lemony hop profile could be more interesting and more yeasty spice or malt would make the beer less direct on the palate and more interesting.

Photo of meeekyh
2.79/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from the 750 into a belled beer glass.

The head is not huge but fluffy. It leaves a bit of lacing just at the top of the remaining head and is off-white. The beer is deep amber with an orange tint and is well-hazy.

Smells are sweet malts and yeast with subdued hops. Not much there for a Belgian IPA, though the balance is nice.

More full maltieness and a hop balance in the taste too. Good beer but odd for the style (as listed on BA). The Allagash website says to 'drink young' and I am expecting this one isn't young at all, though there is no date for me to check.

Mouthfeel is full, carbonation full, and finish dry with a slight aftertaste/feel.

Drinkability is moderate only.

I like this OK but am dissapotinted by the beer as a representation of the style, especially considering the cost was $18ish and I can get Stone's Cali-Belgique for $7.

Photo of berley31
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a large bottle marked "Batch #3" (oh, and the ABV on the bottle I had was listed as 9.5%). Large, off-white head that was quite long-lasting. Body is a dark orange / light copper color, and very hazy.

S: Aroma is perfectly balanced and nicely mellow... pine notes in the hops, and a good amount of citrus to make it all work well. Very nice.

T: The flavor is also great... a little hoppy (but not like most American IPAs or even Pale Ales), nicely balanced with a little malt sweetness and citrus.

M: Medium-bodied, and creamy, with average to lively carbonation.

D: Damn, I really enjoyed this beer. Definitely something I would enjoy sipping on again, as it's quite easy to drink... dangerously so for 8.5%-9.5%.

Photo of clemtig76
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A close friend brought over a 750ml bottle to share. Poured a glowing honey/orange color with a big fluffy white head into my SA glass. I am a hop head and the smell was glorious, lots of resinous piney hops, sweet caramel malt, and a whiff of Belgian yeast. Taste was a hop explosion with lots of pine notes well balanced by the sweet malt and yeast notes. Incredible lacing clings to the glass after every sip. I am indeed lucky to have a friend share such a fabulous beer with me.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brick Store Pub. Poured into an Allagash tulip. Inch of white foam rests atop a golden body. Aroma is fruity, slightly sweet, with a hint of funk. Taste is unique in an Allagash sort of way. The Allagash funk adds an interesting twist to this style. I think the sour actually overpowers the bitter and the sweet, not in a bad way. If you go into this beer expecting a beer typical of the style, you may be let down. Go into it expecting an Allagash version of a Belgian ipa, you'll be richly rewarded.

Photo of champ103
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orange color. A two finger fluffy white head forms with good retention. As the foam gently recedes lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Sweet candy malt and yeast. Soapy and oily hops with a lingering bitterness.
T: Follows the nose. Very sweet up front. Very oily and soapy hops again.
M/D: A medium body and high carbonation. The prickly carbonation and high alcohol makes this a slow sipper.

Not bad. Solid, but the oily and soapy hops detract a little to much for me.

Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of slightly muted hops - grassy, pine, and light citrus - with spices and light malts lurking in the background. As the beer warms the spices intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light and sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by loads of hops - grassy mostly with citrus undertones. Midway through the sip hints of clove enter into things and the beer sweetens a bit before ending with a solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall this was a good looking Belgian IPA but in terms of flavor it wasn't quite up there with the big boys. Still, it's worth a shot.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aggressive pop! Pours a rich, hazy, flame orange color with tons of visible carbonation. Huge stick head with amazing retention.

The smell is very pronounced, sweet yet mild citrus. More so than any belgian IPA I can think of right off hand. Small amount of sweet barnyard like yeast, green apples, lime and a nice alcoholic undertone round out the nose.

The taste initially comes off a bit flat. A hint of sweetness and a muted pale malt profile on the front. The usually apparent yeasty flavors I know are there get buried under loads of carbonation. The hops are nice and floral yielding much more flavor than expected, herbal, floral and a tad bittering. The alcohol in the finish is very noticeable and provides a welcome warmth.

The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium bodied. Tons of carbonation take away from the flavors I so dearly want to experience. So far the carbonation level is this brews only real setback.

Overall, big ups to a great trader for putting this in my hands. I would get this again for the smell alone, the taste is no deterrent either, the 750 will be no problem for one sitting. Good.

Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap at Map room into a chalice.

The beers medium gold/orange with about 2 fingers of white head that has great retention and lacing.

The aroma is very hoppy, fresh hops, which is great.

It is medium hoppy bitter, not much of citrus or complexity to it.

The feel is ok, decent drinkability.

Photo of mikey711
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had been sitting on this bottle for quite some time so the ipa part is not so much there anymore, but atleast i am getting through my cellar.

A: Vibrant amber color with a small forming white head that provides nice whisps of carbonation on top.

S: Very soapy smelling, nice caramel backbone, some hints of candied sugar. Some breadiness and graininess, not a whole lot in terms of pepper or yeast tones which was a let down

T: Very much like it smells, some caramel notes, a bit more yeast notes, and then some graininess. The hops only provide a touch of soapiness. Candied sugar. When fresh it is much better

M: Slightly rough around the edges, a touch of heat is present as well. Really just could be smoother

D: Better when fresh, one glass is enough

Photo of cracgor
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite a nice beer from Allagash. It pours out an even brown clor with a bit of a flimsy lightly colored head. Malty flavored beer with a lot caramel/roasted flavors and a toffee sort of tone. good complexity. Easy to drink. This bottle was aged for a couple years prior to drinking. I've never had it fresh, so I don't know if the complexities change at all over time.

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

Appears a hazy apricot color with an off white head that falls to a skim layer
Smells of a light fruit - citrus, a little hops with a malt backbone. I also get some honey.'The taste is crisp - a bit bitter up front then some citrus. Clean dry hp finish.
Mouthfeel is nice. A medium body with active carbonation.
A pretty nice brew though the price is a bit on the steep side.

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Bottle indicates this is batch #3. Also according to the bottle, this beer is 9.5% ABV rather than the 8.5% indicated above.

Appearance: nice hazy orange with two fingers of pillowy ivory head.

Smell: big, fresh, spicy hops right off the bat. With patience, there's a nice chalky malt below that with some delicious-smelling pear essence. Interesting -- I like it.

Taste: very good. Quite bitter with a strong Belgian malt backbone. Hops are as in the aroma -- mostly fresh and spicy. Some of the niceties of the strong Belgian pale ale below get lost, however; I won't say a BSPA is not a nice substrate for big hops, I just think the base has a lot to offer on its own. Overall, I like it, but I feel like the aspects of this beer could have been better balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium body with great Belgian carbonation yields a wonderful and delicious creaminess. My favorite part of this beer.

Drinkability: this beer is quite drinkable, which at 9.5% is a danger. If the hops were toned down a hair, or perhaps if another, more floral or less intense variety were used, I feel like this beer would get bumped half a point in drink and taste easily.

Photo of maximum12
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TimmyP for this great extra & the keen-eyed ppoitras for throwing this into my Secret Santa box. No Hugh Malone for years & suddenly it's raining Allagash! Batch 3, for what it's worth.

Split & poured gently into my Sinners & Saints Chalice (& a Hennepin for my wife). Very turbid, even considering the bottle-conditioning, completely opaque even without a hint of distubance. Golden amber with a wispy, who-cares lace-bits. Smell is compelling, sweetness of a Belgian with only a hint of hops.

Hugh Malone, Belgian Strong? Belgian IPA? Belgian Pale? Who knows, who cares. This one singes the tongue with wicked & unexpected delights. The pale malts are lent brains & brawn by the hops, which I've now read are Simcoe, which makes sense, since they'tr burly, hair-growing hops. The lemony hops interact nicely & create a charming contrast to the Belgian yeasts, & cancel out one another's more extreme predilications.

There's a vague, overall spiciness to this that's also welcome. Light & crisp on the palate. Honestly, this one grew on me with every sip.

Excellent brew. I would love to try this on tap sometime out East, but from the bottle, this is another fine beer from the folks at Allagash. I'll be serving the other bottle at my birthday tasting party sometime in January, & I suspect Hugh will go over well with those who are not craft beer nuts.

Photo of dudemuskie
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint at the Small Bar on Division in Chicago with a bowl of spicy chili! Delish!

Appearance- slightly hazy, deep straw to pale orange in color with 1 finger of tight white head that slowly fades to a thin film. Loads of clingy lacing from top to bottom.

Aroma- Nosefull of bright citrusy (orange) hops with hints of alcohol and a very subtle spice. Warm biscuit and bready malt aromatic notes. Almost a candy-like aroma.

Flavor- Starts with a mouthfull of citrusy american hops, slowly fading to a belgianesque brew with warm biscuit, subtle spice/alcohol, and candi sugar notes in the middle. Finishes with a great balance between sticky citrus hops, candy-like sweetness, and warm biscuit-like malt.

Mouth- Med-high CO2, light-medium bodied with refreshing slightly dry finish.

Overall- Great brew showcasing belgian and american highlights! Worked great with the spicy chili I was eating!

Photo of vdoz3
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes, 12 oz served in tulip at Swift's (4th St, NYC) 14th "birthday party." Thought it was going to be a VSK-esque beer event, turned out to be a fullscale club. The BA printout I brought with descriptions of all the beers turned out to qualify as "an invitation" which I needed to have to get in.

Appearance: Hazy pale color (couldn't tell if it was golden or orange, the dim light was orange colored). Big, frothy head turns into sticky lacing running running down the glass.

Smells like fruit (combination of the fruity yeast and citric hops), almost(/surprisingly) like a peach.

Taste - citrusy hoppiness, edge taken out by the smooth Belgian yeast

mouthfeel - lingering, coating texture resulting in a typical IPA near-drymouth

drinkability - Very drinkable, but best at the same pace as a tart, summer lemonade.

Tastes/feels great for a Belgian IPA (examples like Stricklander or CaliBelgique are too pale and thin, the lack of filtering really does it some good). I usually, however like a nice malt backbone to take the sting out of the hops, the belgian yeast is a different approach, and isn't quite my favorite.

Photo of soupyman10
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Church Key in DC. Beautiful orange pour, with a big fluffy white head on top that leaves perfect lacing as it drains. Hard to top, looks-wise. Strong hoppy nose, big with fruit and citrus all over the place. Flavor is huge as well - tons of caramel malt mixed perfectly with that big citrusy hop backbone. Actually quite similar to an American IPA/DIPA in terms of that monsterous hops presence, but the flavor itself is a little bigger even than your standard IPA. A really excellent beer, another tasty and unique monster from Allagash.

Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A couple of things before I start my review. First, I am a hop head of the worst sort. I love hops and AIPA is my favorite style of beer. Out of 250 reviews thus far, almost 25% of them have been of IPAs and DIPAs. That being said, I have been having a hard time wrestling with Belgian IPAs. I want to like them, I just haven't found one that I like as much as an AIPA, but I am still looking. Second, Hugh Malone was a pioneer in hop utilization and I have read his book, "Using Hops in Brewing" and respect him as a pioneer in American beer and the use of hops as a flavor and aroma component of beer and agree that beer has been hijacked as Hugh put, "by a group of idiots." By pushing the boundaries of beer and ingredients we recapture the beer market from the idiots, we try harder and we know more and produce a better product. Here's to you Hugh.

Beer served on draft. Beer is yellow in color with a thin, white, broken head. Carbonation is moderate to low and there is lacing on the glass as I drink it.

Beer smells primarily of citrus-like hop aroma. There is also a slight ethereal flavor in the aroma. Overall it smells sweet and hoppy. Let's see how this tastes.

This is what I don't like about Belgian IPAs. The styles of Belgian beers used for the platform for the bittering and flavoring hops are delicate beers to begin with. They are actually tripels with very subtle flavor characteristics that end up completely overwhelmed by bitterness. This beer is no exception. When I drink a beer like this I think, "what would this beer be like without the hops?" Probably a Belgian Strong Pale, another beer that is not known for its over the top malt character or fruity spiciness but a clean bright flavor. The hop bitterness is what is most present in this beer. The citrus flavors (almost orange peel) is present in the mid and some in the front. There is moderate to mild sweetness at the front, but overall the hops mask almost everything. This beer is bright and bitter. Drinkability moderate, mouthfeel is fine. Beer is a little thin for my tastes.

Photo of RoyalT
4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This poured a beautiful off-orange in color with an immaculate head that was reserved yet full and left a white film with little white pits on top of the liquid and some nice foamy lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell - This is amazing. There is no mistaking the rich, simcoe hops and they are here in force yet balanced with some other bittering hops and a nice malt structure. There is also a fine Belgian candy sweetness that tops things off. This aroma is quite simple yet incredible.

Taste - The hops carry the day at the taste, and again the simcoe dominates but in a nice, courteous way. The malts are a bit lighter but the candied finish from the nose is here for sure. I don't know that it is a classic BIPA but damn this is tasty.

Mouthfeel - This is a bit bigger than medium-bodied but not full with a wonderful, light, tingly carbonation and a satisfying sweetish finish.

Drinkability - I just loved this beer. It was rich, flavorful, unique, and exciting. I don't know how you would rate it to the style but for me this was excellent.

Photo of GrittyMug345
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, batch #3, drank on 11/6/09, poured into an Allagash chalice. A beautiful bright copper, slightly cloudy body with good carbonation underneath a four finger, fairly tight, head that slowly dies to half of a finger. The nose has a nice big hop profile, herbal and piney, some sweet malt, a little bit of the classic Allagash yeast character, but definately hop dominant. The taste is more of the same, herbal/piney hops upfront, supported by a great malt backbone, a little bit of booze, some great yeast funk, some tropical fruit flavors, very complex. Mouthfeel is a creamy, medium body, just a touch overcarbonated for me. This is a great belgian style IPA, I will certainly be picking up some more of this!

Photo of corby112
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden amber orange with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a thick, pillowy 2.5 finger white head with excellent retention that slowly settles into a lasting cap that leaves chunky rings of soapy lacing in it's path.

Spicy hoppy aroma with lots of estery crisp golden fruit notes, especially grape, apple and pear with a subtle malt presence underneath.

Soft carbonation up front with a lightly hopped creamy medium body with some earthy dry pine notes that linger throughout. Sweet estery golden fruit notes from the Belgian yeast. Apple and pear dominate with hints of grape and raisin. Subtle malt backbone provides nice balance. Slight alcohol warmth present throughout yet the ABV is decently masked making it quite quaffable. Very resinous dry pine hop flavor in the finish.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose is cleanly malty with fruity/floral hops. Smells pretty good.

Pours slightly hazy with deep straw and butterscotch yellow highlights. Moderate head. Looks pretty good.

Flavor follows nose. Fruity hops, some V8-like pungency. Nice stiff bitterness. Mild alcohol. Soft malt. Sugary attenuation, crisp body. Fruity esters mild. Softly toasty biscuit malt. Some spicy hop, some herbal earthy leafty. Some honey-like sweetness. Mild alcohol increases along with bitterness makes a seriously dry finish. I noted some medicinal plastic notes after reading up. Finishes bitter/dry with notes of orange. Tastes pretty good. Feels good. Pretty good drinkability.

Kudos to Hugh Malone!

Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle
Batch 3

Poured into a chalice a very nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some slight hop notes, slight citrus. The taste is sweet/bitter, malty, yeasty, slightly hoppy, some citrus notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this has got to be one of the best Belgian IPAs I've had to date.

Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 682 ratings.