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Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Hugh MaloneAllagash Hugh Malone

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568 Ratings
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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 25
Gots: 33 | 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 irishkyle21
3.98/5  rDev +1%

Starts gushing as soon as I popped the cork. I poured this one slowly and ended up with a beautiful fluffy head that lasts throughout most of the beer. Good lacing. Has a hazy brown color. Large number of bubbles continuously rising to the top.

Smells of yeasty spices, candi sugar, earthy, pale malt and fruits (mostly raisins).

Tastes of fruits, spices, sweet malt and citric hops (laid back though). The mouthfeel was a tad thin and over carbonated (IMO).

irishkyle21, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Boto
3.9/5  rDev -1%

750ml bottle: This one opened with a loud POP, but fortunately there was no spillage. It pours a cloudy, dark amber color with a bit of an off-white head to it. It leaves some lacing down the glass. There is a bready, spicy and yeasty nose to the beer, as well as some citrus (mainly grapefruit) and pine also. An interesting taste. Some breadiness and yeastiness to it, with a hint of apricots in there. There is a hint of sweetness despite the hop presence. Somewhere between medium and full bodied, yet there is still a perception of lightness to it. This definitely grows on you.

Boto, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

My wife gave me this bottle for Christmas. I have been testing my patience, but finally gave in to temptation this evening and cracked it open. Bully for me.

Poured from the big bottle into a Belgian snifter, the Hugh Malone appears a dark bronze/orange color - darker than I expected, for some reason - with a big bubbly head that leaves behind some decent lace. Held up to the light it appears a vibrant golden hue. The nose is light and airy, strangely fruity (although I cannot place the fruit), and herbal. Before logging into to BA tonight, I wasn't sure what style of beer this was. Now that I know it's listed as a "belgian IPA" I am more inclined to attribute certain qualities to it. Funny how that works. Still, to me this smells like a wild ale. I detect brettanomyces, even though the wild yeast is not in there. Go figure. The taste is also light and strangely fruity, but also dense and herbal. Leaves an odd, bitter aftertaste. I guess that's the "IPA" at work. Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp. And dry.

I like this beer. It grows on you as it warms up, in my opinion. I am half-way through the bottle and I prefer it much more now than at first sip. It's a relatively light (although not in ABV; it's 8.5%) and easy-drinking ale. Smoother as it warms up, with more discernable Belgian IPA qualities slowly emerging. Give it a try; it's worth it.

Atlas1, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%

Officially, since it is past the midnight hour, it is my birthday. So before I go to sleep after working tonight, I am cracking this one open. Bye bye 20’s. Hello 30’s.

Pours a clear fairly dark brown with a good sized crème head. Nose is very sugary sweet like candy or even cotton candy and a good amount of wood mixed in there as well. Flavor is mild. Slight hops, pretty big sweetness going on. Besides that? Maybe a little wood. Small amount of spices. Feel has a lot of carbonation to it, but I have to say I think the liquid is a bit too thin. Overall it is drinkable, but for the price? Hell no. This is one of the first beers I have wanted to take back and get a refund. $16.99? Are you joking? $16.99 for what?? Don’t bother.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%

Nicely done IPA. I thought it was an Irish dry, and yet it wasn't overly dry. Yeasty and a body to it. Some interesting, calmer IPA even British style IPA with a cloudy peachy colour and some white head. Fruity hoppy malty aroma. A bit dry finish, otherwise nicely done hoppy ale.

Sammy, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of deathblosom
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

Typical belgian beer package, but from Allagash that can be expected. 750ml with a cork. Upon opening, the beer gushed, maybe my experience is not the norm, but that typically isn't a good thing.

Anyway, it was very carbonated, duh, had a decent malt flavor and a fair amount of bitterness in the aftertaste, as the name would imply.

For those of you who don't know, Hugh Malone sounds a lot like humulone, which is a hop compound, haven't seen anyone mention this in the other reviews.

So, overall the beer was good, but for the price $13.99, I've had beers for 1/2 the price that I've enjoyed much more. I like Allagash beers in general, but this isn't near the top of their best products.

deathblosom, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of shroompod
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

A nice head with some lacing from this slightly cloudy brew.

This beer has a nice faint aroma. The hops put off slightly different nose than I'm used to.

Apricots dominate the taste , very little hop bite. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium , the initial sweetness of this beer isn't cloying. Nicely carbonated.

I could drink this beer all night, and probably suffer from it.

shroompod, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of jcipa88
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

At first glance you think, nah - can't be, is Allagash brewing an ale in a funky 750ml bottle? Well, it's true, another Belgium for the library - this ale has that Belgium character, but hey wait a minute it's not as strong as some others I've had, but it has a great balance of sweetness and even tier of ABV (sitting at 8.5%), with cloudyness. The chemicals swish and swoosh around in the mouth and it lingers enough for that flavorful aroma. It makes yah respect the Belgium style that Allagash has done over the years. It's nice, maybe could use a little hoppy drive. Have it over dinner and experiment. - jc

jcipa88, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

Bottle: Poured a mahogany color ale with a huge foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some dry with some dry Czech hops. Taste is also dominated by those sweet malt with limited dry fruits characteristics or oak notes. Body is quite full with some great carbonation and no alcohol was noticeable.

Phyl21ca, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

A: Pours a hazy, translucent burnt sienna hue, hints of deep orange and auburn. A moderate pour yielded two fingers of fluffy, foamy head. Displayed good retention and some lacing.

S: Sweet and bitter aromas, nice malty profile with an array of hops in the nose. Toned down, yet inviting, with an almost dark fruit scent.

T: A big, sugary sweetness comes across first, with an odd malt pairing. Then, the transition leads into a hop bitterness that doesn't seem to fit either. It seems like there's some complexity here, but not enough cohesiveness to the flavor characteristics.

M: Carbonation is generous, giving the beer a creamy texture on the palate.

D: An interesting offering, but not something that I would rank too highly because of the off-the-wall flavor characteristics. The Belgian IPA is a style I haven't had much experience with, but what I have sampled I've enjoyed. This one seems to miss the mark somewhat, but would still be worth a try.

CharlieMopps, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%

Brand new this week in the Dallas area. I poured it into a Duvel glass. It's a very cloudy brown color with a small but thick-n-creamy head. Nose is full of a grassy, resinous hoppiness, with some sweet nutty malt underlying it. Flavor though, is somewhat harsh, with a raw hop flavor (slightly vegetal) that is interesting if not exactly tasty. Malt and yeasty fruitiness add to the flavor but unfortunately remain in the backseat. Dry finish.

Interesting, but unfortunately not very drinkable. If laid down for a year or more, it might lose enough of the hop edge to be tasty.

allengarvin, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +1%

Sampled through the efforts of mikesgroove and Battlecruiser BIF.

Easy to remove cork, only needed a slight twist to get it to pop out.

Cloudy amber colored ale with a wispy off-white head.

The scent is sweet and fruity that about sums it up. Good amount of C-type hops mixes with the usual Belgian beer spices. Grapefruit aroma rides on the alcohol fumes along with spiced apple aroma.

The taste begins sweet with a little tartness in the taste and a spice drop aftertaste. Fairly sweet but not as much as the first taste. Definitely a fruity ale the hops are understated here and this is more fruity and spicy. A good beer but it isn't all that hoppy.

The Mouthfeel is good.

Pretty drinkable but you have to think Belgian Beer and not really IPA. Still this is a pretty tasty Belgian Style Strong Pale Ale.

Zorro, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a fruity pale malt and Belgian yeast aroma. There is a light hop aroma that seems to blend nicely with the spiciness of the Belgian yeast. The taste is average. It has a warm, pale malt flavor along with a very spicey yeast finish. The hops are present, but they take a backseat to the "Belgian pale ale" flavor. There is a mild bitterness that really reveals itself in the finish, but I'm not that impressed with it. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a flop by Allagash. I've had hybris style beers like this before, but this one falls flat. I like the idea, but the execution lacks. I prefer more IPA character. This tastes like a Saison yeast. It's quite peppery. They should use a less aggressive yeast to highlight the hop profile, IMO.

WesWes, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of clvand0
3.35/5  rDev -15%

This beer pours an amber color with a nice head that has good retention. The aroma is slightly earthy and has a hint of alcohol to go along with a bit of fruitiness. The flavor has a lot of sweetness along with some spices. There is also a strong caramel malt profile and some fruit character. The body seems moderate, but a little more thin than I expected. The drinkability is just ok, as the spices and the alcohol present them readily in the flavor. This isn't a bad beer as it has a lot of character, but I don't know that it's one I'd seek out again unless it's much older.

clvand0, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of albern
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%

Not a bad beer, but as most of the reviewers so aptly stated, it is definitely overpriced. $16 dollars for a 750ml is steep for a beer. Yes, the cork and casing are cool, but it ends there. The beer is a well carbonated, hazy orange amber with a very nice off white head that retains and retains. There is a goodly amount of lacing too. The carbonation doesn't quit, with the little fizzy bubbles streaming to the top well after the pour. The smell is very subdued and not very enticing. I little more dry hopping could have brought something out in this department, but alas no, and what you get are some very subtle sweet malts, candied sugars, some alcohol notes, and maybe some fruits. It smells like a weak trippel or Belgian blonde. The taste is sweet malts again, medium bodied, creamy consistency, a little pepperish snap in there, but it fades as the beer warms. There is a malty, caramel flavor more than anything else that I detect. There might be some currant flavors, but they are pretty far down on the taste-o-meter. There is a slightly lingering aftertaste, but not from the hops, more from the candied sugars and the yeasts. If you let it hang on the tongue for awhile, you might get some pine resin hoppiness, but you have to really search for it. Not a bad beer, one I would drink again, but why is this one priced so high?

albern, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

On tap at The Publick House.

Appearance: Pours a very nice, hazy reddish-copper. It's topped by a dense off-white head that fades to a film, leaving a little bit of patchy lace.

Smell: Very fruity and malty. Light cherries, and perhaps a light note of honeydew melon. There's a peppery spiciness and a light resiny hoppiness. The hops are noticable, but overpowered by the Belgian yeast aromatics.

Taste: Lightly sweet fruitiness upfront, that's met by a spiciness contributed by the carbonation. There's a tart, cherry sourness that remains prominent. The finish is a mild, but persistent, aged, hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, medium-bodied, and smooth with an effervescent feel on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very tasty and flavorful, it falls on the sweet side, but never seems cloying.

Overall: This beer isn't the hoppiest Belgian IPA that I've had, nor is it particularly hoppy. The hops are noticeable, but are dominated by the fruity characteristics. Despite this, I'm giving the beer high marks because it's very enjoyable even though the name may be a misnomer.

EPICAC, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Appearance: cloudy amber / ornage in color with a long lasting two finger head.

Smell: grassy, earthy, fruit sweetness and a hint of alcohol is easily detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel malt sweetness, grass, oranges, green apples, honey, spicy peppers, and a hint of alcohol are well balanced with some nice bitterness. A bit of earthiness wraps itself around the flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp throughout. Long aftertaste.

Drinkability: very enjoyable and easy to quaff big beer. This is why Allagash is a brewery that I respect - great flavors and easy drinking.

Gavage, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%

This beer is very hazy, despite a month long rest in the beer fridge. It pours with a frothy, slightly large bubbled, though prodigious four-finger thick, amber-tinged tan colored head; the head has some good longevity and even leaves some lacing patterns as it falls back into the glass. The beer is an opaque, murky, dark amber color, that does show a pretty ruby hue (still quite hazy though) if held up directly to my desk lamp. The aroma is quite malty, with sweet notes of raisins and caramel noticeable as I pour this beer. Upon closer inspection it has lots of things going on; notes of green apple, plum, dusty, fresh crushed malt, grass and a nice herbal character. The beer is surprisingly fruity smelling, this is probably the most notable thing about it. There are some yeast-driven aromatic notes of clove, light ginger and perhaps a dusting of white pepper; these notes are somewhat subtle, especially considering that notes of hot alcohol et in the way.

This has a medium full body to it, on the chewy side for a Belgian yeast strain, but certainly not getting to be too full. The beer picks up some sweetness towards the middle, which accentuates fruit notes of apples, plums, tamarind and even a touch of figs. It finishes fairly dry, with an astringent herbal / grass-like character as well as a biting bitterness. Spicy and a touch hot, the beer has yeast-driven flavors of clove, oak / bourbon, hot higher alcohols. The hops are contributing some interesting notes here as well; there is definitely a tannic, teeth coating quality as well as some notes of herbal pepper, tangelo and an astringent vegetal note.

I think that a lot of the fruitiness of this beer comes from the hops; interestingly enough the Simcoe does not taste as it does in an IPA. Some how it is much greener, not nearly as citrus-like (though that is here) and quite herbaceous. I am curios if a Belgian-type yeast strain was used here; there are definitely some phenolics & higher alcohols that could be attributed to this, or it could be some combination of warmer fermentation temperatures, alcohol and green hop notes (though I wouldn't guess so). This is certainly not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting given the description on the bottle, but it is still a nice beer that has some really interesting flavors (the wood-like almost bourbon notes are really interesting considering neither of those were involved in the making of this beer. While drinkable & even enjoyable, this beer in the end is a bit too harsh, hot and not all that well integrated. I am not sure what happened here, but Allagash can definitely do better.

Gueuzedude, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of errantnight
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%

This is a Belgian IPA? I may have to refer back to some XX and Houbelon Chouffe just to make sure I wasn't dreaming of some reckless brewer combining copious amounts of hops with fruity Belgian yeasts because this? This... well, it's not worth 15 bucks a bottle or whatever it's going for these days... and it tastes like a Dubbel.

Pours beautifully, light ruby brown, clear, with a finger of head and solid retention.

Smells like... well, like not much at all. Just barely a hint of fruity, Belgian estery goodness, no hops to speak of, maybe a bit of toasty malt sweetness... but in a goblet, with tons of head, to be this absent of aroma-y goodness is a crime.

Tastes... fine, for a dubbel. Hints of raisin and/or currants and brown sugar but with a bit of a bitter tang at the end. If I pretend hard enough I can make some of the fruit sorta grapefruitish in nature... but wtf? If there's any hops here to be detected its on the bittering side of things and yeah, that's great and all, but poorly befitting of the price tag and more importantly, the style.

Nice body and carbonation, pretty clean and crisp... I would happily drink this if offered it in a vacuum, but otherwise? I'm disappointed.

errantnight, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber body with an effervescent, even explosive off-white head.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine with a small amount of caramel and candy sugar.

Taste: Thin, dull malt flavors along with a pine and grapefruit hop character as well as an odd yeastiness. Finishes dry and astringent.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Cripplingly fizzy.

Drinkability: A beer very unbefitting of it's pricetag.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%

Hazy amber/orange with beige foam composed of medium sized bubbles. Very good head retention and lots of longlasting, clumpy lacing. Nice aroma, particularly as it warmed - hoppy, malty, and spicy. Some earthiness, citrusy grapefruit skin, pine, grassy with a doughy, yeasty sweetness and a bit of pineapple. Solid, drying bitterness, some tannins, fruity apple with muted hop notes (pine and citrus). Some caramel sweetness. Quick finish with some lingering bitterness. Medium/full bodied with above average carbonation, very creamy texture and mild warmth. A very pleasant beer with well hidden alcohol and a unique mix of flavours. Good stuff!

DrJay, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +1.5%

It pours a slightly hazy amber with soft gold shallows. Three fingers of pithy beige head expand impressively and shrink grudgingly. Quips of lacing quote the inside of the glass.

The aroma is wheaten maltiness, slightly sugar sweet. Esters abound with green apple and coriander. Vanilla and even toffee peek through a fuzzy but sticky layer of general hoppiness. The alcohol is moderately nudgy.

Upon sipping, it's fairly sweet wheat with a mellow sugary note below. A general yeastiness drifts into a spicy piece that gives way soon to a crisp, piney bitter strain of hops with a float of citrus as well. Green apple is warmed and dried by a vent of alcohol. Malted toastiness comes about before a very dry, lingering finish closes. The hops vs. esters angle is savory and intriguing.

Medium bodied, the hops join the grain to form a slick, slippery consistency that drapes across the palate for a nice while.

Who is Hugh Malone? Was he a bartender on Cheers? Nah, I'm kidding, I could Google him but I'd rather just drink the beer. The interplay between hops and spicy esters forms a blended skirmish that plays out enjoyably. The ABV is plenty piggy, but it doesn't dampen the pleasing drinkable nature. Hats off to Hugh, whoever Hugh may be.

Foxman, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

At Goldoraks tasting, post-Mondial 2007! Big group of RB guys and a couple BA's, and some on both, it was a great time! I contributed this courtesy of purplehops for BC2!

Pours a slightly hazed reddish/brown, very thick white head forms, laces nice, decent retention. Smell is weird, sweet, vegetal, citrus, bready malt, fruits, slightly hoppy. Taste is sweet, apples, signature Allagash flavours, yeast, citrus, hoppy fruity finish, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy to drink, not too bad. Smell is unimpressive but the flavour made up for it. Thanks Stan!!

Viggo, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%

Wow, I did not even look this up or know what to expect when going in, which is the way I prefer to try new beers. I figured another Allagash Tripel maybe with a twist. Poured a very hazy amber yellow with a huge three inch plus head of white foam. This reluctantly faded after a few minutes and left behind copious amounts of lace down the glass. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. The smell was very hoppy, which quite shocked me at first. There was the underlying base of yeast, and your typical tripel smell, but above that was this huge aroma of citrus hops, lots of orange peel and sweet tangerine aromas. Now this is what I'm talking about. The taste was superb. Lots of west coast hops in the back. Well forst great feel, smooth, light and great carbonation. Went down real easy and had the slightly fizzy feel that really makes the flavors pop. Nice bread and yeast tones, earthy grains made up the backbone of this one. Then interwovern were extremly frsh cut hops. Very nice orange and grapefruit tones. Very upfront too. The mixture of these gave it a very unique flavor I had not seen before. I actually enjoyed this much more then the other Belgian IPA I have tried. I felt there was much more hoppiness to this one. Overall this was a great great beer. I could easily see myself purchasing this again, however at 15.99 a bottle, not too often, but if you are gonna splurge this is definatly worth a try.

mikesgroove, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%

The first smell is a little phenolic and medicinal. The head is creamy looking, beer is reddish and cloudy in color with lots of carbonation streaming towards the top of the chalice, the taste is odd and slightly harsh. My novice palate cannot seem to detect a hint of the simcoes used in this beer or any hops for that matter. Once, this beer starts to approach room temperature it gets much better. The beer starts to exhibit hoppy qualities (contradicting my previous statements) and is actually pretty good but I still don’t know how my amateur palate feels about this Belgian IPA thing. I probably wouldn’t buy this again but I will try other Allagash beers since this was my first. I think I got a really good deal because this only cost me $8.99 and I think it is supposed to retail for around $15.

ArrogantB, Jul 02, 2007
Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.