Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
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
12-04-2007 03:12:43 | More by jcipa88
3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
10-24-2007 18:54:12 | More by Phyl21ca
3.5/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
09-10-2007 22:13:10 | More by CharlieMopps
3.68/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
09-08-2007 18:58:20 | More by allengarvin
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-27-2007 01:03:59 | More by Zorro
3.28/5 rDev -17%
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.
08-25-2007 01:58:14 | More by WesWes
3.35/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
08-20-2007 00:16:31 | More by clvand0
3.38/5 rDev -14.4%
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?
08-18-2007 19:43:26 | More by albern
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
08-17-2007 03:46:07 | More by EPICAC
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
08-12-2007 22:26:49 | More by Gavage
3.43/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
08-12-2007 20:23:21 | More by Gueuzedude
3.05/5 rDev -22.8%
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.
08-01-2007 01:03:14 | More by errantnight
2.98/5 rDev -24.6%
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.
07-27-2007 20:31:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.83/5 rDev -3%
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!
07-21-2007 03:43:10 | More by DrJay
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
07-16-2007 18:24:49 | More by Foxman
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
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!!
07-15-2007 19:24:22 | More by Viggo
4.38/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
07-14-2007 12:48:22 | More by mikesgroove
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
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 dont know how my amateur palate feels about this Belgian IPA thing. I probably wouldnt 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.
07-02-2007 16:46:30 | More by ArrogantB
3.2/5 rDev -19%
Pours a deep amber with light red highlights, and a 3 finger head. Great retention leaves behind no lace, but a thick layer of creamy foam on top of the glass.
Aroma is filled with some spicy yeast phenols, especially a black pepper aroma. Some grassy, citrusy hops are in the background too, but fairly faint.
Flavor is quite mild. Stale grain is dominant up front, followed by a metallic hop component, and a bone dry, lingering finish. Again, spicy phenols a present, but not as much as in the nose. Very little malt character. Mouthfeel is light, with heavy agressive carbonation. Drinkability is decent, not great. Kind of a sipper. You don't long for another taste.
Overall, this is a decent beer, and well made. I couldn't find any real flaws with it, but nothing about it really wowed me. For half the price, the Houblon Chouffe BLOWS this out of the water. Definitely the least exciting of the special release Allagash to date. Not a bad beer by any means, just not overly exciting. I won't be buying it again.
One thing I do LOVE about this beer is the name. Great combination of the history of a great brewer, and a play on words for co-humulone. I also think it's really cool that Allagash is donating a dollar from each bottle to teach others the benefits of organic farming.
07-02-2007 00:40:36 | More by phisig137
3.48/5 rDev -11.9%
Somewhat muted orange color. Huge off white head that dissapates rather quickly. Lactic and somewhat solvent like aroma. Quite yeasty. Very malty flavor with a bready/yeasty quality. Sizeable hop presence but I was expecting a lot more. Decent enough body. Overall an ok beer but nothing really stands out. From the card I read on the shelf I was expecting a lot more hop presence. A notch above average. Urthel Hop-It blows this away.
06-30-2007 01:29:12 | More by lackenhauser
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours dark copper, almost amber and hazy. A generous head of off white froth rose quickly to at least an inch and a half.
The thick foam settled down within a few minutes, with no lacework.
Aromatics are laced with caramel drizzeled hard candies with peachy, earthy undertones. A bit resinous and sugary, with a balancing citrus nod. Belgianesque in a big way with plenty of phenols..Apples, cloves, and some bubblegum.
The nose finishes out with candied tangerine segments and whiff of cracked garlic.
The mouthfeel is tacky and sticky, with enough carbonation to keep it from getting cloying.
The pallet is sweetish and laden with malt, brown sugar, and a spicy bitterness. Hopping is not very prevalent other than whats evident in the bitterness.
Warming with a smooth bitterness, and punctuated with chipped toffee and citrus fruits.
Finishes sticky, clovey and warming.
Certainly not within the realm of IPA, but tasty nonetheless.
06-28-2007 01:19:13 | More by brewandbbq
District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev -8.1%
a $14.99 750ml bottle pours a slightly hazy dark amber with an off white head that dissipates quickly... i can smell hops and a little citrus if i try really hard, but mostly i smell yeasty, bready, typical good tripel smell... tastes the same, kind of like a good old tripel belgian style beer with just a little hop and malt finish... no doubt a decent brew, but i felt a little misled by what i'd been told by the brewery about what to expect... oh well... it's cool that allagash is donating $1 for every bottle sold to a foundation that educates farmers in maine about organic farming, but i feel violated on this one... sorry rob
06-15-2007 01:43:25 | More by timtim
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
A - :Rich crystal clear dark amber, nice white head that quickly fades
S - a tale of two majors - rich belgian yeasts and candi sugars next to a solid grassy / piney hop.
T - very similar to the smell but as it warmed up the hops settled down and the rich belgian yeast and malt profile came on smooth and mellow.
M - medium to full bodied, smooth and rich without crossing into cloying.
D - Very rich and hoppy. Definitely a great beer to share with friends who love hops and belgian beers.
06-12-2007 14:42:56 | More by barleywinebrewer
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Thanks to barleywinebrewer for sending this one my way. Nice label - if you're unsure of who Hugh Malone was, check hughmalone.com - short version, an Irish Republican hop picker, then Portland brewer who was known for using lots of hops in his beers. Some googling reveals that the chemical formula on the label is that of cortisol, a stress hormone.
Appearance: Darker than I was expecting, in color - orange/amber, slightly hazy. Good head, retention and lacing.
Smell: Big Belgian yeast aroma, an Allagash trademark I suppose, with plenty of spicy hops underneath. I was unsure that this beer was properly categorized, but after taking one whiff - it is. Grapefruity notes.
Taste: Much like the aroma. Definitely a Belgian ale first, and a hoppy beer second. The problem with Belgian IPAs seems to be letting *both* the yeast and the hops shine, flavor-wise. Research reveals Warrior was used - so probably an early addition, all bitterness, no flavor. That said, it works. Little Simcoe grapefruityness comes through.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, carbonation is fine. Alcohol not distracting.
Drinkability: Very good. Paired well with the seafood shishkabobs I was having.
06-12-2007 14:21:02 | More by hunteraw
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
A 750 mL corked & caged bottle courtesy of markgugs.
A: The ale pops with much gusto and quickly erupts into an off-white foamy mess. The head is thick, billowy and concentrated, lacing extensively in the glass. The ale itself is a dark orange-amber color, closer to muddy creek water than to orange.
S: The nose is spicy, showcasing some coriander and candi sugar with an undercurrent of earthy bitter hops. The tripel element of the beer is the clear winner here.
T: The flavor seems to mirror the nose, focusing more on the tripel aspect. The candi sugars in the ale provide a distinct sweetness that cuts nicely through the bubbly carbonation. That sweetness is punctuated by a coriander pepper spiciness that provides a big flavor kick. Hops are not initially evident, it is only when the ale is allowed to sit on the tongue that the bitterness emerges. The hops have the fresh, muted taste of a harvest ale's fresh, wet hops. Here, they impart a dirty, earthy taste, creating a subtle bite without overpowering the tripel element. As the hop flavor emerges at the end of the sip, it brings with it a biting alcohol flavor that passes as soon as the sip is swallowed.
M: Tripel up front, IPA in the finish, this style continues to intrigue me as it evolves. This ale lacks the punch of some other Belgian IPAs but it still has the strong body to leave an impression.
D: The abv is a little high to make this a go-to, but Allagash has managed to create another winner.
06-10-2007 19:30:10 | More by akorsak
Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.