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Allagash Hugh Malone - Allagash Brewing Company

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283 Reviews
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Reviews: 283
Hads: 783
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 16.79%
Wants: 41
Gots: 93 | 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 LeRose
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. Reviewing after having my third bottle (not all at once...).

Appearance - poured a bit aggressively and was rewarded with an immense foamy head, so getting the beer in the glass took a while. Dense, creamy, white head that took a very long time to fall, leaving beautiful heavy curtains of lace on the glass. The beer itself was a very slightly hazy golden orange color.

Smell - I felt it was actually a bit understated, almost restrained in the aroma. Definitely get the hop aromas, but there is a different character - much fresher and "greener" aroma that is predominantly citrusy and floral, not so much in the way of the more resinous or pine-like aromas. In character with the Amaraillo and Centennial used for flavoring and aroma according to the brewer. There is a light bread-like aroma and hints of Belgian yeast and a bit of spice. It almost comes across as "tame", but in a good way - like everything was put together to have just this effect.

Taste - the first thing I picked up was a very light sweetness followed by the citrus and floral components of the flavor/aroma hops - very intense yet not overwhelming. Mid-palate there is a significant bitter impact (thank you Chinook) but it is very short-lived. It seems to clean the palate briefly and then allows the malt and other hop flavors as well as the Belgian yeast notes to come back to the fore. This "layering" effect was very interesting and completely enjoyable. There's a lot going on but in a subtle way - citrus, spice, earthy leafy notes, some tea-like tastes, sweetness and biscuit flavors from the malt - yet it all seems controlled rather than a muddle of flavors. Nice lingering mild sweetness and I swear there is a mint component in the after-taste - very faint but noticeable as an almost cooling effect.

Feel - lively enough carbonation. It is of medium body - not to light, not too heavy. Nicely drying on the finish, some lingering sweetness.

Overall - I guess it is obvious I think this is a fantastic beverage. It is understated and straightforward in some ways, but there are layers of flavors and aromas going on that all work together despite the potential for a train wreck. It seems mostly true to the style - the hop component is there as well as the Belgian component and everybody plays nice in the sandbox. Well done. I will buy this beer again - no doubt.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a bottle of this a few weeks back up in Totowa, having never had this before. I like Belgian IPA's but they tend to be too much Belgian and not enough IPA or the other way around. That wasn't the case here as this was the most balanced example of the kind that I ever enjoyed and even though it was a tad strong, I enjoyed this immensely and would get this again if it was still available!

Nice golden hue to the this as it had a bright appearance, a cloudy consistency and a wonderful soft and fluffy head that lingered down to the last sip. The latter stuck around as soapy lacing and the aroma was decent but didn't quite live up to the appearance of this. Plenty of wheat and yeast in the taste with pine resin and earthy hops bursting out from the muted fruit profile of this. Notes from banana to mango were here but not terribly strong as a Belgian sweetness stood out more. Nice soapy mouthfeel here which gave the beer a soft slickness and a tie-in to the appearance of it!

This was a tad strong but the alcohol was only felt and not something that had to compete with the wild range of flavors here. I was really impressed with this from start to finish and how easily it went down given the complexity of it. Easily matched up with anything from overseas and arguably Allagash's strongest offering. This one's not to be missed.

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Photo of MrCee
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find that there are Belgian people and IPA people and never the twain will meet, until now...at least for the Belgian people (being one I can't speak for IPA fans). This has IPA body without the overdone hoppiness. It has a light yellow color, frothy head and a full Belgian finish. For Belgian fans that want to go IPA this is a good place to go.

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Photo of illpass78
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Cool looking beer. Hazy, straw/orange color with lots of carbonation and a big bone-white head. Leaves lots of spotty lacing.

Aroma: Lemon, orange rind, a little wheat. Faint spice.

Taste: Lots of citrus and lemon flavors along with grassy hop bite. Very tasty beer. Orange, a little pear and other fruit notes are noticeable along with the grass and wheat. Some slight yeast funk.

Mouthfeel: Quite easy on the palate for a strong-ish beer.

Overall: Really good IPA from Allagash, who do everything well. Also supports a good cause - 25 cents of every bottle goes to support local ag.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Hazy, dark gold color. Thick but small head that settles to rim bubbles. A very nice blanket of lace has formed on the glass.

Very mild aroma. Earthy with a bit of raw grain.

I get a semisweet, almost candy-like flavor Think Ju-Ju Bees. Lots of carbonation while the body is below the norm. Yet, I feel it all comes together to work well. Short aftertaste Where the mildest of hop makes an appearance.

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Photo of CochonKing
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a nice straw color with a slight green tinge. Beautiful head that is thick and lasting about 2 inches tall even on a slanted slow pour. No real disproportionation in the bubbles. By appearance a very well made beer.

Smell - Very floral with an amazing hoppy nose. Notes of lemon peel and coriander. Malt comes from the back of the nose. This beer smells amazing.

Taste - Short and blunt attack from the hop and a strong wave of IBU that disapates slowly and leaves behind a long finish. The malt comes accross on the finish and makes the taste. Acid notes similar to green apples and lemon are on the back of the palate, but more of a faint taste instead of a lasting impact - 3.75

Feel - Medium Light body. Fine bubbles. Very well made. 3.75

Overall - A very good beer. In terms of drinkability it isn't as sessionable as some other Belgian Style IPAs but it is very good. The bottle size seems a little large for how palatable it is. 3.75

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Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the hoppier Belgian IPA's out there. Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into my Grape and Gourmet store tulip. Hazy apricot color with a big delicately bubbly white head. Head retention is better than average and the head looks more frothy after the bubbles die down. Aroma is citrus and floral hops, not much in the way of Belgian beer aspects. Flavor adds some Belgian yeast and some light fruit to the big hoppy presence. The yeast is fairly prominent and adds the "Belgian" to the Belgian IPA. Mouthfeel is crisp, bitter and fairly rich. Overall, an interesting and well crafted beer.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with a long lasting white head.

Smell: Super hoppy, floral and piney.

Taste: Moderate to strong hops up front, which blends into mild Belgian style yeast, into a bready malt backbone. Aftertaste is a nice mix of Beglain yeast and more West-coast style hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Delicious! Feels substantial in every way. Hop profile is like an American Pale Ale, and it goes well with the Belgian style yeasts. Gives it more depth.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice ruby/orange hazy coloring with a huge head of tight aromatic bubbles. Fair amount of citrus and melon in the aroma. More citrus, a touch of pine, marshmallow, and pith in the taste. Moderate carbonation yet slightly creamy mouthfeel. Some yeasty funkiness in this but not as much as I expected, well done overall beer.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.44/5  rDev +13%

2014 vintage big bottle.

a hazy blonde body on this brew. head is bright white and HUGE. a lot of citrus in the aroma. really inviting. flavor starts with some earthy yeast bitter-bite. quickly moves to a refreshing citrus and pine hop flavor. getting some melon in there too. really tasty stuff.

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Photo of LGSurge
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a review, but wanted to clarify the chemical structure on the bottle. Believe that it is Humulone. More information is found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humulone. Cortisol also has C21H30O5, but the structure does not match what is printed on the bottle. Nice play on "Hugh Malone Ale" (http://hughmalone.com/).

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Photo of Omnium
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes at the brewery on 10-17-13

A - Slightly hazed yellow gold with one finger of fizzy white head medium lacing.
S - Nice tropical notes of pineapple and a little mango, belgian yest and some spice.
T - Very good flavor, those tropical notes are front and center followed up by a nice spicy clove and even a slight slight hint of mint, finishes more on the tart citrusy side.
M - Dry but not dehydrating kinda dry, crisp.
O - Very good blend of american IPA and a belgian, tons of flavor.

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Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow, a very beautiful color, with a diminished white head.

S: Grass, tangerine, a bit of yeast and pilsner malt notes, all somewhat light and clear, but in a good way.

T: Tangerine leads, with strong notes of honey, followed by a bit of grass and breadiness. Exceptionally smooth and rich, and very well balanced.

M: Fairly light body, with moderate carbonation. Rich and very smooth throughout.

O: I've been meaning to try this one for awhile, and I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one--Belgian IPA seems to be a style with a lot of range, and this one was fruitier and smoother than many others I've had. I'll definitely have it again when it's on tap or when I come across a bottle.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale clear yellow body with three full fingers of white head. Really nice retention but the lacing doesn't quite hold to the glass.

S - Huge sour lemon, orange, mint and floral hoppiness.

T - Moderate citrus bitterness along with orange notes of Belgian yeast and spiciness. Very subtle banana notes.

M - Light body and moderate/high carbonation. Very smooth, refreshing and very drinkable.

O - This was a great surprise. I tend to not like the Belgian flavor profiles to be strong, particularly the banana notes. This however was more restrained, and the biterness made a nice balance with the sour/sweetness. I wouldn't mind seeing an Imperial Belgian IPA with some more hop and ABV.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Label says Bottled September 2013.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a full two fingers of frothy white head that retains very well before melting down to a 1/4 inch head. Sudsy non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Funky yeast aroma plays off the citrusy hops bringing notes of pineapple, mango and pear. There's also a decent amount of spice.

T- Taste is more Belgian yeast than hops as the phenols produce a tangy fruit flavor. The bitterness is there but more as an afterthought while the spices and richness from the yeast dance around it. Very smooth for the ABV.

M- Spritzy, tight and crisp. Medium-high carbonation with a lightish body.

O- Not exactly one of the best things Allagash has ever done, nor is it one of the best Belgian IPAs I've ever had, but it's good enough to make me want to revisit it if given the chance.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: straw yellow color. Completely opaque. Two fingers of an off white head that lingers

Smell: grassy and pilsnery malts. Citrus and big Belgian yeast

Taste: opens up with Pilsner malts, grassy and citrusy hops. The hops are almost immediately drowned by an intense Belgian yeast that is spicy and dry

Mouthfeel: extreme dry and bitterness that lingers

Overall: an intense beer that the flavors are a bit too intense for me. The dryness eats right up the rest of the flavor

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Photo of brochamb
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash has yet another great beer with the Hugh Malone. Appearance resembles the Allagash style with moderately cloudy, but very nice color (Deep Orange) The smell was very good, but not outstanding. Taste was the best part of this beer. I was very surprised with the citrus mixed with a little bit of pine taste. The Belgian yeasts adds that nice Belgian flavor and keeps you coming back. Not a session beer but a very enjoyable beer. I highly recommend.

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Photo of dar482
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden color with a white fluffy head.

The aroma has Belgian yeast, bready malt, some spice, and citrus.

The flavor follows with a longing spiciness that surrounds the palate. There's a bready malt character to keep the beer going throughout. Lots of pepper, some clove. Then it pushes on orange and grapefruit bitterness. It finishes quite dry along with the carbonation cleaning up the beer.

An extremely well constructed Belgian IPA.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2013

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a massive head that lasts forever and leaves huge chunks of lacing

S: Very hoppy with notes of grass, earth, and some citrus. Wheat and pilsner malts come through underneath the hoppiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a nice mix of the hops and malts. Get some graininess from the pilsner malt and a bit of wheat as well. Hops provide grassy, earthy, and light fruity notes. Bitterness is quite pronounced throughout

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very dry

O: A nice Belgian IPA from Allagash. Plenty of hops in there, so it's probably better off drank fresh. If you've got some extra cash and enjoy the style then pick some up

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Photo of alaimoa
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle from the brewery and poured into a glass.
Hazy golden color with big white head that leaves spotty legs all down the glass. Smell is okay but nothing spectacular - belgian yeast upfront that has a bit of barnyard to it and some spiced cinnamon. Taste very similar with an upfront bitternes mild malt backbone in a well carbonated but somewhat watery mouthfeel to it.

Overall Gash never disappoints - this is a good brew but didn't knock my socks off

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Photo of prototypic
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hugh Malone is a nice looking, hazy, golden color. It’s definitely cloudy, but isn’t opaque. There might be a few specks of yeast swimming around. A white head tops it off. Carbonation looks to be active as it yielded a head that stands two fingers tall. The cork also popped with some force! It’s extremely slow to recede. Lacing was very sticky and thick on the glass.

The nose kicks off with a really nice Belgian yeast scent. It adds a really impressive spicy character to the nose. Clove and pepper are duly noted. Hops complement the Belgian yeast very well. The smell mostly citric and piney. Grapefruit and orange seem to be the primary scents. There’s a slight grassy or earthy note on the tail. That could be attributable to one of the hop varieties. Not sure. Alcohol seems fairly mild overall. It’s there, but doesn’t overwhelm. Smells good.

The flavor is easily as good. Spicy Belgian yeast strikes first and really is the driving force behind the flavor. Clove, pepper, and perhaps cardamom. Citric hops follow quickly and add flavors of citrus grapefruit and orange. Secondary flavors of pine and grass follow. They give more of an earthy vibe. Not bad though. The hops are quite bitter. Overall, the hops and Belgian yeast combine to create a nice flavor. Alcohol is a little stronger than I would’ve expected. That’s slightly off putting. Finishes spicy, hoppy, and quite dry.

The body is medium. Carbonation seems soft despite being quite active. Ultimately, it feels nice and smooth. It goes down easy enough. It’d probably go a little quicker with a bit less of an alcohol flavor. Just an observation.

Allagash is one of those breweries that never disappoints. While Hugh Malone is far from their strongest release, it is a nice Belgian IPA. The alcohol flavor’s a little strong, but that’s the only real complaint I have. Pretty solid all-around otherwise. Worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, 2012 version, served in a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy, golden yellow color with a thick, frothy white head. Aroma is pale malts, straw, citrus hops, dried fruits, and spicy/peppery yeast. Flavor is bread, pale malts, grapefruit, peach, and spicy yeast. Mouthfeel is medium, crisp, and a slightly bitter finish. Good beer.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Blind Tiger- pours a clear golden yellow color, one finger of head, modest retention, nice big rings of lacing. Fine looking beer.

Nose is a muddled mixture of lemony hops, pilsner malt, and Belgian yeast. A little dull but not bad.

Taste is about the same- light, lemony hops, with the grainy pilsner malt taste, and a little earthiness from the Belgian yeast. Bitterness is up front while the citrus is most present at the end.

Mouthfeel is good- medium light body, moderate carbonation, semi dry finish. Glad I tried it but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of deebo
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 750 ml bottle from 2012 poured into a pint glass. This year's version clocks in at 7.3% ABV. This beer is highly carbonated providing a big time dense white fluffy head that has big time staying power. Clear (kept the yeast in the bottle for the first pour) and light in color-straw with just a hint of golden. Aromas of hops a plenty-spicy peppery and citrus rind. Lots of that traditional Belgian yeast aroma in here too. Taste is like the aroma, lots of yeast, hops and clean malts. Upfront malty, then yeasty and finally hoppy and a bit bitter. The beer finishes quickly and is dry. As it warms on the 2nd pint the volatile alcohols come out stronger. Overall although not a style I gravitate towards, this is a well done beer with loads of malt, hops and yeast balanced in unison for a drinkable big beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 Edition

A: Pours a cloudy pale copper in color with some orange highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense and foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a quarter finger tall dense thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized thicker cap in the center and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there is a light to moderate aroma of pale malts with some Belgian yeast notes as well (just that touch of fruitiness and pepper spices). Moderate aromas of citrus/orange and pine hops.

T: Similar to the smell, the beer starts out with moderate flavors of pale malts and Belgian yeast - with the light amounts of fruitiness and black pepper spices. After the malts and yeast, there is a moderate flavor of hops - first there is the citrus/orange/grapefruit followed by the pine. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fade after a short amount of time.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to significant amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy. Moderate to significant amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very nice example of the style (Belgian IPA) with good smell and taste - the beer is rather easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.