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Allagash Hugh Malone | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Hugh MaloneAllagash Hugh Malone

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

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.

Added by ppoitras on 04-27-2007

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I popped a 750 and poured into a goblet. Slightly hazy copper color with a nice tan head. Bubbles are big and the head fades to a layer of foam fast, but it does hang nicely on the glass.

Aroma of honey, with some hop spice and a bit of an underlying sour funkiness that I am not sure is intentional. The hops are refreshing to the nose and the whole thing does blend nicely together to form a pleasant aroma.

Things go a bit south from there when tasting this Belgian IPA though. Starts with an initial hop flavor that rapidly fades to a meld of alcohol and some more of that sour funk. Not overwhelming or anything, but it's enough to stand out among the other flavors. Finish is short but bitter and hot with alcohol.

Decent body and seriously carbonated. All in all I would say this beer is interesting and I am glad I tried it. It's not something I would seek out again though. A far cry from the Curieux that I can't get enough of.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml corked top bottle into an imperial pint glass. Received as an extra in a trade from paulthebeerguru, thanks paul!

A: A nice light burnt orange color with a deep two finger off white head and decent lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with fruit smells coupled with a malt sweetness and a faint smell of hops.

T: Citrus fruit like orange and apples coupled with a fairly heavy belgian yeast character and sweet malts. A faint floral hop flavor can be picked up on the finish, but by no means is this beer hoppy.

M: Medium to heavy with the yeasty charactaristic lingering on. You can feel the 8.5% alcohol but it's not offensive.

D: For me this has low drinkability. I'm not the hugest belgian guy and I was hoping this beer had more of an IPA character to it than a belgian character, but alas it didn't.

Overall this beer swings more towards the belgian side of the coin and that is not my bag. It was a solid beer that I am glad I tried, but I won't seek it out again. Belgians just are not my thing.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark hazy orange color, with a thick creamy 2 finger head.

S: Lots of citrus on nose with some fruitiness (fresh apples), and light pine scents.

T: Nice malty palate, citrus and oranges, some sourness, and a pine bittering flowery hop presence. Theres some grapefruit, spicy yeast highlights, along with some sweet candi sugar sweetness. Spicy hops finish out the flavor. Beer is labeled as a Belgian IPA. There is also a touch of oakiness and woody character to the beer.

M: moderate with warm caramel malt, spicy hops, and a slight lemon peel detection.

D: good, nice spiciness and goes down nicely.

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Photo of deanhead
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased a few bottles of these while on vacation in Maine last summer. I enjoyed one last August, and then broke out this second bottle to celebrate my 40th birthday in May 2008

Poured a burnt orange color, nice dense rocky head
Aroma is peaty, and tropical
Soft warming alcohol taste on the pallet with hints of acetone. Chewy almost dank yet light in body. Almost thin. This beer was mighty fine. It's a very unique taste for certain.
Get a bottle and support MOFGA today.

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased when this first got released. I drank one back then but never reviewed it and forgot I had another bottle.

Pours a cloudy copper with orange highlights when held to the light. A bit of a gusher after uncorking the bottle, so a quick pour formed over three fingers of beige head that receded slowly. There's a whirlwind of carbonation in the center of the glass. Not much lacing .

Nose is mostly Belgian yeast, with an earthy, musty aroma, and some floral hops in the background.

Taste is rye bread, green apple and pale malts up front, followed by some white pepper and yeast with a slightly sour kick. Some juicy, floral hops lead into a sour, bitter finish.

Creamy, medium-bodied, with enough carbonation to keep it lively.

Although the hops have faded quite a bit compared to when it was fresh, this was still a very enjoyable beer. I remember it being a good interpretation of a Belgian IPA when I had it last summer, and it was interesting to see how this developed with almost a year in the cellar.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle:

Pours copper with a huge foamy white head that settles. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is citric/herbal, spicy, yeasty, with a light whiff of alcohol.

The taset is of bitter citric notes that soon become very restrained. Sourness dominates with some caramelish sweetness. Towards a Belgian IPA, but in a restrained way, and doesn't really capture the bitterness it as well as it could. More of a BSDA with a subtle touch of Simcoe hops (making it rather unique)

Lighter bodied, with a touch of a boozy kick.

It has a Belgian-esque sweet and sour going on, but falls short of a really good BIPA. More hops, please! Still, it's pretty drinkable and pretty good, though not worth the hefty price tag.

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Photo of roblowther
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked & caged. And what on earth is a Belgian IPA? I suppose I bought this one to find out. It hits the glass murky golden tan with a thin but determined light tan head and a hint of lace. The smell is honey, coriander, caramel. Seems more belgian than ipa so far. The taste is floral, caramel, peppery, with an element of mown grass and a very dry finish. Very odd mix. It grows on me, though. The mouthfeel is very soft & silky, with nice carbonation balance. Drinkability is good enough to polish off the bottle. Probably won't enter the regular rotation but definitely an experience to have.

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Photo of TheBCrew
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, cellar aged for a year, poured into a goblet. Two fingers of off-white head dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing. Clear amber color, grapefruit, banana and pine aroma. Soft round flavor with hints of banana and a slight malt sweetness. Medium body and high drinkability for this 8.5% brew.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 provided by SAS from one of his recent trades .... my share enjoyed from my New Belgium snifter.

Pulled from the fridge after a couple days rest .... popped the top and oh boy this is a fizzer ... Took probably 45 minutes for the fizz to stop climbing out of the bottle.

2" head ... hazy dark orange/amber brew.. light lacing.

Aroma is spicy Belgian with floral/slightly metallic notes. Toasted malts... but more prevelant pale malt.

Again sorta flora.. yeasty fruitiness with significant hints of Belgian characteristics... reminds me more of a fresh SBPA but with more hop notes... fairly dry throughout but the dry finish is where the hops come back in... mouthfeel is right for an IPA.. but it is still pretty fizzy.

Good beer certainly right up there with Urthel and Chouffe Dobbelen ... Now I feel like I need to go get these two beers right now and compare them while Hugh is still fresh in my memory ... oh well ... maybe this weekend.

Thanks Steven.

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Photo of kkipple
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had at one of Faustgeist's epic tastings.

A. Clear, amber-orange. Fine carbonation lends a small head to the beer.

S. Metallic, tinny hops, tart under ripe apples, estery in general. Apricots. Musty yeast, sweet, grassy, faint alcohol.

T. Sweet esters, fruity, hint of tartness, apples and grain, keep thinking this should be more dry. Light caramel malt and wet, musty, earthy hops shine through. Interesting, but not a great blend of tastes. Yeast character a bit too strong here.

M. Light, medium carbonation, finishes semi-dry and sweet with mild alcohol warmth.

D. Pretty good for 8.5%, it's smooth enough and intriguing, but ultimately I didn't feel like this was one of Allagash's best efforts. At ~$15 bucks a bottle you can do better.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I actually drank this as my first beer of the super bowl this year. Poured at cellar temp into a wine glass.
The beer exhibits a mahogany color with garnet highlights when held up to the light. A fizzy beige head of .5 cm foams up and fades. Aroma is malty with caramel and brown sugar with some toffee notes too. No real hop presence.
First sip reveals an average body and fine fizzy carbonation.

Flavor is similar to nose with sweet caramel and toffee and again no hop presence that I detect. No alcohol either which is nice. A very straight forward beer that is easy to drink. Not very complex. I am very surprised to see it listed as a Belgian IPA cause the hops were missing.
I wasnt overly impressed with this beer.

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Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a cloudy dirt brown color with a good off-white head that left some nice soapy lacing on the glass. The smell is some what faint, I pick up some granny smith apple, lemon, and very light spice. The taste is light bready malt, tart apples, and some dry bittering hops. Not much in the way of Belgian phenols or candi sugar, it is almost hard to detect the Belgian style. The hops don't really standout either. The feel is moderate and quite fizzy. A bit over carbonated actually. The finish is dry, almost puckering. The beer isn't bad but I believe it missed its mark as a Belgian IPA. Not enough Belgian flavors and the hops don't standout. Seems to be more malty than other BIPAs, perhaps this is the reason.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of deathblosom
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of shroompod
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jcipa88
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.