Hugh Malone
Allagash Brewing Company

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Belgian IPA
Ranked #25
Ranked #7,346
3.97 | pDev: 9.82%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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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Reviews: 301 | Ratings: 875
Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/20/16; drank 9/19/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque orange/yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice bright white head; strong, frothy lace.

Melon, honey & lemon notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Honey & melon flavors up front; mild grapefruit bite on the finish. A tasty treat!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow color with a thick two finger rocky white foamy head bursting over the top of the glass. It actually wasn’t too much and cleaned up nicely. Messy clingy foamy lacing sweeps nicely around the glass. The smell starts off with burst full of bitter to sweet pine over top of sweet citrus and bitter citrus. Light little bit of spice follows underneath. The taste was spicy with a sweet juicy sticky middle bursting into a really nice sweet to spicy (almost like rye,’s extremely subtle) aftertaste leading into a semi-sweet sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs good as a Belgian Strong ale, I can see it allowing just enough harshness from the bitterness to hit my tongue just right. Overall, this was just a really good beer for what it is. I’d love to come back to it and could see it with some grilled lobster.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was excited to try this one. I really like the concept of Belgian IPA, in which the best of both worlds-Belgian yeast flavors and American hops-are highlighted.
Now I know that Belgian style Ales tend to yield big heads, but, upon pouring I said "whoa! What is this?!" The massive head took up more than three quarters of the glass, the soapy foam leaving tons of lacing and temporarily obscuring the hazy straw liquid. I don't even feel like I did an overly aggressive pour, and mind you, I wasn't even able to pour the whole bottle. Only after a tortuous wait, was I able to taste it. Did anyone else have this experience?
While waiting for the head to die down, I was able to ponder all the wonderful aromas. Orange peel and a pinch of lemon pierce the nose. A light herbal hops and spice drift in the background. Then comes the pineapple, and lots of it. On the backend of this, I detect the fruity aroma of mangoes lightly sprinkled with alcohol. The sweetness is pleasant and is also aided by honey malt as well a perfume of floral notes.
Finally, the head has dissipated enough for me to taste this elixir. It is very smooth with a dry finish, even slightly chalky. The flavors are earthy, there is a nice hops bite that is herbal, the moderate bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. There is a lemony, orange peel and even grapefruit pith quality that is definitely IPA like. However, the yeasty flavors- peppery, fruity esters, rustic quality and dry palate-definitely are reminiscent of a Belgian Pale Ale. I would describe the body as medium. The drinkability-at least once the head settles-is excellent.
What else is there to say, but, has Allagash ever made a bad brew? Not in my experience. They are so great at making Belgian style Ales. I thought this one was great.

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Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a hazy, golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is fruity, peaches, citrus. Taste is citrus, some spices, peaches, moderate bitterness, dry at the finish. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An unfiltered, hazy white-gold look. Pure white foam cap remains at length and recedes with stick lacing left over.

A very wonderfullly aromatic nose: complex aromatic hops provide an inticing scent. Grainy, malty wheat, sour and tangy yeast with even more hops....earthy, fruity, citric,'s all in there. The grain bill is very impressive and you can sure smell every bit. Sour pilsner and dry wheat stands out most. White pepper, zippy herbal yeast combined with the grain and mega hop aroma is very impressive.

A sharp, zippy bite rolls across the tongue, plenty healthy and lively mouthfeel, medium to full once it rolls down. Classicly dry finish.

The flavor spectrum is equally as complex. The deep grains, malt, pilsner and wheat provide an excellent backbone of flavor's. Zesty, sour Belgian yeast plays with the major hop profile. All aspects are complex and interesting, the hop combo is off the charts. ..including: Nugget, Chinook, Amarillo, Cascade, Mosiac, Idaho 7 and Azacca ! The hops practically taste like a wet hop ale, then dry hopped. Very deep. Earthy, sour and rangy, citrus, mild fruits, and pine. Never really bitter but slightly dry and earthy tones for sure.

I'm not usually very impressed with most AmericanBelgian styles, but the hops and awesome malt complexity really makes this one unique. The weak spot for most American stabs at Belgian styles is in the lack of complexity of the yeast strain or strains. This one is very impressive , as the "house" strain, it usually does not impress me as much, but I think it gets a boost from the other ingredients, there's a certain synergy happening with this ale. I must admit I get very bored with the mulutitude of IPA's on the market. Unless you have something very unique to offer, the lable IPA makes me roll my eyes and move on. NOT the case with the Belgian IPA' the endlessly interesting Belgian yeast strains and bottle conditioning elevate the IPA to new levels. This is easily one if the gest, if not the best American-Belgian IPA's.

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Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazing craft beer so obviously made with great care. Love this brewer.

A - Three fingers of dense white head on a very hazy, golden body. As it should, the head settles slowly and leaves cream thick lace on the glass.

S - A lot going on, with subtle, spicy pine first combined with notes of lemon and grapefruit. Euro feel built from pilsner malt and spicy yeast notes. Let it warm for much more.

T - So goes the taste, with sweet pilsner malt and strong, piney, hop bitterness up front. Along the way, pepper notes blend with herbal hops. Pine and balsam dominate the finish with Juniper berries and white pepper.

M - Medium body, big carbonation, and dry finish. Great food beer. Great first or final beer.

O -Complex and drinkable BIPA. Try 24. A wine-like favorite.

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Photo of brureview
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lemon honey color ina tulip with a 3 F head.

Aroma: not strong, but excellent pine and melon.

Wonderfully pungent, semi dry MF.

Pine, fruit taste with an excellent hoppy finish.

Excellent beer and very drinkable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Greenville SC.

Pour is clear amber with a white head that soon reduced to a ring and a few bubbles but does leave some lacing.

Aroma: Belgian yeast with very ripe soft fruits including melons. Herbal hops.

Flavor: moderate-mild bitterness. Light tartness. Yeast and a level of hops appropriate for the style, with bready grains in the background. Faint wet leather.

Overall: a flavorful, amply complex version of the style.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mostly clear straw color with over a fingers worth of bubbly white head. The smell is earthy, spicy, and finishes with some citrus. The hops jump forward a bit in the taste but you still get a good amount of banana, clove, and some pepper like you'd expect from a Belgian style IPA. The feel is a little thicker than most IPA's but has a good guy finish. This is a complex Belgian IPA with a lot of complexity. Good choice for those who may not be a fan of the style.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks a slight hazy golden color in the glass that almost looks like it it glowing. The aroma is really perfumy upon first impression. Notes of apple predominant but also a berry undertone can be noticed with slight problem pinyness on the back end. Really complex aroma that does not seem like an IPA at all. The taste is classic Belgian golden ale. Sweet up front with a fruity finish. Not too bitter with a dry finish. The feel is not overly carbonated and medium light. Overall this is predominantly a Belgian ale but the hops give it an aroma that is like nothing else. Literally smells like a perfume you would wear on night out (but not in a bad way).

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Photo of Holderness
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L -- Hazy straw color with a large, foamy head. Significant lacing
S -- Hops, grapefruit, tomato. Akin to the smell of Sculpin IPA
T -- Lively citrus hops, apricot, peach, lavender, honey liqueur, floral notes
F -- Refreshing and crisp with a very complex finish, thanks to the Belgian yeasts
O -- The most rustic IPA I've ever had


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Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from a Lazy dog.
Pours a hazy deep yellow color with a good sized frothy white head. Peppery earthy spice with lemony citrus on the nose and a hint of sweet bread underneath. Sweet bread and pine and citrus with a hint of earth and pepper in the flavor. Pretty tasty beer, I can't believe it took me so long to try this, and I'm loving the 12oz bottles.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into wine glass bottled on 7/20

A: Tiny bubbled white head. Body is a yellowish gold with slight cloudiness.

S: Smells resiny with light hints of pineapple and grapefruit peel

T: Lots of coriander, banana, clove,light floral hoppiness and herbal flavors shine through

M: Creamy with a little heavier than average body for an IPA.

O: Never been a huge Belgian IPA fan, but this one isn't bad. The hops help cut the banana, clove, and bubble gum flavors of the yeast. It is interesting that I smell fruitiness from the hops but they don't translate into the taste. The taste is more floral and herbal.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern. Pours a hazy, golden hue with moderate frothing. Aroma is slightly piney with a grapefruit zest bursting through. Similar flavor with slight hints of tropics and pine. Flavor is pronounced but not outstanding. Decent.

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Photo of stephens101
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, reddish-orange and crowned with a tall and resilient off-white froth. Citrus, lemon and white grape in the aroma and not much else. Sweet up front and some more citrus hops following. Light and dry and no alcohol heat to speak of.

Can't knock it, and seems to style (for what that's worth), but just not my cup o' IPA.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is tropical fruit, lemon, lime and spices/Belgian yeast. The flavor is tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, mild sweetness/sugar, malts and a tart/dryish/bitter finish.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an Allagash chalice.

A: Bright sunny golden color. Brilliant clarity. Fluffy, fine-bubbled white head never budges an inch. Lacing is chunky. It's a beautiful beer to behold.

S: Fragrant pine and grass. Bit of lemon pith. Playful notes of tangerine and grapefruit. Yeasty aromas of pepper, church incense, and a slight chalkiness. Toasty grain and biscuit malt base.

T: Juicy tangerine and ruby red grapefruit juice pop on the very first sip. Peach and apricot. Lemon. Pithy. Grass and pine notes take hold on the mid-palate. Firm but gentle bitterness. Yeast brings some nutty and earthy flavors. Maybe even a little chalky. Dash of pepper and clove. Tropical esters complement the hop flavors perfectly. Well attenuated and dry. Lightly toasted grain and biscuit malt base. Gentle botanical and pine finish.

M: Medium-full body. Round malt texture presses gently into the tongue with a firm but easy sense of weight. Silky. Briskly scrubbing carbonation lifts it all away. Soft alcohol warmth.

O: This is a hell of a beer, and I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to trying it. Hop and yeast flavors complement each other perfectly to create deep and delicious complexities. Easily one of the best Belgian IPAs on the market.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The straw-colored, highly effervescent body on this Belgian IPA transitions from crystal clear to cloudy as the slight yeast sediment gets poured. The head is giant (pour carefully!), pillowy and icing-white, and has respectable retention; lacing manifests as scant blobs. The nose is moderate in intensity and very bright: a nice blend of tangy pineapple, green pine and darkly sweet florals with modest alcohol overtones. Up front, the palate is bitter pineapple and citrus. By mid-palate the florals emerge nicely and the pine slinks into the background; everything ends up pretty dry. The finish is quite clean, showing just a hint of pine; a nice carbonation bite is followed by a moderate piney bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the light body, and the texture is slightly creamy and quite prickly from the strong carbonation. This beer appears to have all of the hallmarks of the style, and is quite refreshing for an IPA. (12 oz bottle, 118 days after pkg)

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw under a mousy 3” meringue-like persistent foam cap that lasts over 3 minutes. Produces Gothic window lace. S: Grassy, pine, fruit, over ripe fruit, Belgian yeast aromas. T: Very fruity palate with tropical, citrus and bubble gum joined by light biscuit. Medium bitterness, medium high yeast character. F: Very creamy, medium light body, medium high carbonation. O: A very drinkable, well made beer.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy glowing gold with a huge head. nose; spicy belgian funk, citrus rind & subdued hops. taste; lemongrass, citrus hop, clean pilsner/wheat grain, lemon pith, crackery malt, massive pear sweets middle and a light peppercorn kick on the end. finishes dry and lightly mint. strong carbonation and medium mouthfeel. a very herbal and moderately complex BIPA overall. light, well-balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of DovGibor
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/23/15; poured into a pint glass. Solid two inches of fluffy white head that lingered well, and dissipated to a ring that stuck with the beer while I drank it. Crystal clear dark straw with good carbonation.

Aroma is slightly tart with rich hops. Mouthfeel is bubbly and light. Light malt and yeast flavor with strong hop bitterness that balances well. Dry with evident wheat flavor and feel.

Overall it's mildly bitter and light, though very enjoyable and an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 7/23/15 at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 13.49/four-pack at Consumer’s, Lancaster, NY
Aroma of some pine, fades throughout the consumption
Head large (Six cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to
Lacing good – narrow rings of tiny and small bubbles
Body light yellow, slight haze
Flavor begins somewhat hoppy with pine and some fruity esters, ends with slight plastic overtones; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, dry, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice layer on the surface. The beer itself is a cloudy pale straw color. The look is very nice and a good example of a BIPA.

The smell and taste are nice and hoppy. The hop notes vary from a dry-hopped pint to a nice citrusy note. The malt and wheat have a slight presence in the form of a light and biscuit sweetness that manages to shine through the strong hop notes. The taste is a bit more bitter than the smell and is very good.

The feel is good. A medium bodied beer with nice carbonation and a dry but not too dry finish.

Overall, a very good BIPA worth getting when it's available.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had high expectations for this one and was let down. Like most from Allagash. This pours much lighter than expected. Solid aroma. Taste is good, but odd when cold. Better as it warmed, but still not let down.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Light yellowish type color, fairly clear in appearance
Smell - Fruity, yeast, lemony
Taste - Fruity, spritzy, lemony, Belgian yeast, pears, spice
Feel - Finishes dry

Overall - Digging this! It's like a wheat, saison and an IPA all rolled into one beer. Very tasty and crushable.

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Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
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