Hugh Malone | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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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3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
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4.86/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
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3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
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4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
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4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eleimbach
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm a big fan of IPA's but have never had one quite like this. Different in a good way.

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

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

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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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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
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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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4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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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3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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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3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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