Hugh Malone
Allagash Brewing Company

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IPA - Belgian
Ranked #26
Ranked #8,873
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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Breif01 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +25.9%

Dec 12, 2011
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CHickman from New York

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at RattleNHum in NYC; pours very cloudy piss yellow color with a foamy bright white head that faded slowly and left fantastic thick foamy lacing coating the sides and excellent foamy rings and spider webs as it went down. Outstanding looking beer.

Smells of orange peel, yeast, coriander, lemon zest, pepper, wheat, saltine cracker, peppercorn, floral hops and lots of leafy earthy notes. The aroma is complex yet basic and full of hoppy goodness combined with spices and a fine malt base.

Tastes like it smells with a fruity mix of citrus and bready malt; the flavor is like the nose with a complex blend of citrus fruit, orange peel, chalky yeast, coriander, lemon zest, pepper, wheat, saltines cracker, peppercorn, floral hops, grass, tea leaf and leafy earthy notes. Like the aroma it's complex yet basic and full of hoppy notes that blend all of the citrus, floral and piney hop notes together extremely well with the malt base and mild spicy elements. It's more American IPA than Belgian IPA, and really damn tasty and easy to drink. Super smooth, it was so good I ordered a second and it was just as hoppy, complex and flavorful. It hides the ABV masterfully. Great beer, I'll seek it out whenever possible.

Sep 15, 2015
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This poured a beautiful off-orange in color with an immaculate head that was reserved yet full and left a white film with little white pits on top of the liquid and some nice foamy lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell - This is amazing. There is no mistaking the rich, simcoe hops and they are here in force yet balanced with some other bittering hops and a nice malt structure. There is also a fine Belgian candy sweetness that tops things off. This aroma is quite simple yet incredible.

Taste - The hops carry the day at the taste, and again the simcoe dominates but in a nice, courteous way. The malts are a bit lighter but the candied finish from the nose is here for sure. I don't know that it is a classic BIPA but damn this is tasty.

Mouthfeel - This is a bit bigger than medium-bodied but not full with a wonderful, light, tingly carbonation and a satisfying sweetish finish.

Drinkability - I just loved this beer. It was rich, flavorful, unique, and exciting. I don't know how you would rate it to the style but for me this was excellent.

Nov 14, 2009
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ubufan2112 from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Feb 06, 2014
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BDLbrewster from Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aggressive pop! Pours a rich, hazy, flame orange color with tons of visible carbonation. Huge stick head with amazing retention.

The smell is very pronounced, sweet yet mild citrus. More so than any belgian IPA I can think of right off hand. Small amount of sweet barnyard like yeast, green apples, lime and a nice alcoholic undertone round out the nose.

The taste initially comes off a bit flat. A hint of sweetness and a muted pale malt profile on the front. The usually apparent yeasty flavors I know are there get buried under loads of carbonation. The hops are nice and floral yielding much more flavor than expected, herbal, floral and a tad bittering. The alcohol in the finish is very noticeable and provides a welcome warmth.

The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium bodied. Tons of carbonation take away from the flavors I so dearly want to experience. So far the carbonation level is this brews only real setback.

Overall, big ups to a great trader for putting this in my hands. I would get this again for the smell alone, the taste is no deterrent either, the 750 will be no problem for one sitting. Good.

Jan 26, 2010
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LeRose from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Sep 13, 2015
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KG710 from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Oct 11, 2014
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John_M from Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this the other day at Max's. They had just gotten a bunch of 750's in and were featuring it at the weekly Tuesday social hour.

The beer pours a very nice amber brown color, with decent head and lacing. Not a lot in the nose, maybe some spice and citrus. On the palate the beer tastes like your rather typical Belgium brown ale, with a bit more hoppiness then normal. This was a nice enough beer, but I have to say it seemed a bit simple and one dimensional. I am surprised to see it characterized as a Belgium IPA, as the hops were not very noticeable and there was very little hoppy citrus flavor. Nevertheless, this was a pretty tasty beer, but probably not one I'll order again any time soon.

May 02, 2007
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benclimbs from California

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

Let me start out by saying this beer is very under-rated - this is one of my favourite styles and it is fantastic.

Look is basically perfect, massive head, lots of lacing and great coloring.

Smell is great for the style - a good mix of citric hops, funky belgian yeast notes and spice

Taste is very good, balance, very dry and quite hoppy for such a 'belgian' brewery as Allagash...probably more hopped than houblon, the BIPA I hold all others up to.

Feel is right on, light not too heavy.

Overall this is a fantastic beer, another wonderful one from one of the best breweries in the US or the world.

Mar 06, 2012
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TheBlueWaffle from Maryland

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

Best belgian ipa I've had to date

Sep 25, 2015
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melba2112 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Jun 29, 2014
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Foxman from New Jersey

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

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.

Jul 16, 2007
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Pamola from Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Nov 22, 2011
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RichH55 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Dec 02, 2013
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

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

Feb 20, 2017
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blurry apricot topped by a massive crown of sandstone colored foam that looks authentic for the style. Allagash is one of the few American craft breweries that, more often than not, creates Belgianesque heads. This one is whipped creamy and is blanketing the glass with boatloads of sticky lace. Whatever else Hugh Malone is, it's a looker.

Simcoe hops was a fantastic choice. An undercurrent of Belgian yeastiness lends a warm spiciness akin to cardamom and clove. Although the nose easily qualifies as good, it isn't great. More power and complexity are needed before the big scores are brought into play.

This Belgian IPA is not one of Allagash's better efforts. There isn't enough barley for the hop load, there aren't enough yeast esters, and the alcohol is too prominent. Given Rob Tod's brewing skill, Hugh has to qualify as a big disappointment... whose flavor score is only salvaged by my hopheadedness.

The lack of complexity and the less than stellar mouthfeel keep the beer from soaring like it should. The flavor profile collapses shortly after contact and does not allow the drinker to patiently probe the various nooks and crannies that ought to be present. Part of the reason is less than expert carbonation. Bottle conditioning (often hit-or-miss) ends up a miss in this case.

A lot more pale malt and a little less crystal malt would have helped build a more delicious and more solid foundation. Although plenty of alpha acids are present, Simcoe hop flavor isn't as bold or as bright as it could be. Think white grapefruit pith, orange oil and spruce tips. Given the current price of hops, it's now obvious why this bottle was almost $20.

For want of a better mouthfeel, a beer was lost. Not quite, but it certainly does dampen one's enthusiasm when feel lets down flavor. While HM isn't flat in a literal sense, it isn't creamy or expansive in the least.

Hugh Malone is all about humulones. Ordinarily, that sort of focus would be right up my alley. However, a well-crafted Belgian IPA is much more than Belgian yeast and a huge hop load. The best versions (Urthel Hop-It, De Ranke XX Bitter and Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel) have absolutely nothing to worry about.

Nov 10, 2008
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rfgetz from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazed but glowing amber color with cap of dense white froth, good lacing. Scent is strong on juicy and fruity citrus hops, strong orange and candied sugar notes backed by a faint grain whiff, light spice and bready yeast. Taste leads with the orange and tangerine notes, spice and bready yeasts come through before the beer mellows into a fresh grain backbone. Medium bodied, a touch of oily heft, bubbly. A very nice surprise, good fruity Belgian IPA.

Oct 10, 2011
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Brown120 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Dec 26, 2011
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DrunkyBuddha from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +25.9%

Nov 10, 2014
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Dec 26, 2007
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Gatordaddy from Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Nov 18, 2011
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Mantooth from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Oct 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Jul 03, 2014
WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Jul 05, 2013
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden amber orange with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a thick, pillowy 2.5 finger white head with excellent retention that slowly settles into a lasting cap that leaves chunky rings of soapy lacing in it's path.

Spicy hoppy aroma with lots of estery crisp golden fruit notes, especially grape, apple and pear with a subtle malt presence underneath.

Soft carbonation up front with a lightly hopped creamy medium body with some earthy dry pine notes that linger throughout. Sweet estery golden fruit notes from the Belgian yeast. Apple and pear dominate with hints of grape and raisin. Subtle malt backbone provides nice balance. Slight alcohol warmth present throughout yet the ABV is decently masked making it quite quaffable. Very resinous dry pine hop flavor in the finish.

Nov 10, 2009
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