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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a glowing honey/orange color, big fluffy white head, fades very slowly and leaves a ton of lacing. Smells glorious, lots of resinous piney hops, sweet caramel malt, and a whiff of Belgian yeast. Taste is a bright citric hop explosion, lots of pine notes, but all elegantly balanced by the sweetness of the malt. Creamy mouthfeel, tight carbonation, tons of lingering bitterness on the back and underside of the tongue. This is absolutely one of the tastiest beers I've had. Exquisite!!!

EDIT: 9.27.09...I'm editing my review and giving this beer all 5s. I can't find any flaws, so,'s perfect.

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Had the opportunity to try this on tap during American Craft Beer Week fest at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore.

Great, balanced version of a Belgian IPA. I wish I would have taken notes, but of the few tap beers I had - this one took home the gold, no question (and that's saying a lot, considering the number of rare, American craft beers on tap).

Amazingly balanced, incredibly drinkable for a 8+% ABV brew and just an all-around great beer. Not sure how it's only a B+ at time of review.

Wish I could find this even in bottle form.

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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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