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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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet: color is gold/straw, head is bright white and at least 1 inch thick with a great lingering quality that after 5 minutes still has about 1 inch.

Smell is where the first quality of a belgian style ale comes in, nice phenol/ester quality, with fruitiness, then some bitter hop notes. Great first impression.

Taste does the turn towards the IPA, more malt flavors, more floral hoppiness, subtle citrus, light earth and pine; belgian yeast is subtle and provides a unique quality. It is not sweet as some BIPAs tend to go to.

Mouthfeel is exactly where you like this style, dry, bitter and full bodied. Cleaner flavor and not sweet or cloying.

Overall, a great, high quality take on a belgian IPA, maybe more subtle flavors but a nice dry/bitter/full finish.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 version, on draught. Served in a nice Allagash glass, bright and vibrant orange with a soapy foam head. Lots of bready aromas and a nice woodsy hop bouquet in the nose. Wow, lots of hops - moreso than I remember upon sampling this beer a few years ago - maybe they have stepped up the hoppage in recent years to follow the trends. Citrusy and sharp, but with musty earth underpinnings, yeasty and doughy all at once. A pretty darn tasty combination. Nice body and heft on the palate and a fun one to drink, shooting so many flavors at you without over-mucking the beer. A winner.

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Photo of avalon07
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a light orange color and thick, cloudy consistency. There was a big, bright white, creamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing. An outstanding appearance.

S: A big aroma of citrus, hops, spices, yeast. A very enticing nose.

T: Tasted of pineapple, lemon, hops, Belgian yeast, and some spices (pepper, e.g.). A complex flavor, but the citrus element always seems to want to take over. Still, very tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another well made, drinkable beer from Allagash.

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Photo of dudemuskie
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint at the Small Bar on Division in Chicago with a bowl of spicy chili! Delish!

Appearance- slightly hazy, deep straw to pale orange in color with 1 finger of tight white head that slowly fades to a thin film. Loads of clingy lacing from top to bottom.

Aroma- Nosefull of bright citrusy (orange) hops with hints of alcohol and a very subtle spice. Warm biscuit and bready malt aromatic notes. Almost a candy-like aroma.

Flavor- Starts with a mouthfull of citrusy american hops, slowly fading to a belgianesque brew with warm biscuit, subtle spice/alcohol, and candi sugar notes in the middle. Finishes with a great balance between sticky citrus hops, candy-like sweetness, and warm biscuit-like malt.

Mouth- Med-high CO2, light-medium bodied with refreshing slightly dry finish.

Overall- Great brew showcasing belgian and american highlights! Worked great with the spicy chili I was eating!

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Photo of dnichols
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 750 ml capped and caged bottle into a large tulip glass.

A: It poured an amber tinged dusty orange body with a massive two finger off-white head. The head receded slowly leaving a thin layer over the liquid and supporting a layered lacing that trailed the liquid down the side of the glass.

S: It had a floral and spicy profile that rose above a strong base of sweet malts and candi sugar.

T: There was athick and creamy sweet malt and light Belgium candi base that coated the front of the tongue. Just as the sweetness settled in there was a wave of bittering hops that included piny and citrusy hops. It hid the alcohol well.

M: It was medium to heavy bodied with a creamy smooth body and a biting, warm and clean finish. Very modest carbonation.

D: This is a nice balance between an American IPA and a Belgium Tripel. Solid candidate for a session beer for ale lovers.

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Photo of stumac
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I accidentally aged this brew for 2 years...crazy

this brew pours up a murky rust color with a quickly fading off white head. the nose is light fruits, smoothed out hops, cork, slight slight sourness as this bottle might be juuust starting to turn. I taste light fruits again, mellowed floral hops, pretty buttery mouthfeel, full bodied, heavy carbo. This brew may be 6 months to a year past its prime. Still good but better fresh

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Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of bruachan
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice foam and lacing. good color, too: amber with nice orange highlights

brown sugar aroma with orange blossom honey and dates makes for a sweet richness that isn't over the top (and sports a tiny wheat cracker element). the hop aroma is all NW, which took me by surprise. it allows the belgian yeast characteristics to shine through and really makes for a nice aromatic experience

the sweetness is less pervasive when tasted and leaves more room for hops: mostly simcoe with a warrior clue. some of the heat blazes through and the malts do provide a slightly grainy character. for some reason i am having trouble identifying the malt's flavor responsibilities: a hint of bread, but really minimal. some of the sugariness, too, but again minimal

mouthfeel is appropriate. lively when it's just out of the bottle and it moves quick on the tongue. nice brew...can't decide if warrior and simcoe hops disqualify it from being a belgian ipa, but i guess the truth is that i don't really care

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of white head on a slightly hazy, golden colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Distinct spicy pine aroma with lesser notes of grapefruit. Pilsner malt and some spicy yeast notes hide in the background.

T - Sweet pilsner malt and strong hop bitterness up front. Yeasty pepper notes blend with herbal hop flavors, rosemary and basil. Pine character begins to dominate in the finish with hints of Juniper, sandalwood, and yeasty vanilla.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish.

D - A very complex and drinkable BIPA. This has great hop character, and while the Belgian yeast character might be a little weak it is detectable enough to mark this beer as something other than an American DIPA.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From an aged 750ml bottle, not sure what year but it's at least two years old.

Pours a beautiful orange/copper color with tons of head, actually, the foam kind of just started flowing out of the bottle once I popped it, fortunately I managed to save most of it.

As a Belgian IPA, you would expect hops, but considering it's from an aged bottle, I'm mostly getting a strong malt aroma with some citrusy elements.

The taste is finely carbonated, hops have definitely died down from what they may have been, instead what is left is a complex malty Belgian IPA with a woody presence, the strength is well hidden and not evident at all.

I really enjoy this beer and thought I'd do a review of an aged bottle over a fresh one should people want to keep and try older bottles.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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 GreatPondBrewer
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an all-around good beer. The hazy, chilled golden color stood out against the sunset. A slender head perched atop in a bone white. The nose was hoppy, peppery, fresh, and had hints of sharp belgian yeasty citrus notes. The taste was sweet and hoppy with a nice creamsicle like flavor that I associate with a nice belgian tripel. The mouthfeel was sharp and carbonated, but not too thin. I could definitely drink a few of these.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy yellow color, The head was long lasting and left a decent lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer gave off plenty of hop aromas and Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer had a light bready flavor to it with a bitter hoppy finish. The mouthfeel of this had a good strong bite to it with each sip. The yeast didn't really soften this beer up too much. Overall i found this to be a pretty good Belgian Style IPA but not my favorite.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Publick House.

Appearance: Pours a very nice, hazy reddish-copper. It's topped by a dense off-white head that fades to a film, leaving a little bit of patchy lace.

Smell: Very fruity and malty. Light cherries, and perhaps a light note of honeydew melon. There's a peppery spiciness and a light resiny hoppiness. The hops are noticable, but overpowered by the Belgian yeast aromatics.

Taste: Lightly sweet fruitiness upfront, that's met by a spiciness contributed by the carbonation. There's a tart, cherry sourness that remains prominent. The finish is a mild, but persistent, aged, hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, medium-bodied, and smooth with an effervescent feel on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very tasty and flavorful, it falls on the sweet side, but never seems cloying.

Overall: This beer isn't the hoppiest Belgian IPA that I've had, nor is it particularly hoppy. The hops are noticeable, but are dominated by the fruity characteristics. Despite this, I'm giving the beer high marks because it's very enjoyable even though the name may be a misnomer.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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 JerzDevl2000
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a bottle of this a few weeks back up in Totowa, having never had this before. I like Belgian IPA's but they tend to be too much Belgian and not enough IPA or the other way around. That wasn't the case here as this was the most balanced example of the kind that I ever enjoyed and even though it was a tad strong, I enjoyed this immensely and would get this again if it was still available!

Nice golden hue to the this as it had a bright appearance, a cloudy consistency and a wonderful soft and fluffy head that lingered down to the last sip. The latter stuck around as soapy lacing and the aroma was decent but didn't quite live up to the appearance of this. Plenty of wheat and yeast in the taste with pine resin and earthy hops bursting out from the muted fruit profile of this. Notes from banana to mango were here but not terribly strong as a Belgian sweetness stood out more. Nice soapy mouthfeel here which gave the beer a soft slickness and a tie-in to the appearance of it!

This was a tad strong but the alcohol was only felt and not something that had to compete with the wild range of flavors here. I was really impressed with this from start to finish and how easily it went down given the complexity of it. Easily matched up with anything from overseas and arguably Allagash's strongest offering. This one's not to be missed.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had not realized that this beer was a hop-forward ale. I'm glad I didn't try to cellar it, sacrificing the hop character in regret. A little head's-up on the bottle would have been nice. Having said that, the hop character, though pronounced doesn't give the bitterness or the hop flavor/aroma that classic Belgian hoppy beers do, like DeRank XX, Poppering's, or Houblon. The hops are tucked in right behind the Dubbel or Belgian amber ale maltiness. Those malts are very well attenuated, firm, soft, creamy, rich, and never leaves any residual sugars on the palate. Confection-like sweetness evaporates in the mouth and makes the beer increadibly drinkable. Fruity, rum-soaked peaches, pears, berries, apples, and appricots give the beer a lot of direction. Figs, pecans, and dates also contribute a richness that go along with a light maple syrup flavor. Finishes with an earthy, pungent, hop-herbal note that flirts with the candied malts well into the finish. An excellent beer, but I needed a lot more hop flavor, aroma, and bitterness- especially if American variety hops are used.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a review for a batch 5 bottle ... Abv has changed to 8.3%.

A: Caution contents under pressure is no understatement. This corked btl POPs with very little pull and needs an immediate glass to pour into or it will volcano all over the place. Pours a yellow amber color which has just the slightest haze and has an angry stream of bubbles trying to escape in my Duvel glass. A rather stark white head forms and threatens never to leave. Lacing is equally motivated to never go away.

S: Orchard pear and some tangerine jump out first followed by a subtle spice.

T: Harshly bitter up front and more spicy than I might have imagined. Bitterness comes mostly from grassy notes and fruity notes take time to develop and are more suggestive of citrus pith/rind and juice.

M: lots of carbonation leads to a prickly palate.

O: Looks amazing. Smells amazing. Though good this tastes like a typical belgian IPA (read as disappointing)

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Photo of craytonic
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: straw-golden-yellow with a beautiful, creamy Belgian head, nice lacing.

Smell: Mild, sweet hops, along with some yeast, spice, grass, peach, apricot. Very nice and delicate balance. I believe some people only react to a machine gun assault of hops, while this is something entirely different.

Taste: Mild sweet hops, lending orange and evergreen, yeast, spice, hint of clover honey. A sense of delicacy and balance.

Mouthfeel: Great, creamy mouthfeel, perfect weight. Excellent.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, it went down very quickly

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Photo of rdilauro
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light Pilsner color with a good white creamy head.. The aroma and bouquet was very pleasant. There was a fine strong but not over powering hop smell. The first mouthful was big and full. Some malt, touch of gentle barley, a hint of tropical fruit, maybe even some pear like taste.
The nose in this one is bigger than the actual taste and finish. That was my one negative about this one.. But all I needed to do is bring up the glass to my nose and the aroma took over.
I will try this one again

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Super cloudy golden yellow. Enormous off white white head with some lacing.

S: Bready malts, big fruity aroma, and a heavy emphasis on the honey sweetness. Floral hops are present as well.

T: Smooth yeasty malts, large apple/pear and citrus fruit flavor. clove-like peppery spices are found in the flavor as well. Sort of boozy, but not too overwhelming in the actual taste. Relatively dry, bitter hop finish.

M: Sweet, almost tangy. Medium carbonation, medium body. A very well-balanced Belgian.

D: Amazing. Fantastically refreshing. Great brew.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brownish amber color with a nice off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and spices and slightly tart with some citric hops and yeast.

T- The aroma starts out with some sweet malt and caramel with a nice slightly spicy citric hop finish. I like it, there's a really nice balance between the malt and hops creating an interesting combination.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good texture and a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- This is another solid beer from Allagash, one that I enjoyed from the first sip to the last. Recommened.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. No dating info . Opened with a loud pop. Good thing I had a tight grasp on the cork because it shot out of there. Label even has warning about it. Was a clear bronze color with a massive carb geyser coming from the bottom. Good lacing. Had a massive bubbly white head that very slowly settled to a thick foam that was constantly fed by the geyser.

The aroma was excellent. Sweet malt base, bready with lots of citric hops as well. Really enjoyed the sweet making it's way to the front. Too many of the American IPA's are dominated by the hops and could use a little more balance like this one has to it. The taste was also excellent. Again, great sweet malt base that was pretty well balanced by the hops. Towards the end the sweetness did start to take over which hurt the last third of the glass. Starts out smooth with the malt and then the hops kick in and finishes with a bit of bitter. This is my first Belgian IPA but if the rest are like this one then this will be a top style for me. Mouthfeel was good but a bit too much carbonation.

Overall, an outstanding beer that I highly recommend. Another homerun from Allagash. If avail here (brought this back from Indy) this would be in main rotation.

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Photo of andascia
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Most people I have spoken with about this beer find that it falls off the bridge connecting IPAs to beautiful Belgian Golden Ales. Yet, I think otherwise. The taste is simple, pure, and clean. It is not an IPA, bursting with piney resin and floral nodes of hops (as its namesake might suggest), nor is it a deep rich traditional Belgian. But somehow I feel like it takes both sides into account and maintains a simplicity that is rare to find amidst the current market of double and triple super beers. Pours a light honey tone, drinks lightly and clean, and goes down with a slight hint of alcohol. It has a lot of the qualities of both beers it references, sacrificing a few of the deepest, most complex characteristics, but finishes refreshingly and in harmony with a hot summer eve.

I tasted it at the bottle shop at Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA and loved every drop.

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Photo of yossarian14
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best looking pours I've seen. Big white fluffy cloud of never-ending head. Its a slightly hazy bright amber. Maybe a little chill haze. It smells like a west coast IPA with the Belgian yeast spicy notes. Smells like a Belgian IPA should.

I am a little disappointed because the marks go down from there, but I still can't complain, because I love this beer. I think the hops and the yeast aren't blending as smoothly as they should. The taste is hoppy, piney a little bit grapefruit pith and ends spicy, yeasty. The mouthfeel is full, creamy. I love the style. The Belgian IPA, traditionalists be damned, is quickly becoming a favorite. Hugh Malone doesn't stand out in a crowd, of BelgIPAs. But what are you gonna do, half-assed breweries aren't attempting this. World-class breweries are. Try Piraat first, if your new to this style, and go from there.

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