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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2/5  rDev -49.6%

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2.3/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank out of the bottle. Has the Belgian flavor to it, not sure what that's called. Medium body. It tastes more like a Belgian than an IPA really.

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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2.7/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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2.72/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL, cork. No date noted.
Pours a very murky orange color with a medium head of tan/off white bubbles. Aroma is very yeasty and bready with only a hint of citrus and pineapple(?). Taste is a bit oaky… is this barrel aged? Yeast dominates the flavor profile. Reminds me of drinking a homebrew that was bottled too early. Hops and malt are nearly completely hidden under all the yeast, and this was not a vigorous pour. In the background, you can detect and presence of simcoe hops and some malty sweetness. Mild bitterness, again distracted by the yeast. If you have one, I would recommend ageing a bit. Right now, it is a mess.

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2.79/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from the 750 into a belled beer glass.

The head is not huge but fluffy. It leaves a bit of lacing just at the top of the remaining head and is off-white. The beer is deep amber with an orange tint and is well-hazy.

Smells are sweet malts and yeast with subdued hops. Not much there for a Belgian IPA, though the balance is nice.

More full maltieness and a hop balance in the taste too. Good beer but odd for the style (as listed on BA). The Allagash website says to 'drink young' and I am expecting this one isn't young at all, though there is no date for me to check.

Mouthfeel is full, carbonation full, and finish dry with a slight aftertaste/feel.

Drinkability is moderate only.

I like this OK but am dissapotinted by the beer as a representation of the style, especially considering the cost was $18ish and I can get Stone's Cali-Belgique for $7.

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2.98/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber body with an effervescent, even explosive off-white head.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine with a small amount of caramel and candy sugar.

Taste: Thin, dull malt flavors along with a pine and grapefruit hop character as well as an odd yeastiness. Finishes dry and astringent.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Cripplingly fizzy.

Drinkability: A beer very unbefitting of it's pricetag.

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3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

if you want to spend less buy half moons Obama Presidentail Ale for 4 bucks instead of 16 for this garbage. EXACT SAME THING.

pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy, white head. the head fades very slowly, leaving a massive lacing.

This beer has a very mild aroma. It is rather dificult to pick out any specific aromas. It has a slight grainy aroma. Some slight citrusy lemon aroma is also present. Not much going for it.

This beer tastes like it smells. Very mild, and hard to pick out flavors. Some lemon citrus flavor is present, along with a slight grainy taste.

This beer is light, and crisp. It leaves a very light grainy aftertaste. Carbonation is well for the style.

This beer would probably make a decent session beer. It is light enough, and the flavor is certainly mild enough.

Overall: I wanted this beer to be great, but it just wasn't.

Serving type: bottle

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.04/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear light golden with a thin white cap. Lots of lacing down the glass. Pretty.

A subdued and mild nose. Not a lot here. Some sweet fruit aromas and a presence of Belgian yeast but not an overly aromatic beer at all.

Follows the nose, in that this beer just doesn't have much punch or any powerful flavors. A mild beer for such a relatively high ABV. Some mild sweetness, a touch of hop bitterness, some Belgian yeast tang presence, but everything is quite subdued.

Thin to medium mouthfeel, a touch airy, very easy drinking.

A relatively uninteresting and bland Belgian IPA. What flavors that are here are pleasant enough, but they're hiding!

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3.04/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a Belgian IPA? I may have to refer back to some XX and Houbelon Chouffe just to make sure I wasn't dreaming of some reckless brewer combining copious amounts of hops with fruity Belgian yeasts because this? This... well, it's not worth 15 bucks a bottle or whatever it's going for these days... and it tastes like a Dubbel.

Pours beautifully, light ruby brown, clear, with a finger of head and solid retention.

Smells like... well, like not much at all. Just barely a hint of fruity, Belgian estery goodness, no hops to speak of, maybe a bit of toasty malt sweetness... but in a goblet, with tons of head, to be this absent of aroma-y goodness is a crime.

Tastes... fine, for a dubbel. Hints of raisin and/or currants and brown sugar but with a bit of a bitter tang at the end. If I pretend hard enough I can make some of the fruit sorta grapefruitish in nature... but wtf? If there's any hops here to be detected its on the bittering side of things and yeah, that's great and all, but poorly befitting of the price tag and more importantly, the style.

Nice body and carbonation, pretty clean and crisp... I would happily drink this if offered it in a vacuum, but otherwise? I'm disappointed.

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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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Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
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