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Allagash Hugh MaloneAllagash Hugh Malone

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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.

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Photo of kasper
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky brown, the color of cider with yellow/amber highlights; Fluffy orange-tinted off-white head about a finger and a half tall. Bits of wet lacing stick on glass.

S: Aromas of sour green apples, candi sugar, hint of spice, citrus hops.

T: Apple cider malts, carmel, tad of sourness, and various hop flavors all intertwined. Noticeable traces of Apple, belgian yeast, lemon, hard candy; Finish starts out somewhat bitter and sweet, but progressively grows more intense and dry. Lots of hops in there.

M: Medium body, mildly sticky, velvety carbonation, yield smooth sips.

D: Bought this by accident. Pretty much knew what to expect. This bitch is expensive at $18. It's a decent beer -- a good Belgian IPA. I'm not a big fan of the style, which I don't consider very drinkable. But was able to slowly begin to enjoy this brew for what it is, and it's not bad.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, 2012 version, served in a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy, golden yellow color with a thick, frothy white head. Aroma is pale malts, straw, citrus hops, dried fruits, and spicy/peppery yeast. Flavor is bread, pale malts, grapefruit, peach, and spicy yeast. Mouthfeel is medium, crisp, and a slightly bitter finish. Good beer.

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Photo of deathblosom
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical belgian beer package, but from Allagash that can be expected. 750ml with a cork. Upon opening, the beer gushed, maybe my experience is not the norm, but that typically isn't a good thing.

Anyway, it was very carbonated, duh, had a decent malt flavor and a fair amount of bitterness in the aftertaste, as the name would imply.

For those of you who don't know, Hugh Malone sounds a lot like humulone, which is a hop compound, haven't seen anyone mention this in the other reviews.

So, overall the beer was good, but for the price $13.99, I've had beers for 1/2 the price that I've enjoyed much more. I like Allagash beers in general, but this isn't near the top of their best products.

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Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

***Thankfully I had the foresight to open this one up over the bathtub. Mr. Malone gushed everywhere.***

Poured a medium amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of yeast, peppery spiciness, caramel, and lightly fruity. Tastes of yeast, fruity, and lightly spicy. OK, but not worth the $15 I paid.

Notes from 1/15/08

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Photo of froghop
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy brown with a large dirty white head, some lacing.

smell of dark fruits, yeast, citrus, peach, and a touch of caramel.

taste of fruits, touch of sweetness, some metallicness to it, some hops, and caramel in the back, slight dry finish.

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Photo of timtim
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a $14.99 750ml bottle pours a slightly hazy dark amber with an off white head that dissipates quickly... i can smell hops and a little citrus if i try really hard, but mostly i smell yeasty, bready, typical good tripel smell... tastes the same, kind of like a good old tripel belgian style beer with just a little hop and malt finish... no doubt a decent brew, but i felt a little misled by what i'd been told by the brewery about what to expect... oh well... it's cool that allagash is donating $1 for every bottle sold to a foundation that educates farmers in maine about organic farming, but i feel violated on this one... sorry rob

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Photo of kmo1030
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

mostly clear copper, with a largely bubbled tan head that doesn't stick around for too long.
the aroma contains metallic piney hops laid heavily over a belgian tripel from which i get pinapple and other tropical fruit, sweet almost sugar cookie-like yeast characteristics, caramel and candy sugar. substantial alcohol is also detectable.
the taste has the same metallic hop characteristic dominating. it has a sweetness beneath with honey, tropical fruits, caramel and an almost ginger snap or graham cracker like, but dry yeastiness. despite this it ends up a bit of a one trick pony, with it's complexities buried a little too much by the bitterness.
the mouthfeel is medium with coarse activr carbonation.
an interesting beer, but overall i'd say it's a swing and a miss, though a good effort. it's clear some thought went into this.

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Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of sitarist
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an old copper penny color. Thick off white head falls to a cap that leaves sheets and spots of lacing.

I smell cheese(asiago), caramel, spice, brown sugar, and fruit(plums, grape, and papaya).

I taste the fruits from the nose with walnuts, and a slight hint of fresh cracked green and white peppercorns. There is a slight bitterness, one like biting into a grape seed.

Lighter body with carbonation that fizzes like a soda in my mouth, almost like sucking on an alka-seltzer.

A well made beer just not one that wows me.

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Photo of Pjev11
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a big bottle into a glass. Hazy straw in color with a thick off white head that takes some time to recede. Leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Not much going on in the nose. The head is very thick and is holding back the smell. Faint hoppiness.

Slightly bitter hoppy taste. A pretty standard Belgian IPA.

Overall, a good beer but not worth the bloated price tag. I got it for the holidays thinking it would be a nice treat for the family get together. Again, it was a solid IPA but not worth twice the price of similar beers.

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Photo of Nickls
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured a slightly hazy peachy/yellow color with a nice frothy pure white head that held well

S - Belgian yeastiness; light grapes and apples; didn't really catch any hoppiness; little grassy and bready

T - Mirrored the aroma, and only really got a bit of an earthy/herbal hop note; otherwise light fruitiness dominated

M - Thinner to medium; pretty tame and soft carbonation; touch chalky

D - Not bad drinking, and at least the alcohol didn't really rare it's head. Too bad it wasn't more interesting

Nothing really off, but not one of my favorite's from Allagash.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of WillClark
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the 750ml bottle into a wide wine glass a murky reddish-gold with a decent, whipped egg-white head with good retention that released nice fruity yeast tones. Mouthfeel was lighter than I would have expected, and it has a pleasant dry, bitter finish.

I split a case of this beer with a friend with the intention of aging the other two bottles- one for a year and the other to be determined. I think this beer has a lot going on and time will really mellow it out and give it some more rewarding characteristics.

Over all, this is a nice beer- great packaging and nice little note about donating a buck a bottle to community groups in Maine. But in the end, it's nothing that blew me away and I can only look forward to seeing what this guy has in store next July 13th.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle:

Pours copper with a huge foamy white head that settles. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is citric/herbal, spicy, yeasty, with a light whiff of alcohol.

The taset is of bitter citric notes that soon become very restrained. Sourness dominates with some caramelish sweetness. Towards a Belgian IPA, but in a restrained way, and doesn't really capture the bitterness it as well as it could. More of a BSDA with a subtle touch of Simcoe hops (making it rather unique)

Lighter bodied, with a touch of a boozy kick.

It has a Belgian-esque sweet and sour going on, but falls short of a really good BIPA. More hops, please! Still, it's pretty drinkable and pretty good, though not worth the hefty price tag.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a beligan carbonated american IPA. pours a murky orange yellow. with a off white head that is consistent but doesn't hold like a belgian. nose of lemon zest and grapefruit hop. peppery. palate is a dry lemon. sharper acid in comparison to most. doesn't have a compatible malt style to what i'm used to. carbonation is a bit aggressive on the tongue... goes horribly with the bitter finish of the beer. don't waste your time having this one on tap. i think i mellows out a bit better in the bottle.

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Photo of crossovert
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to discovolante65 for the bottle. This is a special release beer and is considered by Allagash as a "Tribute Beer" which is for charity. I guess that makes me happy for the cause. 8.5% alcohol, 750ml.

Pours into my Duvel glass with a foamy three finger head. Half dissipates quickly and the other half sticks around a bit. The liquid is a nice rich orange/red/amber with some definite opacity. By the time I'm done staring at it, the head is now a nice film floating over the beer, nice lacing is left behind.

Smells similar to the other BIPA I've had though slightly less robust and intense with the hops and more like a Belgian strong pale ale. Has some acute fruity smelling hops that meld with a belgian pale ale medicinal/herbal sort of scent.

The taste of this one is a bit of a letdown compared to the other BIPA I've had. The flavor upfront is a bit stale. it is juicy and malty, reminiscent of a sweeter dubbel or tripel, but it is also somewhat lacking. Hops are there with some citrus/medicine/herb flavors and some bite in the end with some prolonged bitterness. The hops seem too pungent and one-dimensional. Just had a simcoe IPA last night but this one did not impress me as that one did. Alcohol is present and bites the tongue and throat a bit, it could be better hidden. I didn't particualrily enjoy the mouthfeel it had a bit of a dry finish but was also watery and oddly carbonated.

It's hard to compete with the Belgians, and since this is a one-off product it may have been rushed a bit. But overall its a solid beer but weak categorically. It got much better as it warmed up and the yeast was swirled and poured in in the second pour, but the 750ml was quite enough, thank you.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

My Accidental Highway to Hell Tour begins right here. I know you're pumped! It pours a lightly hazy pale yellow straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, mandarin orange syrup, wet hay, light pineapple, and a touch o' banana peel. The taste holds notes of banana peel, lemon rind, orange rind, light orange zest, very light clove, melon, grass, and a few pinches of brown sugar and nutmeg. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid BIPA, though nothing overtly special or outstanding.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 30 Dec 2007.

Explosive large foamy head. Well carbonated. Clear bright amber color. Aroma is floral, spicy, black pepper. Fairly dry, crisp opening, some metallic overtones. Fruity tart, grapes. Yeasty breadiness in the finish, like a french loaf. Medium body. Mouthfeel is almost puckering. Aftertaste is warming and a bit sweeter. Reminiscent of a brut champagne (A).

Decent but unlikely to go back to this at $19 per bottle.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 provided by SAS from one of his recent trades .... my share enjoyed from my New Belgium snifter.

Pulled from the fridge after a couple days rest .... popped the top and oh boy this is a fizzer ... Took probably 45 minutes for the fizz to stop climbing out of the bottle.

2" head ... hazy dark orange/amber brew.. light lacing.

Aroma is spicy Belgian with floral/slightly metallic notes. Toasted malts... but more prevelant pale malt.

Again sorta flora.. yeasty fruitiness with significant hints of Belgian characteristics... reminds me more of a fresh SBPA but with more hop notes... fairly dry throughout but the dry finish is where the hops come back in... mouthfeel is right for an IPA.. but it is still pretty fizzy.

Good beer certainly right up there with Urthel and Chouffe Dobbelen ... Now I feel like I need to go get these two beers right now and compare them while Hugh is still fresh in my memory ... oh well ... maybe this weekend.

Thanks Steven.

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Photo of chumba526
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark hazy orange color with a white two inch head.

Smells slightly sour there is a light caramel smell and a bit of a citrus smell to it. Also there is also a slight yeast smell

The taste is filled with a light caramel toffee taste. There is a Belgian yeast flavor that adds a slight sour, earthy taste but is not in your face at all. There is a citrusy grass flavor as well. the taste ends with a bit of bitterness though it is light bitterness. It seems there is a mix of British and Belgian style in this beer. It is quite complex and smooth. The carbonation is medium. Overall a nice Belgian IPA not sure if it's worth the price but it is very nice ale.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Blind Tiger- pours a clear golden yellow color, one finger of head, modest retention, nice big rings of lacing. Fine looking beer.

Nose is a muddled mixture of lemony hops, pilsner malt, and Belgian yeast. A little dull but not bad.

Taste is about the same- light, lemony hops, with the grainy pilsner malt taste, and a little earthiness from the Belgian yeast. Bitterness is up front while the citrus is most present at the end.

Mouthfeel is good- medium light body, moderate carbonation, semi dry finish. Glad I tried it but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a pale amber hue, medium haze, thin eggshell head.

Smell -- Pine resin, banana, clove, some citrus, yeast.

Taste -- Great deal of pine resin, more than in the nose, as well as some citrusy hop character. Dry malt backbone with an underlying caramel sweetness. Clove becomes more prominent in the flavor, banana fades a little. Pretty good yeasty flavor.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with an abundance of prickly carbonaton.

Drinkability -- Not a bad representation of the style. The hops were subdued enough to let the yeast flavors be fully experienced. Not sure if its' worth buying a bottle, but nonetheless a pleasure.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My review of Sam, now wait... Hugh Malone (Sam's father?). I picked up this bottle based only on the reputation of Allagash alone.

This is a very good looking Belgian IPA. You get a ton of sticky foam right off the pour. There is quite a bit of lacing on the glass each time I finish it.

Smells good too. You get a bunch of belgian presence and hops. It comes through the flavor as well. I like the balance of each.

I downgraded this beer because it really falls off when it warms. You get a lot of bitterness and a little metallic taste. I recommend sharing this bottle to enjoy it at the best temperature.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Officially, since it is past the midnight hour, it is my birthday. So before I go to sleep after working tonight, I am cracking this one open. Bye bye 20’s. Hello 30’s.

Pours a clear fairly dark brown with a good sized crème head. Nose is very sugary sweet like candy or even cotton candy and a good amount of wood mixed in there as well. Flavor is mild. Slight hops, pretty big sweetness going on. Besides that? Maybe a little wood. Small amount of spices. Feel has a lot of carbonation to it, but I have to say I think the liquid is a bit too thin. Overall it is drinkable, but for the price? Hell no. This is one of the first beers I have wanted to take back and get a refund. $16.99? Are you joking? $16.99 for what?? Don’t bother.

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