Allagash Hugh Malone | Allagash Brewing Company

very good
868 Ratings
no score
Send samples
Allagash Hugh MaloneAllagash Hugh Malone

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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 868 |  Reviews: 300
Photo of BDLbrewster
3.35/5  rDev -15%
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.

 1,126 characters

Photo of albern
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but as most of the reviewers so aptly stated, it is definitely overpriced. $16 dollars for a 750ml is steep for a beer. Yes, the cork and casing are cool, but it ends there. The beer is a well carbonated, hazy orange amber with a very nice off white head that retains and retains. There is a goodly amount of lacing too. The carbonation doesn't quit, with the little fizzy bubbles streaming to the top well after the pour. The smell is very subdued and not very enticing. I little more dry hopping could have brought something out in this department, but alas no, and what you get are some very subtle sweet malts, candied sugars, some alcohol notes, and maybe some fruits. It smells like a weak trippel or Belgian blonde. The taste is sweet malts again, medium bodied, creamy consistency, a little pepperish snap in there, but it fades as the beer warms. There is a malty, caramel flavor more than anything else that I detect. There might be some currant flavors, but they are pretty far down on the taste-o-meter. There is a slightly lingering aftertaste, but not from the hops, more from the candied sugars and the yeasts. If you let it hang on the tongue for awhile, you might get some pine resin hoppiness, but you have to really search for it. Not a bad beer, one I would drink again, but why is this one priced so high?

 1,342 characters

Photo of mikey711
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had been sitting on this bottle for quite some time so the ipa part is not so much there anymore, but atleast i am getting through my cellar.

A: Vibrant amber color with a small forming white head that provides nice whisps of carbonation on top.

S: Very soapy smelling, nice caramel backbone, some hints of candied sugar. Some breadiness and graininess, not a whole lot in terms of pepper or yeast tones which was a let down

T: Very much like it smells, some caramel notes, a bit more yeast notes, and then some graininess. The hops only provide a touch of soapiness. Candied sugar. When fresh it is much better

M: Slightly rough around the edges, a touch of heat is present as well. Really just could be smoother

D: Better when fresh, one glass is enough

 762 characters

Photo of philbe311
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capone's during Philly Beer Week...

A - Honey colored with an orange hue... Thin white head fades to leave a delicate but inviting lace... Slight amount of carbonation... Good stickiness...

S - A sublte mix of hops, yeast, and malt... Sweet citrus...

T - Sweet grapes... Apricot... Malt... Honey... Faint hint of yeast... A very mild mannered hop profile at the end... Substantially sweeter than I had expected...

M - Smooth... Very minimal carbonation on the tongue... Much thinner than expected... Nothing distinctive in terms of mouthfeel...

D - Easy drinking, especially for 8.5% ABV... Given its classification as a Belgian IPA, it's disappointing... The hop profile was so subdued, that I would have never guessed this was a Belgian IPA if I didn't no otherwise... I've never been a huge fan of Allagash brews, but I keep trying new ones an always seem to walkaway unimpressed...

 904 characters

Photo of kkipple
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had at one of Faustgeist's epic tastings.

A. Clear, amber-orange. Fine carbonation lends a small head to the beer.

S. Metallic, tinny hops, tart under ripe apples, estery in general. Apricots. Musty yeast, sweet, grassy, faint alcohol.

T. Sweet esters, fruity, hint of tartness, apples and grain, keep thinking this should be more dry. Light caramel malt and wet, musty, earthy hops shine through. Interesting, but not a great blend of tastes. Yeast character a bit too strong here.

M. Light, medium carbonation, finishes semi-dry and sweet with mild alcohol warmth.

D. Pretty good for 8.5%, it's smooth enough and intriguing, but ultimately I didn't feel like this was one of Allagash's best efforts. At ~$15 bucks a bottle you can do better.

 748 characters

Photo of clvand0
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber color with a nice head that has good retention. The aroma is slightly earthy and has a hint of alcohol to go along with a bit of fruitiness. The flavor has a lot of sweetness along with some spices. There is also a strong caramel malt profile and some fruit character. The body seems moderate, but a little more thin than I expected. The drinkability is just ok, as the spices and the alcohol present them readily in the flavor. This isn't a bad beer as it has a lot of character, but I don't know that it's one I'd seek out again unless it's much older.

 579 characters

Photo of TheBCrew
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, cellar aged for a year, poured into a goblet. Two fingers of off-white head dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing. Clear amber color, grapefruit, banana and pine aroma. Soft round flavor with hints of banana and a slight malt sweetness. Medium body and high drinkability for this 8.5% brew.

 309 characters

Photo of pittvkyle7
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap into a tulip glass. Definitely amber but with some orange. Small off-white head.

Strong smell of piney hops and yeast.

Piney hops, oak, the fruit and spices balance out the hops, but mostly bitter at the end.

light, somewhat refreshing

good but the 8.5 abv is present.

 288 characters

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is very hazy, despite a month long rest in the beer fridge. It pours with a frothy, slightly large bubbled, though prodigious four-finger thick, amber-tinged tan colored head; the head has some good longevity and even leaves some lacing patterns as it falls back into the glass. The beer is an opaque, murky, dark amber color, that does show a pretty ruby hue (still quite hazy though) if held up directly to my desk lamp. The aroma is quite malty, with sweet notes of raisins and caramel noticeable as I pour this beer. Upon closer inspection it has lots of things going on; notes of green apple, plum, dusty, fresh crushed malt, grass and a nice herbal character. The beer is surprisingly fruity smelling, this is probably the most notable thing about it. There are some yeast-driven aromatic notes of clove, light ginger and perhaps a dusting of white pepper; these notes are somewhat subtle, especially considering that notes of hot alcohol et in the way.

This has a medium full body to it, on the chewy side for a Belgian yeast strain, but certainly not getting to be too full. The beer picks up some sweetness towards the middle, which accentuates fruit notes of apples, plums, tamarind and even a touch of figs. It finishes fairly dry, with an astringent herbal / grass-like character as well as a biting bitterness. Spicy and a touch hot, the beer has yeast-driven flavors of clove, oak / bourbon, hot higher alcohols. The hops are contributing some interesting notes here as well; there is definitely a tannic, teeth coating quality as well as some notes of herbal pepper, tangelo and an astringent vegetal note.

I think that a lot of the fruitiness of this beer comes from the hops; interestingly enough the Simcoe does not taste as it does in an IPA. Some how it is much greener, not nearly as citrus-like (though that is here) and quite herbaceous. I am curios if a Belgian-type yeast strain was used here; there are definitely some phenolics & higher alcohols that could be attributed to this, or it could be some combination of warmer fermentation temperatures, alcohol and green hop notes (though I wouldn't guess so). This is certainly not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting given the description on the bottle, but it is still a nice beer that has some really interesting flavors (the wood-like almost bourbon notes are really interesting considering neither of those were involved in the making of this beer. While drinkable & even enjoyable, this beer in the end is a bit too harsh, hot and not all that well integrated. I am not sure what happened here, but Allagash can definitely do better.

 2,628 characters

Photo of Arbitrator
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a clear, coppery amber color with a huge, fluffy off-white head. It takes several minutes for the five-finger foam to recede to a cap on the brew, and it leaves substantial lacing on its journey down, and deposits even more as I drink.

S: Peppery Belgian yeast, rosemary, lemony citrus hops, and melon.

T: Pine hop (out of nowhere) and citrus hops develop the profile first, rounded out by rosemary. Next follows a melon sweetness and yeasty sourness. The taste closes with a pepper bite.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation, actually giving this a fairly creamy feel.

D: Pretty good, but at $17 a bottle, definitely not worth it.

 682 characters

Photo of Kadonny
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml corked top bottle into an imperial pint glass. Received as an extra in a trade from paulthebeerguru, thanks paul!

A: A nice light burnt orange color with a deep two finger off white head and decent lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with fruit smells coupled with a malt sweetness and a faint smell of hops.

T: Citrus fruit like orange and apples coupled with a fairly heavy belgian yeast character and sweet malts. A faint floral hop flavor can be picked up on the finish, but by no means is this beer hoppy.

M: Medium to heavy with the yeasty charactaristic lingering on. You can feel the 8.5% alcohol but it's not offensive.

D: For me this has low drinkability. I'm not the hugest belgian guy and I was hoping this beer had more of an IPA character to it than a belgian character, but alas it didn't.

Overall this beer swings more towards the belgian side of the coin and that is not my bag. It was a solid beer that I am glad I tried, but I won't seek it out again. Belgians just are not my thing.

 1,017 characters

Photo of LGSurge
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a review, but wanted to clarify the chemical structure on the bottle. Believe that it is Humulone. More information is found at Cortisol also has C21H30O5, but the structure does not match what is printed on the bottle. Nice play on "Hugh Malone Ale" (

 319 characters

3.44/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $19.99 (it's imported from Maine!) and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. 2012 release. Reviewed live within hours of purchase. 7.3% ABV per my bottle. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of billowing smooth rolling soft froth, nice cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the fairly high ABV. Body colour is a lively murky yellow-copper; nontransparent but non-opaque. Lacing is poor and thin. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Light floral hops, hints of juicy lemon citrus, lemongrass, clean pale malts, wheat (?), and hints of crystal and biscuit malt. A very subtle aroma. Ideal for the style. Soft and light; similar to Fluxus and Confluence in this regard. Allagash has mastered the light refreshing aroma. Average to moderate in strength.

T/Mf: Lemongrass, floral hops, a fresh lemon surge on the climax, clean malts throughout, citrus hop esters, and tingly crystal malt from the climax through the third act. Quite well balanced. Light in character. Quite soft; easy on the palate. It doesn't lack body, but it's quite subtle and never beats you over the head. Hops are well paired with the malts. Built quite well for the style. Smooth and wet except for that tingly crystal malt coarseness. Mouthfeel brings out the flavour yet suits the refreshing clean feel. Some cream. A bit luscious. Good use more body, admittedly, or more thickness. Carbonation is good.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. Even refreshing. Hides its ABV quite well. Not the imbalanced hop bomb most American breweries would make. Good job, Allagash. It's a pretty good beer in the style, but I don't know that it's worth its hefty price tag. I'd have it on-draught at a better price, but I doubt I'll come it across it.

The bitterness comes out more as it warms, destroying the balance of the flavour that was so good when it was cold. Serve this one quite cold.


 2,204 characters

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade.

Appearance: Pours an amber color with two fingers of foamy head. The beer is quite lively in the glass, keeping the head in its place for a handful of minutes.

Smell: The nose is interesting, with notes of plums and raisins coming through, as well as some clove and pepper from the yeast. I'm not picking up any herbal or citrus hop aromas from this which I'm a little disappointed about.

Taste: The palate starts out with pale and bready malt up front. The flavors from the yeast start to come out, with more clove and pepper coming through. The hops are present, exposing a moderate amount of bitterness and some oils that coat my teeth, but the flavor from the hops seem suppressed.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, aggressive release of carbonation on the palate at first, but after sipping on it for an hour it becomes more gentle.

Drinkability: A rather large bottle with the alcohol shining through makes it a good bottle for an evening. I would have liked to have seen more hops on the palate mingling with some of the spices from the Belgian side of the story. Nonetheless, a well put together beer that's enjoyable, and I'd like to try again in a few years.

 1,209 characters

Photo of champ103
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orange color. A two finger fluffy white head forms with good retention. As the foam gently recedes lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Sweet candy malt and yeast. Soapy and oily hops with a lingering bitterness.
T: Follows the nose. Very sweet up front. Very oily and soapy hops again.
M/D: A medium body and high carbonation. The prickly carbonation and high alcohol makes this a slow sipper.

Not bad. Solid, but the oily and soapy hops detract a little to much for me.

 490 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first smell is a little phenolic and medicinal. The head is creamy looking, beer is reddish and cloudy in color with lots of carbonation streaming towards the top of the chalice, the taste is odd and slightly harsh. My novice palate cannot seem to detect a hint of the simcoes used in this beer or any hops for that matter. Once, this beer starts to approach room temperature it gets much better. The beer starts to exhibit hoppy qualities (contradicting my previous statements) and is actually pretty good but I still don’t know how my amateur palate feels about this Belgian IPA thing. I probably wouldn’t buy this again but I will try other Allagash beers since this was my first. I think I got a really good deal because this only cost me $8.99 and I think it is supposed to retail for around $15.

 807 characters

Photo of mxchap
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: opaque, deep golden color. Poured in a 150ml glass so no comments on head/retention.
Aroma: Citrus, phenols, and spices. Also a bit of grass and wheat. From the smell you expect a flavor somewhere between a wit and Belgian golden ale.
Taste: Simple pale malt backdrop. Spices shine through, but the citrus and phenols are subdued.
Mouthfeel: Dry, per the style. Light-medium carbonation with a slight alcohol bite at the start.
Overall: A well-rounded beer. Maybe a tad too much spice flavor, but the mouthfeel makes up for it.

 539 characters

Photo of lackenhauser
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat muted orange color. Huge off white head that dissapates rather quickly. Lactic and somewhat solvent like aroma. Quite yeasty. Very malty flavor with a bready/yeasty quality. Sizeable hop presence but I was expecting a lot more. Decent enough body. Overall an ok beer but nothing really stands out. From the card I read on the shelf I was expecting a lot more hop presence. A notch above average. Urthel Hop-It blows this away.

 435 characters

Photo of impending
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Trappist. Poured a slightly hazy dull yellow straw, minor dense white head, ok lacing.

Aroma tends to a strong pale, hops while distinctive are not overly assertive.

Taste reverses the nose as the hops define the brew. True to the style the hops, while forward, don't contribute a strong pine nor citrus note making it rather indistinct tending towards mediocrity. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel.

 414 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Greenville SC.

Pour is clear amber with a white head that soon reduced to a ring and a few bubbles but does leave some lacing.

Aroma: Belgian yeast with very ripe soft fruits including melons. Herbal hops.

Flavor: moderate-mild bitterness. Light tartness. Yeast and a level of hops appropriate for the style, with bready grains in the background. Faint wet leather.

Overall: a flavorful, amply complex version of the style.

 437 characters

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: straw yellow color. Completely opaque. Two fingers of an off white head that lingers

Smell: grassy and pilsnery malts. Citrus and big Belgian yeast

Taste: opens up with Pilsner malts, grassy and citrusy hops. The hops are almost immediately drowned by an intense Belgian yeast that is spicy and dry

Mouthfeel: extreme dry and bitterness that lingers

Overall: an intense beer that the flavors are a bit too intense for me. The dryness eats right up the rest of the flavor

 486 characters

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mkirkland80
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 868 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.