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Allagash Hugh Malone | Allagash Brewing Company

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3.97/5
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873 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,592
Reviews:
300
Ratings:
873
pDev:
9.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 873 |  Reviews: 300
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for Allagash night at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and some soapy and floral hop aromas. Taste is pretty much exactly the same with a medium level of bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Belgian take on an IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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 nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy light copper in color and poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down into lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose along with some notes of yeast.
T: The taste has flavors of grapefruit, spices and yeast; it is accompanied by a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink considering its alcohol content.

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4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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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3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

B-

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3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden/light amber color with a layer of fluffy white head that leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell: Very herbal and hoppy up front. Quite soapy with some lemon like notes along with other citrus and a mild sweetness from the malt.

Taste: Herbal and citrus hop flavors dominate. Still reminds me of artisan bars of soap. The finish is full of bitter citrus peel hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one reminds me of going in to a bath and body shop. Really soapy. Still thought it was good, but I don't think I'll have it again, especially given the price of a bottle.

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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a mahogany color ale with a huge foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some dry with some dry Czech hops. Taste is also dominated by those sweet malt with limited dry fruits characteristics or oak notes. Body is quite full with some great carbonation and no alcohol was noticeable.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 Edition

A: Pours a cloudy pale copper in color with some orange highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense and foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a quarter finger tall dense thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized thicker cap in the center and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there is a light to moderate aroma of pale malts with some Belgian yeast notes as well (just that touch of fruitiness and pepper spices). Moderate aromas of citrus/orange and pine hops.

T: Similar to the smell, the beer starts out with moderate flavors of pale malts and Belgian yeast - with the light amounts of fruitiness and black pepper spices. After the malts and yeast, there is a moderate flavor of hops - first there is the citrus/orange/grapefruit followed by the pine. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fade after a short amount of time.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to significant amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy. Moderate to significant amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very nice example of the style (Belgian IPA) with good smell and taste - the beer is rather easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 873 ratings
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