Allagash Hugh Malone | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Hugh MaloneAllagash Hugh Malone
BA SCORE
79.9%
Liked This Beer
3.97 w/ 871 ratings
Allagash Hugh MaloneAllagash Hugh Malone
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:
#4,373
Reviews:
300
Ratings:
871
Liked:
696
Avg:
3.97/5
pDev:
9.82%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
117
Trade:
3
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Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.05/5  rDev +2%

Photo of imbibehour
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. 12 oz. bottle.

Big winner in the looks department. Giant classic Belgian frothy rocking head, bleach white and bright with soft creamy clumping and big staying power. This sucker isn't budging at all, but leaves a whipped up foam of peaks and valleys all on the top. Body color is classic slightly opaque lemon but with a big hint of green hue to it. A complimenting rising carbonation in the middle hits finely as well. Great looker.

Aroma comes with classic and big hop notes. Wonderful spicy florals, big almost cedar like perfume notes with fruit and roses. Dialed down sweetness, but just a hair of sucrose classic and small honey, which balances with this big hop angle note real nicely. Possible phenols of spice going on here too getting into woody clove qualities as well. Real complex and diverse.

Palate manages to bring the goods with no big surprises other than greatness. Slightly moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel just a touch also, with large pine dryness in the mid palate. Finishes with big warmth of hop heat, spicy, black/white pepper accents, and just a hair of orange like fruit. Mid level sweetness in repeated sips of bready and honey like malts. Garden like hop freshness, aftertaste goes from floral, sage, mint and quite varied.

A great tasting Belgian IPA for sure.

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Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Belgian style bomber, caged and corked, no bargain @ $18.99(!), @ Decicco Market in Ardsley, NY. No freshness indication dating system employed. Pours typical orangy amber, medium tan nice looking frothy head, shows better then moderate retention than dissolves to a layer of fine film and leaves some thick sheeting and splotchy lacing. Dull nose of some maple malt notes, light soap and resiny hop oils. Tasty creation, combing two sexy styles, IPA and Belgian ale. This one simply does not meet the mark of the heavy weights of the style. (which are all available for quite a bit less$ BTW) Here, the hops are muted, I found the hops to be limited to an underlying layer of resinous bitterness. Lacking of the heady floral bouquet and citric hop bite of Houblon Chouffe for example. Decent beer, for sure, but overpriced.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, dandelion yellow coloring with a thin, small bubbled, clingy, white head and a slow, steady flow of carbonation bubbling. Aromas of floral hops, jasmine, and a spiciness imparted from the yeast, with a hint of honey and toasted grains. Very mild, well blended aromas. Flavors are very well blended, riding a thin, sharp body. Roasted and resiny hopped forward flavor, with a floral and bitter component as the brew crosses your tongue. Slight buttery biscuit backbone, which supports the hops profile. A touch of fruity and funky highlights can be gleamed throughout, too. Tart, fruity, and hoppy aftertaste, with the fruit taking over into the finish, along with a touch of resin and bitter. Clean, crisp finish. Very tasty, drinkable brew.

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Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy straw yellow, with a one inch head, foamy and nice looking, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like pear, grapefruit, breadiness, and flowers.

This is definitely one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had. The yeast strain doesn't dominate here, and allows the hops to shine the way they should in an IPA. There's a definitely floral and grassy character here, with a really nice bready and not too sweet malt backbone, with some grapefruit and pear flavors as well.

This is light bodied, very easy drinking, with a crisp and somewhat juicy mouthfeel.

Give it to Allagash to make a Belgian IPA I actually like. They show their usual deft hand in brewing here.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow color with a thick two finger rocky white foamy head bursting over the top of the glass. It actually wasn’t too much and cleaned up nicely. Messy clingy foamy lacing sweeps nicely around the glass. The smell starts off with burst full of bitter to sweet pine over top of sweet citrus and bitter citrus. Light little bit of spice follows underneath. The taste was spicy with a sweet juicy sticky middle bursting into a really nice sweet to spicy (almost like rye, hmm...it’s extremely subtle) aftertaste leading into a semi-sweet sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs good as a Belgian Strong ale, I can see it allowing just enough harshness from the bitterness to hit my tongue just right. Overall, this was just a really good beer for what it is. I’d love to come back to it and could see it with some grilled lobster.

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Photo of BeerOps
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

07/14/08- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. 2008 release I believe. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Lightly clouded very golden colored pour. Thick and rich white frothy head with very large bubbles. Leaves light lace streaks and spots behind.

Smell- Has some of everything. Saison style funky yeast nose with a good amount of caramel candied malt scents. Yes, hops as well. Fruity tropical scents. Maybe orange and apple?

Taste- Could be a tad more hoppier than it was. Don't know if this qualifies for a Belgian IPA or not. Has a Blegian Stong Ale flavor about it with sweet malt and light amounts of clove and corriander. Hops are semi bitter, but certainly don't play the overwhelming role here.

Mouthfeel- Brisk carbonation level with mild hoppy aftertaste. More sweet in the aftertaste than hoppy.

Drinkability- Despite not being as hoppy as expected, it did taste very good and I thought it was one of Allagash's better special releases...even though it wasn't truly to style. Certainly not worth the $14.99 price tag when I can get Hop To it which is better for under $10.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle thanks to Reagan1984. The cork exploded out of this one and hit a nearby tree. Served in a wine glass.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of eggshell foam that settles to a thin cap. Splotchy sparse lacing. Semi-transparent glowing dark golden body. Tons of tiny bubbles.

S - Estery alcohol - surprisingly boozy for 8.5%. Faded hops - not getting a ton of Belgian yeast either, although there was a weird sort of plastic flavor. Not so good - perhaps this was better fresh.

T - The taste is better with toasted malts, caramel, fruity esters, and a kiss of honey. Hops? How old was this bottle? Not much bitterness either. This should be bottle dated Allagash!

M - Medium-light body, finishes dry, with a light burn and stickiness afterward. Pretty smooth, with soft carbonation.

D - This wasn't my favorite Allagash offering. Not bad or anything, but not particularly interesting, and certainly not what I expected from the listed style of Belgian IPA.

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Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Batch 3

Poured into a chalice a very nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some slight hop notes, slight citrus. The taste is sweet/bitter, malty, yeasty, slightly hoppy, some citrus notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this has got to be one of the best Belgian IPAs I've had to date.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a hazy, golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is fruity, peaches, citrus. Taste is citrus, some spices, peaches, moderate bitterness, dry at the finish. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine beer.

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Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79.9% out of 100 with 871 ratings
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