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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.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is tropical fruit, lemon, lime and spices/Belgian yeast. The flavor is tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, mild sweetness/sugar, malts and a tart/dryish/bitter finish.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an Allagash chalice.

A: Bright sunny golden color. Brilliant clarity. Fluffy, fine-bubbled white head never budges an inch. Lacing is chunky. It's a beautiful beer to behold.

S: Fragrant pine and grass. Bit of lemon pith. Playful notes of tangerine and grapefruit. Yeasty aromas of pepper, church incense, and a slight chalkiness. Toasty grain and biscuit malt base.

T: Juicy tangerine and ruby red grapefruit juice pop on the very first sip. Peach and apricot. Lemon. Pithy. Grass and pine notes take hold on the mid-palate. Firm but gentle bitterness. Yeast brings some nutty and earthy flavors. Maybe even a little chalky. Dash of pepper and clove. Tropical esters complement the hop flavors perfectly. Well attenuated and dry. Lightly toasted grain and biscuit malt base. Gentle botanical and pine finish.

M: Medium-full body. Round malt texture presses gently into the tongue with a firm but easy sense of weight. Silky. Briskly scrubbing carbonation lifts it all away. Soft alcohol warmth.

O: This is a hell of a beer, and I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to trying it. Hop and yeast flavors complement each other perfectly to create deep and delicious complexities. Easily one of the best Belgian IPAs on the market.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The straw-colored, highly effervescent body on this Belgian IPA transitions from crystal clear to cloudy as the slight yeast sediment gets poured. The head is giant (pour carefully!), pillowy and icing-white, and has respectable retention; lacing manifests as scant blobs. The nose is moderate in intensity and very bright: a nice blend of tangy pineapple, green pine and darkly sweet florals with modest alcohol overtones. Up front, the palate is bitter pineapple and citrus. By mid-palate the florals emerge nicely and the pine slinks into the background; everything ends up pretty dry. The finish is quite clean, showing just a hint of pine; a nice carbonation bite is followed by a moderate piney bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the light body, and the texture is slightly creamy and quite prickly from the strong carbonation. This beer appears to have all of the hallmarks of the style, and is quite refreshing for an IPA. (12 oz bottle, 118 days after pkg)

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw under a mousy 3” meringue-like persistent foam cap that lasts over 3 minutes. Produces Gothic window lace. S: Grassy, pine, fruit, over ripe fruit, Belgian yeast aromas. T: Very fruity palate with tropical, citrus and bubble gum joined by light biscuit. Medium bitterness, medium high yeast character. F: Very creamy, medium light body, medium high carbonation. O: A very drinkable, well made beer.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy glowing gold with a huge head. nose; spicy belgian funk, citrus rind & subdued hops. taste; lemongrass, citrus hop, clean pilsner/wheat grain, lemon pith, crackery malt, massive pear sweets middle and a light peppercorn kick on the end. finishes dry and lightly mint. strong carbonation and medium mouthfeel. a very herbal and moderately complex BIPA overall. light, well-balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of DovGibor
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/23/15; poured into a pint glass. Solid two inches of fluffy white head that lingered well, and dissipated to a ring that stuck with the beer while I drank it. Crystal clear dark straw with good carbonation.

Aroma is slightly tart with rich hops. Mouthfeel is bubbly and light. Light malt and yeast flavor with strong hop bitterness that balances well. Dry with evident wheat flavor and feel.

Overall it's mildly bitter and light, though very enjoyable and an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 7/23/15 at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 13.49/four-pack at Consumer’s, Lancaster, NY
Aroma of some pine, fades throughout the consumption
Head large (Six cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to
Lacing good – narrow rings of tiny and small bubbles
Body light yellow, slight haze
Flavor begins somewhat hoppy with pine and some fruity esters, ends with slight plastic overtones; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, dry, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice layer on the surface. The beer itself is a cloudy pale straw color. The look is very nice and a good example of a BIPA.

The smell and taste are nice and hoppy. The hop notes vary from a dry-hopped pint to a nice citrusy note. The malt and wheat have a slight presence in the form of a light and biscuit sweetness that manages to shine through the strong hop notes. The taste is a bit more bitter than the smell and is very good.

The feel is good. A medium bodied beer with nice carbonation and a dry but not too dry finish.

Overall, a very good BIPA worth getting when it's available.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had high expectations for this one and was let down. Like most from Allagash. This pours much lighter than expected. Solid aroma. Taste is good, but odd when cold. Better as it warmed, but still not let down.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Light yellowish type color, fairly clear in appearance
Smell - Fruity, yeast, lemony
Taste - Fruity, spritzy, lemony, Belgian yeast, pears, spice
Feel - Finishes dry

Overall - Digging this! It's like a wheat, saison and an IPA all rolled into one beer. Very tasty and crushable.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev +14%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Photo of RJIV
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle on 7/23/15
Pours a hazy straw yellow with a puff of thick white foam.
Smells of slight grape juice, banana esters
Taste of banana and pears up front with a middle body of Belgian yeast and a nice bitterness.
Medium bodied with a smooth carbonation.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

a: Vibrant yet opaque pineapple colored body with a 2 1/2 fingers of shock white, merague head that sticks around for the whole drink.

s: Seductive citrus and floral aroma. Fresh wheat, grapefruit, citrus zest, floral hops.

t: Bready and crackery malts, grapefruit, both juice and zest, some grassy notes with a peppery, spicy finish.

mf: The malts are balanced with the hops for what I consider a medium bodied beer. Nice carobonation. Dry finish.

o: This is like MBC Pepper Ale on steriods. And while the malts and the various hops are well balanced, the spicy, peppery esters seem to clash a bit with the hops. Otherwise this a great Belgian IPA.

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Photo of SFNC
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, not sure why this one does not get better marks. Tart, tangy, effervescent and nicely dry. Looks great, smell great and tastes better. Of note, the head lasted for the duration of my sipping this one. One of the best' I've had all year. Well done Allagash, well done indeed!

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Photo of WellRested518
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"This thing is like diving into a Belgian bath house full of fresh cut grass, rose pedals, and pineapple while cheating on your ex-wife with Jennifer Love Hewitt. As you embrace her she blows a bubble of Hubbabubba Freak and you're finished. BONE DRY."

In all seriousness, this thing is great. No, it's not BONE DRY, but for a Belgian Ipa it more than fits the bill.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Wonderful citrus hops on the nose. Pours a yellow orange color with head for days and tiny carbonation bubbles that elevate gently throughout the life of the beer. The taste is nice, but there is an aftertaste that is alcohol forward - very dry finish. Felt like it was hard to put an overall rating on this beer - excellent aspects, some OK aspects.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a hazy yellow golden color with two fingers worth of white rocky head

S-bready malt backbone, citrus, floral hops, and yeast

T-more hops in the taste than the smell suggests but still has bready malts, citrus, light fruits, and yeast

M-medium body, crisp carbonation

Overall very drinkable and a nice Belgian take for the style

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet: color is gold/straw, head is bright white and at least 1 inch thick with a great lingering quality that after 5 minutes still has about 1 inch.

Smell is where the first quality of a belgian style ale comes in, nice phenol/ester quality, with fruitiness, then some bitter hop notes. Great first impression.

Taste does the turn towards the IPA, more malt flavors, more floral hoppiness, subtle citrus, light earth and pine; belgian yeast is subtle and provides a unique quality. It is not sweet as some BIPAs tend to go to.

Mouthfeel is exactly where you like this style, dry, bitter and full bodied. Cleaner flavor and not sweet or cloying.

Overall, a great, high quality take on a belgian IPA, maybe more subtle flavors but a nice dry/bitter/full finish.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A belgian crossover delight packaged in an IPA wrapper. Nice head over a clear orange yellow with plenty of bubbles. Fantastic hop and belgian yeast aromas. Tastes is hard hitting and doesn't mellow with time or temperature. Smooth but at the same time it reminds you it's there. Without a doubt I will be revisiting this.

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Photo of CHickman
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at RattleNHum in NYC; pours very cloudy piss yellow color with a foamy bright white head that faded slowly and left fantastic thick foamy lacing coating the sides and excellent foamy rings and spider webs as it went down. Outstanding looking beer.

Smells of orange peel, yeast, coriander, lemon zest, pepper, wheat, saltine cracker, peppercorn, floral hops and lots of leafy earthy notes. The aroma is complex yet basic and full of hoppy goodness combined with spices and a fine malt base.

Tastes like it smells with a fruity mix of citrus and bready malt; the flavor is like the nose with a complex blend of citrus fruit, orange peel, chalky yeast, coriander, lemon zest, pepper, wheat, saltines cracker, peppercorn, floral hops, grass, tea leaf and leafy earthy notes. Like the aroma it's complex yet basic and full of hoppy notes that blend all of the citrus, floral and piney hop notes together extremely well with the malt base and mild spicy elements. It's more American IPA than Belgian IPA, and really damn tasty and easy to drink. Super smooth, it was so good I ordered a second and it was just as hoppy, complex and flavorful. It hides the ABV masterfully. Great beer, I'll seek it out whenever possible.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Love the four pack format. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a huge, frothy head. Aroma is quite Belgian and also very floral. Sweet maltiness, Belgian yeast, flowery and earthy hops. Flavor has a pronounced Belgian quality. Lots of floral hops again. Spicy. Tangy. Finishes with a lingering grassy hop and peppery spice. Noticeable alcohol. Pretty tasty. Not was I was expecting.

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Photo of LeRose
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. Reviewing after having my third bottle (not all at once...).

Appearance - poured a bit aggressively and was rewarded with an immense foamy head, so getting the beer in the glass took a while. Dense, creamy, white head that took a very long time to fall, leaving beautiful heavy curtains of lace on the glass. The beer itself was a very slightly hazy golden orange color.

Smell - I felt it was actually a bit understated, almost restrained in the aroma. Definitely get the hop aromas, but there is a different character - much fresher and "greener" aroma that is predominantly citrusy and floral, not so much in the way of the more resinous or pine-like aromas. In character with the Amaraillo and Centennial used for flavoring and aroma according to the brewer. There is a light bread-like aroma and hints of Belgian yeast and a bit of spice. It almost comes across as "tame", but in a good way - like everything was put together to have just this effect.

Taste - the first thing I picked up was a very light sweetness followed by the citrus and floral components of the flavor/aroma hops - very intense yet not overwhelming. Mid-palate there is a significant bitter impact (thank you Chinook) but it is very short-lived. It seems to clean the palate briefly and then allows the malt and other hop flavors as well as the Belgian yeast notes to come back to the fore. This "layering" effect was very interesting and completely enjoyable. There's a lot going on but in a subtle way - citrus, spice, earthy leafy notes, some tea-like tastes, sweetness and biscuit flavors from the malt - yet it all seems controlled rather than a muddle of flavors. Nice lingering mild sweetness and I swear there is a mint component in the after-taste - very faint but noticeable as an almost cooling effect.

Feel - lively enough carbonation. It is of medium body - not to light, not too heavy. Nicely drying on the finish, some lingering sweetness.

Overall - I guess it is obvious I think this is a fantastic beverage. It is understated and straightforward in some ways, but there are layers of flavors and aromas going on that all work together despite the potential for a train wreck. It seems mostly true to the style - the hop component is there as well as the Belgian component and everybody plays nice in the sandbox. Well done. I will buy this beer again - no doubt.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a bottle of this a few weeks back up in Totowa, having never had this before. I like Belgian IPA's but they tend to be too much Belgian and not enough IPA or the other way around. That wasn't the case here as this was the most balanced example of the kind that I ever enjoyed and even though it was a tad strong, I enjoyed this immensely and would get this again if it was still available!

Nice golden hue to the this as it had a bright appearance, a cloudy consistency and a wonderful soft and fluffy head that lingered down to the last sip. The latter stuck around as soapy lacing and the aroma was decent but didn't quite live up to the appearance of this. Plenty of wheat and yeast in the taste with pine resin and earthy hops bursting out from the muted fruit profile of this. Notes from banana to mango were here but not terribly strong as a Belgian sweetness stood out more. Nice soapy mouthfeel here which gave the beer a soft slickness and a tie-in to the appearance of it!

This was a tad strong but the alcohol was only felt and not something that had to compete with the wild range of flavors here. I was really impressed with this from start to finish and how easily it went down given the complexity of it. Easily matched up with anything from overseas and arguably Allagash's strongest offering. This one's not to be missed.

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Photo of MrCee
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find that there are Belgian people and IPA people and never the twain will meet, until now...at least for the Belgian people (being one I can't speak for IPA fans). This has IPA body without the overdone hoppiness. It has a light yellow color, frothy head and a full Belgian finish. For Belgian fans that want to go IPA this is a good place to go.

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