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Allagash Hugh MaloneAllagash Hugh Malone

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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 n2185
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw gold with two fingers of sticky white head that leaves good lacing and retains well.

S: Lots of grassy hop aromas with some lemony citrus notes. There is some Belgian candy sweetness towards the end.

T: Lots of grassy and lemony hop flavors up front with a light bitterness. There are some lightly sweet Belgian yeast flavors on the finish.

M: Light body with high carbonation, this beer is nice and crisp.

O: Overall, a pretty good Belgian IPA, though I feel like the Belgian notes get a bit overwhelmed by the hops. They're definitely there, but don't balance well with the hop flavors.

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

Poured on 3/21/11 into a Russian River Globe. Thanks to Viciouskinishes for sharing this one, thanks Gabe.

Pours a dark brownish amber with tons of vigorously bubbling off whit head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing at all.

Smell is almost all sweet malts. Some grassy earthy hops to rear their head towards the end though.

Taste is crisp with a grassy hop presence, grapefruit, and spices. A little booze in there but not to much. Malts mix with the spice nicely and make a nice sweet/spice mix.

Mouthfeel is very crisp with some booze and hops after taste but not much. Some bite up front but fades rather quickly.

Overall this is a good solid beer. ABV is low enough were I can take down an entire bottle and not feel to buzzed, taste is pleasing, goes down smoothly, and the dryness keeps you comming back for more.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This must be one of the first Allagash brews I have not enjoyed. From the pour, the beer looked amazing. A murky golden orange with very thick foam and a bitter citrus smell. I was pretty excited. But after my first sip, I realized something was a little off. The bitterness I smelled turned into a round, sour taste. Not sharp sour like a flemish sour ale, but round sour, like old milk. I'm not sure if I just got a bad bottle, or if this was their intention, but it didn't work for me. The orange and citrus notes redeemed it enough to make it drinkable, but there was something acrid about the taste that really put me off. All around, I'm a huge Allagash fan, so I'm hoping and guessing this was just an off bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of americanpsycho
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Allagash and it won't be my last. Nice foam head on the pour. It is well balanced and easily drinkable. Don't let the high ABV scare you off. Primarily citrus and pine taste with Belgian yeast going around. There might be something better out there but this is a pretty good start to me.

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Photo of Hollybee
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold cloudy appearance.
Pours with a cloudy head nice gold- amber color

Smell brings light citrus, orange notes, expected more alcohol in the nose but there's no burn.
Not a lot of floral hops. Yeasty and bready

Balanced and bitter on the tongue
Smooth to start and then gentle carbonation. Hops balances the sweetness and finishes with slight bitter. Smooth and clean

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

it basically looks like an allagash white, which is beautiful, slightly cloudy, and a nice white head that leaves a little bit of lacing behind, but not too sticky.
a good swirl yields a good amount of bubbles and a hefty yeast smell, with a bit of lemony hops. it reminds of of a mix between a nice saison with the grassy yeasty lemon Aspects, and a ipa with some decent hop presence, but room for other qualities to poke their heads in.
the fresh yeast in this 2010 vintage is so pleasant. it plays foreground, with hops and lemon goodness flirting on the outskirts.
im glad to share this beer, but the drinkability is so high, i wouldnt mind having it all to myself :)

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Photo of scottfrie
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to my uncle for the Christmas present.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a billowing frothy bright white head that took forever to recede into an oily, thick, chunky film that left a solid sheet of fine lacing was left down my whole glass.
S: Light notes of spicy Belgian yeast mixed with citrus and grassy hops.
T: Rich and tingly flavors of Belgian spices and peppers. Very rich and spicy. The yeast also adds some dry doughy flavors, and the hops add some grassy earthy spices. Finish is juicy and sweet, and the aftertaste is ever so slightly bitter. I get hints of mint and bubblegum as well.
M: Medium body with amply frothy carbonation that tingles up in your mouth with every sip. Mouthfeel is a little rough around the edges because of it. Aftertaste is fairly dry.
D: A very drinkable beer, but not the best in the style. Another great beer from a great brewery though!

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Super cloudy golden yellow. Enormous off white white head with some lacing.

S: Bready malts, big fruity aroma, and a heavy emphasis on the honey sweetness. Floral hops are present as well.

T: Smooth yeasty malts, large apple/pear and citrus fruit flavor. clove-like peppery spices are found in the flavor as well. Sort of boozy, but not too overwhelming in the actual taste. Relatively dry, bitter hop finish.

M: Sweet, almost tangy. Medium carbonation, medium body. A very well-balanced Belgian.

D: Amazing. Fantastically refreshing. Great brew.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with a fine, rocky, persistent head. Leaves heavy lacing on the glass. Very pretty!

Belgian yeast is strong on the nose with bread, spice and fruit.

The yeast flavors are very prominent, bready and fruity, and a bit sour. Hops blend in with a grainy, herbal bitterness that is quite pronounced.

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Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in August 2010. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, yellowish, orange color with a huge white head that seems to last forever. I usually let the head dissipate before a bit before drinking but after 5+ minutes it doesn't seem to have diminished much, if at all. Nice lacing left from the very top of the glass all the way down to bottom once finished.

Surprisingly hoppy in the nose, with some citrus leading the way. A tad of earthiness and a spicy quality consistent with Belgian yeast. Some fruit characteristics come through as well, mostly light fruit.

Hops first, citrus and some grapefruit, followed quickly by a sweet malt flavor. Light fruit and yeast are present throughout. Slight spice notes as well. Finishes very dry with a lingering bitterness.

The mouthfeel lies somewhere between light and medium, leaning closer to the medium end. High carbonation may be what makes this one seem like it lighter than it is.

Listed as 8.5% ABV here but my bottle says 7.8% on the label. Either way, the alcohol didn't show up much, if at all. Very drinkable. A decent take on the style. I find that Belgian IPAs end up either on the hoppy American side or the yeasty Belgian side but this one seems to walk the line pretty well compared to most.

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3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 to tulip. Bottled in 2010.

A: Four fingers of eggshell white on the pour, this fantastic looking cap has a creamy/foamy texture and is very long lasting. The head deflates more quickly along the edges of the glass, causing a lumpy mountain of foam to remain in the middle. The body has light straw colored hues. A second pour produces contiguous lacing about the glass which is quite an improvement from the scrappy segments left from the first pour.

S: Toasted malts of straw and grain with a French bread crust component and light candi sugar. The hop bill presents notes of grass and flowers while the yeast adds light barnyard aromas. Possible light fusel alcohol on the nose which I find to be well integrated and not a detracting factor.

T & M: Semi sweet up front with a very dry, bitter finish and alcoholic warmth from the belly up. Hugh Malone lives off of it's lively carbonation. The flavor and mouthfeel are losing points the longer this bottle sits open.

D: Excellent representation of a style that I'm not particularly fond of. Leans much closer to Belgian than American. Drinks well but I don't see myself making a repeat purchase for B+ beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a light orange color and thick, cloudy consistency. There was a big, bright white, creamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing. An outstanding appearance.

S: A big aroma of citrus, hops, spices, yeast. A very enticing nose.

T: Tasted of pineapple, lemon, hops, Belgian yeast, and some spices (pepper, e.g.). A complex flavor, but the citrus element always seems to want to take over. Still, very tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another well made, drinkable beer from Allagash.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kite & Key during the Philadelphia Craft Beer Express event on 11/13/10.

A - Opaque and unfitered, like freshly squeezed orange juice, with a perfect finger's width of dense off-white foam on top that transformed into an elaborate wall of thick, ornate lacing.

S - Aroma is very citrus-forward but also features Belgian yeast characteristics quite prominently and suggests spicy and musty tones in the background. A hint of alcohol also emerged as the liquid warmed up.

T - Grapefruit is at the forefront, giving Hugh Malone a fruity initial flavor. In the middle, the spicy Belgian yeast character kicks in, giving the flavor a peppery flair. Grassy and pine notes offer lots of hop character as well. Finishes with a tinge of alcohol warmth in the backend.

M - Medium bodied with a slight syrupy texture and a pleasant effervescence. Finishes with a dry, lingering bitterness and mild alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - I enjoyed this much more on tap that from the bottle. The hops really come out more and give this brew a freshness that I enjoyed quite a bit.

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Photo of Brez07
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. 16oz pour into my chalice at Novare Res

A: Hazy orange color with limited head. Leaves behind some swiss cheese-like lacing

S: Notes of orange zest, grass and pale malt. Seems fairly well hopped for a belgian IPA

T: A very tasty citrus blend. Orange, pineapple and some piney goodness. Some hop bitterness mixed in. Somewhere during the glass, the belgian yeast appears, which is pretty standard for this brewer

M: Medium bodied. Well carbonated, rolling from front to back. Dry, crisp finish

D: One of my favorites from Allagash. Although I've never had it from a bottle, it's fantastic on tap. Hops are really put on display

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Photo of EtOHMD
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at picco. Live review. Poured into an Allagash tulip glass. Golden yellow orange color with thick white head and excellent lacing. Complex smell and taste which are quite similar - combination of spicy peppery and pine (which ultimately wins out) combined with fruity hints which are there but fleeting (citrus, banana, keep thinking peach (?)). Pretty smooth feel. Liking this one but wouldn't go for more than a couple.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 10/22/10 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

a - Pours a nice amber-golden color with two inches of creamy white head and light carbonatioin evident.

s - Smells of mint, pine, spices, cloves, and a little lemon.

t - Tastes of mint, pine, floral hops, citrus, and spices.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok Belgian IPA, but there was something in the smell and taste that seemed like mint to me that was offputting; not sure exactly what it was. Decent but probably would not have again.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one has been on my Wants for a while, finally picked it up at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA during a recent "out-of-towners" sale.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: golden-blonde with three plus fingers of fluffy, lumpy white head that drops to a hillock & leaves some sticky clumps of lacing. Translucent, hazy, with a few streams of fast, tiny nucleation.

Smells of golden delicious apple, bright Belgian yeast spiciness, some lemon, a little hay, & a little like hard candy. Good smell, but I can't say it's nothing I haven't smelled before.

Sweet orange-lemon candy kind of flavor up front in the taste, soon broken by a rind-like bitterness & some alcohol heat. Again, there are the spices from the yeast -- I'm likening to coriander, maybe a little anise, maybe even a little pepper -- that come in & give it some complexity, but those have a hard time holding up against the bitterness & the dryness from the booze. Long, bitter aftertaste as well, in a way that, I'm sorry to say, is sort of deadening to the palate.

On the full-bodied side, at best tingly & engaging & at worst sharp & abrasive. Here's my beer synesthesia coming into play, but the aftertaste is "gray" -- my mouth is left feeling kind of tired, battered even.

Not the easiest one to finish, a little overwhelming, & not in a good way. Hmm, not sure this was worth the "out-of-towner" price I dropped for it. The high points were pretty standard for the style (which is still to say, "good"), the low points were a turn-off. The alcohol wore too much & wasn't justified by the flavor. Decent enough, but not my fave by a long shot.

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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 3/23/2010. Bottle was I think a 2009 (no date).

Clear vibrant orange with tangerine highlights. Big smooth creamy ecru head. Dense bubbles. Big thick laces.

Toasty caramel and bread. vanilla, candi sugar. Spicy herbal, and pine.

Toasty bread, caramel, candi sugar, vanilla, hint of booze. Spicy pine and herbal. Some citrus, grapefruit rind. Touch of woody oak. Smooth bitterness.

Smooth as fuck. dry with a med body and some stickiness.

Awesome, very drinkable. Complex, tasty. No date, but had for at least a year. This is a great beer with some age on it.

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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 twelvsies
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 version, on draught. Served in a nice Allagash glass, bright and vibrant orange with a soapy foam head. Lots of bready aromas and a nice woodsy hop bouquet in the nose. Wow, lots of hops - moreso than I remember upon sampling this beer a few years ago - maybe they have stepped up the hoppage in recent years to follow the trends. Citrusy and sharp, but with musty earth underpinnings, yeasty and doughy all at once. A pretty darn tasty combination. Nice body and heft on the palate and a fun one to drink, shooting so many flavors at you without over-mucking the beer. A winner.

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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 Pencible
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This poured clear gold with lots of thick white head.
S: It smelled like tart apricot and lemon zest, and a bit of spicy wheat and alcohol.
T: It tasted like apricot and pineapple hops up front, followed by sour yeast and tart dry citrus. It had a very clean and bitter aftertaste with some funk.
M: It was oily with smooth carbonation; very slick.
D: This was a great beer with perfect balance and bright, crisp taste. It was a delicious mix of bitter and sour and funky and sweet. It had perfect body too, so it was quite easy to drink. Not for aging, but very nice fresh.

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Photo of Duttonic
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle into a wine glass.

A- Golden/burnt orange in hue, one finger of head that soon dissipates, cloudy, bubbling. Little to no lacing.

S- Sweet, citrus, faint hop/floral aroma, similar to fresh baked bread.

T/M- Sweet, mildly chewy, orange, lemon, mild pepper. Rich, airy, but still something to sink your teeth into.

D- Tasty and goes down easily. High alcohol content, but that isn't a bad thing. A bit sweet for me to enjoy the whole bottle, but great to share.

I like this beer a lot. Not what I was expecting for an IPA, but this could be the Belgian take on it. It seems more like a Belgian strong ale, but there is hop character to this one. I think this is a great summer beer and would pair well with pungent cheeses, salty meats, and olives.

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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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