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Allagash Hugh MaloneAllagash Hugh Malone

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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 Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Kshock
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy orange color with bright white head and lacing on the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

S- Smells like belgian yeast and some hoppiness, backed up by some malty sweetness.

T- Fruity sweet esters followed by some hoppy flavors, but bitter. interesting how its has a strong flavor without being very bitter. Clean finish like most Allagash beers.

M- Light on the palate and dances a bit with agitation then drys out into a very clean finish.

O- Very well made beer, but what else would you expect from Allagash.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a review for a batch 5 bottle ... Abv has changed to 8.3%.

A: Caution contents under pressure is no understatement. This corked btl POPs with very little pull and needs an immediate glass to pour into or it will volcano all over the place. Pours a yellow amber color which has just the slightest haze and has an angry stream of bubbles trying to escape in my Duvel glass. A rather stark white head forms and threatens never to leave. Lacing is equally motivated to never go away.

S: Orchard pear and some tangerine jump out first followed by a subtle spice.

T: Harshly bitter up front and more spicy than I might have imagined. Bitterness comes mostly from grassy notes and fruity notes take time to develop and are more suggestive of citrus pith/rind and juice.

M: lots of carbonation leads to a prickly palate.

O: Looks amazing. Smells amazing. Though good this tastes like a typical belgian IPA (read as disappointing)

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here is one from Allagash that got mixed up with the Victoria series at the Downtown Spec's, so I hadn't noticed it for a while there. Fret no more, Hugh, I will give you a home.

Appearance: Pours a very clear yellow gold color with a huge head 3+" thick that was the product of a monster vortex of bubbles rising. So much so that the head rose after the pour. The head itself is slightly off white to almost peach colored. It was probably 5 minutes before the head started to fall to where I would be able to drink the beer. After the head finally starts to decide to submit to gravity, it leaves some pretty decent, but spotted, lace on the glass.

Aroma: I initially got a good amount of hopping that reminded me of some of the Belgian sour beers, but the malt is reserved through the head. It really seems like I am picking up a subtle wild yeast character through the foam, but let's see once the beer settles a bit...whenever that will be.

Taste: The flavor is also led by the hops, but there is also malt detectable in the flavor as some toasty notes with some bread crusts. The hops are coming back as lemon grass in the flavor more so than I thought from the aroma. The beer is actually pretty hoppy for just about any style, but the finishing hops are quite assertive and win out for the balance of the finish. Though the hops are in control of pretty much the whole beer, there is some balance provided to keep the palate in check throughout the experience.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, but it was a bit out of balance for my taste. There is something about it that I can't quite put my finger on. It is like it has a very subtle wild character, but not enough to contribute anything but an anomaly in the flavor. That said, it is probably just an earthy hops that I am misinterpreting or something. Either way, I will certainly drink the whole bottle, but they make others that I enjoy a lot more than I have this one.

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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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.04/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Clear light golden with a thin white cap. Lots of lacing down the glass. Pretty.

A subdued and mild nose. Not a lot here. Some sweet fruit aromas and a presence of Belgian yeast but not an overly aromatic beer at all.

Follows the nose, in that this beer just doesn't have much punch or any powerful flavors. A mild beer for such a relatively high ABV. Some mild sweetness, a touch of hop bitterness, some Belgian yeast tang presence, but everything is quite subdued.

Thin to medium mouthfeel, a touch airy, very easy drinking.

A relatively uninteresting and bland Belgian IPA. What flavors that are here are pleasant enough, but they're hiding!

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Photo of sidetracked
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale gold with an abundant cream head. Nice lacing.

Smell is very floral with some ginger, pepper, and nutmeg.

Upfront taste is mildly bitter floral hops. Bready malts come through at the middle cutting the bitterness a bit. Bitter floral hop finish with a little pine, grapefruit citrus, lemon. Some pepper notes? Lingering bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp finish.

Good bitterness, but kind of unexciting flavor. Aroma is almost like a hopped up saison. Some of what I feel detracts from the beer may just be due to the style in comparison to an American IPA.


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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, fresh hops, and not to incriminate myself, kind of like a bag of weed. In the taste, dry pine hops and a light yeasty presence. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small hop and yeasty aftertaste. Big hops and mellow Belgian like qualities. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of n2185
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +1.5%
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 -22.3%
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 -1.8%
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 +12.2%
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 +11.7%
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 +1.5%
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 -5.1%
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 +5.6%
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 -1.5%
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 +1.5%
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 -5.3%
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 +7.4%
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 +2.3%
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 +4.1%
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 -3.6%
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 -16.8%
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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