Allagash Hugh Malone | Allagash Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
864
Reviews:
300
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
116
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 864 |  Reviews: 300
Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 ejane
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Budlum
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gsdmica
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 50marathons
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good flavor although just a touch on the skunky side.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
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 +7.9%
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 -3.3%
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 xtonytx
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatrickCT
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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 rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brauseboof
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jheimiller
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mleblanc25
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wlfmaldon1
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of popcornlips
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisMyhre
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NateF90
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SFNC
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +12.2%
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 trxxpaxxs
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 864 ratings.
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