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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 jujubeast6000
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/15/2007 (bottle):

Don't know much about it, except that it cost $17 for a 750mL bottle, 2-4 times what I normally buy.. Pours a medium brown color, very murky. Off-tan head, big & lasting. Big bubbles & good lacing. Very effervescent, light floral aroma. Not as dark or heavy an aroma as a Belgian strong. Also there's a sharp smell, not quite metallic. But kind of plasticy. Uh oh...I think that usually means something bad. Sharp strong taste, with that same plasticy but more dull. Spicy aftertaste. Warming up some more...Not as plasticy and the flavors are a little more muted. Spicy somewhat hoppy & not too dark or heavy. More perfumy & floral. Goes well with salty chips & salsa. Tasty beer.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - From the $16.00 bottle poured a nice golden amber ale with a beautiful, rocky, dense head that never really settled; modest lace and a stream of bubbles.

S - Hops, alcohol, citrus, peat and even a bit of leather.

T/M - Similar to the smell with a wonderful sourness that frames the hops; this is a complex ale that really changes as it warms. The warmer it becomes, the creamier it gets. Perfect carbonation. Quite exceptional.

D - Well, at 8.5 ABV the envelope is maxed out. I can see pairing this with fish 'n chips, maybe some raw shell fish or preferably on its own year 'round.

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Photo of ccrida
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 (a whooping $18.99, kept in a dark refrigerator at John's Market) poured into my Damnation tulip, Hugh Malone is a murky orange gold with a large very dense and long lasting off white head that slowly settles on the sides, leaving a very heavy, perfect lace around an island of foam in the middle. The first top off resulted in the exact opposite, heavy foam walls with rocky craters in the middle. Even on the final settle a good 1.5 hrs later, there was still heavy foamy lace, wow!

Smell is spicy noble hops and bready malt, similar to an Imperial pils. Strong citrus intensified as it warmed, which I preferred from the just above fridge serving temp, although the alcohol vapors did as well.

Taste is strong alcohol and maltiness, lightly toasted, big but rounded, spicy hops. Grainy wheat tang on the finish with a sharp aftertaste, a bit of orange and honey, the sweetness of the cereals and doughiness of the yeast come as it warms, which is the way to serve it. Hugh Malone reminds me a lot of Hommel - which is an easy $10 less!

Mouthfeel is pretty thick, in spite of the magnificent head, the carbonation, the mouthfeel seems spicy and dry, but heavy and not terribly digestible. As it warmed, it lost much of the sharpness and got very creamy, very nice, from 3.5-4.5, I'll give it a 4 avg.

Drinkability is ok, pretty good but overpriced, even with the dollar a bottle going to charity. I better be really blown away by the 07 Interlude I just tracked down for a $25 in WA!!! As it stands, this one has a bit too much of a bite, on both the taste and the wallet!

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Photo of doubleipa
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now that we get Allagash in Georgia we're even getting the special releases. Nice frothy head, fully dimished. Body was hazy, amber. Aroma: light bread, hay, and straw. LIght hoppiness, with herb and grass. Moderate yeast, aswell. Kind of smells like their Tripel. Also banana and apple. Very much like the tripel, but not as malty or yeasty. Ok, but not something I would buy again.

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

I had not realized that this beer was a hop-forward ale. I'm glad I didn't try to cellar it, sacrificing the hop character in regret. A little head's-up on the bottle would have been nice. Having said that, the hop character, though pronounced doesn't give the bitterness or the hop flavor/aroma that classic Belgian hoppy beers do, like DeRank XX, Poppering's, or Houblon. The hops are tucked in right behind the Dubbel or Belgian amber ale maltiness. Those malts are very well attenuated, firm, soft, creamy, rich, and never leaves any residual sugars on the palate. Confection-like sweetness evaporates in the mouth and makes the beer increadibly drinkable. Fruity, rum-soaked peaches, pears, berries, apples, and appricots give the beer a lot of direction. Figs, pecans, and dates also contribute a richness that go along with a light maple syrup flavor. Finishes with an earthy, pungent, hop-herbal note that flirts with the candied malts well into the finish. An excellent beer, but I needed a lot more hop flavor, aroma, and bitterness- especially if American variety hops are used.

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

On tap at 5th Earl Market recently. Totally enjoyed that place. Will need to go back for sure.

A - poured a cloudy, orange amber with an off-white head

S - you get that hoppy IPA aroma at first, but damn if the Belgian don't come in. Some funk and yeastiness to go with the bready malt. These all mix quite well with the aforementioned hop aroma

T - similar to the nose. Again, that IPA action is present, but the Belgian makes a charge into the palate as well. Unlike any recent wars in the last 100 years the Belgian seems to take the upper hand compared to the IPA flavor (no offense LOL. I do have a degree in history so I thought it was vaguely funny). Basically, the beer could use a bit more of a hop flavor to it. Maybe it's just that I'm not used to Belgian IPAs. Who knows? Still, quite enjoyable taste

M - a smooth, medium bodied beer that goes down quite well

D - pretty good. Enjoyed this beer (and 5th Earl) and would've had another, but decided to jet as the gf didn't want anything else. Would drink again. Allagash keeping it real as always

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle.

The beer poured a very nice cloudy orange-ish color with a big white head, no doubt due to the carbonation. The beer gave off a nice hopy aroma with a hint of sweetness and maybe a little pine. The taste was first I really got all of the hops and then the Belgian yeast flavors really kicked in and it just brought the whole beer together. The beer was carbonated just right and it was very smooth, rich and highly drinkable. I will be going back to get a few bottles to keep around. This may become a staple in my beer fridge.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub courtesy of Brickstoredave. Pours a slightly cloudy orangey golden with an okay head. Nice aromas of piney hops and some malty sweetness as well as the typical Belgian yeast. This is a style that I often think can be too far in one direction or the other, but his manages to get it right. On tap its is very nice. The taste is even more on point with piney, spicy hops, some mellow sweetness that serves to underscore the hops, and that nice yeasty, Belgian tang. A tiny bit prickly in the throat, but with a touch of lingering sweetness to counterbalance this. Just delicious on tap. Alcohol? What alcohol?

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Photo of froghop
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy brown with a large dirty white head, some lacing.

smell of dark fruits, yeast, citrus, peach, and a touch of caramel.

taste of fruits, touch of sweetness, some metallicness to it, some hops, and caramel in the back, slight dry finish.

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Photo of andascia
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Most people I have spoken with about this beer find that it falls off the bridge connecting IPAs to beautiful Belgian Golden Ales. Yet, I think otherwise. The taste is simple, pure, and clean. It is not an IPA, bursting with piney resin and floral nodes of hops (as its namesake might suggest), nor is it a deep rich traditional Belgian. But somehow I feel like it takes both sides into account and maintains a simplicity that is rare to find amidst the current market of double and triple super beers. Pours a light honey tone, drinks lightly and clean, and goes down with a slight hint of alcohol. It has a lot of the qualities of both beers it references, sacrificing a few of the deepest, most complex characteristics, but finishes refreshingly and in harmony with a hot summer eve.

I tasted it at the bottle shop at Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA and loved every drop.

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Photo of chuckd123
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had my first Hugh Malone last weekend at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME. Excellent flavor and taste, definitely different than a typical American IPA. A sweet, faintly fruity beer -- poured a cloudy dark copper color with a nice head. Hard to describe the unique flavor -- someone else called it piney, which is about as good a description as I can think of. Don't go into this expecting it to taste like every other IPA you've tried -- it's got its own taste and is definitely worth a try. As for drinkability - you do notice it is an 8.5% beer, and more than two in a sitting would be tough.

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Photo of 100floods
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening the bottle I smelled a piney sweetness that I wasn't expecting. I knew this was an IPA, but not a beglian one. Pouring into a Caracole tulip glass, there was a split between head and liquid, the head dissovled quickly.

There are faint smells of hops. It could be cascade, i'm not sure. This beer at first feels more like an IPA, but you eventually get that belgian kick. This is an interesting combo because I would never put these two flavors together. There's the sweetness of the belgian influence, but there's that IPA punch without the intense IPA flavor, however, after several burps, I can taste the IPA on the way back up. After a few more sips I realize that the IPA aspect kinda takes a back seat, which is fine. It all works out in the end.

This is definitely a beer that doesn't want to be just one kinda beer. This is not a wild or adventurous beer, but it's a great unexpected combination that works really well, which makes the experience special. Mind you this is my first 'belgian IPA', it definitely got me to investigate more.

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Photo of corey0212
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a glowing honey/orange color, big fluffy white head, fades very slowly and leaves a ton of lacing. Smells glorious, lots of resinous piney hops, sweet caramel malt, and a whiff of Belgian yeast. Taste is a bright citric hop explosion, lots of pine notes, but all elegantly balanced by the sweetness of the malt. Creamy mouthfeel, tight carbonation, tons of lingering bitterness on the back and underside of the tongue. This is absolutely one of the tastiest beers I've had. Exquisite!!!

EDIT: 9.27.09...I'm editing my review and giving this beer all 5s. I can't find any flaws, so,'s perfect.

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

A: Fairly deep brown color. Poured with a finger of slightly off white head. Excellent retention. No lacing.

S: Yeasty and bready with tons of dark fruit. Not even a hint of hops but I think this bottle has some age on it.

T: Tons of dark fruit up front. This is an excellent Belgian Strong dark ale. No hints of IPA at all. Very refreshing though.

M: Nice medium body. Very smooth mouthfeel.

D: Not quite a Belgian IPA but still a good beer. For the price there are much better options out there like La Chouffe IPA. Don't think I can recommend this one.

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy bright golden amber with a big puffy white head that lasted the duration of the session and left very good lacing. The smell is subdued and balanced for an IPA with some citrus hops but a significant sweet bready malt aroma as well. Taste is also heavy with sweet malts with the hops playing a supporting role. The mouthfeel is very creamy with good carbonation and a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Very crisp and clean. This is an extremely nice beer and the low-key hop profile makes it more drinkable than the alcohol indicates. Recommended.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty, muddy amber wth a slow recedng head, and very hard to see bubbling through the thick haze. The color looks just an IPA with ome more haze tan usual. The aroma is a medium sweet biscuit with a touch of honey a spicey touch of hoppy earth. The tate starts with the sweet biscuity toasted malts with notes of grains of pardise andhoney. The hops lend a light touch of lemon and some pine forest. The palate is a good balance of sweetness and bitterness. THe finish is long and mildly bitter. Great beer worth buying again and again

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Photo of WillClark
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the 750ml bottle into a wide wine glass a murky reddish-gold with a decent, whipped egg-white head with good retention that released nice fruity yeast tones. Mouthfeel was lighter than I would have expected, and it has a pleasant dry, bitter finish.

I split a case of this beer with a friend with the intention of aging the other two bottles- one for a year and the other to be determined. I think this beer has a lot going on and time will really mellow it out and give it some more rewarding characteristics.

Over all, this is a nice beer- great packaging and nice little note about donating a buck a bottle to community groups in Maine. But in the end, it's nothing that blew me away and I can only look forward to seeing what this guy has in store next July 13th.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I popped a 750 and poured into a goblet. Slightly hazy copper color with a nice tan head. Bubbles are big and the head fades to a layer of foam fast, but it does hang nicely on the glass.

Aroma of honey, with some hop spice and a bit of an underlying sour funkiness that I am not sure is intentional. The hops are refreshing to the nose and the whole thing does blend nicely together to form a pleasant aroma.

Things go a bit south from there when tasting this Belgian IPA though. Starts with an initial hop flavor that rapidly fades to a meld of alcohol and some more of that sour funk. Not overwhelming or anything, but it's enough to stand out among the other flavors. Finish is short but bitter and hot with alcohol.

Decent body and seriously carbonated. All in all I would say this beer is interesting and I am glad I tried it. It's not something I would seek out again though. A far cry from the Curieux that I can't get enough of.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml corked top bottle into an imperial pint glass. Received as an extra in a trade from paulthebeerguru, thanks paul!

A: A nice light burnt orange color with a deep two finger off white head and decent lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with fruit smells coupled with a malt sweetness and a faint smell of hops.

T: Citrus fruit like orange and apples coupled with a fairly heavy belgian yeast character and sweet malts. A faint floral hop flavor can be picked up on the finish, but by no means is this beer hoppy.

M: Medium to heavy with the yeasty charactaristic lingering on. You can feel the 8.5% alcohol but it's not offensive.

D: For me this has low drinkability. I'm not the hugest belgian guy and I was hoping this beer had more of an IPA character to it than a belgian character, but alas it didn't.

Overall this beer swings more towards the belgian side of the coin and that is not my bag. It was a solid beer that I am glad I tried, but I won't seek it out again. Belgians just are not my thing.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark hazy orange color, with a thick creamy 2 finger head.

S: Lots of citrus on nose with some fruitiness (fresh apples), and light pine scents.

T: Nice malty palate, citrus and oranges, some sourness, and a pine bittering flowery hop presence. Theres some grapefruit, spicy yeast highlights, along with some sweet candi sugar sweetness. Spicy hops finish out the flavor. Beer is labeled as a Belgian IPA. There is also a touch of oakiness and woody character to the beer.

M: moderate with warm caramel malt, spicy hops, and a slight lemon peel detection.

D: good, nice spiciness and goes down nicely.

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Photo of deanhead
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased a few bottles of these while on vacation in Maine last summer. I enjoyed one last August, and then broke out this second bottle to celebrate my 40th birthday in May 2008

Poured a burnt orange color, nice dense rocky head
Aroma is peaty, and tropical
Soft warming alcohol taste on the pallet with hints of acetone. Chewy almost dank yet light in body. Almost thin. This beer was mighty fine. It's a very unique taste for certain.
Get a bottle and support MOFGA today.

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased when this first got released. I drank one back then but never reviewed it and forgot I had another bottle.

Pours a cloudy copper with orange highlights when held to the light. A bit of a gusher after uncorking the bottle, so a quick pour formed over three fingers of beige head that receded slowly. There's a whirlwind of carbonation in the center of the glass. Not much lacing .

Nose is mostly Belgian yeast, with an earthy, musty aroma, and some floral hops in the background.

Taste is rye bread, green apple and pale malts up front, followed by some white pepper and yeast with a slightly sour kick. Some juicy, floral hops lead into a sour, bitter finish.

Creamy, medium-bodied, with enough carbonation to keep it lively.

Although the hops have faded quite a bit compared to when it was fresh, this was still a very enjoyable beer. I remember it being a good interpretation of a Belgian IPA when I had it last summer, and it was interesting to see how this developed with almost a year in the cellar.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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 roblowther
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml corked & caged. And what on earth is a Belgian IPA? I suppose I bought this one to find out. It hits the glass murky golden tan with a thin but determined light tan head and a hint of lace. The smell is honey, coriander, caramel. Seems more belgian than ipa so far. The taste is floral, caramel, peppery, with an element of mown grass and a very dry finish. Very odd mix. It grows on me, though. The mouthfeel is very soft & silky, with nice carbonation balance. Drinkability is good enough to polish off the bottle. Probably won't enter the regular rotation but definitely an experience to have.

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