Hugh Malone
Allagash Brewing Company

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Belgian IPA
Ranked #25
Ranked #7,603
3.97 | pDev: 9.82%
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
Reviews: 301 | Ratings: 875
Photo of Smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
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 +7.1%
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 -4%
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 -1.3%
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 +7.6%
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 +11.3%
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 -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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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +6.8%
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 +7.8%
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 +7.8%
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 -1.5%
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 +13.4%
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 +5.5%
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 +0.8%
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 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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Photo of illpass78
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Cool looking beer. Hazy, straw/orange color with lots of carbonation and a big bone-white head. Leaves lots of spotty lacing.

Aroma: Lemon, orange rind, a little wheat. Faint spice.

Taste: Lots of citrus and lemon flavors along with grassy hop bite. Very tasty beer. Orange, a little pear and other fruit notes are noticeable along with the grass and wheat. Some slight yeast funk.

Mouthfeel: Quite easy on the palate for a strong-ish beer.

Overall: Really good IPA from Allagash, who do everything well. Also supports a good cause - 25 cents of every bottle goes to support local ag.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Hazy, dark gold color. Thick but small head that settles to rim bubbles. A very nice blanket of lace has formed on the glass.

Very mild aroma. Earthy with a bit of raw grain.

I get a semisweet, almost candy-like flavor Think Ju-Ju Bees. Lots of carbonation while the body is below the norm. Yet, I feel it all comes together to work well. Short aftertaste Where the mildest of hop makes an appearance.

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Photo of CochonKing
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a nice straw color with a slight green tinge. Beautiful head that is thick and lasting about 2 inches tall even on a slanted slow pour. No real disproportionation in the bubbles. By appearance a very well made beer.

Smell - Very floral with an amazing hoppy nose. Notes of lemon peel and coriander. Malt comes from the back of the nose. This beer smells amazing.

Taste - Short and blunt attack from the hop and a strong wave of IBU that disapates slowly and leaves behind a long finish. The malt comes accross on the finish and makes the taste. Acid notes similar to green apples and lemon are on the back of the palate, but more of a faint taste instead of a lasting impact - 3.75

Feel - Medium Light body. Fine bubbles. Very well made. 3.75

Overall - A very good beer. In terms of drinkability it isn't as sessionable as some other Belgian Style IPAs but it is very good. The bottle size seems a little large for how palatable it is. 3.75

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Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the hoppier Belgian IPA's out there. Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into my Grape and Gourmet store tulip. Hazy apricot color with a big delicately bubbly white head. Head retention is better than average and the head looks more frothy after the bubbles die down. Aroma is citrus and floral hops, not much in the way of Belgian beer aspects. Flavor adds some Belgian yeast and some light fruit to the big hoppy presence. The yeast is fairly prominent and adds the "Belgian" to the Belgian IPA. Mouthfeel is crisp, bitter and fairly rich. Overall, an interesting and well crafted beer.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with a long lasting white head.

Smell: Super hoppy, floral and piney.

Taste: Moderate to strong hops up front, which blends into mild Belgian style yeast, into a bready malt backbone. Aftertaste is a nice mix of Beglain yeast and more West-coast style hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Delicious! Feels substantial in every way. Hop profile is like an American Pale Ale, and it goes well with the Belgian style yeasts. Gives it more depth.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice ruby/orange hazy coloring with a huge head of tight aromatic bubbles. Fair amount of citrus and melon in the aroma. More citrus, a touch of pine, marshmallow, and pith in the taste. Moderate carbonation yet slightly creamy mouthfeel. Some yeasty funkiness in this but not as much as I expected, well done overall beer.

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Photo of drtth
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The hazy reddish yellow color beer is served in a standard Shaker Pint glass with a 1/4" ivory head that recedes slowly and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass and an irregular pattern of thin foam on the liquid. Sipping leaves scattered small patches of lacing on the sides.

The aromas include citrus and pine backed up with a definite Belgian yeast character.

The flavors include some grapefruit, a bit of pine, some malt sweetness and some spicy character from the yeast. There's also a noticeable amount of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and soft with the moderate persistent carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the malt, the citrus and pine begin to fade leaving the ending to some dry spicy herbal bitterness.

On the whole a well made Belgian style IPA that I'd be happy to enjoy again. I don't see it very often but will probably have another when I do find it.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%

2014 vintage big bottle.

a hazy blonde body on this brew. head is bright white and HUGE. a lot of citrus in the aroma. really inviting. flavor starts with some earthy yeast bitter-bite. quickly moves to a refreshing citrus and pine hop flavor. getting some melon in there too. really tasty stuff.

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Photo of LGSurge
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a review, but wanted to clarify the chemical structure on the bottle. Believe that it is Humulone. More information is found at Cortisol also has C21H30O5, but the structure does not match what is printed on the bottle. Nice play on "Hugh Malone Ale" (

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Photo of Omnium
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes at the brewery on 10-17-13

A - Slightly hazed yellow gold with one finger of fizzy white head medium lacing.
S - Nice tropical notes of pineapple and a little mango, belgian yest and some spice.
T - Very good flavor, those tropical notes are front and center followed up by a nice spicy clove and even a slight slight hint of mint, finishes more on the tart citrusy side.
M - Dry but not dehydrating kinda dry, crisp.
O - Very good blend of american IPA and a belgian, tons of flavor.

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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 875 ratings