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 FrankLloydMike
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow, a very beautiful color, with a diminished white head.

S: Grass, tangerine, a bit of yeast and pilsner malt notes, all somewhat light and clear, but in a good way.

T: Tangerine leads, with strong notes of honey, followed by a bit of grass and breadiness. Exceptionally smooth and rich, and very well balanced.

M: Fairly light body, with moderate carbonation. Rich and very smooth throughout.

O: I've been meaning to try this one for awhile, and I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one--Belgian IPA seems to be a style with a lot of range, and this one was fruitier and smoother than many others I've had. I'll definitely have it again when it's on tap or when I come across a bottle.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale clear yellow body with three full fingers of white head. Really nice retention but the lacing doesn't quite hold to the glass.

S - Huge sour lemon, orange, mint and floral hoppiness.

T - Moderate citrus bitterness along with orange notes of Belgian yeast and spiciness. Very subtle banana notes.

M - Light body and moderate/high carbonation. Very smooth, refreshing and very drinkable.

O - This was a great surprise. I tend to not like the Belgian flavor profiles to be strong, particularly the banana notes. This however was more restrained, and the biterness made a nice balance with the sour/sweetness. I wouldn't mind seeing an Imperial Belgian IPA with some more hop and ABV.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Label says Bottled September 2013.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a full two fingers of frothy white head that retains very well before melting down to a 1/4 inch head. Sudsy non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Funky yeast aroma plays off the citrusy hops bringing notes of pineapple, mango and pear. There's also a decent amount of spice.

T- Taste is more Belgian yeast than hops as the phenols produce a tangy fruit flavor. The bitterness is there but more as an afterthought while the spices and richness from the yeast dance around it. Very smooth for the ABV.

M- Spritzy, tight and crisp. Medium-high carbonation with a lightish body.

O- Not exactly one of the best things Allagash has ever done, nor is it one of the best Belgian IPAs I've ever had, but it's good enough to make me want to revisit it if given the chance.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: straw yellow color. Completely opaque. Two fingers of an off white head that lingers

Smell: grassy and pilsnery malts. Citrus and big Belgian yeast

Taste: opens up with Pilsner malts, grassy and citrusy hops. The hops are almost immediately drowned by an intense Belgian yeast that is spicy and dry

Mouthfeel: extreme dry and bitterness that lingers

Overall: an intense beer that the flavors are a bit too intense for me. The dryness eats right up the rest of the flavor

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Photo of brochamb
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash has yet another great beer with the Hugh Malone. Appearance resembles the Allagash style with moderately cloudy, but very nice color (Deep Orange) The smell was very good, but not outstanding. Taste was the best part of this beer. I was very surprised with the citrus mixed with a little bit of pine taste. The Belgian yeasts adds that nice Belgian flavor and keeps you coming back. Not a session beer but a very enjoyable beer. I highly recommend.

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Photo of dar482
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden color with a white fluffy head.

The aroma has Belgian yeast, bready malt, some spice, and citrus.

The flavor follows with a longing spiciness that surrounds the palate. There's a bready malt character to keep the beer going throughout. Lots of pepper, some clove. Then it pushes on orange and grapefruit bitterness. It finishes quite dry along with the carbonation cleaning up the beer.

An extremely well constructed Belgian IPA.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2013

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a massive head that lasts forever and leaves huge chunks of lacing

S: Very hoppy with notes of grass, earth, and some citrus. Wheat and pilsner malts come through underneath the hoppiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a nice mix of the hops and malts. Get some graininess from the pilsner malt and a bit of wheat as well. Hops provide grassy, earthy, and light fruity notes. Bitterness is quite pronounced throughout

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very dry

O: A nice Belgian IPA from Allagash. Plenty of hops in there, so it's probably better off drank fresh. If you've got some extra cash and enjoy the style then pick some up

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Photo of alaimoa
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle from the brewery and poured into a glass.
Hazy golden color with big white head that leaves spotty legs all down the glass. Smell is okay but nothing spectacular - belgian yeast upfront that has a bit of barnyard to it and some spiced cinnamon. Taste very similar with an upfront bitternes mild malt backbone in a well carbonated but somewhat watery mouthfeel to it.

Overall Gash never disappoints - this is a good brew but didn't knock my socks off

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Photo of prototypic
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hugh Malone is a nice looking, hazy, golden color. It’s definitely cloudy, but isn’t opaque. There might be a few specks of yeast swimming around. A white head tops it off. Carbonation looks to be active as it yielded a head that stands two fingers tall. The cork also popped with some force! It’s extremely slow to recede. Lacing was very sticky and thick on the glass.

The nose kicks off with a really nice Belgian yeast scent. It adds a really impressive spicy character to the nose. Clove and pepper are duly noted. Hops complement the Belgian yeast very well. The smell mostly citric and piney. Grapefruit and orange seem to be the primary scents. There’s a slight grassy or earthy note on the tail. That could be attributable to one of the hop varieties. Not sure. Alcohol seems fairly mild overall. It’s there, but doesn’t overwhelm. Smells good.

The flavor is easily as good. Spicy Belgian yeast strikes first and really is the driving force behind the flavor. Clove, pepper, and perhaps cardamom. Citric hops follow quickly and add flavors of citrus grapefruit and orange. Secondary flavors of pine and grass follow. They give more of an earthy vibe. Not bad though. The hops are quite bitter. Overall, the hops and Belgian yeast combine to create a nice flavor. Alcohol is a little stronger than I would’ve expected. That’s slightly off putting. Finishes spicy, hoppy, and quite dry.

The body is medium. Carbonation seems soft despite being quite active. Ultimately, it feels nice and smooth. It goes down easy enough. It’d probably go a little quicker with a bit less of an alcohol flavor. Just an observation.

Allagash is one of those breweries that never disappoints. While Hugh Malone is far from their strongest release, it is a nice Belgian IPA. The alcohol flavor’s a little strong, but that’s the only real complaint I have. Pretty solid all-around otherwise. Worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, 2012 version, served in a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy, golden yellow color with a thick, frothy white head. Aroma is pale malts, straw, citrus hops, dried fruits, and spicy/peppery yeast. Flavor is bread, pale malts, grapefruit, peach, and spicy yeast. Mouthfeel is medium, crisp, and a slightly bitter finish. Good beer.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Blind Tiger- pours a clear golden yellow color, one finger of head, modest retention, nice big rings of lacing. Fine looking beer.

Nose is a muddled mixture of lemony hops, pilsner malt, and Belgian yeast. A little dull but not bad.

Taste is about the same- light, lemony hops, with the grainy pilsner malt taste, and a little earthiness from the Belgian yeast. Bitterness is up front while the citrus is most present at the end.

Mouthfeel is good- medium light body, moderate carbonation, semi dry finish. Glad I tried it but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of deebo
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 750 ml bottle from 2012 poured into a pint glass. This year's version clocks in at 7.3% ABV. This beer is highly carbonated providing a big time dense white fluffy head that has big time staying power. Clear (kept the yeast in the bottle for the first pour) and light in color-straw with just a hint of golden. Aromas of hops a plenty-spicy peppery and citrus rind. Lots of that traditional Belgian yeast aroma in here too. Taste is like the aroma, lots of yeast, hops and clean malts. Upfront malty, then yeasty and finally hoppy and a bit bitter. The beer finishes quickly and is dry. As it warms on the 2nd pint the volatile alcohols come out stronger. Overall although not a style I gravitate towards, this is a well done beer with loads of malt, hops and yeast balanced in unison for a drinkable big beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 Edition

A: Pours a cloudy pale copper in color with some orange highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense and foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a quarter finger tall dense thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium sized thicker cap in the center and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there is a light to moderate aroma of pale malts with some Belgian yeast notes as well (just that touch of fruitiness and pepper spices). Moderate aromas of citrus/orange and pine hops.

T: Similar to the smell, the beer starts out with moderate flavors of pale malts and Belgian yeast - with the light amounts of fruitiness and black pepper spices. After the malts and yeast, there is a moderate flavor of hops - first there is the citrus/orange/grapefruit followed by the pine. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fade after a short amount of time.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to significant amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy. Moderate to significant amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very nice example of the style (Belgian IPA) with good smell and taste - the beer is rather easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, dandelion yellow coloring with a thin, small bubbled, clingy, white head and a slow, steady flow of carbonation bubbling. Aromas of floral hops, jasmine, and a spiciness imparted from the yeast, with a hint of honey and toasted grains. Very mild, well blended aromas. Flavors are very well blended, riding a thin, sharp body. Roasted and resiny hopped forward flavor, with a floral and bitter component as the brew crosses your tongue. Slight buttery biscuit backbone, which supports the hops profile. A touch of fruity and funky highlights can be gleamed throughout, too. Tart, fruity, and hoppy aftertaste, with the fruit taking over into the finish, along with a touch of resin and bitter. Clean, crisp finish. Very tasty, drinkable brew.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012, 750ml
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Almost yellow. Very similar to a Belgian Wit beer. Thin layer of bright white head. Some lacing if left. Pretty little beer.

S: Hops are nice and floral and citrus on the front end. Belgian yeast spice is there. Some mild barnyard.

T: This almost drinks a lot like a modern white IPA for me. Seems like that kind of blend. Maybe a little stronger in ABV. Getting those nice citrus like hop aromas. Some of that spice from the Belgian yeast strain that they are using. You don't get tons of that coriander or clove that you would from a wit (which is nice). Fairly dry and crisp close.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of mxchap
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: opaque, deep golden color. Poured in a 150ml glass so no comments on head/retention.
Aroma: Citrus, phenols, and spices. Also a bit of grass and wheat. From the smell you expect a flavor somewhere between a wit and Belgian golden ale.
Taste: Simple pale malt backdrop. Spices shine through, but the citrus and phenols are subdued.
Mouthfeel: Dry, per the style. Light-medium carbonation with a slight alcohol bite at the start.
Overall: A well-rounded beer. Maybe a tad too much spice flavor, but the mouthfeel makes up for it.

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Photo of MEsoJD
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Poured into a snifter glass]

I: I was served a glass of this at Whole Foods in Pasadena. Great staff and nice cozy bar area. Small selection, but great diversity/quality.

B: not applicable(on tap).

A: A transparent light amber body with a white head(moderate dissipation), and good lacing.

S: Belgian yeast/spice, fresh pine hops, grassy, and some citrus.

T: Belgian yeast, apples, pine hops, oranges, clove, and some bread malt.

M: Crisp/slight dry finish, light/med body, good carbonation, and light apparent alcohol.

O: You get a clean sense with each taste and swallow. Hop presence wasn't where I would like, but than again I'm a hop fiend. The Belgian strain, sense of apples, and carbonation were the highlights of this beer for me. It's nothing earth shattering, but it's a pleasant Belgian IPA. I would recommend to try at least once.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml into a dfh snifter bottled in sept 2012.

A: pours a hazy straw color with a nice orangeness and a fat finger if white head, dissapates nicley, carbonation bubbles can be seen. Excellent lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, right up front, right off the bat, I realize this is a Belgian ipa, but I was hoping the yeast would take a little more of a back seat to the hop aromas. I get a light floral/grassy hoppyness along with some light citrus hop aromas. As the brew warms I start to get more of a bready wheat malt
Aroma as well. Not a bad aroma, just not particuarly my style.

T: I get Belgian yeast and wheat up front, with notes of bannana peel and earthy straw, underlined with light citrus hops... Then toward the finish the hops kick in a little more with a floral/grassiness.... I get notes of lemon and grass from the hops. Well rounded... A bit heavy on the Belgian yeast for my taste, but I could see this being excellent if you are a fan of Belgian IPAs. Although I do feel it is a bit pricey for what you are getting.

M: nice lush mouthfeel with moderate crisp carbonation, dry and a touch bitter on the finish leaving a grassy/floral hop spiked with Belgian yeast on the palate.

O: this is a pretty good beer, and it started out w/ two strikes against what I typically enjoy, I am not a huge fan of Belgians or wheat beers, but this is pulled of nicley, and if you a fan if the style if suggest that this is a must try.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $19.99 (it's imported from Maine!) and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. 2012 release. Reviewed live within hours of purchase. 7.3% ABV per my bottle. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of billowing smooth rolling soft froth, nice cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the fairly high ABV. Body colour is a lively murky yellow-copper; nontransparent but non-opaque. Lacing is poor and thin. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Light floral hops, hints of juicy lemon citrus, lemongrass, clean pale malts, wheat (?), and hints of crystal and biscuit malt. A very subtle aroma. Ideal for the style. Soft and light; similar to Fluxus and Confluence in this regard. Allagash has mastered the light refreshing aroma. Average to moderate in strength.

T/Mf: Lemongrass, floral hops, a fresh lemon surge on the climax, clean malts throughout, citrus hop esters, and tingly crystal malt from the climax through the third act. Quite well balanced. Light in character. Quite soft; easy on the palate. It doesn't lack body, but it's quite subtle and never beats you over the head. Hops are well paired with the malts. Built quite well for the style. Smooth and wet except for that tingly crystal malt coarseness. Mouthfeel brings out the flavour yet suits the refreshing clean feel. Some cream. A bit luscious. Good use more body, admittedly, or more thickness. Carbonation is good.

Dr: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. Even refreshing. Hides its ABV quite well. Not the imbalanced hop bomb most American breweries would make. Good job, Allagash. It's a pretty good beer in the style, but I don't know that it's worth its hefty price tag. I'd have it on-draught at a better price, but I doubt I'll come it across it.

The bitterness comes out more as it warms, destroying the balance of the flavour that was so good when it was cold. Serve this one quite cold.


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Photo of TheBrewo
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glowing a rich honey colored brew. It held a whip of a head composed of crisp off-white bubbles. This showed low retention, leaving wet, spidery lacing around the glass. There was no sediment or haze noted, and carbonation appeared mild. The aroma sang of Belgian malts and yeast, with orange peel bitterness, and nice sugary citric flesh. Hops were citric and the malts were toasty, with musk and white flour. With warmth came an oak-aged feel, warming booze, and wheatiness much like a wit. Our first impression was that there was a huge malty background, with hoppy bite finally coming towards the end. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with malty musk, citric rind bitterness of both lemon and orange, white sugars, souring yeast, and pale toasted grain. The peak came with herbal hop, the start of something boozy, mineral, and biting clovey, phenolic spiciness. The finish showed more spice, grass, a bit of souring, more funky yeast, warming black pepper of booze, and cooling vanilla sugars. The aftertaste breathed of bittering lemon hops, drying chalk, cooked barley, biting Belgian yeast, grassy hops, and fusel booze. The body was medium to full, and the carbonation was on the active side. There was nice slurp and sip, with great cream and froth. There was a cooling coating, with a final crisp dryness of yeast and grain to suck the tongue dry. The abv was appropriate, and the beer was easy drinking.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the cooling, spicy aroma, and solid flavoring. The nose was so inclusive, with the aforementioned accolades, along with intense bittering, hoppiness, and graininess that makes you want to sip it again and again. The taste acts only to confirm this drive. The feel does so doubly. This is the reason we love Belgian IPAs.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 2012 batch, corked, caged 750 ml. bottle.

The pour is a hazy and heady straw yellow. The lively carbonation bubbles feed the plush, foamy head that lingers on and on.

The floral hops are noted on the nose right off but they are subdued as they play against the wheat and pilsener malts that step forward. There is the slightest citrus zing but it simply tickles rather than overpowers.

The body is light to medium and creamy.

The taste is beautifully balanced with an upfront subtle wheat experience and a moderately lingering hop finish. While nothing takes command the hoppy background reminds you that this is an IPA.

This is the way I like my IPA's. It is not too harsh but presents itself enough to satisfy. A fine tribute to an early pioneer of the Maine brewing industry.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/6/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and some Belgian yeast. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. There’s a mild but complementary citrus and caramel sweetness that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

A golden yellow/light orange color with a two finger white cap that fills the tulip. The nose is of sweet bready malt, earth, and citrus with astringent, fruity notes from the Belgian yeast. This could almost double as a hoppy saison. On the palate, fruity notes up front with an astringent feel through the middle. Earthy notes and some light fruit (apple) come out in the finish before a mild citric bitterness. A little bit of spice dots the landscape. Medium body with a bit of a prickly feel. Solid flavor throughout with a decent dose of bitterness. Well-balanced. A tasty Belgian IPA that toes the line of saison in spots. I love a good Belgian IPA and while this one doesn't wow me, it is definitely welcome in my glass anytime.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having on draft at the Thirsty Pig in Portland.

It pours a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank. It is s pale golden yellow color with decent visibility and signs of carbonation coming up through the glass.

It smells of some bready malts, yeasty esters, citrus hops, semi sweet malts. Taste is along the same lines and has some lingering bitterness that is line with the style.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and some lingering bitterness on the end. Pretty happy with this beer and should try to grab a bottle when I get the chance. Pretty solid BIPA and looking forward bto more in the future.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My review of Sam, now wait... Hugh Malone (Sam's father?). I picked up this bottle based only on the reputation of Allagash alone.

This is a very good looking Belgian IPA. You get a ton of sticky foam right off the pour. There is quite a bit of lacing on the glass each time I finish it.

Smells good too. You get a bunch of belgian presence and hops. It comes through the flavor as well. I like the balance of each.

I downgraded this beer because it really falls off when it warms. You get a lot of bitterness and a little metallic taste. I recommend sharing this bottle to enjoy it at the best temperature.

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