Hugh Malone | Allagash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by ppoitras on 04-27-2007

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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