Hugh Malone | Allagash Brewing Company

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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.

Added by ppoitras on 04-27-2007

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Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber/orange with beige foam composed of medium sized bubbles. Very good head retention and lots of longlasting, clumpy lacing. Nice aroma, particularly as it warmed - hoppy, malty, and spicy. Some earthiness, citrusy grapefruit skin, pine, grassy with a doughy, yeasty sweetness and a bit of pineapple. Solid, drying bitterness, some tannins, fruity apple with muted hop notes (pine and citrus). Some caramel sweetness. Quick finish with some lingering bitterness. Medium/full bodied with above average carbonation, very creamy texture and mild warmth. A very pleasant beer with well hidden alcohol and a unique mix of flavours. Good stuff!

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

It pours a slightly hazy amber with soft gold shallows. Three fingers of pithy beige head expand impressively and shrink grudgingly. Quips of lacing quote the inside of the glass.

The aroma is wheaten maltiness, slightly sugar sweet. Esters abound with green apple and coriander. Vanilla and even toffee peek through a fuzzy but sticky layer of general hoppiness. The alcohol is moderately nudgy.

Upon sipping, it's fairly sweet wheat with a mellow sugary note below. A general yeastiness drifts into a spicy piece that gives way soon to a crisp, piney bitter strain of hops with a float of citrus as well. Green apple is warmed and dried by a vent of alcohol. Malted toastiness comes about before a very dry, lingering finish closes. The hops vs. esters angle is savory and intriguing.

Medium bodied, the hops join the grain to form a slick, slippery consistency that drapes across the palate for a nice while.

Who is Hugh Malone? Was he a bartender on Cheers? Nah, I'm kidding, I could Google him but I'd rather just drink the beer. The interplay between hops and spicy esters forms a blended skirmish that plays out enjoyably. The ABV is plenty piggy, but it doesn't dampen the pleasing drinkable nature. Hats off to Hugh, whoever Hugh may be.

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Photo of Viggo
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Goldoraks tasting, post-Mondial 2007! Big group of RB guys and a couple BA's, and some on both, it was a great time! I contributed this courtesy of purplehops for BC2!

Pours a slightly hazed reddish/brown, very thick white head forms, laces nice, decent retention. Smell is weird, sweet, vegetal, citrus, bready malt, fruits, slightly hoppy. Taste is sweet, apples, signature Allagash flavours, yeast, citrus, hoppy fruity finish, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy to drink, not too bad. Smell is unimpressive but the flavour made up for it. Thanks Stan!!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I did not even look this up or know what to expect when going in, which is the way I prefer to try new beers. I figured another Allagash Tripel maybe with a twist. Poured a very hazy amber yellow with a huge three inch plus head of white foam. This reluctantly faded after a few minutes and left behind copious amounts of lace down the glass. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. The smell was very hoppy, which quite shocked me at first. There was the underlying base of yeast, and your typical tripel smell, but above that was this huge aroma of citrus hops, lots of orange peel and sweet tangerine aromas. Now this is what I'm talking about. The taste was superb. Lots of west coast hops in the back. Well forst great feel, smooth, light and great carbonation. Went down real easy and had the slightly fizzy feel that really makes the flavors pop. Nice bread and yeast tones, earthy grains made up the backbone of this one. Then interwovern were extremly frsh cut hops. Very nice orange and grapefruit tones. Very upfront too. The mixture of these gave it a very unique flavor I had not seen before. I actually enjoyed this much more then the other Belgian IPA I have tried. I felt there was much more hoppiness to this one. Overall this was a great great beer. I could easily see myself purchasing this again, however at 15.99 a bottle, not too often, but if you are gonna splurge this is definatly worth a try.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first smell is a little phenolic and medicinal. The head is creamy looking, beer is reddish and cloudy in color with lots of carbonation streaming towards the top of the chalice, the taste is odd and slightly harsh. My novice palate cannot seem to detect a hint of the simcoes used in this beer or any hops for that matter. Once, this beer starts to approach room temperature it gets much better. The beer starts to exhibit hoppy qualities (contradicting my previous statements) and is actually pretty good but I still don’t know how my amateur palate feels about this Belgian IPA thing. I probably wouldn’t buy this again but I will try other Allagash beers since this was my first. I think I got a really good deal because this only cost me $8.99 and I think it is supposed to retail for around $15.

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Photo of phisig137
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber with light red highlights, and a 3 finger head. Great retention leaves behind no lace, but a thick layer of creamy foam on top of the glass.

Aroma is filled with some spicy yeast phenols, especially a black pepper aroma. Some grassy, citrusy hops are in the background too, but fairly faint.

Flavor is quite mild. Stale grain is dominant up front, followed by a metallic hop component, and a bone dry, lingering finish. Again, spicy phenols a present, but not as much as in the nose. Very little malt character. Mouthfeel is light, with heavy agressive carbonation. Drinkability is decent, not great. Kind of a sipper. You don't long for another taste.

Overall, this is a decent beer, and well made. I couldn't find any real flaws with it, but nothing about it really wowed me. For half the price, the Houblon Chouffe BLOWS this out of the water. Definitely the least exciting of the special release Allagash to date. Not a bad beer by any means, just not overly exciting. I won't be buying it again.

One thing I do LOVE about this beer is the name. Great combination of the history of a great brewer, and a play on words for co-humulone. I also think it's really cool that Allagash is donating a dollar from each bottle to teach others the benefits of organic farming.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat muted orange color. Huge off white head that dissapates rather quickly. Lactic and somewhat solvent like aroma. Quite yeasty. Very malty flavor with a bready/yeasty quality. Sizeable hop presence but I was expecting a lot more. Decent enough body. Overall an ok beer but nothing really stands out. From the card I read on the shelf I was expecting a lot more hop presence. A notch above average. Urthel Hop-It blows this away.

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

Pours dark copper, almost amber and hazy. A generous head of off white froth rose quickly to at least an inch and a half.
The thick foam settled down within a few minutes, with no lacework.
Aromatics are laced with caramel drizzeled hard candies with peachy, earthy undertones. A bit resinous and sugary, with a balancing citrus nod. Belgianesque in a big way with plenty of phenols..Apples, cloves, and some bubblegum.
The nose finishes out with candied tangerine segments and whiff of cracked garlic.
The mouthfeel is tacky and sticky, with enough carbonation to keep it from getting cloying.
The pallet is sweetish and laden with malt, brown sugar, and a spicy bitterness. Hopping is not very prevalent other than whats evident in the bitterness.
Warming with a smooth bitterness, and punctuated with chipped toffee and citrus fruits.
Finishes sticky, clovey and warming.

Certainly not within the realm of IPA, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of timtim
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a $14.99 750ml bottle pours a slightly hazy dark amber with an off white head that dissipates quickly... i can smell hops and a little citrus if i try really hard, but mostly i smell yeasty, bready, typical good tripel smell... tastes the same, kind of like a good old tripel belgian style beer with just a little hop and malt finish... no doubt a decent brew, but i felt a little misled by what i'd been told by the brewery about what to expect... oh well... it's cool that allagash is donating $1 for every bottle sold to a foundation that educates farmers in maine about organic farming, but i feel violated on this one... sorry rob

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

A - :Rich crystal clear dark amber, nice white head that quickly fades
S - a tale of two majors - rich belgian yeasts and candi sugars next to a solid grassy / piney hop.
T - very similar to the smell but as it warmed up the hops settled down and the rich belgian yeast and malt profile came on smooth and mellow.
M - medium to full bodied, smooth and rich without crossing into cloying.
D - Very rich and hoppy. Definitely a great beer to share with friends who love hops and belgian beers.

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

Thanks to barleywinebrewer for sending this one my way. Nice label - if you're unsure of who Hugh Malone was, check - short version, an Irish Republican hop picker, then Portland brewer who was known for using lots of hops in his beers. Some googling reveals that the chemical formula on the label is that of cortisol, a stress hormone.

Appearance: Darker than I was expecting, in color - orange/amber, slightly hazy. Good head, retention and lacing.

Smell: Big Belgian yeast aroma, an Allagash trademark I suppose, with plenty of spicy hops underneath. I was unsure that this beer was properly categorized, but after taking one whiff - it is. Grapefruity notes.

Taste: Much like the aroma. Definitely a Belgian ale first, and a hoppy beer second. The problem with Belgian IPAs seems to be letting *both* the yeast and the hops shine, flavor-wise. Research reveals Warrior was used - so probably an early addition, all bitterness, no flavor. That said, it works. Little Simcoe grapefruityness comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, carbonation is fine. Alcohol not distracting.

Drinkability: Very good. Paired well with the seafood shishkabobs I was having.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750 mL corked & caged bottle courtesy of markgugs.

A: The ale pops with much gusto and quickly erupts into an off-white foamy mess. The head is thick, billowy and concentrated, lacing extensively in the glass. The ale itself is a dark orange-amber color, closer to muddy creek water than to orange.

S: The nose is spicy, showcasing some coriander and candi sugar with an undercurrent of earthy bitter hops. The tripel element of the beer is the clear winner here.

T: The flavor seems to mirror the nose, focusing more on the tripel aspect. The candi sugars in the ale provide a distinct sweetness that cuts nicely through the bubbly carbonation. That sweetness is punctuated by a coriander pepper spiciness that provides a big flavor kick. Hops are not initially evident, it is only when the ale is allowed to sit on the tongue that the bitterness emerges. The hops have the fresh, muted taste of a harvest ale's fresh, wet hops. Here, they impart a dirty, earthy taste, creating a subtle bite without overpowering the tripel element. As the hop flavor emerges at the end of the sip, it brings with it a biting alcohol flavor that passes as soon as the sip is swallowed.

M: Tripel up front, IPA in the finish, this style continues to intrigue me as it evolves. This ale lacks the punch of some other Belgian IPAs but it still has the strong body to leave an impression.

D: The abv is a little high to make this a go-to, but Allagash has managed to create another winner.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once again a Belgian inspired beer that also attempts to include an American hop component. I haven't tasted a one yet that delivered on the hype. Poured a dark dull amber with a flat aroma of yeast and dusty sweet malt. Tasted yeasty with a little burnt sugar, and for a brief fleeting moment I caught a hint of those ballyhooed hops - then they were gone. Sharp, piercing carbonation and a kinda foamy-like mouth feel. I just don't like reading a brewery sell-sheet about how they get all jiggy with various hopping innovations and acclaimed varietals only to come up with something that tastes like a mediocre tripel. It makes me feel misled. Especially when you pay 15 dollars for a bottle of it!

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Photo of kmo1030
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

mostly clear copper, with a largely bubbled tan head that doesn't stick around for too long.
the aroma contains metallic piney hops laid heavily over a belgian tripel from which i get pinapple and other tropical fruit, sweet almost sugar cookie-like yeast characteristics, caramel and candy sugar. substantial alcohol is also detectable.
the taste has the same metallic hop characteristic dominating. it has a sweetness beneath with honey, tropical fruits, caramel and an almost ginger snap or graham cracker like, but dry yeastiness. despite this it ends up a bit of a one trick pony, with it's complexities buried a little too much by the bitterness.
the mouthfeel is medium with coarse activr carbonation.
an interesting beer, but overall i'd say it's a swing and a miss, though a good effort. it's clear some thought went into this.

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Photo of cbl2
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5/16/2007 $13.99 750 mL 8.50% No best by date.


Pours a slightly hazed orange/brown with micro-fine carbonation that leads to a half inch of tight white head, that settles slowly, yet leaves not lacing.


Interesting notes of fermented grapes are summoned up, with Vitis labrusca coming immediately to mind. Notes of nutmeg/cinnamon are present as well. Odd but intriguing.


Nice tart mouthfeel with a bit of expansion, due to the carbonation. This beer is brewed with Simcoe and Warrior hops, though they don't stand out as I would expect from these two usually outgoing hops. Odd grape flavor dominates throughout with a touch of oak(though I didn't think this was oaked), along with a muted presence of cinnamon. Almost no hop presence to speak of as far as I can tell.

The fruit dominates throughout, with a decent alcohol warming sensation in the finish as well as some herbaceousness, which may be the hops peeking through, though they have no bittering to speak of. An enjoyable, though odd (there's that word again...) offering from Allagash. I'm relatively new to this style, so I'm not sure if this is what they were going for or not.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. It was a cloudy, red/orange color with a thin head. It smelled like an IPA, floral and piney. There was a honey background to the aroma, however. The first sip resembled a tripel, but then the pine and citrus hops kicked in, and they lingered for a while. Very enjoyable. I'll have to try more of these Belgian IPAs.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy carmel,honey color with a giant tan foamy head,and I do mean GIANT. This beer has a ton of carbonation,so be careful when pouring. The smell is lighter than I expected,but I could make out sweet malt and some hops. The taste has a real fruity flavor to it,lemon,woody,corriander,and pine hops are the most dominate flavors. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing pretty well. Not a bad beer,but I expected more from Allagash and it was $19.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was not really expecting this to taste as good to me as it did.
Served at the Sierra Grille Allagash dinner. The rep said that they used mostly Simcoe....not my favorite hop , but the balance of it with the nice fruity and yeasty flavor was just great. The beer is a hazy amber ...the head had dropped to a film. The smell was like a nice fruity Belgian tripel . The hops were present , but not overpowering in the aroma of this brew. I did catch alcohol with the first whiff. It is a sweet ale , fairly complex...lots of fruit , some in your face alcohol...tastes like a tripel and then the hops kick in and I don't know what I'm drinking anymore...but I like it...floral , slightly minty hop flavor...just the right bitterness... .my girlfriend loves it. The mouthfeel is pretty dense and the carbonation on the low side.
So what are they charging for a bottle....? What ?

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Photo of geexploitation
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, dark amber with a grapefruit (pinkish/red) tinge and a soft, dusty head covering the liquid. Wonderful nose of caramel malts, touched by Belgian fruit esters, overlaid by the tropical fruit and citrus of Simcoe hops. It's a truly lovely nose, a hybrid between an ESB and a Belgian IPA. On the palate, it's surprisingly light and quite citrusy, with a metallic edge that's pure hops. Light, graham cracker malts form the backbone for the beer. Big sweetness first off, featuring those lightly caramelly malts, but the hops present themselves throughout with that Simcoe "sweet tropical fruit flavors with underlying bitterness" character. Mouthfeel is quite full with carbonation -- almost overly so -- with very little in the way of alcoholic burn. Overall, this is an excellent Belgian IPA. The Simcoe hops provide for some very soft bitterness, which goes very well with the Belgian style malts and overall lesser emphasis on hop bitterness. Quite the entertaining and beguiling, complex brew. Yum.

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Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this the other day at Max's. They had just gotten a bunch of 750's in and were featuring it at the weekly Tuesday social hour.

The beer pours a very nice amber brown color, with decent head and lacing. Not a lot in the nose, maybe some spice and citrus. On the palate the beer tastes like your rather typical Belgium brown ale, with a bit more hoppiness then normal. This was a nice enough beer, but I have to say it seemed a bit simple and one dimensional. I am surprised to see it characterized as a Belgium IPA, as the hops were not very noticeable and there was very little hoppy citrus flavor. Nevertheless, this was a pretty tasty beer, but probably not one I'll order again any time soon.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap into a tulip glass. Definitely amber but with some orange. Small off-white head.

Strong smell of piney hops and yeast.

Piney hops, oak, the fruit and spices balance out the hops, but mostly bitter at the end.

light, somewhat refreshing

good but the 8.5 abv is present.

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Photo of sacfly
2.72/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL, cork. No date noted.
Pours a very murky orange color with a medium head of tan/off white bubbles. Aroma is very yeasty and bready with only a hint of citrus and pineapple(?). Taste is a bit oaky… is this barrel aged? Yeast dominates the flavor profile. Reminds me of drinking a homebrew that was bottled too early. Hops and malt are nearly completely hidden under all the yeast, and this was not a vigorous pour. In the background, you can detect and presence of simcoe hops and some malty sweetness. Mild bitterness, again distracted by the yeast. If you have one, I would recommend ageing a bit. Right now, it is a mess.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured in a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2" beige head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head actually grows initially, fueled by vigorous bubbling from deep in the glass, lacing meringuey and sticky. Aroma is lightly of piney hops, with some spicy yeast adding to the show. Taste is relatively balanced, and while the moderate hoppiness is a constant throughout, in the door we find some delicate malt sweetness, coupled with light fruitiness in the middle. The hops character returns for the close to slowly but surely return to the bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost seems a bit thin, and drinkability is nice and easy. Nothing over the top here hopwise, but constructed nicely with everything working well together, which is always appreciated.

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