Allagash Hugh Malone | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
860
Reviews:
299
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
114
For Trade:
3
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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An unfiltered, hazy white-gold look. Pure white foam cap remains at length and recedes with stick lacing left over.

A very wonderfullly aromatic nose: complex aromatic hops provide an inticing scent. Grainy, malty wheat, sour and tangy yeast with even more hops....earthy, fruity, citric, pine....it's all in there. The grain bill is very impressive and you can sure smell every bit. Sour pilsner and dry wheat stands out most. White pepper, zippy herbal yeast combined with the grain and mega hop aroma is very impressive.

A sharp, zippy bite rolls across the tongue, plenty healthy and lively mouthfeel, medium to full once it rolls down. Classicly dry finish.

The flavor spectrum is equally as complex. The deep grains, malt, pilsner and wheat provide an excellent backbone of flavor's. Zesty, sour Belgian yeast plays with the major hop profile. All aspects are complex and interesting, the hop combo is off the charts. ..including: Nugget, Chinook, Amarillo, Cascade, Mosiac, Idaho 7 and Azacca ! The hops practically taste like a wet hop ale, then dry hopped. Very deep. Earthy, sour and rangy, citrus, mild fruits, and pine. Never really bitter but slightly dry and earthy tones for sure.

I'm not usually very impressed with most AmericanBelgian styles, but the hops and awesome malt complexity really makes this one unique. The weak spot for most American stabs at Belgian styles is in the lack of complexity of the yeast strain or strains. This one is very impressive , as the "house" strain, it usually does not impress me as much, but I think it gets a boost from the other ingredients, there's a certain synergy happening with this ale. I must admit I get very bored with the mulutitude of IPA's on the market. Unless you have something very unique to offer, the lable IPA makes me roll my eyes and move on. NOT the case with the Belgian IPA's....as the endlessly interesting Belgian yeast strains and bottle conditioning elevate the IPA to new levels. This is easily one if the gest, if not the best American-Belgian IPA's.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of micropale
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duvel1979
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timtac
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jpb123
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Reich90
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of anteater
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mmorris15
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of generalpeabody
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of epyon396
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazing craft beer so obviously made with great care. Love this brewer.

A - Three fingers of dense white head on a very hazy, golden body. As it should, the head settles slowly and leaves cream thick lace on the glass.

S - A lot going on, with subtle, spicy pine first combined with notes of lemon and grapefruit. Euro feel built from pilsner malt and spicy yeast notes. Let it warm for much more.

T - So goes the taste, with sweet pilsner malt and strong, piney, hop bitterness up front. Along the way, pepper notes blend with herbal hops. Pine and balsam dominate the finish with Juniper berries and white pepper.

M - Medium body, big carbonation, and dry finish. Great food beer. Great first or final beer.

O -Complex and drinkable BIPA. Try 24. A wine-like favorite.

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Photo of Honeybourne
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of KGilmour
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brureview
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lemon honey color ina tulip with a 3 F head.

Aroma: not strong, but excellent pine and melon.

Wonderfully pungent, semi dry MF.

Pine, fruit taste with an excellent hoppy finish.

Excellent beer and very drinkable.

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

Photo of psoriasaurus
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HermitDan
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Greenville SC.

Pour is clear amber with a white head that soon reduced to a ring and a few bubbles but does leave some lacing.

Aroma: Belgian yeast with very ripe soft fruits including melons. Herbal hops.

Flavor: moderate-mild bitterness. Light tartness. Yeast and a level of hops appropriate for the style, with bready grains in the background. Faint wet leather.

Overall: a flavorful, amply complex version of the style.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mostly clear straw color with over a fingers worth of bubbly white head. The smell is earthy, spicy, and finishes with some citrus. The hops jump forward a bit in the taste but you still get a good amount of banana, clove, and some pepper like you'd expect from a Belgian style IPA. The feel is a little thicker than most IPA's but has a good guy finish. This is a complex Belgian IPA with a lot of complexity. Good choice for those who may not be a fan of the style.

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Allagash Hugh Malone from Allagash Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 860 ratings.
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