STYLE: Belgian IPA
APPEARANCE: Very cloudy amber with golden edges
HEAD: White and monstrous. Very long-lasting.
NOSE: IPA up front…Belgian in the rear. The Simcoe hops dominate the aroma with their distinct, pine scent. There’s a generous amount of biscuit in the background and a nice, funky Belgian yeast aroma as well. Just a touch of fruit esters round things out.
TASTE: The flipside of the nose…the Belgian dominates while the IPA takes a backseat. Nice, easy-drinking pale malt sweetness up front and a classic undertone of Belgian yeast and spice. The hops are more pronounced in the finish where a nice, drying, citrus flavor leaves you thirsting for more. Far less aggressive than other brews in the style (like the Terrapin Monk’s Revenge).
MOUTHFEEL: Because of the hyperactive carbonation, the Hugh Malone is remarkably light-bodied.
DRINKABILITY: Belgian IPAs are challenging brews, but I found the Hugh Malone very accessible. I could definitely have put down a few of these. But as is the case with most Allagash offerings, the price tag is the limiting factor.
RATING: 3.5 Hops