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Allagash Hugh Malone

The Allagash Brewing Company was founded in 1994 in Portland, Maine. They brew a variety of traditional and experimental Belgian beers using a unique style: All of the bottled beers at Allagash are bottle conditioned–which means that prior to bottling, a fresh dose of yeast is added along with a measured amount of Candi Sugar. After bottling, the beers are cellared, allowing the yeast to re-ferment. This new fermentation naturally carbonates the beer, and greatly enhances the traditional Belgian character.

This beer is part of the brewery’s Tribute Series, a wonderful idea where Allagash donates a part of a beer’s sales to a charity. Regarding this beer specifically:

Hugh Malone is a tribute to responsible agricultural practices and informed consumption. Allagash Brewing Company donates $1 from every bottle of Hugh Malone sold, to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), the country’s oldest and largest state organic farmer coalition. MOFGA is a non-profit organization that educates farmers and gardeners about organic cultivation. They work to create resources for consumers interested in buying local and organic foods. With more than 5,500 members and 2,000 active volunteers MOFGA continues to inform consumers about the connection between healthful food, and environmentally sound growing practices.

Allagash Hugh Malone Ale
Very clear yellow pour with a HUGE white head. The stability of the head is absurd, with a ton of bubbles racing from the bottom of my Allagash flute-like glass. The bubbles and head last literally forever.
Pouring out of the bottle I got a lot of hops on the aroma, but in the glass it's a lot more focused on the Belgian side. Sweet and piney, I only wish the hops played a larger role here. It smells much like a light and bright Tripel.
The taste returns much more to the IPA style. Mainly piney, the hops do have a faint citrus character and are most noted at the front. The middle has a nice Belgian yeastiness and is pretty sweet. This is balanced nicely by a bitter finish.
Pretty light and crisp body. You can feel the high carbonation on your tongue as you drink it. Pretty drinkable overall.
The value here is a bit of an interesting discussion. I personally believe that all Allagash bottles are a bit overpriced, this was right along these lines. $16.99 for a 750ml bottle, more than likely won't pick this one up again at that price point
This was pretty tasty. I quite enjoyed the balance and the crispness of the beer. For my personal preference I wish it was a bit more on the IPA side than the Belgian side, but I certainly didn't mind it. If only the price were a bit lower.

Beer Stats
Style: Belgian IPA
Serving: Bottle
Size: 750ml
ABV: 7.80%
BA Score: 87
RB Score: 93

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Written by Russ Beck

Russ can trace his beginnings in craft beer to sitting in Zeno’s Pub in State College drinking various craft beer options from across Pennsylvania. Since then, he has never faltered in finding new brews, whether they’re rare, delicious, or hopefully both. Russ will be writing on a large variety of subjects, including but not limited to: reviews, homebrewing, and how to take labels off of beer bottles. He’ll drink just about anything, but prefers a nice Stout, IPA, or Weizenbock. Find Russ Beck on Google Plus

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