357. Allagash Brewing Hugh Malone Ale
Look is very similar, nice orange color and thick white head. The Belgian yeast is dominant in the aroma with some floral hops coming through. Taste is very well balanced with lots of malt character in the beginning, followed by a nice wave of Belgian yeast flavor and then the hops come in. Some apple and a nice bitter finish. Alcohol is there but certainly not overpowering and no burn.
Overall this is a very good Belgian IPA but this style is one that I am just beginning to appreciate.
Pros: Bold/Complex flavors
Cons: Belgian yeast is dominant
Alcohol Content: 7.8% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers 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.
*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. www.mofga.org