698. Allagash Hugh Malone

To celebrate a successful (and very positive) thesis committee meeting Jadyn and I went to The Publick House on Wednesday. I tried the Fried Stoemp, fried mashed potatoes, this time. I'd been eying them the last few trips, but I always opted for some of their other Belgian styled dishes. They were excellent, soft and creamy inside and nicely seasoned. Jadyn had the veggie burger. After dinner we had a Gouda cheese board and a couple more beers each.

Round One
Thom: Allagash Hugh Malone
Jadyn: La Chouffe

Round Two
Thom: De Ranke XX Bitter
Jadyn: Westmalle Tripel

Round Three
Thom: Cantillon Kriek
Jadyn: Don De Dieu

698. Allagash Hugh Malone

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Allagash Brewing Company
Alcohol: 8.50%
Serving: Tap
Style: Belgian IPA

Appearance (4.0): Pours a very nice, hazy reddish-copper. It's topped by a dense off-white head that fades to a film, leaving a little bit of patchy lace.

Smell (4.0): Very fruity and malty. Light cherries, and perhaps a light note of honeydew melon. There's a peppery spiciness and a light resiny hoppiness. The hops are noticable, but overpowered by the Belgian yeast aromatics.

Taste (4.5): Lightly sweet fruitiness upfront, that's met by a spiciness contributed by the carbonation. There's a tart, cherry sourness that remains prominent. The finish is a mild, but persistent, aged, hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.0): High carbonation, medium-bodied, and smooth with an effervescent feel on the tongue.

Drinkability (4.0): Very tasty and flavorful, it falls on the sweet side, but never seems cloying.

Overall (4.2): This beer isn't the hoppiest Belgian IPA that I've had, nor is it particularly hoppy. The hops are noticeable, but are dominated by the fruity characteristics. Despite this, I'm giving the beer high marks because it's very enjoyable even though the name may be a misnomer.

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