It's been a while since I've posted about the beers I drink, especially since I find myself drinking quality brews at least 6 nights a week.Â A couple of weeks back I was purchasing some beers to say thanks for the friends watching my house while I was out of town.Â Of course, I couldn't resist the opportunity to spoil a selfless act, so I ended up picking up just as many for myself as I did my friends.Â One of these beers happened to be an Allagash Tribute Series beer - the Hugh Malone Ale.Â For those unfamiliar with Allagash, they're based out of Portland, ME, and have been around since 1995.Â They have always been devoted to the Belgian style of beer, and continue to do so with this one as well.Â The Tribute Series currently consists of four beers (Victor, Victoria, Hugh Malone, and Fluxus) and is designed to donate $1.00 of every bottle sold to benefit a different group, organization, or fund based on each specific beer.Â The Hugh Malone Ale donates its $1.00 to the "Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association" (MOFGA), the country's oldest and largest state organic farmer coalition.
The Hugh Malone Ale is a Belgian IPA weighing in at 7.8% ABV along with a hefty price tag (around $20) for a 750ml bottle.Â I'm usually very pleased with Allagash beers, so despite the price I ventured to try my luck with the Hugh Malone Ale.Â It also helps that I'm a big fan of most IPA's and their traditional hopiness, high alcohol content, and bitterness, so as suspected I was right at home with this beer.Â When poured in the glass, it can't be done any slower than the way I poured it and yet it still managed to produce a three inch frothy head in my pint glass.Â The rich amber color immediately stands out against the white foam, but never ceases to clear and remains opaque throughout entire the drinking of this beer. The head stays puffy and thick, and as the glass becomes less and less full, the remains can be seen strewn down the inside of the glass.
All in all I think this beer was definitely tasty, although I have had better Belgian IPA's.Â I think the price is not worthy of the Allagash quality I would normally expect and therefore would be reluctant to purchase this over another similar Belgian IPA.Â Nonetheless, I think it's worth trying at least once if given the opportunity and it benefits a good cause with their donation program.
- Brian (VA)