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Take a sparkling Belgian style golden ale, then dose it heavily with resinous, aggressive Simcoe hops and you’ll have a beer that exists in the same space as Allagash’s Hugh Malone. The brisk carbonation and fresh, grassy grains would suggest something like Duvel were it not for the bright pine and citrus aroma and flavor imparted by all those hops. Nonetheless, an IPA this is not. A slight bit of funk and a dry, borderline tart finish underscores this beer’s strong Belgian leanings. You’ll be so busy unpeeling the layers of flavor here you won’t notice the 8.5% ABV until it has already crept up on you, that’s how well it’s hidden. Allagash doesn’t often play with heaping helpings of hops, making High Malone a special treat. Try it at Iron Abbey.
PW's Year of Beer: Allagash White