2013 - Maine Beer Company
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4.91/5 rDev +23.4%
Maine Beer Company - 2013, poured into Lawson's Tulip.
Look - Pours a cloudy grapefruit juice with an amber tinge and a decent sized soapy head that dissipates and leaves an abundance of lacing.
Smell - Grapefruit citrus hops, dank and wet. Some sour Belgian yeast but only enough to complement the existing, the blend is excellent here.
Taste - Wow... Grapegruit and Belgian yeast are perfectly blended to a punchy sour mouth blast. Sours more as it settles.
Mouthfeel - Sits pucker sour but dry and simple. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Zero booziness with great drinkability. Sessionable.
Overall - Best in class, best Belgian IPA/APA I have had thus far. Grand slam!! I think even a fan of sours might like the way this one turned out.
11-03-2013 13:42:29 | More by JMScowcroft
4.69/5 rDev +17.8%
Poured into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau glass.
S - Quite a bit of hops, with notes of tropical/citrus fruits. Can certainly smell some bready malt.
A - Deep golden color, tints of orange. A solid 1 1/2 of foamy head. Looks delicious. Great lacing throughout the session.
T - Wow. Simply excellent. A little burst of hops at first, some tropical fruits and then a strong bready malt background to balance everything out.
M - So fricken smooth. No booziness and great carbonation. One of the smoothest beers I have had to date. Very drinkable.
O - I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this offering. I'm usually a fan of strong hop forward IPA's, but this certainly was a pleasant surprise. A great balanced beer that was certainly easy to drink. Another great brew from MBC.
11-09-2013 17:14:10 | More by Rheaume17
4.64/5 rDev +16.6%
Picked up a bottle of this at Julios. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a very nice lightly hazy golden orange hue with a wonderful three finger creamy super thick off white head that fades to leave very sticky side lacing and a wonderful dense blanket. This is an exceptional appearance.
S - Aromas POP of hops. Smells like the usual great Maine beer brew. Pine, grapefruit, tropical fruit (mango, pineapple). Not sure what makes this Belgian on the nose, but the nose is still incredible.
T - Taste is relatively muted when compared to the nose. The hops are there, nice pine and grapefruit / citrus peel, faint tropical notes. Nice bready malt qualities. Quite pleasant. As it warms there is a bit of belgian candi malts coming out along with belgian yeast. Nice balance between hops and malts here.
M - Mouthfeel is spot on here. Very nice carbonation. Super drinkable.
O - Overall a damn fine IPA here. A bit heavy on the hops which kinda of overshadow the fact that this is a belgian IPA and not an american. Regardless, it is a delicious beer which actually might be the ONLY collaboration beer I've ever enjoyed.
11-12-2013 01:48:59 | More by rudzud
4.61/5 rDev +15.8%
So a beer enthusiast employee of a local store pointed me to this. Nothing to go on, other than her recommendation and a mention of Allagash, I picked up the bottle. I had heard a time or two that Maine Brewing Company makes some good beer, so I said, why not?
Appearance: A nice golden amber hue, with a fluffy offwhite head that leaves considerable lacing
Smell: Starts off with some nice piney hops, with citrus notes in there, and some hints of the malt
Taste: Refreshingly hoppy, pine and citrus hops. Some good malts and fruityness in there too, but the hops is where this shines. Not too much bitterness
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation
Overall: Well, what can I say? I wasn't led astray with this. Due to price and limited nature, this will probably be the only bottle I get, but I'm very happy. Delicious. Very well balanced, not like a typical pale ale or ipa, but well done so the Belgian yeast isn't immediately obvious, it just another complementary character in this.
12-20-2013 02:25:29 | More by MadCat
4.28/5 rDev +7.5%
A-Pours a cloudy, orange color. Thicker head is bleach white. Head retains well. It leaves hundreds of small lacing dots along my glass.
S-Aroma is excellent. Fruit juice hops. Peach juice orange juice and apricot hoppiness. Also some pineapple and grass. The yeast is Belgian in its aroma but it's not very forceful. This is a lupulin aroma parade before anything else.
T-The flavor is so amazingly similar to orange juice it shocked me. Like a pulpy morning glass of OJ. There is also noticeable amount of apricot, peach, grass, pine, grapefruit and some other tropical fruits...thanks hops! The Belgian yeast is, like the nose, not intense but complementary. It gives a little extra zing and plays perfectly well with the orange juice flavor. There is also a nice animal cracker malt in there somewhere.
M-I really enjoy the faux-fruit juice feel here. Bitterness is very nice too. Prickly carbonation.
O/D-Another hoppy Maine stalwart. The folks at Allagash and In'finiti (really neat brewpub and distillery) pitched in here too with superb results. I love the modest Belgian element here as well. Great beer.
11-17-2013 18:29:09 | More by VelvetExtract
2013 from Maine Beer Company
89 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.