Lunch - Maine Beer Company
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
4.44/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
500ml bottle into a New Belgium goblet.
A: Pours a hazy orange-copper color. Very hazy, actually. About two fingers of fluffy, off-white head is formed, and the retention is fabulous. The lacing left on the glass is both sudsy and plentiful.
S: Unsurprisingly, it's loaded with citrusy hops. I notice grapefruit, mango, apricot, and melon alongside some more typical pine notes. Slight biscuity maltiness is evident, too. While it didn't quite blow me away like I expected it to, it's still a great aroma, head-and-shoulders above many IPAs.
T: The citrus notes are even more evident on the flavor profile. A huge opening of fresh grapefruit, apricot, melon, and mango provides an evocative juiciness that I love. Mild pine bitterness and slight biscuity tones appear on an otherwise clean finish. This really does a fantastic job of showcasing fruity hops in a balanced manner.
M: Pretty much ideal here: clean, crisp, bone-dry, low bitterness, and light. I'd call it 'easy to drink', but this is one of those beers I don't want to end. Soft carbonation adds to the wonderful mouthfeel.
O: It's easy to see why this is hyped. As far as east-coast IPAs go, I can't think of one that's on this level - maybe super-fresh Troegs Perpetual IPA or Flower Power? Obviously I haven't sampled any of the (supposed) Vermont masterpieces, but I'd still imagine this one is really high up the totem pole regardless. And to think I was ready to complain about MBC pricing before sampling this - I'd gladly pay $8/500ml for this one again. And again, and again, and again...
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2013 23:18:33 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.54/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured from bottle dated 2/18/14 into a pint glass.
Appearance: on the paler side of golden-yellow. Tons of bubble action, 1" foam head at doesn't seem to want to go away. Seriously intense head—I don't usually go in for hat feature, but bonus points just for execution.
Aroma: lots of spicy hop notes, with some faint earthiness, like damp rocks. Citrus/spice stings my nostrils if I inhale too deeply.
Taste: oh wow. Glorious! First sip just tastes like... good. There are individual favors there, but they just meld into a delicious whole. Definitely lots of citrus—pineapple, maybe some lime, grapefruit—along with a perfect amount of malt. Not really getting any of the earthiness I picked up in the nose, though if someone said they got some hay/barnyard character, I wouldn't disagree. Bitterness is really dialed in as well—fans of pure hops might find this too tame, but it's incredibly enjoyable to drink.
Feel: really creamy. Maybe I'm just being thrown by the head, but thus almost feels like nitro. Contributes perfectly to the quaffability of this brew.
Overall: I went into this with suppressed expectations; I've been trying some East Coast IPAs over the past few days, and generally not loving them. But this knocks it out of the park—might be my favorite all time single IPA.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 01:12:20 | More by neurobot01
Lunch from Maine Beer Company
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